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Lavender Morning

(Edilean #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  8,190 ratings  ·  714 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
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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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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.

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
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
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.

* 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
Evelyn Wilson
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this is a lovely book. Jocelyn and Luke or is it Ramsey? And then we get to read more about Miss Edi, the truth and Edilean Manor!
Jun 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Maggie by: Found it on the library shelf
Shelves: july-09
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Oct 11, 2009 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
May 07, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Heather Blair
Feb 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
Jude Deveraux used to be a quite good author. Not anymore. In fact, reading this I had the disturbing feeling she was using a ghost writer, a really talentless one. The plot is supposed to convoluted, intriguing, romantic, suspenseful and surprising. None of those adjectives describe this book. What it actually is, is the rather bland story of Jocelyn, a smart, supposedly elegant girl(I have to say girl, she doesn't come off as a real woman) who grows up kind of the white sheep in a black sheep ...more
Jun 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Sep 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: hated-it
Just finished this. Well, I tried. I started skipping pages within 30. The main plot, that of a kind of super-hero in colonial America, wasn't too bad. But I really HATED the main characters. The female character is a flake, and the male has identity and self-esteem issues. Really, the boy is gone for 4 years and comes back fat and effeminate, and no one questions this? If my son was gone for 4 years and came back so different in character, I'd have to sit him down and ask him what happened. And ...more
Apr 27, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Mar 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 27, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance
So disappointing! I didn't care about any of the characters, the conversations were mundane (a bit like listening to your co-workers recount their Saturday night dates on Monday morning), there was NO HEAT between the heroine and either of her love interests, and the "surprise" at the end was not a surprise. I used to enjoy Jude Deveraux's books (especially her "Knight in Shining Armour") but apparently one of us has changed. Sigh . . . it can happen in the best of relationships.
Apr 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Another lovely romance from Jude Deveraux with historical overtones. Lavender Morning is the beginning of the Edilean Series, so we shall have to wait and see what is next!

The book is mostly set outside of Williamsburg, VA much like her last novel Secrets.

I found it to be very engrossing and I kept turning the pages until I reached the last one.

I can't wait for the next one! :-)
Apr 02, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
Story starts out well but author runs out of plot and story and wraps up story because too much time spent on nothing- Heroine supposely has great research skill but does little or nothing to solve the m ystsery- all men are too handsome and all women too perfect- if anything a beach read and even than not a very good one. And I used to like her work
May 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely LOVED this book! I read it in a day and a half. I have not been so enthralled in a story since I can't remember. The characters were likeable and life like. I could see it playing in my head, and it was very enjoyable. It left me wanting more. I can not wait for the next in the series/triolgy to come out.
Jun 20, 2012 rated it did not like it

Thin plot, and boring characters. Jocelyn is so prim and proper that she should have been in a victorian novel, and Luke was rude and always eating.
I like her earlier books much better, but I still haven't given her up. I still hope that she will come up with something like The Awakening or The Princess or the Montgomery Quartet.
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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.

She began writing in 1976, and published her first bo

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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)
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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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