One of the best reads for 2012, very strong storyline, WW2 is always a popular topic and is romanticized in many books, Fiona bring an honesty to her writing that is sometimes forgotten in books With a bady that you end up falling in love with, The Lavender Keeper will keep you turning the pages and will stay with you long after you have finished the book, I love how Fiona has branched out and really is a writer with something for everyone. I absolutely adored this book From beginning to end the story is beautifully woven together and is so compelling Set in France during ww2 we meet Luc and Lisette, both with intriguing stories luc a lavender farmer, oh I could smell the lavender and lisette an once orphan girl now a important allied asset living in London Their paths cross while they are both helping the allies in the defeat of hitler and the defeat of Germany in France Just brilliant I very much enjoyed this book but agree that it would be best read in a few days as it needs to be followed carefully to keep up with all that is going on I did think it got off to a rather slow start and didn t get a good grip on it until about 50 pages in, but given the size of the book and it s subject matter I think it was necessary to cover that ground Once I got into it though, it was hard to put down.I look forward to to follow up book titled The French Promise , which the Author prom I very much enjoyed this book but agree that it would be best read in a few days as it needs to be followed carefully to keep up with all that is going on I did think it got off to a rather slow start and didn t get a good grip on it until about 50 pages in, but given the size of the book and it s subject matter I think it was necessary to cover that ground Once I got into it though, it was hard to put down.I look forward to to follow up book titled The French Promise , which the Author promises should follow soon on the heels of this one A sneak preview is included in the back of The Lavender Keeper It s likely I wouldn t have chosen to read The Lavender Keeper because I am not a huge fan of historical novels, particularly those that feature war, but this showed up on my doorstep courtesy Penguin Australia so I added it to my reading list I am glad I did as I enjoyed The Lavender Keeper very much.A blend of action, adventure, romance and intrigue, The Lavender Keeper is set during WW2 during the Nazi occupation of France Luc Bonet, a lavender farmer, joins the Resistance when his family It s likely I wouldn t have chosen to read The Lavender Keeper because I am not a huge fan of historical novels, particularly those that feature war, but this showed up on my doorstep courtesy Penguin Australia so I added it to my reading list I am glad I did as I enjoyed The Lavender Keeper very much.A blend of action, adventure, romance and intrigue, The Lavender Keeper is set during WW2 during the Nazi occupation of France Luc Bonet, a lavender farmer, joins the Resistance when his family is dragged away by Nazi collaborators and their farm in Provence is seized His life is lived in the shadows sabotaging German forces, the threat of capture and execution ever present Lisette Forestier, a French native with a facility for languages, is recruited by the London Home Office tasked to infiltrate the Reich and aid the downfall of the Nazi regime Luc, known as Faucille amongst the Marquis, is Lisette s escort upon her clandestine arrival in France and they are both shocked by their immediate attraction War calls for sacrifices though and the pair have a mission to accomplish, to free France and bring the German war machine to its knees.The growing horror of World War Two pierces the hills of Southern France when Luc s family returns from Paris to their lavender farm, dispossessed, dispirited and branded by yellow stars Still the terror of the Third Reich seems a distant threat until with the arrogance of youth, Luc unwittingly condemns his family to the Nazi camps Swearing vengeance on the German regime and its supporters, Luc becomes involved in the Resistance working against the occupied forces I felt for Luc who mourns his family terribly and must live with the dark shadow of guilt McIntosh briefly sketches Luc s life before the war portraying a young confident man devoted to his family and proud of the high quality lavender farms the family cultivates Luc is almost crushed when he learns the true circumstances of his birth, both a blessing and a curse in such tumultuous times There isn t a lot of information about his actions once he becomes a member of the Marquis, though it can be inferred from hints about his reputation Luc isn t a terribly complicated character but he is appealing.I really admired Lisette, no stranger to tragedy, she overcomes her natural reticence to join the London Home Office, putting herself at risk as a spy amongst the German McIntosh gets the balance of Lisette s trepidation and excitement just right and Lisette proves to be resourceful, smart and quick thinking She is committed to ending the war even when complications arise as she grows closer to her target, a high ranking German officer The conflicts and dangers Lisette faces are emotional rather than physical threats Her concern for those that help her, even unwittingly, her attachment to Markus and her strong feelings for Luc are all features of the story.Lisette