The Lavender Keeper

The Lavender Keeper : The impossible-to-put-down novel of wartime Provence and Paris

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Provence, 1942 Luc Bonet, brought up by a wealthy Jewish family in the foothills of the French Alps, finds his life shattered by the brutality of Nazi soldiers. Leaving his abandoned lavender fields behind, Luc joins the French Resistance in a quest for revenge.
Paris, 1943 Lisette Forestier is on a mission: to work her way into the heart of a senior German officer, and to infiltrate the very masterminds of the Gestapo. But can she balance the line between love and lies?
The one thing Luc and Lisette hadn't counted on was meeting each other. Who, if anyone, can be trusted - and will their own emotions become the greatest betrayers of all?
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Product details

  • Paperback | 388 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 27.94mm | 294.84g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • UK ed.
  • 0749013443
  • 9780749013448
  • 19,116

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'An enthralling, evocative read' Woman's Day
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About Fiona McIntosh

Fiona McIntosh was born and raised in Sussex in the UK, but also spent early childhood years in West Africa. She left a PR career in London to travel and settled in Australia in 1980, has written 15 adult and five children's novels since 2000 and her bestselling books sell worldwide and in various languages.
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3,351 ratings
4.12 out of 5 stars
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4 38% (1,283)
3 17% (570)
2 3% (106)
1 1% (50)

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This novel tells the story of Luc, the Lavender keeper and Lisette, a British spy in France during WWII. Luc, an orphan with German heritage was adopted by a French Jewish family and spent a happy childhood growing up and learning to farm in their lavender fields. When his grandmother is killed by the french police and the family is rounded up and sent to a concentration camp, Luc manages to escape and join the Maquis, the French underground. As a keepsake he wears a small bag of wild lavender seeds around his neck, which belonged to his beloved grandmother which he vows he will plant as soon as he can return home after the war. Lisette, born in France moved to England to live with her grandparents after the death of her French/English mother and German father in a car accident when she was 17. Now working and living in London, she sees her best friend killed in the Blitz and is subsequently recruited to be trained to parachute into France to spy on a German officer in Paris. Luc is charged with getting her to Paris from the south of France and even though they only spend two days together, they are both deeply attracted to each other. Working for a German friend of the family in his bank, Lisette soon contrives to meet the German officer, Markus Kilian, and works at becoming his lover. Luc has meanwhile got a job as a driver for the German officers and unknown to Lisette is keeping a watch on her. As the story evolves, both Luc and Lisette are put at risk of having their covers blown. Lisette also begins to care for Markus who she has come to realise is essentially a good man who hates what the Nazis are doing and is caught up in a war he wants to end. As the war starts to turn against Germany following D-day and the impending liberation of Paris, life becomes even more dangerous for Luc, Lisette and Markus and the story moves towards an exciting more
by Carolyn Scott
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