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From the multi-million copy international bestseller Lucinda Riley

Note to Readers: This book is also published under the title The Lavender Garden

Unlocking the past is the key to the future

The present: Emilie de la Martinieres has always fought against her aristocratic background, but after the death of her glamorous, distant mother, she finds herself alone in the world and sole inheritor of her grand childhood home in the south of France. An old notebook of poems leads her in search of the mysterious and beautiful Sophia, whose tragic love affair changed the course of her family history. As Emilie unravels the story, she too embarks on her own journey of discovery, realising that the chateau may provide clues to her own difficult past and finally unlock the future.

The past: London 1943. A young office clerk, Constance Carruthers, is drafted into the SOE, arriving in occupied Paris during the climax of the conflict. Separated from her contact in her very first hours in France, she stumbles into the heart of a wealthy family who are caught up in a deadly game of secrets and lies. Forced to surrender her identity and all ties to her homeland and her beloved husband, Constance finds herself drawn into a complex web of deception, the repercussions of which will affect generations to come.

From the author of the international bestseller, Hothouse Flower, Lucinda Riley's new novel is a breathtaking and intense story of love, war and, above all, forgiveness.


"Romantic fiction at its most captivating" Lancashire Evening Post

"Riley is talented ... will appeal to fans of historical fiction, Kate Morton, and Helen Bryan" Booklist

"Spellbinding storytelling" Choice Magazine

"Riley is quietly becoming a huge success story" Red Magazine

Fiction & Literature
1 September
Pan Macmillan UK
Macmillan Publishers Australia and Pan Macmillan Australia

Customer Reviews

Blacksorrento ,

It’s a keeper

One of the most beautiful stories I have ever read.
Once you start reading it captures your heart, and your imagination, you are there both past and present.
Wonderfully crafted, characters you can attune to.
Truly worth the read, you will not be disappointed.
Definitely one for the keeper shelf.

Beechlife ,

Pleasantly Surprised

Not a genre I would normally choose but decided to give it a go and I’m glad I did. The story was intriguing and the settings as the story jumped between England and France, past and present added richness and beautiful colour. I enjoyed the book immensely and found myself wanting more when it was finished.

K_wan_fan ,

Loved it!

A beautiful read. I couldn't put it down, which made for a few late nights!

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