has the larger role in the novel but the romantic attraction between Luc and Lisette ensures he is always an integral part of the narrative Their relationship is not a traditional one, they spendtime apart than they ever do together but the link between the two is ever present.McIntosh captures the details of the period and settings well The tragedy of the death camps is touched on, as is the violence of battle and Hitlers bizarre policies but the focus of the story is on the protagonists experiences as she explores themes of trust, identity and patriotism.The Lavender Keeper is a wonderfully entertaining story that is a surprisingly quick read I believe that the author is currently working on a sequel and while this story has a satisfying ending there is certainly the scope for McIntosh to continue Listette and Luc s story I know I won t be overlooking it Save a couple of days for this book as when you pick it up, it s hard to put down I really enjoyed The Lavender Keeper This book is so muchthan just a wartime book it is filled with adventure together with romance and edge of the seat action The Lavender Keeper is set during WW2 during the Nazi occupation of France Fiona captures the reader from the very beginning and you develop feelings for the main characters throughout the book And how thrilled was i to find at the end of the bo Save a couple of days for this book as when you pick it up, it s hard to put down I really enjoyed The Lavender Keeper This book is so muchthan just a wartime book it is filled with adventure together with romance and edge of the seat action The Lavender Keeper is set during WW2 during the Nazi occupation of France Fiona captures the reader from the very beginning and you develop feelings for the main characters throughout the book And how thrilled was i to find at the end of the book that we get to follow Luc and Lisette again on the next part of their journey will be keeping an eye out for the sequel that s for sure Closer to 4 1 2 stars It was the cover of the book that first enticed me I could almost smell the power of the lavender On turning the cover over, I read that that this book is set World WarII Paris, Provence and London with action, adventure, heartbreak, passion, devotion and treachery Yes, definitely my type of book and it did not let me down in any way The characters of Lisette, Luc and Kilian are very real, very strong, and very impressive They are faced with situations that none of us would envy Int It was the cover of the book that first enticed me I could almost smell the power of the lavender On turning the cover over, I read that that this book is set World WarII Paris, Provence and London with action, adventure, heartbreak, passion, devotion and treachery Yes, definitely my type of book and it did not let me down in any way The characters of Lisette, Luc and Kilian are very real, very strong, and very impressive They are faced with situations that none of us would envy Intense pressure sometimes means that they have to make decisions we may find abhorrent but mostly necessary for the parts they play in gaining peace We do actually feel that we are with them, such are the descriptions of the characters, and the war torn cities and places.It is good to know that Lisette and Luc s story continues in Luc s Promise Surely they deserve to find some peace along with the perfume of lavender fields This novel tells the story of Luc, the Lavender keeper and Lisette, a British spy in France during WWII Luc, an orphan with German heritage was adopted by a French Jewish family and spent a happy childhood growing up and learning to farm in their lavender fields When his grandmother is killed by the french police and the family is rounded up and sent to a concentration camp, Luc manages to escape and join the Maquis, the French underground As a keepsake he wears a small bag of wild lavender s This novel tells the story of Luc, the Lavender keeper and Lisette, a British spy in France during WWII Luc, an orphan with German heritage was adopted by a French Jewish family and spent a happy childhood growing up and learning to farm in their lavender fields When his grandmother is killed by the french police and the family is rounded up and sent to a concentration camp, Luc manages to escape and join the Maquis, the French underground As a keepsake he wears a small bag of wild lavender seeds around his neck, which belonged to his beloved grandmother which he vows he will plant as soon as he can return home after the war.Lisette, born in France moved to England to live with her grandparents after the death of her French English mother and German father in a car accident when she was 17 Now working and living in London, she sees her best friend killed in the Blitz and is subsequently recruited to be trained to parachute into France to spy on a German officer in Paris Luc is charged with getting her to Paris from the south of France and even though they only spend two days together, they are both deeply attracted to each other Working for a German friend of the family in his bank, Lisette soon contrives to meet the German officer, Markus Kilian, and works at becoming his lover Luc has meanwhile got a job as a driver for the German officers and unknown to Lisette is keeping a watch on her.As the story evolves, both Luc and Lisette are put at risk of having their covers