It started with an article he wrote for SHE magazine about his miserable experiences using dating agencies. Lavender Days is inspired by a real diary, rediscovered by an Englishman in his attic. The diary transports him back 20 years, from drab England in 2013, to an eventful hot summer in Provence with an American divorcée and her spirited young daughter. He vividly recalls his romance, the heady aroma of lavender in the air. For two people approaching midlife, disappointed in love, here was a first date to end all dates. However, she has an agenda. And why had he forced himself to forget?