Book: Lavender in Bloom
Publisher: House of Capet Publishing
Publication Date: July 25, 2016
Length: 276 pages
Reviewed by Meredith
It’s the year 1802 in Avignon, France...
Noah Capet has spent most of his young life living simple and unvaried days in the hushed countryside of southern France. Quiet, reserved, and diffident, his preference for existing is to do so in solitude, keeping to himself both in town and on his family’s farm—a predilection that’s altogether disrupted when a newcomer to town by the name of Jeremie Perreault begins an unremitting quest to befriend him.
Jeremie is everything Noah is not. Charismatic and gregarious, he leaves a trail of charmed admirers in his wake wherever he goes. Expressive and idealistic, he talks without end about his deep love for old books and his spirited dream to one day travel the world on a literary pilgrimage.
Over the course of a single summer, the two form an unlikely friendship, but just as quickly as it develops, it soon entirely dissolves as they’re forced to face the truth of what has unexpectedly emerged between them.
Lavender in Bloom is a tender and tragic coming-of-age story about first love and self-discovery, and a poignant reminder that time is fleeting and always takes with it the choices we’re too afraid to make.
Well this book broke my heart and it’s not repairable. **I want to note the author warned me it was a tragic love story. There is no happy ending**
That said, the writing is stunning and poetic. It’s severely emotional! The MC’s are Noah and Jeremie and they are amazing. They are realistic and I had a very strong connection with them.
This story is strong with the visuals and therefore makes falling into it effortless. But even with the personal warning from the author the ending shattered me. Bittersweet isn’t even really the word. But yes, tragic is. A feeling of utter hopelessness.
It’s a testament of the writer’s ability to engulf us into the story with her prose, her fantastic characters, and her ability to thrust you into 19th century France as if you're really there.
She made me dream and hope with the characters. I feared with them and in the end I mourned. I felt alone and all the beauty I spent hours reading drained away.
If high emotion, severe angst, and tragic endings is something you are looking for then Lavender in Bloom is just what you need.
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