The Scent of Lemon Leaves

  • by Clara Sanchez
  • Narrated by Penelope Rawlins, Sean Baker
  • 13 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Five months pregnant and facing difficult decisions, 30-year-old Sandra leaves her job and her boyfriend to take stock of her life in her sister's beach house on the Costa Brava. She befriends an elderly Norwegian couple, Karin and Fredrik, who provide her with stimulating company and take the place of the grandparents she never had. However, when she meets Julian, a former concentration-camp inmate who has just returned to Europe from Argentina, she discovers that all is not what it seems and finds herself involved in a perilous quest for the truth.

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Slow and unsatisfying

The split narration is lovely and the translation adds quite a pleasant extra degree of surrealism as some of the turns of phrase are unusual. There are some very beautiful and believable moments but the story is extremely slow-moving and repetitive. The ending is quite peculiar and unsatisfying (and doesn't deliver an amazing twist as some reviews claim). The story mainly revolves around three locations in the same small town and there are far too many descriptions of what the characters are having to eat or drink. It held me just enough for me to persevere to the end, but I wasn't really looking forward to listening to it anymore.
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- R. Gladwin

Good story, great characters

This was my first book written by Clara Sanchez and I was really enchanted by her writing style. It is a book about morality and principles, about how we can find justification to all our actions even when it's clear that we've done wrong. The characters are very well constructed and little by little they become "part of your life". This aspect make the story believable and the overall experience one that you regret when it ends.
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- Florin

Book Details

  • Release Date: 29-10-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Ltd