The Light Behind The Window (Paperback)
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Published: 30/08/2012
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The Light Behind the Window is a stunning tale of love, war and, above all, forgiveness, from Lucinda Riley, international bestselling author of the Seven Sisters series.

South of France, present day.
After the death of her glamorous, distant mother, Emilie de la Martinieres finds herself alone in the world - and sole inheritor of her grand childhood home.

A notebook of poems leads her to the mysterious and beautiful Sophia, whose tragic love affair changed the course of her family history. As Emilie unravels the story, she too embarks on a journey of discovery, realizing that the chateau may provide clues to her own difficult past.

London, 1943. A young office clerk, Constance Carruthers, is drafted into a special operations team, arriving in occupied Paris during the climax of the conflict. Separated from her contact, she stumbles into the heart of a wealthy family who are caught up in a deadly game of secrets and lies.

Forced to surrender her identity and all ties to her homeland, Constance finds herself drawn into a complex web of deception, the repercussions of which will affect generations to come . . .

'A fast-paced, suspenseful story flitting between the present day and World War II . . . Brilliant escapism' - Red

** This title has been published outside the UK under the title The Lavender Garden. **

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781447218425
Number of pages: 544
Weight: 383 g
Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 34 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
A sweeping, engrossing work. Riley is talented, delighting in the small details of aristocratic luxury and the pastoral countryside . . . The heroines of [The Light Behind the Window] struggle to master circumstances seemingly beyond their control, a common thread in Riley's work. A tale of family secrets, wartime espionage, and loyalties gained and gambled, The Lavender Garden will appeal to fans of historical fiction, Kate Morton, and Helen Bryan -- Booklist
A fast-paced, suspenseful story flitting between the present day and World War II . . . Riley expertly weaves Emilie's story into a dual narrative . . . A real old-fashioned romance which manages to have a compelling narrative as well as something of a history lesson in the Special Operations Executive. Brilliant escapism -- Red
Two superb storylines for the price of one here. In 1998 Emilie de la Martinieres inherits her grand South of France childhood home. She begins to uncover the past and finds a tiny room hidden in the wine cellar. Why has it been sealed for 50 years? As if that wasn't enough, there's also the part set in 1944. Constance Carruthers is sent to Paris as a spy, but loses her contact and falls in with an aristocratic family involved with the Resistance. Seriously, what could be more divine? Just sink in and wallow -- Kate Saunders, Saga
A beautifully written book that secures Riley's authorial status and proves that her golden penmanship is no mere fluke . . . This is the perfect literary novel to move those readers who wish for something more fulfilling than chick-lit, yet just as entertaining, witty and heart-stopping. The language is dramatic yet truthful and Riley has such a delicate touch with mystery and intrigue that it's difficult to predict where the plot is going . . . Riley's descriptive nuances are so evocative a TV drama is bound to be imminent. A literal and literary page-turner -- WeLoveThisBook.co.uk
Yet again, I have been totally entertained by another great story that is well written with an intricate plot that is multi-layered but tied together so well . . . I became really emotionally attached to these characters . . . This novel really is a joy to read, expertly woven together and mixing social history with family dramas and love and relationships - the perfect blend -- RandomThingsThroughMyLetterbox.blogspot.co.uk
Riley brings us a cast of exquisitely drawn characters and as you slip effortlessly into their lives and share their hopes, dreams and fears, prepare to be intrigued, moved to tears . . . and ultimately uplifted -- Lancashire Evening Post, on The Butterfly Room
A brilliant page-turner just soaked in glamour and romance -- Daily Mail, on The Seven Sisters
A masterclass in beautiful writing -- The Sun, on The Sun Sister

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“Sweeping, cinematic, beautiful”

Lucinda Riley writes novels for a genre that is sadly hard to come by these days - Commercial fiction with a literary twist. 'The Light Behind the Window' upholds the author's preferred style - A... More

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“Marvellous”

The Light Behind the Window is my first novel by Lucinda Riley, and will not be my last. The book is cleverly written, set in both the 1940s, telling Connie’s heroic story, and the late 90s, as Emilie unearths the de... More

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“Stunning!”

I don't want to really give anything away, as what Lucinda Riley does best is entice the reader into a world of secrets, twists, love, war and redemption. However, what I will say, is that 'The Light Behind... More

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