A man is walking alone at dusk in the remote hills of Westmorland, an ancient county in the North of England. Coming down to a quiet mountain tarn, he discovers a woman, dressed entirely in Victorian costume, apparently waiting for him,... More
Matthew Rowan is exploring a lonely valley in the English Lake District when he meets meets Amanda, mistress of Cragside, an isolated cottage nestled deep in a fold between high fells. Amanda invites him to spend the night, and to play a game,...
He is to become Joshua, the love she last saw a century ago, and who she's been waiting for ever since.
Yes, there's something odd about Amanda - she dresses in Victorian costume and calls herself Beatrice. There's something odd about the house too. It looks like the ideal refuge from a world gone mad, but it sits at the epicentre of a magnetic anomaly and has a reputation for playing strange tricks on the mind.
The Lavender and the Rose is an unusual love story, an erotic adventure, and a spiritual odyssey. It's also a psychological mystery, whose unravelling reveals the secret of human identity, and the unexpected nature of reality itself.