Friday 6 July 2012

The Light Behind The Window by Lucinda Riley

I read and reviewed Lucinda Riley's last novel The Girl On The Cliff back in January this year, you can read my review here.

I was really delighted to receive a proof copy of her latest book The Light Behind The Window which will be published by Pan Books in August 2012.

Yet again, I have been totally entertained by another great story that is well-written with an intricate plot that is multi-layered but tied together so well.

The Light Behind The Window is told in dual-time narrative, a concept that works so well and that Lucinda Riley has mastered excellently.

Weaving the modern-day story with the historical background adds a further dimension to the story.

Emilie de la Marinieres finds herself the sole inheritor of a grand chateau in southern France, the death of her Mother has evoked many feelings for her, not all of them good, and many of them very painful.

Emilie has always distanced herself from her Mother and has been living a very ordinary life in Paris.  As Emilie begins to sort through her family affairs, she discovers a notebook of poems, written by her Father's sister Sophia.  Sophia was never spoken about and is something of a mystery, as Emilie begins to dig deeper into the family secrets she become more and more involved in the past.

Back in 1943, Constance Carruthers has been chosen to become part of the Special Operations Executive, she's an ordinary office worker, newly married to a husband who has been missing in action since almost the beginning of the war.  After intense training, Constance finds herself in occupied France on a dangerous mission that could cost her her life.

Constance finds herself caught up in a complex situation masterminded by Edouard de la Mariniers, and so the connection between the two families begins.

Lucinda Riley
Back in the modern day story, Constance's grandson Sebastian has appeared, and he and Emilie become closer and closer.   Does Sebastian know more than he is admitting to?

I became really emotionally attached to these characters, although I did find Emilie's story a little slow in the beginning, everything soon began to move at a very quick pace and the connections to Constance's war-time story were riveting.

Churchill's Special Operations Executive programme was completely new to me, a part of the war that I knew nothing about and I found the details entralling.

This novel really is a joy to read, expertly woven together and mixing social history with family dramas and love and relationships - the perfect blend.


  1. Sounds good - thanks for reviewing :)

  2. Hi Ruby and welcome.
    Thanks for your comments, I hope you continue to enjoy my ramblings!
    Anne x

  3. I have tried to get in touch with you but cannot access the email address you give. Help, please!

  4. Frances - I've just replied to your email, you obviously got there in the end!

  5. This sounds a good read Anne, thanks for reviewing it. I have at least one book by this author on my tbr. If you found the SOE bits interesting you might like The Girl who fell from the Sky by Simon Mawer too, that is about a young woman in the SOE.

  6. Thanks for the recommendation Lindsay, I'll look out for that one.