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Lavender Morning (Edilean Series #1)

Lavender Morning (Edilean Series #1)

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by Jude Deveraux

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A heartwarming romance about a woman who finds true love in a small town, from New York Times bestselling author, Jude Deveraux.

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


A heartwarming romance about a woman who finds true love in a small town, from New York Times bestselling author, Jude Deveraux.

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 kindred soul who understood her like no one else ever had.

When Miss Edi passes away, she leaves Joce all her worldly possessions, including an eighteenth-century house and a letter with clues to a mystery that began in 1941. In the letter, Miss Edi also mentions that she has found the perfect man for Joce -- a handsome young lawyer. Joce is shocked to learn that the mystery, the house, and the future love of her life are all in Edilean, a small town in Virginia that Miss Edi never told her about. Hurt that the woman who meant so much to her kept so many secrets, Jocelyn moves to this tight-knit village in an attempt to understand the legacy that has been left to her. As she begins to dig into Miss Edi's mystery, she soon discovers some shocking surprises about her family's history and her own future -- and she meets a man with his own mysterious past.

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Family ties, smalltown values and unexpected love in picturesque settings have made Deveraux a longtime bestselling author, so it's no surprise she again delivers on her tried-and-true formula. Jocelyn "Joce" Minton, daughter of a Williamsburg, Va., debutante and a handyman, is alienated from her family after her widowed father marries a woman who is decidedly not debutante material and has a pair of selfish twins. Joce ends up in the care of an elderly neighbor, Miss Edi, who watches over the girl through college. When Miss Edi dies, she leaves Joce an ancestral manor house and a trove of secrets going back to 1941 that compel Joce to visit Edilean, Va., where she meets the local color, including a sexy lawyer and his sexier gardener cousin-who has a secret or two, himself. Alternating WWII battlefront tragedy with contemporary romance, Deveraux packs in something for every generation, from wicked supermodels to patriotic sacrifice, from planting an herb garden to DNA tests. For all the novel's coincidences and predictability, readers will find it hard to resist the charm of Edilean, the manor house, the town, the woman of many secrets and, of course, the series to follow. (Apr.)

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Jocelyn glanced at herself in the hotel mirror for the last time. This is it, she thought. This is the moment. Her instinct was to put her nightgown back on and climb back into bed. Wonder what was on HBO during the day? Did this hotel have HBO? Maybe she should look for a hotel that did.

She took a deep breath, looked back at the mirror, and straightened her shoulders. What would Miss Edi say if she saw her slumping like this? At the thought of Miss Edi, tears again came to her eyes, but she blinked them away. It had been four months since the funeral, but she still missed her friend so much she sometimes didn't know how to function. Every day she wanted to call Miss Edi and tell her something that had happened, but each day she discovered afresh that she was gone.

"I can do this," Joce said as she looked in the mirror. "I really and truly can do this." She was dressed conservatively, in a skirt and an ironed, white cotton blouse, just the way Miss Edi had taught her. Her shoulder- length, dark blonde hair was pulled back with a headband, and she had on very little makeup. All she knew about the town of Edilean, Virginia, was that Miss Edi had grown up there, so Jocelyn didn't want to arrive in jeans and a tube top and shock the locals.

She picked up her car keys, grabbed the handle of her big black suitcase, and rolled it to the door. Tonight she'd be sleeping in her own house. It was a house she'd never seen, never even heard about until a lawyer told Joce she'd inherited it, but it was still hers.

Just days ago, she'd sat in the lawyer's office in Boca Raton, Florida, dressed all in black and wearing the pearls Miss Edi had given her. It was months after Miss Edi's funeral, but her will stated that it was to be read on the first day of May after she died. If she'd died on June the first, that would have meant waiting eleven months. But she'd died in her sleep just into the new year, so Jocelyn had had time to grieve before facing the ordeal of hearing what was in the will.

Beside her sat her father, his wife beside him, and next to her were the Steps, Belinda and Ashley. But now they were better known as Bell and Ash. Due to their mother's indefatigable efforts, they'd become models -- and the media had loved the idea of there being two of them. In the last ten years they'd been on the covers of all the top magazines. They'd traveled all over the world and modeled the clothes of every designer. When they walked through a mall, teenage girls followed them, their mouths open in awe. And males of every age looked at them with lust.

