The Memory of Lavender and Sage

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The Memory of Lavender and Sage by Aimie K. Runyan is a cozy novel that envelops you like a warm hug. When food critic Tempèsta buys a ramshackle manor in the Provencal village where her late mother grew up, she hopes to reconnect with her memories. However, the frosty welcome she receives makes Tempèsta question her decision.

What follows is a gently paced, charming journey as the stubborn Tempèsta slowly integrates herself into the community, uncovering her mother’s legacies along the way. Runyan evokes the sights, smells, flavors, and magic of the French countryside with lush descriptions that will leave you craving lavender and fresh-baked bread. Her affectionate portrayal of found family and female resilience provides ample heartwarming moments.

While pleasingly atmospheric overall, the novel could have benefitted from more narrative tension or inner conflict for Tempèsta to resolve beyond her initial prickly arrival. The story meanders without much complexity driving the plot forward. But fans of inspirational fiction in the vein of Under the Tuscan Sun will find this an uplifting tale about self-discovery, savoring life’s simple joys, and blooming where you’re planted. A wholesome, easygoing read ideal for cozying up with over tea. (And there are recipes!!)

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Author Aimie K Runyan
Star Count 4/5
Format Trade
Page Count 400 pages
Publisher Harper Muse
Publish Date 13-Feb-2024
ISBN 9781400237258 Buy this Book
Issue March 2024
Category Popular Fiction