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Lady Lavender

3.53 of 5 stars 3.53  ·  rating details  ·  32 ratings  ·  7 reviews

Widow Jeanne Nicolet's beautiful lavender fields are threatened by the advancing railroad. With her livelihood in danger, Jeanne will fight to protect her, and her little daughter's, future.

Constantly on the move, surveying the land, suits Colonel Washington Halliday just fine. He can escape the haunting memories of war that have left his
Paperback, 280 pages
Published January 18th 2011 by Harlequin (first published January 17th 2011)
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I picked this one up because I enjoyed the author's contribution to Happily Ever After in the West and thought I'd try her out at full length.

Regrets... I have a few...

In a way, I wasn't actually surprised to dislike the book. It is, after all, a Harlequin Historical, and they almost never seem to work for me (unless it's by Carla Kelly.) And this book fails the same way HH books generally do: way too much navel gazing. An entire book based around a flimsy conflict like a hero swearing off love
Suzanne Barrett
I confess, I’ve read all the Lynna Banning books from her first release in 1996. I love well-crafted stories with believable characters. I’m a sucker for women with gumption, and when one such woman meets a heartstoppingly sexy, tortured hero, I’m in heaven. I know I can count on a Lynna Banning book to deliver. She describes her writing style as “lean and mean”; I’d call it flowing, beautiful, intelligent, and always historically accurate. Such a story is Lady Lavender, set in 1867 Snake River, ...more
Virginia Campbell
This year of 2011 marks the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War, and we will see many reminders in books and films of this terrible American tragedy. “Lady Lavender”, by Lynna Banning, takes place in Oregon two years following the end of the Civil War. This story offers a rueful wounded hero, a sassy, independent heroine, and a well-paced, entertaining story line. Colonel Washington Halliday, known as “Wash”, fought for the Union Army, survived a crippling war injury, and endured ...more
Karyn Gerrard
QUICK TAKE: 3.5 stars out of 5 (rounded up to 4)

A captivating historical western read with well drawn colorful characters. Civil war hero Washington Halliday is now working for the railroad, and his job is to clear off a widow and her little girl on property belonging to the railway. Jeanne Nicolet is from New Orleans and determined no one is driving her off her property. She grows lavender (hence the name). Wash is a fine hero, honorable but damaged inside, not only from the war but from a brok
Reina Williams
Maybe 3.5 stars, because the writing was generally very good, and the characters well-drawn and likeable. However, the point of view/time shifts were often jarring or confusing, and there were a couple shifts into minor/secondary charcter povs that were also jarring. I also didn't like the sub-plot, as it felt forced and unneeded. I especially liked the strong yet vulnerable heroine.
A note (which has nothing to do with my rating): the book is not sweet--it has sex scenes, which are okay; just a
Wonderful side characters, well written, sweet western tale.
Loved it - enjoyable plot and characters.
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I was born in Oregon and raised in northern California. While growing up I listened to my grandparents' and my mother's stories about life on the ranch they owned in Douglas County, some miles east of Roseburg.

Later (after I retired from work as a professional editor for an aerospace firm) I began writing fiction based on these stories... my first book was "Western Rose," which is based on the unu
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