A Kiss in Lavender

A Kiss in Lavender

by Laura Florand

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BN ID: 2940158846694
Publisher: AOS Publishing
Publication date: 09/12/2017
Series: La Vie en Roses , #4
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 300
Sales rank: 189,457
File size: 654 KB

About the Author

Laura Florand burst on the contemporary romance scene in 2012 with her award-winning Amour et Chocolat series. Since then, her international bestselling books have appeared in ten languages, been named to the Top 100 Romances of all time by NPR; been chosen as one of the Best Books of the Year by Library Journal, Romantic Times, and Barnes & Noble; received the RT Seal of Excellence and numerous starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and Booklist.
After a Fulbright year in Tahiti and backpacking everywhere from New Zealand to Greece, and several years living in Madrid and Paris, Laura now teaches Romance Studies at Duke University. Contrary to what the “Romance Studies” may imply, this means she primarily teaches French language and culture and does a great deal of research on French gastronomy, particularly chocolate.

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A Kiss in Lavender 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This felt like a different story from Laura. It felt like the characters journey were rooted in a different place and their complexities were different than her other books where it’s usually insta love and insta lust. I’m surprised that it took the characters so long to have their romantic moments but it’s also believable given Elena’s past. I appreciated that it was more of an emotional journey to accept love and how they came together. I’m really looking forward to Antoine’s book!
LynnLTX More than 1 year ago
Lucien and Elena’s story #4 in the La Vie en Roses series, portrays two people who for different reasons have lost their families. Lucien abandoned his family after a revelation so devastating that he left the Rosier clan to join the French Foreign Legion. He has been gone fifteen long years fighting a war of a different kind rather than face the battle for his battered heart and soul. Elena’s abandonment by her family very early on to years of foster care marked her deeply. She kept trying to open her heart to people who might love her only to be rejected. Elena Lyon has built a protective barrier around herself so as not to be ever again exposed to that wrenching kind of heartbreak and loss. Lucien’s family never gave up hope he would come home. His determined and resourceful Tante Collette sends Elena to find Lucien and bring him home to them for the void in the family caused by Lucien’s absence has been deeply felt. When Lucien first returns to the fold to attend a wedding after Elena’s efforts, his family almost overwhelms him with their fierce love but some anger as well. The rowdy, boisterous cousins Lucien grew up with hug and punch their lost “brother” in turns. Their hearts too have been wounded by his loss and absence from their lives. Elena has always been the little girl standing outside looking in at the loving and loyal Rosier family while wishing to be a part of such a group who loves fiercely and would give everything to protect each another. Elena’s work with Tante Collette tracking down the various members of extended family lost though time and circumstance gives her a glimpse of what it must feel like to be unconditionally loved which is something she has never known. Elena and Lucien’s relationship faces several challenges including their wounded souls and his career with the Legion. Lucien realizes he can find home again not only as a physical place but an emotional one with Elena. She is quite the hard sell never really believing that she is worthy to be loved, or that she can trust anyone with something as fragile and injured as her heart. Their story reminds me that while blood ties are important, families are made of people who care for each other with a deep abiding love. People are truly blessed when they form relationships outside of the familial ones becoming brothers, sisters, or children of the heart. Their bonds are just as deep and strong as those whom they are related to and, in some cases, more so. Laura Florand’s writing always brings me such joy. Her stories are more than romances; they are beautifully rendered portraits of places such as Provence where the pace of life has varied little over the centuries imbued with scents of wonderfully fragrant flowers and inscribed in the feel and atmosphere of old stone walls and cobbled streets. These defining elements add much depth and dimension to this tale of loss, love, and two people finding a place to call home in each other despite or because of what life has thrown at them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ms. Florand is an amazing writer. This whole series has been tremendous. Sensuous. Full of textures and smells. Her characters are richly drawn as we gain insights into how they think and feel, how they see themselves and others. Each person is distinctive and an individual the reader has a unique relationship with. This particular book draws less on the land (without abandoning it) and delves more into the psychology of post Shoah impact, along with other issues without being preachy or pedantic. I am going to have to read every book she writes.
SW57 More than 1 year ago
Oh, my gosh! I knew Lucien's story would be emotional, but Elena had even more of a wrenching back story. I was so hoping the two of them could figure out how to be together. I had faith in Laura Florand for the HEA, but whew, what a journey. Loved this story!