• The Light Behind the Window

  • By: Lucinda Riley
  • Narrated by: Miranda Raison
  • Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (416 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From the Sunday Times best-selling author of the Seven Sisters series, Lucinda Riley's The Light Behind the Window is a breathtaking and intense story of love, war and, above all, forgiveness.

The present: Emilie de la Martiniéres has always fought against her aristocratic background, but after the death of her glamorous, distant mother, she finds herself alone in the world and sole inheritor of her grand childhood home in the south of France. An old notebook of poems leads her in search of the mysterious and beautiful Sophia, whose tragic love affair changed the course of her family history. As Emilie unravels the story, she too embarks on her own journey of discovery, realising that the château may provide clues to her own difficult past and finally unlock the future.

The past: London 1943. A young office clerk, Constance Carruthers, is drafted into the SOE, arriving in occupied Paris during the climax of the conflict. Separated from her contact in her very first hours in France, she stumbles into the heart of a wealthy family who are caught up in a deadly game of secrets and lies. Forced to surrender her identity and all ties to her homeland and her beloved husband, Constance finds herself drawn into a complex web of deception, the repercussions of which will affect generations to come.

Note to listeners: in the US, this book is published under the title The Lavender Garden.

©2020 Lucinda Riley (P)2020 Macmillan Publishers International Ltd

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Absolutely wonderful! Should be made into a movie!

This is quite possibly one of the best books I have ever read or should I say listened to! I could not stop listening! I never take time to write reviews but cannot let this one go. What a brilliant story and the narrator was outstanding! If I could give it 10 stars, I would!

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My New Favorite Lucinda Riley Book

This story, of epic proportions, is a must-read. Both set in France and England, it is a heartfelt story that will pull at your heartstrings and often confound you.

The tale is woven with such precision and talent that I read it, or actually listened to it, in just two days as I could not stop listening. As I sit with tears in my eyes not only because of the beautiful ending but because I have finished the story and I’m so sad to leave these wonderful characters ibehind. I now have read almost all of my new favorite author’s books & I can truly say that this has become my favorite.

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One of the best books I ever listened to!

A thoroughly enjoyable story! I loved Lucinda Riley’s “The Love Letter” and this one may even exceed it. The reader can really feel the nightmare that life became for the French people during WWII and the enduring power of love. Great narration—the accents were right on.

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Excellent!

This is one of the BEST historical fiction books I have EVER listened to. The story is beautiful and the narrator is exceptional. I can't say enough good things about this book - I couldn't stop listening and finished it in record time, wishing it hadn't ended! The only thing is that the title doesn't make sense to me (neither the American nor the English title) but that certainly didn't detract from my enjoyment!

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Fantastic read

As a lover of things Provençal and interested in the role of the French Resistance, this book was a favorite.
I love Lucinda's writing, intelligence and skill in describing works of art. She's also a wonderful poet.
Ms Raison's performance was exceptional, as is her French!
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the topic whether a fan of Lucinda Riley's or not.
PS I really loved the Seven Sisters series.

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Great, great, great

Just when I thought I had the whole story figured out, I didn’t. One of my favorite books.

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So much potential, but...

I had to stop. So much potential, and clearly the author can write beautifully, and the narrator is lovely. But, the lead character (Emilie) turns out to be too pathetic to be believed, as anyone can see right away see that Sebastian obviously is a cad plotting to take advantage of her. What woman intelligent enough to be a veterinarian and who has made a practice of being independent is going to open her home and heart to the first handsome man who walks up to her after she very publicly inherits a fortune? While I didn't get far enough in the book to say for sure, I'm guessing that he ran over her dog, too, just to make Emilie more emotionally vulnerable. Sigh. I was so looking forward to a rich historical novel. But Emilie's patheticness is too much to listen to.

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Loved every moment!

I could not press stop!! I loved the book from start to finish! Brilliantly narrated and in true Lucinda style, kept you guessing till the end.

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Beautifully written and read

Fantastic book, beautifully read. I enjoyed the character build and multiple storylines. Highly recommend

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Excellent

Loved it. Could not put it down. Very good story. Will listen it again.

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  • Debz100
  • 12-08-20

A beautiful Story

I read The Seven Sisters series of books by Lucinda Riley and loved them so much i searched out other books written by her. The reviews on this one were good so thought id give it a try.
I wasn't sorry, it was such a touching and gripping story i couldnt stop listening to it! You really get the characters and feel their emotions, The narrator read it so well too, highly recommended.
im off to find another one now!

