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Lavender in Bloom

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  34 ratings  ·  25 reviews
A heartbreaking tale about love and loss...

It’s the year 1802 in Avignon, France.

Noah Capet has spent most of his young life living simple and unvaried days in the hushed countryside of southern France. Quiet, reserved, and diffident, his preference for existing is to do so in solitude, keeping to himself both in town and on his family’s farm—a predilection that’s altogeth
Paperback, 276 pages
Published July 25th 2016 by House of Capet Publishing
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Lily Velez From the author: Since I like to know when a love story has a sad ending (one must get in the right frame of mind, after all!), I wanted to give…moreFrom the author: Since I like to know when a love story has a sad ending (one must get in the right frame of mind, after all!), I wanted to give prospective readers a head's-up where it concerns Lavender in Bloom. This is a love story, yes, but it's also a story about friendship and self-discovery and family and fear and heartbreak. If you prefer stories with an HEA/HFN, this may not be the story for you. (I'd like to think it ends with a faint glimmer of hope, but some may feel otherwise). If, however, you don't mind stories that touch upon loss and tragedy, I encourage you to give Lavender in Bloom a try. And if you're still undecided even then, I invite you to take the journey with Noah and Jeremie anyway. That said, whether it's with Lavender in Bloom or one of my other books, I hope you enjoy your experience. :) (less)

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Kaje Harper
Aug 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
This bittersweet historical has a smooth, slightly unique writing style that fits with the era and characters. The definition of slow burn, it moves the main character through a long process of finding himself, and coming out of his shell, just a little, to the man who is at first his only friend, and then more. But in this age of church-centered life and class-distinctions, two men together fight a very uphill and risky battle, and their own fears may be their worst enemies.

Sad and sweet, this
Aug 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Well this book broke my heart and it’s not repairable. **I want to note the author warned me it was a tragic love story. There is no happy ending**

That said, the writing is stunning and poetic. It’s severely emotional! The MC’s are Noah and Jeremie and they are amazing. They are realistic and I had a very strong connection with them.
This story is strong with the visuals and therefore makes falling into it effortless. But even with the personal warning from the author the ending shattered me. Bi
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
3.75 Hearts

"Over time, lavender spread throughout all the lands, and it was said that wherever it bloomed, love was present."

Sometimes I feel like being sad. Not often, but I occasionally like to read books or movies that break with tradition. And usually break my heart and this book fit the bill. But there is beauty in this tragedy and a lesson.

Unfortunately Noah grasps the depth and breadth of that lesson too late. Noah is a young man with a tragic past that has shaped him. He strives to main
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Lily Velez
Jul 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
A Note From The Author (for anyone who missed the Q&A on this page):

Since I like to know when a love story has a sad ending (one must get in the right frame of mind, after all!), I wanted to give prospective readers a head's-up where it concerns Lavender in Bloom. This is a love story, yes, but it's also a story about friendship and self-discovery and family and fear and heartbreak. If you prefer stories with an HEA/HFN ending, this may not be the story for you. (I'd like to think it ends wi
Jennifer Oliveira
*I recieved an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley*

The first thing I need to say is that Lily Velez has a gift. A gift for writing, namely for describing surroundings, making comparisons, expressing sentations in words you'd never thought of... It's beautiful, really.

That said, it was too much. When you know you can desbribe things beautifully and you like to do it, sometimes as a writer you get carried away and your book ends up loaded with too many paragraphs of what I think mig
Jul 27, 2016 added it
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-Романтичное место действия
- повествование, сотканное из мифов и легенд
- два таких разных героя, которые несмотря на это созданы друг для друга
- они всего лишь держатся за руки, а ощущение такое, будто читаешь горячую сцену
В общем, у меня создалось впечатление, что я читаю сказку, поэтому до самой последней строчки я ждала хэппи-энда, что вот сейчас появится добрая фея и все исправит. Но нет.
Я не отрицаю, что книга меня задела, но, если бы я знала чем все закончится, я бы никогда не взяла ее в
Joyfully Jay
Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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A Joyfully Jay review.

5 stars

Wow. Just wow. I’m not even sure where to begin with Lavender in Bloom. When I chose this book for review, I never expected to be so blown away, but I knew from the first page that I was reading something special. The author does an amazing job of transporting us to the French countryside and doing so in such a way as to be relatable to almost every reader. Anyone who has lived in the county or driven by a pasture and smelled the air after hay has been mowed can con
Slightly Spoilerish(?): Calling this book a tragic love story isn't a spoiler, its part of the synopsis and the author, Lily Velez, is very clear about this. That being said, I wasn't prepared for the fist that clenched my heart for so much of this novel. It was beautifully realistic - meaning sometimes you don't fight for your love, sometimes you convince yourself its better not to because they world is horrible and you are too afraid of taking a chance, and like in real life, you really don't ...more
Tex Reader
4.5 of 5 stars – Tragic Gay YA Love, All the More Moving.
[Thanks to the author and Goodreads' Don't Buy My Love program for a free copy in exchange for an honest review]

I love various gay genres, including historical romance, and this was refreshingly in a more serious, even tragic tone, as well as in France, and Lily Velez did all that justice.

In the classic Greek dichotomy of comedy and tragedy, this is indeed the latter. Not unknown, but certainly not common amongst all the feel-good m/m roma
Sep 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a beautiful, heartbreaking book, that left me in real, literal tears at the culmination of it. It tells us a bittersweet tale of two men in 19th century France, and the growth of their relationship from acquaintances, to friends, to something more. A true slow-burn romance.

