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The Lantern review - Deborah Lawrenson

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FRENCH GOTHIC Haunted houses and crumbling lives give this Provence-set novel hints of 'Rebecca'

The Lantern

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
62623
publisher:
HarperCollins
genre:
Fiction

We gave it a B+

In The Lantern, a sensuous gothic novel set in Provence, the chapters alternate between the past and present of Les Genévriers, a possibly haunted hamlet with buildings and fortunes that have crumbled over time. Its current tenants are Eve and Dom, whose romance has whispers of Rebecca. (What happened to his ex-wife?) Bénédicte, the previous inhabitant, is a farmer undone by family history and the loss of old ways. Lawrenson’s poetic prose vibrantly conjures up both the beauty of southern France and the ghosts, real or imagined, from different eras. B+

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