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The Lavender House in Meuse

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Marie Durant Chagall, the well-educated daughter of a wealthy shipping merchant, is living a privileged childhood with her half-sister, Solange, in Marseille when their cultured world is shocked into change with the chaos of World War I.

Feeling restless and a desire to contribute, Marie volunteers as a nurse with the French Red
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ebook, 188 pages
Published October 16th 2015 by Gemelli Press
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Andrew
Apr 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: those who like a modern classic
From the start, I found that I liked the central characters of the story. Marie Durant Chagall and her half- sister, Solange are moving through childhood. They live with their twice widowed father, who is a shipping merchant who works out of Marseilles.

Marie has a lot of respect for both her father and Solange, six years her senior. She is a feisty character and knows her own mind. At the same time she shows a deep family loyalty. This is apparent as she contemplates volunteering as a nurse for
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Laurel
Apr 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: books-read-2015
The Lavender House in Meuse by Gail Noble Sanderson could be an interesting book on women, their role(s) in WWI, and the cost the war took on both the lives of these women and the men who lived through this most devastating conflict, but it fell short. Marie and all of the characters in the book were flat and never really acquired any depth throughout the entire story. And they could have been such full of life and vibrant people, ones you truly cared about. Also, the title of the book is mislea ...more
Janet Shawgo
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this book! Marie Chagall the main character is such a strong individual with a heart that truly gives. As a nurse I walked each step with her. The strong will to go to war, and her return home to recover physically and mentally from all she experienced. The home in Muese along with the community restored her soul and gave her purpose again. Henri a special individual brings all that is good in Marie to those who need her, and heal what was broken inside. Be sure to read the award winning ...more
Janka H.
WW1 in France through the female eyes.

France and lavender was what has caught both my eyes and my reading interest. Unfortunately, this story did not hold my attention for a long time, as it is quite unrealistic - what the 21st century authoress thought her heroine could experience in the war and France in general, but the war realism and the French essence is missing for me.
Dominique Dailly
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. Amazing to think that the writer has put down on paper what came to her from past memories. One cannot but feel for the heroine Marie. Author's narrative is particularly lively through the wonderful description of all the senses which draw the reader into the author's story.
About to read author's second book that just came out: The Passage Home to Meuse.
Kelly
Oct 08, 2016 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: people who want to torture themselves with bad writing and flat characters
I received an e-galley of this book for free from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review. I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for their generosity in feeding my brain! :)

Oh, Marie... How do we solve a problem like Marie?

I had such high hopes for this books! I spotted it on NetGalley and was instantly in need of it as it involved front-line nursing during WWI, and I'm always lookin
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Andrea Stoeckel
Jul 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
[I received this book free from the publisher through NetGalley. I thank them for their generousity. In exchange, I was simply asked to write an honest review, and post it. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising]

"Our memories, like love, transcend all time."- author's note in preface

This is a book that tells a story about World War
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Kristina
Aug 12, 2015 rated it it was ok
The Lavender House in Meuse by Gail Noble Sanderson is an historical novel that takes place in France. Marie Chagall has been raised by her sister, Solange in Marseilles, France. As Marie grows older she gets more restless. When war breaks out, Marie wants to be more useful. She is excited when people are asked to be trained as volunteer nurses (they have to pay for their own training and they never get paid). Marie goes off for training in Paris and eventually ends up in a field hospital outsid ...more
Dorie  - Traveling Sister :)
Jun 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this author's writing. I thought her descriptions of the landscape, fallen soldiers, the house in Marseilles, and the Lavender house were well drawn. I immediately liked Marie Durant Chagall. This is not a story of rich girl hating her family and going the opposite direction. Rather Marie deeply admires her father and sister but does not feel that is the life for her.

She joins the Red Cross and begins to experience and learn nursing skills and all of the physical and emotional s
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Terri Wangard
May 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
The descriptive detail in The Lavender House in Meuse is incredible. Gail Noble Sanderson excels at finding the perfect turn of phrase.
Marie grows up in a well-to-do family in Marseilles. She volunteers as a nurse during World War I. Her experiences are horrifying, and she is wounded herself. She returns to Marseilles, but feels like a visitor and can't relate to anyone. Her father tells her she had inherited her mother's house in Meuse. There, a peddler forces her out of her shell, caring for t
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Joanne
Jul 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was very intrigued by the beginning of this book - was it really about three past life experiences the author feels she has had or was that part of the story? I thought that the part of the story set in WW1 was the best part. Marie has had a privileged life but feels called to frontline nursing in the battlefields. The author wrote convincingly of the horrors that were faced by medical staff during the war. The theme of shell-shock as experienced by many characters was explored in a believable ...more
Mirella
Mar 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What an impressive story. Told through lovely lyrical prose, it is a story of a young woman of Jewish heritage who leaves her home to become a nurse on the war front during World War I. It is very much a tale of trauma and injury and healing.

When Marie leaves her sister and father in their Marseille home for the front, she returns injured and emotionally harmed. The world has changed and her father and sister prepare to leave France for America. As she heals, she learns she has inherited her la
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Margaret Sholders
Aug 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I wasn't sure what this book was going to give me. I thought it would be a big read and it was all that and more. Gail must have done a lot of research to get this book spot on. This is a family story but the focus is on Marie. She has an urge to leave home and as the First World War is about to start she trains as a nurse. Then comes Verdun and she survives when her friends are dead. She next moves on to the River Meuse and her Dad tells her she has a house from her late mother. She has the hou ...more
Maxime
Apr 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Recived via NetGalley In exchange for a honest review : Publication Aug 2015
Marie Durant Chagall, the well-educated daughter of a wealthy shipping merchant, is living a privileged childhood with her half-sister, Solange, in Marseille when their cultured world is shocked into change with the chaos of World War I.
I Enjoyed this book lovely sometimes sad Poignant i would recommend it as a good summer read
Kristine
May 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: amazon-reviewed
The Lavender House in Meuse by Gail Noble Sanderson is a free NetGalley ebook that I began reading in early May shortly before finals. Hopefully, this will chill me out a little.

The tone of the book comes off as over-idyllic and wishywashy, almost like if it was written by a French, lower-class, Pollyanna Scarlet O'Hara. It really doesn't wind its way through much of a plot or a fulfilling conclusion.
Lorri
Dec 25, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015
I enjoyed much of this book, including the descriptive detail of life for Marie at the lavender house, but the ending was abrupt with no resolution or closure. I have read that this is intended to be the first of a series and perhaps that is why the ending is written as it is. Otherwise, I would have given it 3 stars.
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Gail Noble-Sanderson has been writing for as long as she can remember. In her career as a Speech-Language Pathologist she published many educational programs for children with special needs. She now turns her attention to the writing of historical fiction. Gail has lived in many parts of the United States but has called the Pacific Northwest home for almost 30 years. She is on Face Book and her we ...more