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Lavender Morning (Edilean) Mass Market Paperback – November 17, 2009
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Family ties, smalltown values and unexpected love in picturesque settings have made Deveraux a longtime bestselling author, so it's no surprise she again delivers on her tried-and-true formula. Jocelyn Joce Minton, daughter of a Williamsburg, Va., debutante and a handyman, is alienated from her family after her widowed father marries a woman who is decidedly not debutante material and has a pair of selfish twins. Joce ends up in the care of an elderly neighbor, Miss Edi, who watches over the girl through college. When Miss Edi dies, she leaves Joce an ancestral manor house and a trove of secrets going back to 1941 that compel Joce to visit Edilean, Va., where she meets the local color, including a sexy lawyer and his sexier gardener cousin—who has a secret or two, himself. Alternating WWII battlefront tragedy with contemporary romance, Deveraux packs in something for every generation, from wicked supermodels to patriotic sacrifice, from planting an herb garden to DNA tests. For all the novel's coincidences and predictability, readers will find it hard to resist the charm of Edilean, the manor house, the town, the woman of many secrets and, of course, the series to follow. (Apr.)
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Jocelyn Minton is a young woman of many contradictions. Her wealthy mother married the local handyman. After her mother dies, her father returns to his blue-collar roots and marries a woman who has two gorgeous twin daughters who torment Joce. The only bright spot in her life is Edilean Harcourt, an older woman who connected with Joce on every level and enriched her life until she died. Joce thought she knew her mentor and protector very well, until Edilean leaves Joce her family home in Edilean, Virginia, and Joce discovers how heavily edited her version of Edilean’s life is. As she follows Edilean’s instructions and moves into the house and contacts a young lawyer, Joce enters a new world, learns the truth about her dear friend, and meets the insular inhabitants of the town, including her own bad boy—not the lawyer, but his cousin Luke, her gardener. With the promise of future books about surprising and interesting Edilean, veteran storyteller Deveraux incorporates her trademark sweet and salty characters into a pair of entertaining romances, one past, one present, to create one of her most fun and pleasing tales. --Patty Engelmann --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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She shows a very clever sense of humor that takes them out of the realm of "ordinary". They are always a good story and always a pleasure to read. I don't read them for education; I read them for just plain fun and enjoy every minute of them. I also like that they are usually a series of interconnected books, so you can continue to enjoy the characters in further exploits. There are things to be learned about Scottish history and antebellum America, but the main attraction, which cannot be over emphasized is that they are fast and fun and a lovely way to spend an afternoon or two.
Jude Deveraux seems to write for those of us who want the fantasy. The Happy-Ever-After. The over-the-top characters and situations. If you are looking for gritty realism and everyday encounters, for everyday problems to plague the heroine, then you won't like this particular New York Times best-selling author. If you want a happy read that is full of characters with personality and a zest for life, then try this out.
Jude has written about 60 books, I believe, most of them on the best-seller list. So dive right in and enjoy this particular one!
I am sorry but I was not interested enough to want to read the next book in the Edilean series. It is the only book written by Jude Deveraux I have been disappointed in. Eudora
This story kept me engaged and frustrated enough I could not put it down. I love the way the author writes and develops the story. This story has a story within a story which is part of what keeps the reader engaged. I am now moving onto the next book in this series. I also love books that have a series where the other minor characters in the books get their own books and we get to see their stories. I can't wait to find out what happens to the other characters in this book and to see how Joce's life ends up!