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Lavender Morning: A Novel (Edilean series Book 3) by [Deveraux, Jude]
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From Publishers Weekly

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

Product Details

  • File Size: 1043 KB
  • Print Length: 396 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books; 1 Reprint edition (February 27, 2009)
  • Publication Date: March 31, 2009
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001NLKZ0K
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Format: Hardcover
I love Jude Deveraux, and I am happy to see her start a new series. I liked this story and the characters very much, but I was somewhat disappointed in the book in several respects. First, I thought it was too similar to several of her other books, particularly "Holly," although Ramsey is not evil the way Lorrie Beaumont was and there are no Montgomerys or Taggerts in this book.

Second, the book ended very quickly, which just left me with a lot of questions. The story revealed at the end was simply not believable, given the characters involved. I kept reading the last few pages over and over thinking I missed something and wondering. Maybe future books in the series will supply more believable information about what actually happened in the past.

Third, I always have a problem with contemporary novels where the principal characters talk/plan love and marriage after only a few kisses.

Having said all the above, I still liked this book and the characters and can't wait to read the next book in the series. It's an easy, enjoyable read without murder and mayhem.
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Format: Hardcover
I had some really trouble with this book. First, the ending seemed like she looked at the page count midway thru and said opps I have to end it NOW! Second, the romance seemed contrived and stilted. There is a triangle yet none of them seem to actually be involved in said triangle. And if a man were to propose after one somewhat chaste kiss I am gong to believe he is really just looking for a beard to hide is real tendencies. This is the second book that she has written that the main characters never made love. Is she scared of sex? Don't get me wrong I am not looking for smut, but a romance should have a mention of the physical side of there new love. Jude, please go back and reread some of you earlier work to refresh your self on why we love your books so much. You seem to have forgotten.
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Format: Hardcover
Surprisingly I really liked this book, so much so that I finished it much faster than I anticipated. I agree with most of the reviews so far, but I also have a bit more to add. I'll try not to give away any spoilers, but forgive me if any slip through.

The author's later works have definitely been "phoned in." I'm not a fan of her paranormal books, but I for one am definitely glad that she has created another family series (although I miss the Montgomery and Taggert clans - honestly, this family could almost be their honorary Southern branch). While it's true that there is virtually zero sex or real passion anywhere present in the story (sadly even in the flashbacks), I thought the different love stories were pretty straight forward and on the sweet side. And while I agree with what someone else wrote about the characters saying inappropriate things (horrible sex jokes, marriage taken so lightly), I think this was done (not saying it was executed very well) to lighten the mood, to add some spice to what's basically a PG story, and to stress that all the characters and cousins just want to find love and a happily ever after (the 'younger' and 'elder' generation stories almost parallel the need to 'find' someone).

This story was like a patchwork of the author's previous works. Yes, the storyline resembles Holly quite a bit (Mini Cooper, historical house, hot gardener, lawyer love interest, step family - I read that story twice a year, so I should know). But Deveraux's classic theme of "benefactress" is also clearly represented here (think Sweet Liar, First Impressions, even the recent Secrets).
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Format: Hardcover
Well I must admit Lavender Morning is the last Jude Deveraux book I will buy. I have been a loyal fan since the Velvet series and I eagerly awaited her new titles. Lately I have found her books to be less intriguing than her earlier ones but this was one of the most boring books I have ever read. It had potential with the triangle and the war story but nothing happened. I kept waiting for interesting events, plot twists, sparks between characters, something ... anything to happen. And when I got the ending all I could think was there must be a chapter or two missing - it couldn't possibly end like that. There is no way that this is the same author who wrote all those lovely books like Knight in Shining Armour, Sweet Liar and Mountain Laurel. Well I won't be reading any new Jude Deveraux books again. Very disappointing indeed.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
First of all, yes I'm a male reading a romance novel. I'm just trying to read outside my comfort zone.

The book follows, some main character with no personality traits other than being picky with men. She travels to a small town in the South only to find the whole place populated with other perfect people, and surprise suprise falls for a rough looking gardener with a past.

The book is mostly devoid of an tension, the only antagoinsts are ridiculous charactitures in the form of the main characters super-models sisters, who have roughtly two scenes in the book.

The author attempts to create curiosity by investigating the past of a recently deceased woman close to the main character, but the revalations revealed fail to shock or amuse.

The dialogue of the novel it overcooked with 'witty banter' which like a friend who tries to joke about everything, occasionally comes up with something hilarious but is mostly annoying.

The book was an easy read at least, almost everything was spelt out for the reader ("'OK Mom...' he said. He was trying to make it sound like he was referring to her as his mother")

I can only recommend this book to die-hard romance fans who are about to take a three hour flight
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