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Lavender Morning: A Novel (Edilean #1)

3.85  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,759 Ratings  ·  623 Reviews
Jocelyn Minton is a woman torn between two worlds. Her mother grew up attending private schools and afternoon teas, but she married the local handyman. After her mother died when Joce was only five years old, her father remarried into his own class, and Joce became an outsider--until she met Edilean Harcourt. Although she was sixty years Joce's senior, Miss Edi was a kindr ...more
ebook, 384 pages
Published March 31st 2009 by Simon & Schuster, Inc. (first published January 1st 2009)
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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 17, 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
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 03, 2014 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
Apr 02, 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
Oct 29, 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
Ana Luisa
Jan 05, 2013 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
Aug 01, 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
May 17, 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!
Sep 23, 2014 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
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
Jun 23, 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
Jul 02, 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 30, 2013 Cata rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biblioteca, 2013
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
May 09, 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
Mar 30, 2015 claridge rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love it! I love it so much! This is my first Deveraux book, and I have to say it was an amazing experience reading this book!

Not much steaminess here, but the story is so colorful and wonderfully woven together.
Dec 06, 2009 Elizabeth rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Gave up after about 70 pages. This just isn't my favorite type of book. That's not to say it wasn't well written and perhaps I'm just not in the mood for this.

Too fluffy, too predictable, I actually skipped to the last page and confirmed my predictions. Then, quickly returned it to the library because there are tons of people waiting to read it.

I've never read Deveraux before. She obviously has a big following and is very prolific. It might just be me.

I'm not totally crossing this author off
Patrícia Alegria
À 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 como
Apr 27, 2009 Joy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was on the seven-day checkout shelf at the library. I'm
trying to read fiction beyong Parker. I liked the small-town (Virginia)
atmosphere of this book. When a young woman inherits a wonderful old
house in this home town of her mentor, Jocelyn goes back to the town and
is the center of attention. Someone tells her, "Mothers have sons, and
people need jobs, and charities need volunteers and money. You are open
season. The book could have moved much faster. There were no compelling characters
Annette Thompson
The book started off alot like "First Impressions" but toward the middle of it, the plot thickened. There was a lot going on in this book, but the end brought it all together, except for one still unanswered mystery. Whay did Alex McDowell feel he owed Miss Edi? I enjoyed how the book covered Jocelyn's story and also went back to 1944 to tell Miss Edi's story. I am not a fan of historical romance, but I think this was well done. I am looking forward to reading Days of Gold, and I hope it is not ...more
Vanessa Silva
Jan 18, 2015 Vanessa Silva rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very romantic book, with a good story. i really like.
May 10, 2016 Nyra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sentimientos contradictorios son los que siento por esta historia. Me ha encantado y la he odiado a partes casi iguales. El primer sentimiento se debe a que sin duda es una historia con un trasfondo precioso y como no, conmovedor y sensible . Es (si se le mira de cerca) una novela romántica original, con una saga familiar de secretos y una buena ración de historia, los personajes no pueden ser más encantadores y resultan sumamente ilógicos en algunos momentos, pero de allí el buen tino al junta ...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.

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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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