The House in Quill Court by Charlotte Betts blogtour book review

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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 . . .

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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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The Chateau on the Lake by Charlotte Betts book review and GIVEAWAY

the chateau on the lakeThe Chateau on the Lake by Charlotte Betts is available now in ebook format but is due to be published in paperback and audio download on the 7th May 2015.

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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.

chateau mandala clipartI’d like to thank the publishers for an arc of this novel in return for an honest review.

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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