But for all their fame, to Jocelyn's mind, the Steps hadn't changed since they were all kids together. As children, the twins loved to make up things they said Joce had done to them, then tell their mother. Louisa used to glare at her stepdaughter and say, "Wait 'til your father gets home." But when Gary Minton returned, he'd just shake his head and do whatever he could to stay out of the turmoil. His objective in life was to have a good time, not to referee his three children. He'd retreat to his garage workshop, his wife and his tall stepdaughters trailing behind him. Jocelyn would leave and go to Miss Edi.

"So what did the old witch leave you?" Bell asked as she stretched her long neck to see Jocelyn at the far end of the row of chairs.

For Joce, it had never been difficult to tell the twins apart. Bell was the smarter of the two, the leader, while Ash was quieter and did whatever her sister wanted her to. Since that usually meant saying something nasty to gain a laugh, Ash was often the one to stay away from.

"Her love," Jocelyn said, refusing to look at her stepsister. Bell was on her third husband...

Meet the Author

Jude Deveraux is the author of more than forty New York Times bestsellers, including Moonlight in the Morning, The Scent of Jasmine, Scarlet Nights, Days of Gold, Lavender Morning, Return to Summerhouse, and Secrets. To date, there are more than sixty million copies of her books in print worldwide. To learn more, visit JudeDeveraux.com.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
September 20, 1947
Place of Birth:
Fairdale, Kentucky

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Lavender Morning (Edilean Series #1) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 213 reviews.
FlaChick More than 1 year ago
This is only the second book by this auther for me, but I'm in love! What great stories. I was so excited to see this book out and that it's going to be a series. Great story, great everything. Another hit by Deveraux. I will definitely buy the rest of her books.
jmx More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I've only read a few of Jude Deveraux books and this one really touched me. I found myself wanting to share it with other people. It is a very good book. The "second" story line great.
bookworm_4ever More than 1 year ago
To be honest, i wasnt going to read this book because everyone kept on saying this book was a dissapointment or that the book wasnt that good. I read what the book was about, it interested me, so i read it. After i was done reading it i was speechless. This book was amazing. I couldnt put it down. I loved all the characters and this book was packed with romance, humor and mistery. this is a must read. This is the first but not last book i have read from jude deveraux and it wont be the last. take a chance and read the book and you wont regret it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book felt like it was cranked out because it was time for Ms. Deveraux to publish a book, so she wrote an outline and flopped it onto the page. The dialogue was disjointed, the characters (although they had promise) were unengaging and plot development non-existent (the far-fetched plot was moved forward by a series of bald statements). I have enjoyed her books in the past, but this book was so poorly written that the only emotion it evoked was annoyance. Where was her editor?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lately, I haven't been too impressed with Jude's more recent books but this one was amazing! I read it in one day! I simply could not put it down. You'll laugh, cry, and celebrate with the characters. Edilean and David's love story will stick with me forever. You'll not regret reading/buying this book!
Lordressler More than 1 year ago
A new favorite for me. A magnificent read. Ramantic yet unpredictable. I fell in love with the characters. Jude has a special way of making you love the right characters even when they are unlovable. This is a MUST READ!
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Williamsburg, Virginia, the parents of Jocelyn ¿Joce¿ Minton come from different sides of the track. Her mom was the upper class elite debutante while her dad was a working class handyman. When Joce was five years old, her mom died. Her father remarried someone from his side of the tracks. Joce¿s maternal relatives cut her and her dad off due to his new family, which also include twin brats.

Joce fails to fit in with her new step-family, but finds her elderly neighbor Miss Edi Harcourt as an angel watching over her. When Miss Edi dies, Joce inherits her estate including an ancestral house in Edilean, Virginia. However, it is the 1941 letter that she finds that intrigues Joce. Though a bit hurt that her ¿grandma¿ Miss Edi hid her past, Joce arrives in town to investigate what happened to her beloved guardian angel during WWII. There she meets two hunks who are interested in her.