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  • Susan Lee
  • 12-03-20

Loved...

Loved every minute of it. Very clear narration and a brilliant story line. Highly recommend!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-21-20

Loved this book

Amazing story I was gripped from beginning to end, historical and a love story. So beautiful read.

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  • Ms. S A Hunt
  • 10-24-20

Captivating storyline

I was absolutely captivated by this story and had to listen to the book in all my spare time, spending a whole day completely engrossed in it. Lucinda captivates the listener into a brilliantly presented story line with twists and turns that keep you wanting to know more. This is the first of her books that I’ve read/ listened to but it won’t be the last. Looking forward to disappearing into another of her books and experiencing the story and characters in a way that whisks you away from your own reality to a world where the characters come to life and create a whole new world for you to enjoy

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  • bizzylizzy
  • 10-27-20

beautiful

another brilliant story by Lucinda Riley, could wait to listen to it. Beautiful match of present day and history

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  • Phizzy
  • 10-26-20

Best one yet!

I've read a lot of Lucinda Riley's books and this is my favourite so far. Kept me intrigued right up to the end. Lovely narration too.

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  • SLL (London)
  • 05-06-21

I didn't enjoy it

I didn't' enjoy this book. I was expecting something along the lines of Kate Morton's stories, but this was nowhere near as good, although the parts based in the war years were quite enjoyable. The characters were predictable and lacked depth, and Emilie in particular seemed to make the most idiotic decisions. I found her distinctively annoying. The dialogues and a lot of the descriptions were very mundane. It was my first book by this author, and I don't think I'll bother reading any more by her.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-26-20

a jolly good read

well written book, a good historical background. intense yet flows smoothly. stellar narrator. highly recommended

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  • kenny
  • 10-22-20

Great book

Loved this book, couldn't stop listening to it. Highly recommend Lucinda Riley's books. They're brilliant.

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  • Susan D
  • 10-11-20

Brilliant book. Read and listened to twice now

I only have one bug bear with this story and I can't tell you about it because it would as spoil the story. It's another brilliant story from the writer. Not everything that happens is good because life isn't like that. Touching story that really needs reading.

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  • Donna Skelton
  • 09-21-20

Held my all the way to the end

I enjoyed this book very much. Lucinda Riley took me on a wonderful journey. Twists and turns and mystery. The book described different parts and painted a truly realistic picture. Fabulous !

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  • Laverne
  • 08-01-21

A great book from start to end.

My second book purchased from this author, Lucinda Riley. Great narration and story line. I will most definitely be purchasing another.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-01-22

beautifully read

I loved this story from start to finish, it was very sad in some parts but the ending was very satisfying.

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  • Sonia
  • 08-14-22

Fabulous

Another wonderful story by Lucinda Riley!!! slow to begin with but such an intriguing & beautiful ending!
Loved it!

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  • Pompi
  • 07-28-22

The light behind the window

I loved this book needed to be a bit longer! Well read with good accents !

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-23-22

Another wonderful book

Such an enjoyable read. I really can’t get enough of Lucinda Riley. She has so many different ends in the story which she finally brings together, keeping you guessing and intrigued until the end.

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  • Mira M.
  • 07-06-22

Great and sometimes dark story

As usual Lucinda Riley wrote a captivating emotional story, very well read.
I reduced one star because there were too many dark moments to my liking.
If you are ready to cope with the dark side of life next to hope and love, then I recommend it.

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  • Angipoo123
  • 06-15-22

Exquisite and classy

Lucinda Riley has written so many books I have absolutely loved… I haven’t reviewed everyone of her novels (7 sisters series, The Murders at Fleet House) however they have all taken me into the lives of the characters in the most interesting and compassionate way. Lucinda is one of the most gifted writers I have ever come across.
The stories do begin slowly but before long I was intrigued to hear more.
5 stars also to the narrator with her beautiful manner in telling the authors stories. I will miss Lucinda Riley’s books when I’ve listened to them all.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-09-22

Leonie

Probably one of her best! Only wish there was a sequel, true to art or story telling Lucinda excels

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-23-22

Another gripping read

As a story teller I love Lucinda Riley, the back story is so liveable you feel for the characters, the pain & the heartbreak. A fabulous story of deceit & mystery. Brilliant

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