Sunday, 17 November 2013

The Sea Garden: blurb


Thank you all so much for your fantastic reactions to the US cover! There are more over on the facebook page, and your thoughts really mean a lot. So what's inside the cover? This is the HarperCollins blurb, the long version for the catalog - note spelling! - and pre-publication sites. No doubt some of it will appear on the back cover, too.
 
I've made a couple of photo montages to help set the scenes. Let me know what you think...
 
Romance, suspense, and World War II mystery are woven together in three artfully linked novellas-rich in drama and steeped in atmosphere-from the critically acclaimed author of The Lantern
 
THE SEA GARDEN
On the lush Mediterranean island of Porquerolles off the French coast, Ellie Brooke, an award-winning British landscape designer, has been hired to restore a memorial garden. Unsettled by its haunted air and the bitterness of the garden's owner, an elderly woman who seems intent on undermining her, Ellie finds that her only ally on the island is an elusive war historian …

THE LAVENDER FIELD
Near the end of World War II, Marthe Lincel, a young blind woman newly apprenticed at a perfume factory in Nazi-occupied Provence, finds herself at the center of a Resistance cell. When tragedy strikes, she faces the most difficult choice of her life . . . and discovers a breathtaking courage she never expected.

A SHADOW LIFE
Iris Nightingale, a junior British intelligence officer in wartime London, falls for a French agent. But after a secret landing in Provence results in terrible Nazi reprisals, he vanishes. When France is liberated, Iris is determined to uncover the truth. Was he the man he claimed to be?

Ingeniously interconnected, this spellbinding triptych weaves three parallel narratives into one unique tale of love, mystery, and murder. The Sea Garden is a vivid and absorbing chronicle of love and loss in the fog of war-and a penetrating and perceptive examination of the impulses and circumstances that shape our lives.



8 comments:

by Gill said...

that does sound intriguing and would make me want to read the book but especially because we find out more about Marthe.

Yvonne Osborne said...

Are they taking pre-orders yet?

Evelyn said...

I'm hooked and ready to read it! Love the photo montages...I think they really set the stage for the era of the historical events.

Maureen said...

Lovely group of photos that certainly stirs interest in the new book, I think.

Deborah Lawrenson said...

Thanks, all. Yvonne, it does look as if they are taking pre-orders on Amazon.

Harvee said...

What beautiful pictures and setting. The stories sound fascinating!

Muriel Jacques said...

Well, it already sounds like a great read. The funny thing is that I grew up in Porquerolles. I can't wait to see how you have described the island!

Marcheline said...

It's so nice to have a good book to look forward to! Reading the synopsis is like looking through a cookbook when you're hungry... 8-)

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