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Amour in Avignon by Jennifer Ivy Walker features Lily Green’s journey to a new beginning. Lily is recently divorced, is unemployed, and is adrift. Her aunt Agnes offers her the studio apartment above her villa in France. Upon her arrival, her aunt is eager to introduce her to Auguste and Ludo. Lily finds she is more interested in Ludo. Lily rejects Auguste’s sexual overtures. When Ludo offers to take her sightseeing, Lily is ecstatic. That night, she leads Ludo to her apartment, where they spend a passionate night together. Lily meets their acting troupe, and they cast her as Roxanne in their production of Cyrano de Bergerac. However, Auguste plans to win Lily from Ludo in the play.
Jennifer Ivy Walker gave a unique spin to the play, Cyrano de Bergerac. While they are performing the play, their lives outside the theater are similar. Ludo’s character description and lyrical dialogue are amazing. Auguste has the physique of a surfer with chiseled features. I found the division of Ludo's and Auguste’s friendship added weight to their personalities. Ludo’s insecurities about his nose made it easy for Auguste’s fear of rejection to be overlooked. Watching the feelings of love grow between Lily and Ludo was enchanting. The vivid details of the jasmine flowers growing by Lily’s apartment made me feel as though I could smell them. Their subtle floral scent filled her apartment and added to the romantic feeling in the moonlight. The supporting characters aided the progression of the plot. Just when I thought Auguste had given up, several unpredictable twists held me spellbound to the very end. Amour in Avignon is a story of new beginnings and the power of love not being based on physical appearances.