Author: Jude Deveraux
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Atria (March 31, 2009)
My Rating: 3 out of 5
This book kicks off a new series written by Jude Deveraux, that being said I don't know how I feel about this series. Jude Deveraux was one of the first romance writers that I had started reading. I love her work, and when I saw that there was a new novel out by her I knew right away that I had to pick it up. I don't regret doing so, because it was a good read, but for me it didn't live up to her other works.
Jocelyn grew up with a wicked step mother, two awful step sisters and a father who just didn't understand her. Jocelyn's idea of a good time was sitting with a cup of tea and reading a good book, her father's idea was riding a motorcycle or watching a race.
When Jocelyn meets Miss. Edi, her whole life changes. Suddenly, she has a best friend. Someone who understands her quiet demeanor and someone who she can share things with. When Miss Edi passes away, Jocelyn recieves a letter, stating that Jocelyn is the heir to Miss Edi's family home in a town that Jocelyn had never heard of, Edilean.
When she gets to Edilean, she is thrust into the middle of a love triangle. On one hand there is Ramsey, the gentleman that Miss Edi had written would be perfect for her, on the other there is the gardner of the estate, Luke, who is just like her father. Plus there are so many secrets in the small town of Edilean, that Jocelyn swears she's going to go mad.
I had a hard time figuring out who Jocelyn was going to end up with in Lavender Morning, usually when there is a love triangle like there was in this book, I can pick who's going to end up with who, but in this one it took me awhile to figure it out.
I was also sad that there was no mention of a Taggert or a Montgomery in this book at all. It would have made my day, because that is one of my favorite parts about reading a Jude Deveraux book. Knowing the family. I did like the little flashbacks that were thrown in though, honestly that is what made this book a 3 instead of something lower.
Overall, this was a good read. Not great, but good. I enjoyed it, and will read the rest of the books in the series.