- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Harper Paperbacks (April 12, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062390163
- ISBN-13: 978-0062390165
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #720,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“With its lush settings, high-stakes suspense, and novel-within-a-novel, 300 Days of Sun is a feast for fiction lovers. Lawrenson delivers a labyrinth of complex relationships the reader is both breathless to solve and eager to return to upon completion. Haunting.” (Erika Robuck, author of Hemingway's Girl and The House of Hawthorne)
“A deeply satisfying novel, a rich story with a strong feeling for time and place and the expert pacing of the best thrillers. Readers will appreciate Lawrenson’s ability to combine stunning atmosphere with a fascinating historical backstory.” (Booklist, starred review)
“Beautiful storytelling along with a beautiful setting....With an intricately layered plot and enigmatic, complex characters, Lawrenson crafts a story edged in mystery that blends the past during World War II with the present day. An intriguing read.” (Romantic Times)
“Merges past and present, doubling identities and events to dazzling… effect. Set against the lush but corrupt coastal resorts of southern Portugal, the novel’s shadowy deeds seem only more dangerous in this sunny clime…. Sure to please those who relish the untangling of crimes in exotic locales.” (Library Journal)
“Praise for The Lantern: “The Lantern is a smart, gothic, bodice ripper that transcends the genre, thanks in part to journalist Lawrenson’s gift for bringing the senses to life.” (People, 3 1/2 out of 4 stars, on The Lantern)
“I absolutely adored this beautifully written, modern Gothic novel, set in Provence, full of scents, colors and mystery. Reminiscent of Daphne du Maurier’s classic, Rebecca, The Lantern will hook you in from the start and weave its dark, lush magic around you.” (Tatiana de Rosnay, author of Sarah's Key, on The Lantern)
Praise for The Sea Garden: “Deborah Lawrenson’s new novel, a modern Gothic tale set in the lavender-scented landscape of Provence, serves up an escapist mix of mystery, romance and murder.” (Wall Street Journal on The Sea Garden)
From the Back Cover
A mesmerizing novel that transports readers to a sunny Portuguese town with a shadowy past—where two women, decades apart, are drawn into a dark game of truth and lies that still haunts the shifting sea marshes. Traveling to Faro, Portugal, journalist Joanna Millard hopes to escape an unsatisfying relationship and a stalled career; Faro is an enchanting town, and the seaside views are enhanced by the company of Nathan Emberlin, a charismatic younger man. But Joanna soon realizes that behind the crumbling facades of Moorish buildings Faro has a seedy underbelly, its economy compromised by corruption and wartime spoils. And Nathan has an ulterior motive for seeking her company: he is determined to discover the truth involving a child’s kidnapping that may have taken place on this dramatic coastline more than two decades ago.
Joanna’s subsequent search leads her to Ian Rylands, an English expat who cryptically suggests she will find answers in The Alliance, a novel written by American Esta Hartford. The book recounts an American couple’s experience in Portugal during World War II, and their entanglements both personal and professional with their German enemies. Only Rylands insists the book isn’t fiction, and as Joanna reads deeper into The Alliance, she begins to suspect that Esta Hartford’s story and Nathan Emberlin’s may indeed converge in Faro—where the past not only casts a long shadow but still exerts a very present danger.
Praise for 300 Days Of Sun
“With its lush settings, high-stakes suspense, and novel-within-a-novel, 300 Days of Sun is a feast for fiction lovers. Lawrenson delivers a labyrinth of complex relationships the reader is both breathless to solve and eager to return to upon completion. Haunting.”—Erika Robuck, author of Hemingway’s Girl and The House of Hawthorne
Praise for Deborah Lawrenson
“Deborah Lawrenson’s writing is delicious. Her stories are atmospheric, intoxicating, and impossible not to get lost in.”—Sarah Jio, author of Goodnight June and Blackberry Winter
“[Lawrenson has a] gift for bringing the senses to life. When she writes, ‘you could open an envelope . . . and find it contained no words at all, just a handful of lavender with a ribbon of dried grapefruit skin, or a sprinklingof vanilla seeds,’ you wish the pages were scratch-and-sniff.”—People
“Offers a vivid escape to an intriguing place, with location playing as much a role as those who dwell there.”—Washington Post
“Think Graham Greene with a dash of Poe.”—Sarah Blake, author of The Postmistress
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Top Customer Reviews
Joanna finds herself befriended by another student, the charismatic Nathan, who it soon transpires has ulterior motives and wants Joanna, initially at least, for her journalistic skills. He has an intriguing story involving dodgy land deals, corruption and child abduction stretching back to the 1980’s and he believes he was one of the abductees. What follows is a dangerous search for the truth that leads into areas that no-one could have envisaged.
