I bought this book by Lucinda Riley because Amazon compared Lucinda Riley to Susanna Kearsley in one of those, "Customers who bought this item also bought..." I then splurged and went on to purchase the Audible version (called The Light Behind the Window) as well. Well, I'm thankful for the recommendation. This book was outstanding. Not quite as good as Kearsley's The Winter Sea, but I'll be surprised if I ever find a book that good, except maybe Les Miserables, which is also beyond compare. I loved this story. The characterization was so good and the story unputdownable. Since I own both the Audible and Kindle version, I could keep "reading" nonstop and find out what happens next while doing chores, etc. The narrator is great with changing accents and both male and female voices. If you like Kate Morton or Susanna Kearsley, I think you'll like this author as well. It is set in France/England during two time periods, World War II and end of 20th century, and involves a woman finding out about her family's past and their connection to the French resistance. It has no supernatural element like Kearsley's known for. It's more similar to Kate Morton's The Forgotten Garden, another great book. It's a mystery, a war story, a love story. I highly recommend it.
You may not like Emilie and Sebastian at first. Stick with it. Their characters are more fully developed as time goes on. I think you'll love Constance, the heroine of the WWII story.
FYI: (possible spoiler) There's a scene in which something really bad happens to a female character. I won't say who or what. It's brief though somewhat graphic but is important to the story. The rest of the story is not graphic at all.
- Publisher: Atria Books; Book Club edition (2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1624904874
- ISBN-13: 978-1624904875
- Package Dimensions: 21.1 x 14.5 x 3.6 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 476 g
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