➸ The French Promise Author Fiona McIntosh – Thegreatwallonline.us

The French PromiseLuc And Lisette Ravens A Former French Resistance Fighter And One Time British Spy Have Survived The Crushing War In Europe, And Casting Their Fate To The Winds, They Sail To Tasmania, Hoping To Rebuild Their Lives In His Darkest Hour, Law Student Max Vogel Learns A Startling Truth A Long Held Family Secret Links Him To The Ravens And He Finds Himself Holding The Key To His Own Future And To Luc S Troubled Past From The South Coast Of England To The Rugged Farmland Of Northern Tasmania And The Lively Streets Of Post War Paris, This Is An Extraordinary Story Of Courage, Determination And Everlasting Love.

10 thoughts on “The French Promise


  1. says:

    If you do yourself one favour this year, you MUST read this book Absoutely breathtaking and heartbreaking beautiful The French Promise by Fiona McIntosh is the follow up narrative to the much loved The Lavender Keeper When I initially set out to read this novel, I had not read The Lavender Keeper, nor realised The French Promise was a sequel That said, reading The French Promise as a stand alone narrative did not hinder my understanding of the novel I will elaborate further on this later in my review The French Promise starts with the final moments of Rachel s life in Auschwitz, and although I didn t know who this character was, I was completely and utterly hooked from the very first page with everything she had to say So much so, that when Rachel s life is over in the matter of a few pages I was emotionally distraught This was my first indication that I knew I had struck gold with this particular novel.In a nutshell, The French Promise is Luc s story Plagued by an identity crisis, he is forced to overcome a number of obstacles to learn what really matters in life Like Luc, the narrative itself confronts some pretty horrific truths about the characters and the time setting, and its these moments and insights that set this novel apart from others within the genre In many ways and I mean no disrespect by saying this writing about WW...


  2. says:

    The Lavender Keeper, set primarily in France during World War 2, introduced Luc Bonet, a lavender farmer who joined the Resistance after his family was dragged away by Nazi collaborators and their farm in Provence was seized, and Lisette Forestier who was recruited by the London Home Office, tasked to infiltrate the Reich and aid the downfall of the Nazi regime The French Promise continues their story as they rebuild their lives after the war has ended Luc, haunted by all he has lost, is struggling with his new life in England Though he loves Lisette, and their son, Harry, he is unable to lay the ghosts of his past to rest Lisette, increasingly concerned about her husband, believes they need a fresh start and the family sets sail for Tasmania where Luc can return to Lavender farming Luc s grief recedes as they establishes themselves in Australia, adding a daughter, Jennifer, to their family but when tragedy strikes Luc is overwhelmed by despair until a letter from the son of a war time friend provides him with the opportunity to finally fulfill his sworn promise to avenge those he loved.I had been looking forward to this sequel after having enjoyed the blend of action, adventure, romance and intrigue in The Lavender Keeper While Lisette is the dominant character in first novel, The French Promise features Luc and is a quieter story that focuses on emotion and human drama in the aftermath of the war I love how the author connects the characters and events of The La...


  3. says:

    Excellent story line and dealt with a dark time in history in a very realistic manner.As I teaxcher of Humanities I really enfoy sweeping sagas across time and continents and this was exactly that The characters were believable and appealing, they had their annoying flaws that got you angry with them at...


  4. says:

    I hadn t read The Lavender Keeper, in fact I haven t read any of Fiona McIntosh s novels except for one children s novel, but it didn t matter This book stands without it The first chapter I found hard to read as it dealt with life and death of several members of the Bonet family in Auschwitz Having read several on this theme recently, I wasn t sure I wanted to keep reading on that topic But then the scene changes to Luc, the sole survivor of the Bonet family After World War 2 Luc, a resistance fighter and his wife Lisette who was a British spy set about rebuilding their lives This takes them first to England and later to Australia In Tasmania Luc hopes to start a lavender farm from his grandmother s seeds which he wears around his neck like a talisman He and Lisette have changed their surname to Ravens but it is not enough to stop the past resurfacing when a Swiss Law student discovers the truth that connects him to the Ravens family The further the story goes on, the connections become apparent as other characters are introduced Although I have to say I was expecting a connection that didn t actually eventuate as I thought it would Obviously it was only my writer s mind at work but that didn t detract from the book This is a story that brings out the horrors of war, the adjustments needed with immigration, loss, as well as the power of love and of revenge The further I got into the ...


  5. says:

    I enjoyed this sequel to The Lavender Keeper, although I do wish I hadn t let months lapse between the books as I couldn t remember some things I think most things were generally explained at some point in the story, so that this book could be read on its own but it just annoyed me that I could only vaguely remember some things.I was completely blind sided by one of the twists of the plot about half way through totally unexpected The book seems very authentic, probably thanks to the research ...


  6. says:

    I absolutely loved The Lavender Keeper and could recommend it to anyone this sequel didn t live up to my expectations and although it has been a good eighteen months or so since I ve read its predecessor, I felt this instalment was too descriptive and word heavy for my liking.Luc and Lisette have a complex, exciting, romantic past Part of why I loved The Lavender Keeper so much was their chemistry In The French Promise, the dialogue felt too stiff and corny Having said that, there were indeed parts of the book I enjoyed and I appreciate the authors dedication to historical fiction writing, as she has clearly shown her skill Having th...


  7. says:

    This not particularly well written book was interesting in its basic plot, but it s prose was clunky and awkward at times I can see what the author was aiming for, but it was not well executed and at times felt contrived Shame really, as I m usually such a sucker for this kind of novel.


  8. says:

    A wonderful read I like it when a book surprises me The journey of the characters was inspiring and I found myself gasping out loud, No I was extremely sad at one point in this book, but I don t want to give anything away The emot...


  9. says:

    Another beautiful book by Fiona McIntosh with a lovely writing style Read Lavender Keeper first to give context for this second book Great exploration of emotions for all characters after the experience of WW11 It delves into the scenes in The Lavender Keeper and part 4 was...


  10. says:

    The French Promise not only takes us round the world on an adventure in its own right but also deals with the Second World War and its repercussions in Europe afterwards Throughout runs the thread of romance, buried secre...

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