I was intrigued by the plot and totally drawn in by the use of the dual time lines, cleverly introduced by means of incorporating a previously written book to set the background. The common link between the two elements was a child abduction and gradually we came to understand how the two were linked. What I hadn’t anticipated was the historical aspect that portrayed a fascinating picture of Portugal during WWII. While officially neutral, under the authoritarian (deemed pro-fascist) regime of Salazar and the Estado Novo Portugal continued to trade with the Allies as well as the European Axis powers. She was home to displaced refugees, Nazi sympathisers and allied spies, with the latter two seeming to create a hotbed of double dealing and subterfuge. With a tale involving Nazi gold, that still arouses debate today, it added an extra dimension to the story.
There was an exceedingly varied and occasionally confusing cast of characters as we switched between timelines and the contemporary cast of characters sometimes felt a little less rounded, possibly because that aspect of the story line was faster paced. I felt I knew my war time characters better and had more empathy for them. Ava was a great character who really gained strength as time progressed and she learned to stand up for herself. Meanwhile I suspect Joanna was still learning who she was and what she wanted. I did feel that Joanna and Nathan were sometimes a bit gung ho, considering theirs was a covert under cover investigation. That said, their occasional naivety added to the drama and excitement and this is fiction after all.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book, it successfully combined intrigue, mystery and murder with a clever historical back story. I also have to say that it really sparked my interest in Portugal. This is the first book I’ve read by this author, but based on this experience will not be the last.
I received a review copy via NetGalley courtesy of the author in return for an honest review.
If you enjoy stories that take you to both real and imaginary places, that mix modernity with history and create intrigue and tension in leaps and bounds, then I recommend this book to you.
The author has a sublime talent for description - which some may call verbose, for me it's a delicacy. I'm going to add more books by this author to my reading pile and I expect to be transported again to another time and place, where I can revel in the scenery and immerse myself in the characters' lives.
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Journalist Joanna is running from a broken relationship and the loss of her job. She decides on a language school in Portugal, where she tries to immerse herself in this new culture and recalibrate her life. She befriends another student, a good-looking sort of wild-child Nathan, from London, and becomes caught up in his strange back story. His parents are dead, he just discovered he was adopted, he is searching for a mysterious family acquaintance with shady ties to a failed Portugese real estate venture--Nathan needs answers and he really needs Jo's investigative help. As she struggles to decide what to believe, she gets drawn deeper and deeper into Nathan's intrigue. To further complicate matters, the two of them get involved with a much older shadowy guy, who may have connections to international intrigue going back many decades. This man points Jo and Nathan to an obscure autobiography written by the wife of an American journalist trapped in Portugal while escaping the Nazis in WWII. This book supposedly contains the clues to Nathan's mysterious background. So we jump into the second story line.
Both stories, set in the same locales in Portugal but 74 years apart, contain copious amounts of detail in terms of specific locations, meals, accomodations, transportation, and many characters who are hiding things and may or may not be downright dangerous. Deceit, possible kidnapping, and even murder further muddy the waters in both stories. The two story lines zigzag back and forth and, of course, eventually converge. But instead of getting a clever and powerful ending, the reader is left with a feeling of, "Meh. I waded through both of these detailed, convoluted plot lines to get to this?" The payoff doesn't seem like it was worth the effort. Disappointing.
And what's with the title? Yes, it is mentioned a couple of times in the novel, but it totally does not fit this story at all.