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Summary

From the Sunday Times best-selling author of the Seven Sisters series, Lucinda Riley's The Light Behind the Window is a breathtaking and intense story of love, war and, above all, forgiveness.

The present: Emilie de la Martiniéres 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 château 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.

Note to listeners: in the US, this book is published under the title The Lavender Garden.

©2020 Lucinda Riley (P)2020 Macmillan Publishers International Ltd

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A beautiful Story

I read The Seven Sisters series of books by Lucinda Riley and loved them so much i searched out other books written by her. The reviews on this one were good so thought id give it a try.
I wasn't sorry, it was such a touching and gripping story i couldnt stop listening to it! You really get the characters and feel their emotions, The narrator read it so well too, highly recommended.
im off to find another one now!

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Loved...

Loved every minute of it. Very clear narration and a brilliant story line. Highly recommend!

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Loved this book

Amazing story I was gripped from beginning to end, historical and a love story. So beautiful read.

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Captivating storyline

I was absolutely captivated by this story and had to listen to the book in all my spare time, spending a whole day completely engrossed in it. Lucinda captivates the listener into a brilliantly presented story line with twists and turns that keep you wanting to know more. This is the first of her books that I’ve read/ listened to but it won’t be the last. Looking forward to disappearing into another of her books and experiencing the story and characters in a way that whisks you away from your own reality to a world where the characters come to life and create a whole new world for you to enjoy

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beautiful

another brilliant story by Lucinda Riley, could wait to listen to it. Beautiful match of present day and history

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Best one yet!

I've read a lot of Lucinda Riley's books and this is my favourite so far. Kept me intrigued right up to the end. Lovely narration too.

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a jolly good read

well written book, a good historical background. intense yet flows smoothly. stellar narrator. highly recommended

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Great book

Loved this book, couldn't stop listening to it. Highly recommend Lucinda Riley's books. They're brilliant.

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Brilliant book. Read and listened to twice now

I only have one bug bear with this story and I can't tell you about it because it would as spoil the story. It's another brilliant story from the writer. Not everything that happens is good because life isn't like that. Touching story that really needs reading.

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I love all Lucinda Riley’s books.

This one is no exception. Miranda Raison read it beautifully. I was so pleased that there was a lovely ending instead of being left to guess.

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  • Shelley
  • 19-01-21

Absolutely wonderful! Should be made into a movie!

This is quite possibly one of the best books I have ever read or should I say listened to! I could not stop listening! I never take time to write reviews but cannot let this one go. What a brilliant story and the narrator was outstanding! If I could give it 10 stars, I would!

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  • Delores DeMaria
  • 03-10-20

My New Favorite Lucinda Riley Book

This story, of epic proportions, is a must-read. Both set in France and England, it is a heartfelt story that will pull at your heartstrings and often confound you.

The tale is woven with such precision and talent that I read it, or actually listened to it, in just two days as I could not stop listening. As I sit with tears in my eyes not only because of the beautiful ending but because I have finished the story and I’m so sad to leave these wonderful characters ibehind. I now have read almost all of my new favorite author’s books & I can truly say that this has become my favorite.

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  • Lisa B
  • 07-10-20

One of the best books I ever listened to!

A thoroughly enjoyable story! I loved Lucinda Riley’s “The Love Letter” and this one may even exceed it. The reader can really feel the nightmare that life became for the French people during WWII and the enduring power of love. Great narration—the accents were right on.

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  • Daniela Laws
  • 07-09-20

Excellent!

This is one of the BEST historical fiction books I have EVER listened to. The story is beautiful and the narrator is exceptional. I can't say enough good things about this book - I couldn't stop listening and finished it in record time, wishing it hadn't ended! The only thing is that the title doesn't make sense to me (neither the American nor the English title) but that certainly didn't detract from my enjoyment!

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  • Maggie Zadikov
  • 07-02-21

Fantastic read

As a lover of things Provençal and interested in the role of the French Resistance, this book was a favorite.
I love Lucinda's writing, intelligence and skill in describing works of art. She's also a wonderful poet.
Ms Raison's performance was exceptional, as is her French!
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the topic whether a fan of Lucinda Riley's or not.
PS I really loved the Seven Sisters series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-10-20

Great, great, great

Just when I thought I had the whole story figured out, I didn’t. One of my favorite books.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-04-22

Mmm

Just did not grab my interest.. Just too much description at the expense of plot and characters.. Well, I stopped listening after a few chapters. Maybe I should have persevered... After LESLEY PEARSE'S books, this was a struggle.

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  • lois
  • 10-04-22

AMAZING!!!

I think this was my favorite of this author’s. Can’t wait to have more from her.

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  • Tiffany
  • 07-04-22

Another beautiful story by Lucinda Riley

You will not be disappointed with this story. Very complex and lots of suspense with lots of twists and turns. Heartwarming too!

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  • KiwiDevitt
  • 01-03-22

Pure magic!

Absolutely wonderful story, full of charm, beautifully written, right to the end. wished it could of carried on!