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The Lavender Keeper

(Luc & Lisette #1)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  3,247 ratings  ·  262 reviews
Are you German or are you French? Are you working against Germany or for it? Are you telling me the truth, or are you a very accomplished liar?'

Lavender farmer Luc Bonet is raised by a wealthy Jewish family in the foothills of the French Alps. When the Second World War breaks out he joins the French Resistance, leaving behind his family's fortune, their home overrun by sol
Paperback, 461 pages
Published March 21st 2012 by Michael Joseph (Penguin Australia)
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Dec 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: five-star
This book featured everything I love about fiction: romance in wartime and a strong female protagonist among other things. I thought the story was inspired; set in Nazi occupied France as tension mounts and civilians band together to join the resistance against Hitler's regime.

Lavender farmer Luk conspires with others to defeat the German occupation of his beloved country and is thrown together with Frenchwoman Lisette, who has been living as a Londoner for the duration of the war until she is
3.5 stars. I've been reading so much about war this year, but all the books have been a little bit different. This one was about a half French, half German woman, Lisette, who becomes a British spy on a mission in Paris during WW2. Upon arrival in France at the start of her mission, she is assisted by members of the Resistance, including Luc, the lavender keeper of the title. There's a bit of romance, a bit of intrigue and a bit of anguish.

This is my 2nd Fiona McIntosh book this year, and if I w
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I very much enjoyed this book but agree that it would be best read in a few days as it needs to be followed carefully to keep up with all that is going on. I did think it got off to a rather slow start and didn't get a good grip on it until about 50 pages in, but given the size of the book and it's subject matter I think it was necessary to cover that ground. Once I got into it though, it was hard to put down.
I look forward to to follow up book titled "The French Promise" , which the Author prom
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
Feb 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-are
It's likely I wouldn't have chosen to read The Lavender Keeper because I am not a huge fan of historical novels, particularly those that feature war, but this showed up on my doorstep (courtesy Penguin Australia) so I added it to my reading list. I am glad I did as I enjoyed The Lavender Keeper very much.
A blend of action, adventure, romance and intrigue, The Lavender Keeper is set during WW2 during the Nazi occupation of France. Luc Bonet, a lavender farmer, joins the Resistance when his family
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adored this book. From beginning to end the story is beautifully woven together and is so compelling. Set in France during ww2 we meet Luc and Lisette, both with intriguing stories luc a lavender farmer, oh I could smell the lavender and lisette an once orphan girl now a important allied asset living in London. Their paths cross while they are both helping the allies in the defeat of hitler and the defeat of Germany in France. Just brilliant!! 🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩
Faye Barron
Jul 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It was the cover of the book that first enticed me. I could almost smell the power of the lavender! On turning the cover over, I read that that this book is set World WarII - Paris, Provence and London - with 'action, adventure, heartbreak, passion, devotion and treachery.'

