Unlocking the past is the key to the future
Lucinda Riley has been an actress, and has working in film, theatre and television, before she became a writer. At twenty-four, she wrote her first novel, then went on to write seven further novels that have been translated into fourteen languages. Her novel The Hothouse Flower was published in 2010 and selected by the Richard and Judy Bookclub. It will be published in fifteen other counties. Lucinda's most recent novel, The Girl on the Cliff, published in 2011. She currently lives in Norfolk and France with her husband and four children.
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