LAVENDER MORNING is a fabulous family drama filled with twists especially in involving Joce. The story line effortlessly rotates between WWII and modern times. Although too much coincidence occurs that move the inquiry too easily forward, fans will enjoy the optimistic contemporary romantic trip to Edilean and the bittersweet tragic events of the 1940s.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have never enjoyed any other stories than all the books in this series!!! You may as well buy them all bc you'll want more& more &etc... The love, mystery& the laughter will keep you entertained, enchanted for weeks. Start with no.1& dont look back. Youll never want them to end. Its been a year since i read them all so im goin back & visit my friends in Edilean!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't stop reading. Thank you, JD, for this wonderful series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was my first experience with Jude Deveraux. Her characters were so very real and the story believable. Now that I have finished it, I find myself ready to read more to find out what happens with the people next. I selected this book because it is the first in a series but I see the second jumps way back in history. But I expect it to be just as fascinating.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The beginning took a minute but after awhike zi was up all night finishing it! Tears were streaming down my face just before I broke out in a huge grin at the end
Krickle More than 1 year ago
I devour everything I can get my hands on by her. I liked this book and couldn't put it down. I love how she always has a historical tie in her books. My absolute favorite of her books are always tied in to the Montgomery family. If you haven't read anything by her this is a good one to start with. Also you should check out the Velvet series by her.
Regina81 More than 1 year ago
This book is boring. There are too many characters and too many story lines that are only loosely connected. I haven't read a Jude Deveraux book in years. I loved the Velvet series, but this book was just awful. I will not continue the series. I'm not sure I will read another of her books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like the story very much becasue its relateable to real life. Jocelyn looking for where she came from and every person needs to know who thier identity is. Luke who is this normal average guy who helps Jocelyn out and ends up falling for her through this journey they shared together. Every book should have a happy ending not a cliffhanger. This I would real again.
HEDI09 More than 1 year ago
Love the caught between two worlds idea...choices! Choices! choices!!! I second all the 5 star reviews before me!!! Another fabulous read I recently discovered was EXPLOSION IN PARIS by LINDA MASEMORE PIRRUNG....I plan to read it again, I loved it so much!!! Check out the reviews!! They hooked me big time!!! JUST ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL!!!!
Autumn1 More than 1 year ago
I have read so many of Jude Deveraux's books that I lose count. One thing I can say about her is that her ability take you on a wonderful journey is a gift. I have yet to be disappointed. Lavender Morning was fascinating. The characters were well developed. Although the story took place in a small town, there were more twist and turns than you would think. I loved the charm of it. I like most of her book covers, but this one was my favorite.
UltraBookworm More than 1 year ago
I've been a fan of the author, Jude Deveraux, when I discovered her first book and followed the stories of that first family line with great pleasure. I got my daughter hooked, too. For both of us, seeing Jude Deveraux's name after the title of a new book was a garuantee of a good book. This new story did not disappoint and I can't wait for the next one in this family story.
SkipJH More than 1 year ago
Jude Deveraux wrote Lavender Morning with such thoroughness that each character was fully developed. The characters became so real, it was actually hard to not believe that they were real people. In fact, I have a mental image of each character. I can visualize the 18th Century house from the kitchen to the many rooms. The transition between eras was clearly marked and it was not difficult to move back and forth. I thought the ending came much too fast, and yet, I almost think that was intentional as this is the first book in the Edilean Series. Perhaps, a lead in to Book 2. It was intriguing and delightful. After so much negativity on the news it was a total escape and I could not put the book down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with Miss Edi, Joceyln and Luke!
LisaRap More than 1 year ago
I love Jude Deveraux books and I was pleasantly surprised by this one. Not her usual format. It's sweet and lovely and heartwarming.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the characters, and the story line. I pretty much figured out the story, but loved reading it anyway to make sure I was right. A great book to read on the beach or on a rainy Sunday afternoon.
sueannz More than 1 year ago
Like opening an unknown gift, the book Lavendar Morning was a pleasant surprise. I was to see more of these interesting characters.
AvidReaderT More than 1 year ago
From the first paragraph you're drawn in. The characters are real, chances are you know someone just like them. I willing spent my weekend with this book.
starriknight More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book because it was a combination of a romantic mystery with surprises discovered as well as twists with every turn of the page. I felt like a Sherlock Holmes Junior working a case. The characters in the story are original and diverse, but very believable. They bond well together and lasting relationships grow. The chemistry between the main characters sizzles and you keep your fingers crossed until the very end hoping for a good outcome. Portions of the clues are given in story form over a period of time, so patience is required and well worth it. I am reluctant to admit that I was unable to figure out the mystery and that made the story even more memorable. It was not easy to solve and the reader is compelled to savor every word and sentence. There is a plethora of emotions described, which only enhances the depth of the content. I personally liked all the characters and got to think of them as friends of mine during the course of the read. I would recommend Lavender Morning as a gift, a collector's keeper, or for relaxation. There is a lot of room for discussion, too, which makes it an excellent reading group choice.
Lissie More than 1 year ago
I have been a huge fan of Jude Deveraux since my teen years, and this new novel meets standards. Especially when one realizes that this will be a series! Love, Love, LOVE this book!