Yes, definitely my type of book - and it did not let me down in any way! The characters of Lisette, Luc and Kilian are very real, very strong, and very impressive. They are faced with situations that none of us would envy. Int
Apr 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Save a couple of days for this book as when you pick it up, it's hard to put down. I really enjoyed The Lavender Keeper. This book is so much more than just a wartime book - it is filled with adventure together with romance and edge of the seat action. The Lavender Keeper is set during WW2 during the Nazi occupation of France. Fiona captures the reader from the very beginning and you develop feelings for the main characters throughout the book. And how thrilled was i to find at the end of the bo ...more
Apr 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
This novel tells the story of Luc, the Lavender keeper and Lisette, a British spy in France during WWII. Luc, an orphan with German heritage was adopted by a French Jewish family and spent a happy childhood growing up and learning to farm in their lavender fields. When his grandmother is killed by the french police and the family is rounded up and sent to a concentration camp, Luc manages to escape and join the Maquis, the French underground. As a keepsake he wears a small bag of wild lavender s ...more
Kate Loveday
Apr 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Lavender Keeper is a wonderfully entertaining book. Having had the pleasure of hearing Fiona Mcintosh speak recently, I will repeat her words, that it is ‘a romantic story but not a romance’ and this is true. It is so much more than a romance, it is a chronicle of the lives of the three main characters during the second World War, with most of the action taking place in France during the Nazi occupation.
It tells the story of Luc Bonet, a young man who grows up believing himself to be Frenc
Dec 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
One of the best reads for 2012, very strong storyline, WW2 is always a popular topic and is romanticized in many books, Fiona bring an honesty to her writing that is sometimes forgotten in books. With a bady that you end up falling in love with, The Lavender Keeper will keep you turning the pages and will stay with you long after you have finished the book, I love how Fiona has branched out and really is a writer with something for everyone.
Kate Forsyth
Loved this book! Loved it! Its the story of French resistance fighters in the Second World War, and their loves and fears and betrayals. I believe there's a sequel coming out - I can't wait.
Bree T
Luc Bonet is a lavender farmer. Although he’s always known he was adopted, he was raised as an integral part of his adopted family and has the lavender growing in his blood. He automatically knows when it’s time to harvest and he plans to take over from his father and take the farming to the next level. But the Bonets are Jews and this is World War II in France. It’s not a good time to be a Jew and the Germans are everywhere in the country, rounding up the Jewish population and taking them to ca ...more
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant. You have to read this heart wrenching story set in France during the second world war. Spies and intrigue, love deep and passionate, loss of life ripping families in two, deep heartache and revenge. Germans and the French. marquisard, collaborators, resistors, Gestapo, SS and the Fuhrer. An excellent read
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: wwii, military
*sigh* Where to start? I think many of my issues can be traced back to inaccurate expectations. The synopsis of this book is very vague and leaves out some crucial details. It fails to mention that Lisette is recruited by the British government and trained to become a spy. She goes through training like learning to lay bombs and kill a man. And then for the majority of the book her mission is just to "get close" (sleep with) a German officer. Who she falls in love with. Even though she had previ ...more
Sue Hopkins
Oct 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I wasn't initially keen to read this book, it was a gift, and I was put off by the cover and the name (too romantic?) but I am so glad that I did at the persuasion of others. I shouldn't have done the old cliche and judged the book by it's cover. I loved this story. I enjoy anything to do with the war, and this story struck a cord with me. The terrors and injustice of war and the abhorrent treatment of the Jews. The courage of the French resistance and the allied spy's. And central to the book a ...more
Apr 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I'll be entirely honest when I say that this book is not a literary masterpiece. Some of the dialogue made me cringe and if you read the synopsis, then you know that there is romance involved. Not necessarily a bad thing, but a bit too much sentimental romance for my liking. It also churns out a lot of irritating cliches about the various nationalities.
So why give it 5 stars? Because the story itself is absolutely brilliant. This is a fast-paced, very gripping plot packed with suspense and this
Oct 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. Compelling reading. Fiona McIntosh has done so much research and woven it into a seamless plot . Finely crafted novel.
Pete Loveday
Apr 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
I enjoy Historical novels. Fiona McIntosh has provided us with The Lavender Keeper and it is an excellent historical novel with a love triangle to keep the interest rolling along.
Set in the beautiful Provence region of Occupied France in the 1940’s, we meet Luc Bonet, a lavender farmer, a man of the land living his life by the seasons. Life has not yet been interrupted by the cruelty of the war. However, within the space of a week his world is shattered. He learns that his adoption at a young ag
Oct 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I found this book on the shelf of the Paris apartment we rented for 2 weeks in September. I kept looking at the spine and finally picked it up off the shelf to see what it was all about. Intrigued by the story, I thought I'd see how much I could read before vacation was over. It was a great read and I read well into the night a couple of times, not wanting to put it down and in making sure I could finish it before we left. I didn't have to worry, it was finished long before we went home. I can h ...more
Tamika Kate
Aug 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
The picturesque setting on the front cover enticed me to open the book, and I definitely do not regret that I did! Fiona McIntosh portrays the characters and their emotions in such a real light, that you cannot help but become swept up in their journey that travels through war-torn france. You feel the sorrow and joy as if you were Luc, Lisette or Markus yourself as they face numerous hardships of life and love. The lavender keeper is a story about loves lost and gained, while never losing touc ...more
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
WW2 - French Lavender Farmer with Jewish family and Anglo French girl fight in the resistance. Pretty gory detailing of Jewish persecution. A good read, with a couple OMG moments. Nice take on the German SS Officer who you actually end up quite liking. The end is fairly predictable but there is enough drama leading up to this to keep you satisfied. Read this straight after the Postcard and there are a number of similarities. The Lavender Keeper is far better.
Gloria Squires
Unrealistic the characters had no depth, descriptions of scenery limp and uninspiring. Wartime France was sanitised the true horror of life as a Jew under the Nazis was never really explored. Neither was the life of the Maquis. Did not bother to finish it. This is not a book for adults and I am sorry I wasted my money.
Feb 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is the first of McIntosh’s books that I’ve picked up and I’m so glad I did. I kept turning the pages, never having to skip a dull paragraph (a rare thing), and enjoyed how the author includes historical detail in a natural way. Well written with a consistent voice and enjoyable characters.
Mar 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book & am since looking forward to The French Promise. ...more
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“Are you German or are you French? Are you working against Germany or for it? Are you telling me the truth, or are you a very accomplished liar?”

Lavender farmer Luc Bonet is raised by a wealthy Jewish family in the foothills of the French Alps. When the Second World War breaks out he joins the French Resistance, leaving behind his family’s fortune, their home overrun by soldiers, their lavender fields in disarray.

Lisette Forestier is on a mission of her own: to work her way into the hear
Claire Davies
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Simply - I loved this book. I loved the characters, the suspense, the romance and the balanced approach to the impact on some Germans who didn't necessarily support Hitler and his ideology.

No twists or surprises at the end just a thoroughly absorbing story and a good read.
Heather Hyde
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very much enjoyed and looking forward to carrying on with The Promise.
Donna McEachran
Jun 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Probably my favourite to date...
Aug 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
THE LAVENDER KEEPER is a glorious tribute to the power of love, hope and self-belief when facing the terrors and evil of Nazi Germany and the threat of the loss of everything that we hold dear.

Part one of this tome is set in France during the second world war. We are introduced to Luc, his family and the incredible beauty of lavender fields. It is, however, a short sentence which the reader will come across that changes the tone of the novel completely. I won't quote it here to protect the inve
Lyndall Marwick
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
fantastic and sad like all books set during wartime. Gripping.
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Fiona writes best selling historical adventure-romance alongside the heroic-romantic, often brutal, fantasy she built her career upon. She lives in Australia but frequently roams the world meticulously researching the locations and gathering material for her historical novels that have international settings. Her books are published worldwide and in various languages.
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