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  • By: Lucinda Riley
  • Narrated by: Miranda Raison
  • Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (358 ratings)

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By: Lucinda Riley
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From the Sunday Times best-selling author of the Seven Sisters series, Lucinda Riley's The Light Behind the Window is a breathtaking and intense story of love, war and, above all, forgiveness.

The present: Emilie de la Martiniéres has always fought against her aristocratic background, but after the death of her glamorous, distant mother, she finds herself alone in the world and sole inheritor of her grand childhood home in the south of France. An old notebook of poems leads her in search of 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 her own journey of discovery, realising that the château may provide clues to her own difficult past and finally unlock the future.

The past: London 1943. A young office clerk, Constance Carruthers, is drafted into the SOE, arriving in occupied Paris during the climax of the conflict. Separated from her contact in her very first hours in France, 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 and her beloved husband, Constance finds herself drawn into a complex web of deception, the repercussions of which will affect generations to come.

Note to listeners: in the US, this book is published under the title The Lavender Garden.

©2020 Lucinda Riley (P)2020 Macmillan Publishers International Ltd

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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)

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Held my all the way to the end

I enjoyed this book very much. Lucinda Riley took me on a wonderful journey. Twists and turns and mystery. The book described different parts and painted a truly realistic picture. Fabulous !

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A great book from start to end.

My second book purchased from this author, Lucinda Riley. Great narration and story line. I will most definitely be purchasing another.

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Brilliant !

I couldn’t stop listening. Another brilliant book by Lucinda Riley. Historical twists and turns and cobwebbed all together by true love.

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Love story

The quality of the writer always keeps me thinking about the plot and how the character’s relationships tie in together. I love all her books and this is no exception

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Another great story that spans centuries

Lucinda never fails to weave stories with characters so well developed that you either love or hate them. They become your friends as you share their lives. This is another example of her innate ability to enthral with story telling that is rich with culture, history, and excellent characterisation. Beautifully read and produced. Highly recommend.

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The history that is beautifully weaved into this beautiful story is both educational and inspiring.

This is an intriguing story of bravery, love and compassion. Beautifully narrated and encapsulating, i highly recommend and appreciate this lovely book.

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Spellbinding

I’m so sorry the book had to end. I’ve enjoyed it so much. What a wonderful story teller you were,

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Champion!

Lucinda Riley I am only now discovering the champion you are! Another beautifully written, intricately researched and eloquently narrated (thank you Miranda Raison) piece of art!

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Light and Entertaining.

Enjoyed this story, the way that history was entwined in the story raised the interest and intrigue.
Another Lucinda Riley classic.

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Throughly enjoyed this story

I love the way Lucinda researches European cultures and their history to the extent that one can identify with them.

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