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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.