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Lavender Morning (Edilean #1)

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  7,292 Ratings  ·  657 Reviews
Jocelyn Minton is a woman torn between two worlds. Her mother grew up in a world of private schools and afternoon tea, but she married the local handyman. After her mother died when Joce was only five, her father remarried into his own class, and Joce was an outsider -- until she met Edilean Harcourt, sixty years her senior, but a kindred soul. When Miss Edi dies, she leav ...more
ebook, 384 pages
Published July 8th 2010 by Simon & Schuster UK (first published January 1st 2009)
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Jan 08, 2010 Amy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not sure why I keep trying this author. When I was much younger, I used to like her historical romances for light diversion from grad school. HEr writing evolved, and she wrote a couple of books with time travel in the plot that I really enjoyed (Knight in Shining Armor is one that comes to mind. But for the last few years, every time someone leaves a book of hers on a OBCZ shelf or gives me a copy of one of her books to BookCross, and I read it, I've been terribly disappointed. This one certain ...more
Barbara ★
This story grabbed me from the first chapter and kept me up too late that night and the next day I couldn't wait to jump right back into Jocelyn's life. Absolutely riveting and at no point was it even the least bit boring! I'm not much into the whole Civil War era or Colonial Williamsburg but the author didn't cram any of this down your throat but made it interesting and exciting even. The characters were believable and real and people you would actually like to know.

I instantly loved Luke and d
Jul 11, 2014 İlkim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Orijinali Kitap Esintisi adresinde.

Lavanta Kokulu Sabahlar hem geçmişi hem de günümüzü güzel bağlayan bir romandı. Jocelyn Minton ve yakın arkadaşı Bayan Edilean üzerine kurulu bir kurgu var. Bayan Edi, Jocelyn daha küçükken onu kanatları altına almış, Jocely evden bunaldıkça bu yaşlı dostuna kaçmış, ilişkileri Jocelyn'in ailesiyle olan ilişkisinden çok çok daha iyi. Hatta bu kısmın güzel bir tarafı daha olduğunu kitabın sonlarında fark ediyorsunuz.

Bayan Edi ölümünden sonra Jocelyn'e eski malik
Maria João
Jan 27, 2016 Maria João rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: meu, 2016
Lembrei-me porque gosto tanto desta autora :)
Laura V.
2015 Reading Challenge: #34 Libro con triángulo amoroso


Tiene sus puntos buenos y sus puntos flacos. Momentos en que se acercó más a un 3/5 que a un 4/5, la dejaré intermedia porque eso es.
Me gusta el humor de Jocelyn y el misterio que es Luke. Me gusta que no sea un libro enteramente romántico y que las cosas se den tan tan de a poco que estás tan cerca del último capítulo que crees que resolverán sus cosas en la última línea.
Me encanta el pueblo donde fue a parar Jocelyn y me gusta todo
Mar 29, 2013 Kamaliah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not Good:
- Two In One Love Story merged together...
- Too Little Romance...
- A bit Draggy in the beginning…
- Abrupt ending…
- CHEERS feeling all over again.

* Though 2 in 1, both are equally sweet and poignant in a class of their own. However, my heart prefers the older generation’s love story. Do not like how it ended though. Breaks my heart!

* Too little romance but enough to show how much they love each other. Edi n David’s love is too good to be true. It saddens me and I wish for differen
How can one book make me smile and cry at the same time. Fell me heart but also break it.

I loved Luke and Joce, but the end was rushed,too rushed.

David and Eddie broke my heart, it's so unfair (view spoiler)

The sto
Feb 22, 2014 Ririn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At the beginning, it was a bit slow and boring read. But it gets better when Jocelyn move to Edilean and found out that everything that she knew before was not the real thing. So many secrets and cover ups and the unknowns to keep the interest going.

I love the characters. Their witty banter really light up the mood. All those nice people. And really, Joce and Luke was such a great couple! And even the love story between Miss Edi and her David was so interesting, that I cannot put the book down u
BJ Rose
This was slow-starting, and at first I thought it was just going to be a pleasant read, but then Jocelyn started getting acquainted with the women who were her tenants in the big Edilean mansion, the mysteries of the past just kept coming, and I got much more interested and involved. The current-day romance took a back-seat for me to the romance of the past, which we learn about in bits and pieces until it all starts coming together. I had one of the mysteries figured out, but the author surpris ...more
Apr 20, 2017 Kelly rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I can't remember the last time I read a romance novel. They were all I ever used to read. Then I picked up Gone Girl... After that I started reading psychological thrillers and the romance novels fell by the wayside. I thought it would be fun to pick one up after all this time, especially one by a favorite romance writer of mine. I was wrong. It's either the book is not good or *gasp* I've outgrown romance novels. The characters don't stay in character, there are too many thrown at you, at once, ...more
Ana Luisa
Jun 19, 2012 Ana Luisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Esta foi uma leitura realizada com um pouco de atraso. Já tinha lido o livro “Desejos do Coração”, que foi o último título que saiu e fiquei com bastante curiosidade acerca dos livros anteriores. Infelizmente, demorei um pouco até conseguir reunir todos. Como o tempo foi passando e outras leituras foram sendo feitas, fui também esquecendo pormenores importantes que acabariam por ser considerados spoilers deste mesmo livro e que por isso fiquei contente por esquecer. Quem não deve ter ficado cont ...more
Nov 30, 2016 Catarina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Andavam ao tempo a pedir-me para ler este livro, mas achei que ia ser uma leitura normal. Finalmente decidir ler, e que surpresa! Sai atrasada de casa, para o trabalho, porque tinha mesmo de terminar o livro antes. Senti essa necessidade!

