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Wild Lavender

by Belinda Alexandra

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  sally906 | Apr 3, 2013 |
This story covers the life of Simone Fleurier from just after WW1 when she is 14 to the end of WWII. We meet her family, friends and work comrades and the many people who shape her life.

Simone’s father died when she was 14 and she was sent from her home on a Provençal lavender farm by her Uncle to work in Marseilles at the house of her Great Aunt. Her life there is hard and impoverished, but Simone discovers the music hall and dreams that one day she would be a famous entertainer.

She becomes that famous entertainer with the help of Andre Blanchard, who after 3 years as her manager asks her to marry him and she agrees, but his father says they must wait until Andre turns 30 before they can marry. With Andre she visits, London, Berlin, New York & South America where she dazzles them all. There is unhappiness waiting for her when Andre turns 30 though.

When war threatens, Simone makes a decision that will lead to great danger - yet ultimately prove that love, just like wild lavender, can grow in the least likely of places...

Belinda Alexander weaves her story amongst the real event and people of France so that I almost believed Simone was a real person rather than a fictional character. A beautiful story. ( )
  bhryk0 | Aug 12, 2010 |
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This story covers the life of Simone Fleurier from just after WW1 when she is 14 to the end of WWII. We meet her family, friends and work comrades and the many people who shape her life.

Simone’s father died when she was 14 and she was sent from her home on a Provençal lavender farm by her Uncle to work in Marseilles at the house of her Great Aunt. Her life there is hard and impoverished, but Simone discovers the music hall and dreams that one day she would be a famous entertainer.

She becomes that famous entertainer with the help of Andre Blanchard, who after 3 years as her manager asks her to marry him and she agrees, but his father says they must wait until Andre turns 30 before they can marry. With Andre she visits, London, Berlin, New York & South America where she dazzles them all. There is unhappiness waiting for her when Andre turns 30 though.

When war threatens, Simone makes a decision that will lead to great danger - yet ultimately prove that love, just like wild lavender, can grow in the least likely of places...

Belinda Alexander weaves her story amongst the real event and people of France so that I almost believed Simone was a real person rather than a fictional character. A beautiful story.
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At fourteen, Simone Fleurier is wrenched from her home on a Provencal lavender farm, and sent to work in her aunt's Marseilles boarding house. In spite of her impoverished life, Simone dreams of becoming a music hall singer, and one day in Paris her dreams are realised. When Nazi troops occupy her beloved city, Simone must make a decision that will lead her into great danger. It is also a decision that will prove that love, just like wild lavender, can grow in the most unlikely places.… (more)

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