blown Lisette also begins to care for Markus who she has come to realise is essentially a good man who hates what the Nazis are doing and is caught up in a war he wants to end As the war starts to turn against Germany following D day and the impending liberation of Paris, life becomes evendangerous for Luc, Lisette and Markus and the story moves towards an exciting climax.Although the writing was patchy in parts and the story somewhat predictable, this was a very easy, enjoyable novel to read The Lavender Keeper is a wonderfully entertaining book Having had the pleasure of hearing Fiona Mcintosh speak recently, I will repeat her words, that it is a romantic story but not a romance and this is true It is so muchthan a romance, it is a chronicle of the lives of the three main characters during the second World War, with most of the action taking place in France during the Nazi occupation It tells the story of Luc Bonet, a young man who grows up believing himself to be Frenc The Lavender Keeper is a wonderfully entertaining book Having had the pleasure of hearing Fiona Mcintosh speak recently, I will repeat her words, that it is a romantic story but not a romance and this is true It is so muchthan a romance, it is a chronicle of the lives of the three main characters during the second World War, with most of the action taking place in France during the Nazi occupation It tells the story of Luc Bonet, a young man who grows up believing himself to be French, adopted and brought up by a loving Jewish family who own a lavender farm in rural France When the family is threatened by Nazi sympathisers, Luc is given his birth certificate, proving he is actually of German parentage, which will help to give him safety Shocked by the news, he nevertheless escapes when his family is taken away by Nazi sympathisers,and the farm is confiscated Grieving terribly for his family and vowing vengeance he joins the Maquis, the French resistance and spends the rest of the war sabotaging the German war effort in any way he can Lisette Forestier is a young French woman living in England after losing bother parents in an accident Speaking fluent German, she is recruited, with much reluctance, by the Home Office as a spy to attempt a secret mission to become close to a specific German officer and relay any information she can glean back to England Her genuine French background gives her a perfect cover and after intensive training she is dropped into France Luc is her escort on the way to Paris and, almost immediately, the attraction between the two is strong But it is war time, and both have missions to accomplish, and they are kept apart for long periods When Lisette meets Markus, the German officer who is her target, she finds he is much different to her preconceived ideas of him She must reconcile her duty with her personal feelings, and always the memory of Luc is with her A little of the savagery of the war is shown, of the confusion of Hitler s wild orders in the last days, and of how the civilians in Paris coped with the deprivations of wartime, in their different ways It is a story of intrigue, love and adventure But mainly it is about relationships, about personal integrity, and the tug of duty beyond personal desire I loved this book, and am looking forward to the sequel I can only hope it will be as good as this one,which I am giving five stars 3.5 stars I ve been reading so much about war this year, but all the books have been a little bit different This one was about a half French, half German woman, Lisette, who becomes a British spy on a mission in Paris during WW2 Upon arrival in France at the start of her mission, she is assisted by members of the Resistance, including Luc, the lavender keeper of the title There s a bit of romance, a bit of intrigue and a bit of anguish.This is my 2nd Fiona McIntosh book this year, and if I w 3.5 stars I ve been reading so much about war this year, but all the books have been a little bit different This one was about a half French, half German woman, Lisette, who becomes a British spy on a mission in Paris during WW2 Upon arrival in France at the start of her mission, she is assisted by members of the Resistance, including Luc, the lavender keeper of the title There s a bit of romance, a bit of intrigue and a bit of anguish.This is my 2nd Fiona McIntosh book this year, and if I was to compare I would say the other one was better This was enjoyable, but I thought it rambled a bit And there kind of wasn t any real climax to the story unless you count the liberation of France NOT a spoiler Nevertheless, I look forward to reading the sequel before too long Lavender farmer Luc Bonet is raised by a wealthy Jewish family in the foothills of the French Alps When the Second World War breaks out he joins the French Resistance, leaving behind his family s fortune, their home overrun by soldiers, their lavender fields in disarrayLisette Forestier is on a mission of her own to work her way into the heart of a senior German officer and to bring down the Reich in any way she can What Luc and Lisette hadn t counted on was meeting each otherWhen they come together at the height of the Paris occupation, German traitors are plotting to change the course of history But who, if anyone, can be trusted As Luc and Lisette s emotions threaten to betray them, their love may prove the greatest risk of all