The House in Quill Court written by Charlotte Betts, publisher Piatkus, is available NOW in ebook, paperback and audio download format.
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1813. Venetia Lovell lives by the sea in Kent with her pretty, frivolous mother and idle younger brother. Venetia’s father, Theo, is an interior decorator to the rich and frequently travels away from home, leaving his sensible and artistic daughter to look after the family. Venetia designs paper hangings and she and her father often daydream about having an imaginary shop where they would display the highest quality furniture, fabrics and art to his clients.
When a handsome but antagonistic stranger, Jack Chamberlaine, arrives at the Lovell’s cottage just before Christmas bringing terrible news, Venetia’s world is turned upside-down and the family have no option but to move to London, to the House in Quill Court and begin a new life. Here, Venetia’s courage and creativity are tested to breaking point, and she discovers a love far greater than she could have ever imagined . . .
I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour promoting and celebrating Charlotte Betts’ latest historical romance. I’d like to thank the publishers for an arc in return for a review.
This was a gripping, heart stopping, Regency Romance that has left my mind thinking about an era when the underworld was more powerful than the law.
Regency London was a time where two worlds collided; the rich, upper class citizens enjoying a flamboyant lifestyle in their extravagantly dressed town houses and mere streets away orphaned and homeless children slept in darkened corners and filched food from whatever sources they could find. An underworld of strong, arrogant, greedy men ruled the streets threatening businesses and individuals for shares of their profits. Only the strongest could survive.
I was impressed and motivated by Venetia’s character. A young woman grieving for her father and of the peaceful life off the coast of Kent. Venetia and her family were forced to move to London and start again. Venetia’s courage, determination and creativeness was so rare of a woman back in 1813. I was taken in by her strength and determination and was willing the pages to bring joy to Venetia and her family.
The story is filled with many uplifting moments but sadly casualties and death were commonplace in Regency London. It was a dark, dangerous era and it made the story all the more gripping.
A gripping story filled with a strong determination of believing in law and judgement and believing in yourself. A story also filled with new hope and beginnings after grief and a beautiful tale of love to conquer all. Charlotte Betts has managed to write a story very fitting to the era with raw, honest scenes but also with wonderful interludes of a love that was strong enough to overcome many obstacles. 5/5*
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