Como é que uma história tão simples e mil vezes conhecida pode emocionar e entusiasmar tanto? Não sei. Talvez seja a escrita da autora, de que gostei muito, talvez sejam os personagens, talvez seja esta cidade especial, Edilean, onde senti que me encaixaria per
Oct 28, 2009 Maggie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book and hated the ending. I decided to listen to the unabridged version on CD since I was super busy this week and I really got into the story line. It was distracting that the reader did not have much voice inflection change between characters so it was somewhat difficult to tell who was talking during the dialogue. I loved that there were 2 romantic interests in the book and it wasn't immediately obvious which one Joss would choose. I absolutely LOVED the secondary story of Eddie ...more
Jul 31, 2013 Vera rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
At first I liked the setting, the new beginnings in a strange new town, but then about half way in it was getting boring and in the end I started to get really annoyed. I wanted to give one star but since I liked the story within the story I gave it two stars.

Jocelyn wasn't a very likeable character. I disliked her sense of humour and being raised as a sophisticated lady by Edi, I would have expected her to have more manners and to know when to hold her tongue. Instead of being a lady, she was j
Patrícia Alegria
Há uns meses atrás li outro livro da autora: "Alguém para amar" (prometo ainda escrever uma review sobre este livro) e na altura gostei bastante desse livro, então quando me emprestaram este livro tive vontade de o ler de imediato.

A verdade é que o "Jardim de Alfazema" não me desiludiu nem um pouco, tendo igualmente o mesmo ritmo, que dá sempre vontade de ler mais um capitulo e não contem alguns pormenores (sem dar spoiler) um pouco esquisitos.

Gostei dos pares românticos, tanto do secundário com
Apr 13, 2009 Kasey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Donna maybe
Recommended to Kasey by: Costco
I liked the premise for this novel, but it seemed to drag on and on. There were two stories going on, entwined I'll grant you, but it was hard to tell why one mattered, aside from curiousity. I had maybe 50 pages to go before I figured out who the leading man was. I didn't find either one of them overly impressive. And the big secret/mystery was wrapped up in three or four pages, yet we had to wade through about 200 to get to it. I like this author, I just think she missed the mark with this one ...more
Sep 24, 2014 Hafize rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
kitabı sevdim...
serinin devamını bekliyorum...
kitabın şöyle tarif edebilirim sanırım;
sarah jio kitaplarını alın virgin river serisi ile karıştırın işte
karşınızda lavanta kokulu sabahlar...
yani okuyunca o şekilde bir etki yaratıyor...
her ne kadar kitabın sonu biraz hızlı bağlanmış olsa da sonunda içinizde mutluluk dolu bir duygu oluşuyor :)
tavsiye ederim okuyun :)
Bruna Vraničić Vujević
Jude Deveraux ponovo u punom sjaju! Predivna priča koja nikoga ne ostavlja ravnodušnim. Oh, kako sam samo znala da će mi se izuzetno svidjeti! Dala bih joj deset zvijezdica da mogu!
Silvana (Por detrás das Palavras)
Este foi o livro ideal para quebrar com o estado de espírito (diga-se pesado) que o livro anterior deixou. Jardim de Alfazema é um romance leve e muito romântico que conduz o leitor por lugares bem descritos e que apetece conhecer.
Comparando este livro com o livro anterior que li da mesma autora, Ninguém para amar,este possui uma narrativa mais dinâmica que deixa o leitor preso à história desde a primeira página.

Joce é uma mulher jovem, muito calma, com umas piadas engraçadas (conseguiram desp
Aromas de Cor
Mar 09, 2016 Aromas de Cor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Comecei a ler esta saga porque confesso sou uma leitora de fases e temáticas... gosto de romance histórico, então leio uns quantos livros seguidos. Depois farto-me volto-me para uma leitura mais contemporânea... meto pelo meio uns thrillers mas acabo sempre por voltar aos romances!

Já tinha lido um livro da Jude Deveraux mas não faz parte desta série, aliás quando descobri que isto seria uma quase novela fiquei super contente! As personagens vão sendo comuns na história e eu gosto disso.

Jun 23, 2009 Maggie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Maggie by: Found it on the library shelf
Shelves: july-09
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Apr 10, 2013 Cata rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biblioteca, 2013
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Dec 10, 2011 Ne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biblioteca
O meu preferido foi o Jardim de Alfazema.

