Fiona McIntosh


Lavender photoFor all you wonderful book club members who may have read The Lavender Keeper, here are some discussion points to get your book club gathering off to a lively start. Thank you to everyone in your club and do send me a photo of you all with the book and I’ll publish it! Don’t forget names please. 🙂

Book Club Notes for The Lavender Keeper

1. Was it fair to recruit young women, like Lisette Forestier, as spies during the war? Discuss the dislocation, fear and loneliness such women experienced and the courage required.

2. Could you have played Lisette’s role in WWII for king and country?

3. Do you sympathise with the Maquis and the other collaborators in the novel, such as Monsier Fougasse and Madame Marchand? Do you think the author does?

4. Was Luc justified in killing Milicien Landry? Can there ever be justification for playing judge and executioner?

5. Discuss the two main settings of the novel – the Luberon, ‘like a laughing country girl’, and Paris, the ‘chic woman’. Which one appealed to you more?

6. Was Colonel Markus Kilian a hero or a villain?

7. In your opinion, did Lisette choose the right man?

8. Do you think Lisette took her responsibilities one step too far and crossed a moral line?

9. Have you ever met a more evil literary villain than Captain Frederic von Schleigel?

10. Discuss the symbolism of the lavender in this story.



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  1. Barry January 22, 2016

    Just reading my first book by you,The French Promise,Can’t wait to get my hands on The Lavender Keeper ,What fantastic reading it give,s


  2. Helen September 2, 2016

    Just finished reading The Lavender Keeper and The French Promise. Beautiful books, loved them so much!! I hope it doesn’t sound greedy of me but I came here looking for signs of a possible 3rd book which continues on with the lives of the five darling characters. Please, please? I just can’t help wondering about them!!


    • Fiona October 31, 2016

      I know, Helen, I wonder about them too and I love your greed! However, I have so many stories that are desperate to get out that I must attend to the noisiest ones before I get to those hidden ones that will emerge in time, I’m sure. Thanks for enjoying the story so much. I promise you’ll love the others too 🙂


  3. Helen December 15, 2016

    Thanks for your reply Fiona! I’m so glad to hear there’s a possibility of a sequel to The French Promise. I’ll keep that happy thought in my pocket and look forward to one day maybe reading a sequel.

    Since last I posted here, I’ve read The Tailor’s Girl and just today finished The Chocolate Tin. Glad I read them in that order as I noticed the lovely reference to The Tailor’s Girl in The Chocolate Tin. Both are beautiful stories. Starting The Last Dance tonight! I absolutely cherish your books Fiona. My only issue is, I don’t want to finish any of them LOL

    Merry Christmas to you and those you love. And many happy writing days in 2017!


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