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  • Published: 17 August 2021
  • ISBN: 9781761042362
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 496
  • RRP: $26.00

The Lavender Keeper

From the fields of Provence to the streets of wartime Paris, The Lavender Keeper is an extraordinary, moving story of action and adventure, heartbreak and passion, devotion and treachery from an internationally bestselling author.


"You'd be mad not to try her." The Age
"A master of her craft." Better Reading
"Action, heartbreak and romance aplenty." Australian Bookseller & Publisher
"An extraordinary storyteller." Book'd Out

'Are you German or are you French? Are you working against Germany or for it? Are you telling me the truth, or are you a very accomplished liar?'

Lavender farmer Luc Bonet is raised by a wealthy Jewish family in the foothills of the French Alps. When the Second World War breaks out he joins the French Resistance, leaving behind his family's fortune, their home overrun by soldiers, their lavender fields in disarray.

Lisette Forestier is on a mission of her own: to work her way into the heart of a senior German officer – and to bring down the Reich in any way she can. What Luc and Lisette hadn't counted on was meeting each other.

When they come together at the height of the Paris occupation, German traitors are plotting to change the course of history. But who, if anyone, can be trusted? As Luc and Lisette's emotions threaten to betray them, their love may prove the greatest risk of all.


Complete your Fiona McIntosh collection today!

The Sugar Palace (preorder now!)
Fields of Gold
The Champagne War
The Chocolate Tin
The Diamond Hunter
The French Promise
The Last Dance
The Lavender Keeper
The Orphans
The Pearl Thief
The Perfumer's Secret
The Spy’s Wife
The Tailor's Girl
The Tea Gardens
Bye Bye Baby: DCI Jack Hawksworth 1
Beautiful Death: DCI Jack Hawksworth 2
Mirror Man: DCI Jack Hawksworth 3
Dead Tide: DCI Jack Hawksworth 4
  • Published: 17 August 2021
  • ISBN: 9781761042362
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 496
  • RRP: $26.00

About the author

Fiona McIntosh

Fiona McIntosh is an internationally and million-copy bestselling author of novels for adults and children across several genres. Alongside her highly successful historical fiction titles, for which she has been nominated at the Australian Book Industry Awards for commercial fiction book of the year, her popular Detective Jack Hawksworth series will soon be released across the UK. Several of her historical titles as well as the ‘world of Hawksworth’ crime novels have been optioned for the screen. Her debut children’s picture book, Harry and Gran, will be published in 2025. Fiona roams the world for her research and lives between Adelaide in South Australia and Wiltshire in England.

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Praise for The Lavender Keeper

An enthralling, evocative read.

Woman's Day

This book is fast-paced, beautifully haunting and filled with the excruciating pain of war.

West Australian

This poignant, romantic read also packs a surprising hit of action.


Fiona McIntosh writes a cracking tale that plunges you right into the heart of occupied Paris, the London blitz, and the rugged beauty of the south of France ... it's hard not to keep turning pages. Bring the next instalment, on the double!


A thoroughly enjoyable romantic tale.


It's pretty darned excellent. Enjoy!

The Bookbag, UK

Conjures up the perfect imagery of occupied rural France during the second world war - Fiona's praise is lyrical and haunting, and the atmosphere is beautifully conveyed. The tension, too, is perfectly described. A great summer read.

Books Monthly (UK)