Lawrenson’s debut novel, The Lantern (9780062192974), was an Indie Next pick and a Costco Pennie’s Pick. This new book is a trilogy of novellas in which Lawrenson returns to the same time and place as The Lantern–even integrating some of the same characters. It makes for another lush, suspenseful period read.
I am an admirer and handseller of The Lantern and I shall be even more so of The Sea Garden. You may feel almost as though you have sipped a little too much of Madame de Fayols’ homemade myrtle infused liqueur as you read this book. A startling suicide in the opening scene presages further unexplained events to come. Curiously connected, three intriguing narratives are braided into one unforgettable story of love, betrayal, memory and murder. World War II French resistance fighters and their convoluted connections to British Intelligence leave a legacy unknown to Ellie Brooke, a young award winning garden designer. When she is awarded the contract to come and restore a memorial garden on the island of Porquerolles, she has no idea that it is not merely her growing reputation in horticultural circles that has made her the designer of choice. Her unease with the situation is mitigated in part by her connection to the enigmatic man she first saw on the ferry over to the island. A masterfully devised conclusion leaves just enough tantalizing questions to intrigue the reader without being too frustrating!”
— Nicola Rooney, Nicola’s Books, Ann Arbor, MI
“Lawrenson’s settings are spellbinding and all three stories move along at a languid pace, allowing the reader to absorb the sumptuous historic detail.”
The Sea Garden (9780062279668) by Deborah Lawrenson. $26.99 hardcover. 6/24/14 on sale.