Do you dream about hilltop villages made of stone, the soft fragrance of lavender, the cool taste of pastis, and muted sunshine filtering through tall plane trees? Have you been threatening to paint your house ochre or pink and add green shutters? If so, then you are hooked on Provence! And I have a book recommendation for you. Read "The Lantern" by Deborah Lawrenson. You won't be disappointed. It's true, there are a lot of books out there about Provence. A few are stellar, a lot are not. "The Lantern" is a stellar one. Set in a fictional village in the Luberon, it's a novel suffused with the lusciousness of Provence, the exhilaration of love and a frisson of mysterious happenings that span generations and connect lives across time. It could be trite, but it's not. The author combines her in-depth knowledge of the area with an uncanny ability to evoke ambiance....and fragrance. Because fragrance is the essence of the book's events; an essence that can be difficult to capture in words. Lawrenson does so brilliantly. She also tells a fast-paced, intriguing story that will have you wondering just who is telling the truth.
Houses in Roussillon
I've provided links to both the author's website and her blog, begun to provide readers with background information and visual images from her book research. Both are beautiful! Do check them out.