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The Chateau on the Lake Paperback – 7 May 2015
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Betts' description is second to none. It caters to the senses. Historically believable, you inhale all the sights, sounds and smells of the setting and engage with every one of the characters. I stayed awake until 3am to finish it. A superb book (The Sun)
Very enjoyable (Daily Mail)
A richly embroidered and memorable read (My Weekly)
Full of passion and drama . . . I was captivated by this moving, heart-warming and beautifully woven story - gripping, atmospheric, eloquently told and full of rich detail (Kate Furnivall, bestselling author of The Russian Concubine)
Lively narrative voice (The Lady)
The gorgeous fourth novel from award-winning historical fiction author, Charlotte Betts, set in London and Paris during the time of the French Revolution.See all Product description
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An historical novel, the reader should be prepared to delve deep into the eighteenth century - beliefs, fashion, travel, and inequality. This is all astutely obvious when we are taken to Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens for masquerade and fireworks. However, our author provides us with a journey from London to Paris, and rather subtly drops us back in time in a way that is comprehensible and enjoyable. Even when the climax of the story has peaked and there was only the "wrapping up" left to do, I was unable to stop thinking about our heroine, Madeleine. Having experienced life's rich pathway of ups and downs, our protagonist finally finds a new home. In this way, the story has many similar points to that of a traditional fairytale. Charlotte Bett's has been able to bring the French Revolution to life with vivid descriptions and dialogue - I could hear the crowds baying and the estate workers jeering. I could feel the anguish Madeleine experiences in the turret, and desperation in the diligence to Paris. The reader is presented with sights, sounds and sensations, evoking the emotions of the era.
Charlotte Bett's has managed to dispel the myth that the guillotined aristocrats were powdered and pompous; that it was a just revolution. Personally, having read lightly around the Revolution last year, it has re-ignited my appetite for this period in French history. Our lovely author has provided further reading of her resources for this book.
I have thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to her next novel.
After the death of her parents Madeleine Moreau must travel to France to search for the relatives she has heard of, but never met. The meeting proves disastrous and she is given shelter at Chateau Mirabelle, a breathtakingly beautiful castle which is home to the aristocrat Etienne D'Aubery. Of course there is a little competition for Madeleine's affections, with the handsome Jean Luc, and plenty of dark and sinister secrets in the Chateau's past.
Charlotte Betts recreates the detail of the period painstakingly, whilst still providing a pacy and satisfying romance. The sense of the course of the French revolution with all its horrors - the guillotine, the starving peasants, the mob violence - all these are faithfully depicted, whilst never losing the forward momentum of the plot. It is a hard thing to do, to juggle romance against such gritty realism, but Charlotte Betts does it seamlessly.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoy a good read.