I enjoyed this story very much, and I found the author had a great gift for prose, painting the landscape both physical and emotional with lush and evocative description. That said, there really is such a thing as too
Jan 08, 2017 rated it liked it
*ARC received via NetGalley*

Overall, this was a very enjoyable story. I know not many people may have a special fondness for tragic love stories but, when they are well executed, I do. This one, for the most part, did it.
True, there were some things that may have earned my complaints: I didn't like the way Jeremie's character arc was handled in a specific aspect, I felt it cheapened his character, in a way- even though his questionable actions did correspond with the impulsive nature of a despe
Sep 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Powerful. Emotive. Memorable. ...and very beautifully written.
Elisa Rolle
Oct 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Lavender in Bloom by Lily Velez
1) Not your usual m/m romance, by far. A literary novel of higher ranks. The shimmering heat of Southern France, the heady perfume of lavender on the fields, the labour but also the freedom of a rural society, the chill in the château; two young and confused and lost and searching souls, the barrier in 19th century and the barrier in your own heart and head; joy and wonder and sadness and despair... The author draws a picture
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I bawled my eyes out over this one. Definitely not one for the faint hearted. The prose was maybe a bit too purple in places, particularly at the start when it seemed like every single thing about the farm and Avignon was described in great detail. However, once Jeremie arrived on the scene that descriptiveness added to the intensity of Noah and Jeremie's relationship. So it works very well later on when everything takes on a much greater meaning than what's on the surface. And it's interesting ...more
Mike Adams
Mar 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Tragic love story set in early 1800s France. Noah, a nearly mute farm boy is wooed by a Jeremie, a wealthy fellow who's preparing to open a bookstore in the town of Avignon. Things take a sad turn when a forced engagement interrupts their budding attraction.

The prose is florid, descriptive and passionate. The descriptions of the lovely farm versus Jeremie's stuck-up wealthy parents and their lavish yet hollow mansion is clear. What could have been a happy ending is more realistic, with plenty of
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
Jul 28, 2016 rated it liked it
I have mixed ratings for this review but I'm giving it an overall of 3.5

I love the writing style. The author has a gift for prose and her writing enables you to visualize and imagine life in 19th century France very clearly. She is able to describe and give life to the characters strongly that after reading the book, you'd feel like you've known the MC's for quite some time now.

-- and believe me that they felt too real for me that after finishing the book in 4 hours, I felt torn and unable to ge
May 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Lavender In Bloom is a book that sent me through every emotion imaginable and then back again! It’s a beautifully written story about acknowledging and listening to your heart, your dreams, and combating both the fears that are inside you and those that are within others, which can be difficult in a rural 19th-century town.

The characters were lovable and enjoyable. It was easy to get to know them right from the start. Noah and Jeremie are wonderful main characters, relatable, well-rounded, and
Kaelan Rhywiol
Dec 12, 2016 rated it liked it
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Nov 16, 2016 rated it did not like it

It really irks me this is labeled a romance. The very definition of the romance genre is a happy ending. Call it historical, call it literature, fine. Tragic endings are expected there. Not in romance, and I detest when authors call their books romance just because they want the readership and the money that comes from the world's mot profitable genre, but then show up and shit all over that genre. Romance = HEA. You can argue and sulk about it all you like, but that is the one set in stone rule
Dec 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 28, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: family, drama, historical
What a tragically sad drama. We can't really describe it as a romance, still it was way to sad.
Ending was simply horrible! I'm rating the story with 2 star because of an emotional unhappy ending.
Vanessa Brissette
Jan 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully written. Emotionally moving. Would have been 5 stars, but I really hate to cry.
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Lily Velez has been writing stories since she was six years old. Not much has changed since then. She still prefers the written word and her overactive imagination over the ‘real world’ (though to be fair, her stories no longer feature talking dinosaurs). A graduate of Rollins College and a Florida native, when she's not reading or writing, she spends most of her days wrangling up her pit bulls No ...more
“Noah was a funeral pyre. He was burning. The flames rose to staggering heights and blazed in white, hot tongues. Jeremie had once told him a story of the burial rites of the Norse. They’d burn their dead, believing the high smoke carried their loved ones’ souls to Valhalla.

Noah was beyond Valhalla. Beyond the creamy spaciousness above the clouds, beyond the limits of the very earth. He floated among the stars, joined them in holy communion, knew each one by name. Then they were within him, scores of them, bright and hot, turning his ribs into a furnace as they shifted and created constellations in his soul. And all the while, the summer sang in his lungs.

There was no space between him and Jeremie. Where one ended, the other began, and still Jeremie pulled him closer like the moon pulls the tide, gripping him tightly in the same way he’d gripped Noah’s heart, had gripped his entire being.”
“A bird with jewel-toned plumage cleaned its beak in the garden’s bird bath, and Noah’s eyes followed it as it shot away to join the other feathered troubadours in the trees. Their high, staccato notes were the only sounds now. It was one of the attributes Noah most loved about his home: the quiet. The clouds would hang low and move at a languid pace, changing form every so often as if heaven were writing coded messages to the earth, and one could have the sense of becoming lost in an endless, tranquil moment of time, as if a grain of sand within an hourglass had suddenly paused midair.” 0 likes
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