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Charlotte Betts is the bestselling author of historical romances. Her debut novel The Apothecary’s Daughter won the YouWriteOn Book of the Year in 2010, the Romantic Novelists’ Association Joan Hessayon Award for New Writers in 2011 and the RoNA’s Historical Category award for 2013. The sequel, The Painter’s Apprentice was shortlisted for an award and her third book The Spice Merchant’s Wife won the Festival of Romance’s Best Historical Read Award in 2013. Charlotte certainly knows her stuff when it comes to romantic historical fiction.
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1792. As a teacher at her parents’ Academy for Young Ladies in the heart of London, Madeleine Moreau has lived her life sheltered from the outside world. But on the night of a dazzling Masquerade, tragedy strikes and she is left alone in the world. Desperate to find the family she never knew, Madeleine impulsively travels to France in search of them. But with war around the corner, and fearing for Madeleine’s safety, the enigmatic Comte Etienne d’Aubery offers her protection at his home, Chateau Mirabelle.
Chateau Mirabelle enchants Madeleine with its startling beauty, but it is a place of dark and haunting secrets. As the Revolution gathers momentum and the passions of the populace are enflamed, Madeleine must take control of her own destiny and unravel events of the past in order to secure a chance of future happiness.
I am quite a new historical romance reader but am slowly learning the enjoyment of this genre. This is the first book by Charlotte Betts that I’ve had the the privilege to read. Within the first few pages I felt transported back to the 18th century with the wonderful full detail expressively told by the author.
Almost immediately the storyline is fraught with tragedy that is unbearable to think about. My heart was aching for Madeleine Moreau. Madeleines’s life had been completely turned on it’s head and it wasn’t going to get any better soon with the French Revolution gaining strength.
This fictional historical romance novel has it all tragedy, drama, longing, dark secrets, death, wonderful heart warming moments. I absolutely loved it and will definitely check out Charlotte’s award winning back catalogue. A tragic, romantic 5/5* read.
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