Adorei conhecer a história de como Luke conquistou Joce. Achei-os um casal muito querido, cheio de pequenas cenas engraçadas e românticas, que foram pontilhando o romance com estes docinhos.

A relação de Joce com as irmãs foi talvez o ponto mais negativo. Na minha opinião acrestou demasiado drama à história e algumas das vezes centrou-se mais nas irmãs que nela. O facto de até haver referência à história da Disney da Cinderela não melhorou em nada, visto s
Oct 11, 2009 Cynthia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don't get put off by the slightly boring title or cover. This book is fun, poignant, and wonderful.

Joce is practically raised by lonely old Miss Edi in Florida and is left everything, including a house in a town Edi never mentioned. Turns out this town is Edilean and Miss Edi is the last of the family that founded it.

Edilean is a proud, small, quirky, historical town where everyone knows everything and news travels faster than light. Two residents are Ramsey and Luke, the super hot lawyer and ga
May 07, 2009 Cindy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-read
This was the first book in Deveraux's new Edilean series, and I am looking forward to reading the next one!
Romance type books are not usually my first pick, but this one contained enough of a mystery that it continued to hold my interest, and I didn't feel that the romance was too over the top.
Jocelyn didn't fit in with her family; her father, stepmother or 'wicked' stepsisters. Her mother had died when she was very young. An older neighbor named Edilean took Jocelyn under her wing and became m
Jun 04, 2012 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book in the Edilean series and it sets the stage for characters and stories that follow. I've read several of the books in this series, but I must say that I enjoyed this book most of all. The main character, Jocelyn, grew up in a family where she felt totally out of place. That is, until an older neighbor, Miss Edi, took her under her wing and brought the lonely girl out of her shell and showed her the world. The bond between Miss Edi and Jocelyn grew and when Miss Edi died, s ...more
I was desperate for an audio and none of those I requested have come into the library yet, so I picked this one up. Only after I started listening did I realize it was an abridged version and I constantly felt like I was walking into conversations already going on.

For that reason, it was hard to get a sense of place, invest in the Reader's Digest version of the characters, let alone try and keep them straight. I suppose the story was interesting but it felt like where one thing happened, I only
Jul 08, 2015 Maria rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Mais um na minha saga romantica.

Bom, peguei neste livro sem saber que fazia parte de uma trilogia. Mas consegue-se ler como um stand-alone.

Um livro feito de segredos há muito passados mas que influenciamm a vida actual, uma casa cheia de segredos e uma vida a começar - eis mais ou menos o enredo.

Jocelyn, que sempre se sentiu uma outsider na sua propria familia, encontra na pessoa de Edilean Harcourt a resposta para o vazio da sua infancia e adolescencia, mas, afinal, fica a perceber, quando ela
Jan 04, 2012 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: emprestado
Confesso que este livro não me seduziu nada no inicio. Uma situação de uma moça solteirona que herda uma casa de uma velhota amiga, que chega à cidade nova onde esta se situa e tem logo 2 pretendentes que querem casar com ela, me pareceu um bocado forçado e muito romance cor-de-rosa demais. Mas conforme fui lendo e o livro foi evoluindo, desvendando o segredo que estava por detrás de toda a história, fui ficando mais agradada com a evolução da leitura e dei por mim a ler as ultimas paginas com a ...more
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Jude Gilliam was born September 20, 1947 in Fairdale, Kentucky. She has a large extended family and is the elder sister of four brothers. She attended Murray State University and received a degree in Art. In 1967, Jude married and took her husband's surname of White, but four years later they divorced. For years, she worked as 5th-grade teacher.

She began writing in 1976, and published her first bo
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“Miss Edi: My brother Bertrand is the laziest person in the world.
David: Oh yeah? And how lazy is that?
Miss Edi: When he was three and saw all his gifts under the Christmas tree, he said, 'Who's going to open them for me?'
David: I've heard worse.
Miss Edi: When he was six, my father bought him a bicycle and took him out to teach him to ride it.
David: And?
Miss Edi: Bertrand did very well. My father ran along behind him, holding on, and my brother balanced perfectly. But when my father let go and the bicycle stopped, Bertrand asked why. When my father said he had to push on the pedals, my brother left it lying there in the street, and he never got on a bicycle again.
David: Not bad, but I've heard worse.
Miss Edi: When he was twelve, my parents took us out to a restaurant, the first one we'd ever been to, and my father ordered steaks for each of us. When my brother's came, he looked at it and asked how he was to eat it. My father showed him how to cut the steak, then how to chew it. My brother called the waiter back and ordered a bowl of mashed potatoes.
David: Okay, that's getting up there, but I have heard a few worse.
Miss Edi: When he was sixteen, my mother arranged for her beloved son to go to a dance with a very nice young girl. He was to pick her up at six pm. At six-thirty Bertrand was sitting in the living room and my father asked him why he hadn't gone on his date. My brother said, 'Because she hasn't come to get me yet.”
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