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Charlotte Betts
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2 Aug 2012

1688. Beth Ambrose has led a sheltered life within the walls of Merryfields, her family home on the outskirts of London; a place where her parents provide a sanctuary for melancholic souls. A passionate and gifted artist, Beth shares a close bond with Johannes the painter, a troubled resident at Merryfields, who nurtures her talents and takes her on as his apprentice.

But as political tensions begin to rise in the capital, Noah Leyton arrives at their door in the middle of the night with a proposition that turns Beth's world upside down. Meanwhile, Merryfields becomes refuge to a mysterious new guest, whose connections provide an opportunity for Beth to fulfil her artistic ambitions. But she soon realises it comes at a price.

As the Glorious Revolution begins to throw the whole country into turmoil, can Beth find the courage to follow her heart and defend all she holds dear? And change the course of history for good . . .


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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (2 Aug 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749958227
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749958220
  • Product Dimensions: 3.1 x 15.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 884,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Charlotte Betts began her working life as a fashion designer in London. A career followed in interior design, property management and lettings.

Always a bookworm, Charlotte discovered her passion for writing after her three children and two step-children had grown up. The Apothecary's Daughter is her debut novel and 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 published in 2012 and shortlisted for the Festival of Romance's Best Historical Read Award in 2012. The Spice Merchant's Wife was published in 2013 and won the Festival of Romance's Best Historical Read Award in 2013.



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The historical research is neatly interwoven with the story of Beth and her family to that we come convinced by the characters and the images of London that the author portrays. The style is easy and we warm to the characters so we genuinely care what happens to them. All readers of historical romance will love this book (Gazette & Herald (Ryedale))

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The stunning second novel from the award-winning author of The Apothecary's Daughter set at the time of the Glorious Revolution

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A natural continuation of previous work 7 Nov 2012
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Having stepped out of my normal genre and read "The Apothecary's Daughter" and loved it, I was very happy to see that Charlotte Betts had another book out so soon.

As ever, the author has a beautifully descriptive style that really pulls you into the scene, you feel as much at home with the surroundings as the characters do. It's nice that there are some familiar characters from the first book, but this story is definitely stand-alone, the Fire of London a distant memory, now it's political and religious instability that looms large. This is a part of English history I hadn't studied since school and it felt very natural and real to be reading about in the background to the main story, that of the journey of Beth, from sheltered country girl to an independent woman of the world with her horizons definitely set far beyond the walls of the garden of her parent's home.

A great character driven story with a sumptuous background of history.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read 15 April 2013
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I read this after reading the Apothecary's Daughter(another amazing read) and would recommend that if at all possible you read that book first as it has a number of the same characters in and is set slightly later.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This is a love story intertwined with political events of the 17th Century, with wonderful period detail. I won't outline the story, because other reviewers have already done this very well. This is a must-buy Christmas gift for any lovers of the historical romance genre. Although this book follows on with characters introduced in the first book, I read this one first as I am more interested in this period of history (studied it at A level, but wish this book had been around then as I would have remembered a lot more of the political events). The only thing that stopped me from giving 5 stars was the constant mention of food, which I felt was overdoing the flavour of the period a bit too much (excuse the pun) - I felt like I had put on weight from reading about all the pies!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Having enjoyed Charlotte Betts' first novel, The Apothecary's Daughter, I was looking forward to her latest offering, and it didn't disappoint!

Beth Ambrose has grown up in the unusual setting of a lunatic asylum. She is a gifted artist, and has been tutored by one of the troubled residents - Johannes. She feels settled and content, until the arrival of a relative from a distant land shatters the peace and stability in her home.

Charlotte Betts effortlessly evokes the period by using vivid description to conjure up the sights and smells of the Glorious Revolution. The book is impeccably researched and historically accurate, and the romance storyline sweeps the reader along at a cracking pace.

I look forward to reading more from her!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent follow up to The Apothecary's Daughter 22 Jan 2014
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Thoroughly enjoyed this book following on from the first in the series. Love the historical content and following the characters from the first of Charlotte Betts books. Now have to read the Milliners Daughter and the Spice Merchants wife. Thoroughly recommend both this book and the Apothecary's Daughter. Would love another book in this series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good author 2 Jan 2014
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Excellent story. Manages to combine history and imagination into a great love story. Wasn't expecting it to be quite such a compelling read-couldn't put it down!
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5.0 out of 5 stars great! 25 Oct 2013
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Thoroughly enjoying this novel. It is a great way to learn about the life and times of the people who lived in the seventeenth century and the struggles between Catholicism and the Church of England.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Painter's Apprentice 16 Oct 2013
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I loved this book. I loved the way I knew the characters from the first book and I think this is as good a read as the first. It is not complicated to read but their are many characters, all well written. I would definitely recommend.
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Published 10 days ago by Rodney Oliver
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very good book , an enthralling read.
Published 13 days ago by helen evans
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Published 2 months ago by mrs.marga i. l. baker
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful historic background and so personal too
My sort of book. Wonderful historic background and so personal too. A very good read and I loved it
Published 3 months ago by Roslyn Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars Full of character and also.history woven into.a.wonderful.story
I really.liked.this story after reading the first book', this was a greAt follow.on story, full of great characters ans good story line.
Published 3 months ago by canxc
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Excellent read, did not want to put it down. I bought it to read on holiday and it was perfect for the job
Published 4 months ago by Mrs. C. D. Rasey
4.0 out of 5 stars The Painters Apprentice
I loved this book. It held my attention from page one, really evoking the feeling of London at the end of the 17th century. Read more
Published 7 months ago by G. A. Breach
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Another excellent book from Charlotte Betts. I love the way she writes with such historical accuracy. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Poppyfields
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
An amazing book. My first try of Charlotte Betts and thanks to this book have exhausted the Betts library and am eagerly waiting for more. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Pegga-Jane Fuller
4.0 out of 5 stars The Painter's Apprentice
I enjoyed this author's first novel and looked forward to reading this, her second, novel. I was not disappointed in this.
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