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Lavender Morning

(Edilean #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  8,092 ratings  ·  703 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 kin ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published March 31st 2009 by Atria Books (first published March 2009)
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Catarina The second book is Scarlet Nights. Books 2 (Days of Gold) and 4 (The Scent of Jasmine) are part of the series but aren't contemporary. So if you only…moreThe second book is Scarlet Nights. Books 2 (Days of Gold) and 4 (The Scent of Jasmine) are part of the series but aren't contemporary. So if you only want the ones that take place in the present, you should read book 1 (Lavender Morning), 3 (Scarlet Nights), 5 (Heartwishes), 6 (Moonlight in the Morning), 7 (Stranger in the Moonlight) and 8 (Moonlight Masquerade).(less)

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Mo
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was quite a good read. Seemed to take me forever to read it between work and holiday preparations.



bookczuk
Jan 08, 2010 rated it did not like it
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
Sevgi Ervan
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
#kitapyorumu
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Lavanta Kokulu Sabahlar okuduğum en iyi kitaplardandı. O kadar güzel ki ne söylesem az kalır. Konusuyla ve diliyle çok güzeldi.😍Jude Deveraux'un okuduğum tüm kitaplarını çok seviyorum. Bana göre kesinlikle türünde ustası. İçten yazımıyla okuyucuya mutluluğu ve hüznü çok güzel bir şekilde geçiyor.

Kitapta arada geçmişten sahnelerde 2. Dünya Savaşındaki aşıklarımız David ve Edilean'dan da bahsediliyor. Kısada olsa onları okumak çok güzeldi. Hikayeleriyle benim unutmayacağım karakterler
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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
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Josefina Wagner
Cok cabuk okuyabildigim kitaplardan.Hem surukleyici hem de konu ve anlatim olarak kendi tarzi icinde en iyilerinden biri oldugunu dusundugum bir yazar. Ne yazik ki yazarin okumaya basladigim ilk eseri serinin 5 .sinden baslamis bulunuyorum sonra hem konu hem anlatim tarzi beni öyle cektiki devam ettim okumaya .bu serinin ilk kitabiymis bu yuzden simdi tekrar okuduklarimi da bir kez daha okuyacagim. Klasiklere girecek bir eser degil tabiki ama dedigim gibi kendi tarzinda okuma hazzi veren vaktini ...more
İlkim
Jul 11, 2014 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
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Tuğba Atıcı Coşar (okuryazarannecik)

Hem geçmiş hem de geleceğin harika bir şekilde harmanlanmış hâli olan bu hikaye beni kesinlikle çok ama çok etkiledi. Kitabı okumaya başladığımda tarihi aşk zannederek başlayıp "ee sonra, nerede bunun tarihi?" diye hayal kırıklığı yaşayıp daha sonra sayfaları çevirdikçe "sen ne güzel bir kitapsın" diye çığlıklar atıp bitirdiğim bir kitap oldu.
O sımsıcak hikâye dediğimiz türde kalemler var ya işte bu yazar o terimi baştan sona hak ediyor. Karakteler o kadar güzeldi ki, kurguya zaten diyecek sözüm
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Laura V.
2015 Reading Challenge: #34 Libro con triángulo amoroso

3.5/5

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
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Kamaliah
Mar 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.

Good:
* 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
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Vera
Jul 31, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
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Ririn
Feb 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
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Maria João
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: meu, 2016
Lembrei-me porque gosto tanto desta autora :)
Lina
May 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I want to hug and cherish this story forever

Lavender Morning is the story of Jocelyn Minton, who starts a new life in a little town after her old friend dies. On her friend's will she was left a Mansion and she decides to discover the secrets surronding her friend and her house. Jocelyn never knew that Miss Eddie had lived in Edilean and little by little we see Joce find love, and get to read about Miss Eddie's mysterious past.

I flew through this book. It was surprisingly hilarious, it actually
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Yona
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
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Kasey
Apr 13, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
BJ Rose
Apr 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Sara Jesus
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, favorites
Jude Deveraux tem um verdadeiro talento em contar histórias. Num só romance engloba mistério, histórias de amor e suspense. É uma história de segredos de família, amizades e relações mal resolvidas. Adorei por me lembrar-me o romance "Jardim dos segredos" de Kate Morton.

Tal como no livro de Kate há uma grande mansão e um homem irresistível do qual a protagonista se apaixona. Assim como conta a narração da história de Miss Eddie ( passado no século XX, mas precisamente na Segunda Guerra).

Contudo
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Kelly
Apr 20, 2017 rated it did not like it
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 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
Catarina
Nov 30, 2016 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
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Cata
Apr 10, 2013 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.
Maggie
Oct 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Maria
Jan 04, 2012 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
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
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Taline Michaelian
The best book I've ever read. The way Ms Deveraux told the story made me feel part of that world. The characters were great. I fell in love with Luke and wanted for Jocelyn and Luke to be together, an unexpected ending. I got goose bums when I was reading the last four chapters and I cried, something I have never done.
Hafize
Sep 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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!
Paula
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Jocelyn has had a rather rough life. Her mother passes away when Jocelyn is young and she lives with her maternal grandparents for a while. When they are killed in an accident, she goes to her father and stepmother with twin stepsisters. Jocelyn is treated poorly but an older woman who lives across the street takes her under her wing. When Edi dies years later, she leaves Jocelyn her home in Edilean, Virginia. Jocelyn thought she knew everything there was to know about Edi but she is soon to fin ...more
Audrey
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
enjoyable. a lot of focus on marriage right away with all of the characters, maybe it was more the small town culture? good mystery, although a bit predictable. I liked the flashback storyline too. Luke was my favorite character, and I wanted more between him and Joce. I liked both their relationships with their grandparents.
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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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Edilean (9 books)
  • Days of Gold (Edilean, #2)
  • Scarlet Nights (Edilean, #3)
  • The Scent of Jasmine (Edilean, #4)
  • Heartwishes (Edilean, #5)
  • Moonlight in the Morning (Edilean, #6)
  • Stranger in the Moonlight (Edilean, #7)
  • Moonlight Masquerade (Edilean, #8)
  • Change of Heart (Edilean, #9)
“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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