A little while back I finished reading The Lavender Keeper by Fiona McIntosh, and it is a wonderful book.
It starts with an introduction to Luc Bonet, a lavender farmer in the Luberon region of Provence, France. His family is Jewish, and at the start of World War Two, this is not an ideal situation to be in. After learning of a secret that involves his heritage, and watching his family be subjected to the Nazi horror, Luc joins the Resistance as a Maquisard.
Meanwhile, Lisette Forester lives in London, and with German/French/English parentage and the language skills to boot, she comes to the attention of the Allies. It doesn’t take much to convince this feisty young lady to become a spy, and she is soon on a mission to use her womanly wiles on Colonel Markus Kilian, a member of the German army. Lisette is put in touch with Luc and their paths are now intertwined – what will become of their alliance? And what will transpire from Lisette and Kilian’s relationship?
This book has it all – heartache and tragedy, love, suspense and of course, a touch of history thrown in for good measure. It is a page-turner and I was delighted to read in the Acknowledgements that it has a sequel called The French Promise, which I will be sure to buy in the near future.
I highly recommend this novel, and with school holidays rapidly approaching, I would urge you to go and grab it for some Easter reading. You won’t be disappointed!
Title: The Lavender Keeper
Author: Fiona McIntosh
Paperback: 496 pages
Publisher: Penguin Books
RRP: $22.99 normal version / $12.99 for Pink Popular Penguin version