Jude Deveraux's Lavender Morning
Title: Lavender Morning
Author: Jude Deveraux
Published: January 1, 2009
Publishing Company: Atria Books
Page Count: 384
Summary via Goodreads
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.
I have read several of Jude Deveraux's books throughout the past tenish years, but it wasn't until probably the last three years or so that I've really fallen in love with her writing. Lavender is the third book in the Edilean series that Deveraux has written. I like this series for several reasons: 1. It includes both historical romance books and contemporary romance books, 2. The historical books are mostly set in Scotland...and I love Scotland, 3. The contemporary books aren't unappealing (I'm not the biggist contemporary romance fan). I enjoyed this particular book in the series because of the mystery it offered to the reader. You discover things about Miss Edi, the town of Edilean, Jocelyn, and so much more. It's a nice, quick read that leaves you satisfied, but it is not the best one in the series.
Three stars on Goodreads.