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Spirit of Lost Angels is the story of Victoire Charpentier. Born in the village of Lucie-sur-Vionne in rural 18th century France during the years leading up to the French Revolution, she lives with her parents and siblings. Madam Charpentier is a healer and the local midwife, her husband a carpenter travelling from town to town plying his trade. A fierce storm when Victoire was six years old brought about a terrible tragedy and the family’s fortunes are about to take a devastating turn for the worst. Victoire is forced to take a domestic position in Paris, with a letter of recommendation from the village priest.
Victoire’s troubles are only just beginning. She is now at the mercy of her employer, the Marquis de Barberon. Her belief in the cruelty and indifference of the aristocracy to the common people, born when her father was killed, only intensified and chafed. It was wholly due to the help of Claudine, the cook, she survived the Marquis’ visits and the eventual outcome.
Victoire’s life is filled with tragedy, loss, betrayal and horror. She also experiences happiness and joy, especially when she is in Lucie at L’Auberge des Anges, the inn she and her husband, Armand, began together. But nothing lasts and Victoire is soon again in the direst of circumstances.
After Victoire’s meeting in the dreaded La Salpêtrière Asylum, and subsequent friendship, with the notorious Jeanne de Valois, her resolve to raise awareness of the plight of women only grew. I enjoyed Victoire’s exchanges of letters with Jeanne and Mary Wollstonecraft, both of whom are not fictional, as another way to convey their thoughts on the state of affairs.Read more ›
But I don't love this. I just can't recommend it much as I want to. Why? It lacks the writer's tools of: engage, cut the description and move on the pace.
There is so much here that could be brilliant. I loved the scenes in the prison and meeting the well-known and real Comtesse. If only the book had started there and made a gripping plot just out of that...
Only it does not. We get a long run in of childhood which gives little flavour of the action to come. By the time we get to the Necker affair we are in the middle of the book - and just as that grabs us we go back for a tearful reunion back home on the farm.
With a redraft and an edit...cutting out a chunk of the start...this writer has a super subject and period. The action and pace just lets it down.
Reviewed for Rosie Amber's Book Review Team. I was supplied with an ARC for an honest review, for which I will receive no payment.
Spirit of Lost Angels is Liza Perrat's debut novel, and revolves around Victoire Charpentier, a peasant living in the village of Lucie-sur-Vionne. It is linked to the later book, Blood Rose Angel, by the bone angel talisman passed down through generations. This first novel in the trilogy takes place in the years leading up to the French Revolution.
Victoire's life is one of tragic events indeed, as she loses those she loves to accident, illness, the danger and politics of the times, and at the careless hands of the nobility. Cast into a brutal Parisian prison, she meets the notorious Jeanne de Valois-Saint-Remy who inspires within her the fire of revolution; I liked the inclusion of a real-life character in this work of fiction. All the way through the book I appreciated the amount of research that has gone into writing this novel ~ such an entertaining way to fill in the gaps in my education. I enjoyed reading about the lives of the rural peasants in the beginning of the book, and comparing this with the medieval life in Lucie, four hundred years earlier, in Blood Rose Angel.
Throughout the book, the gaping chasm between the lives of the poor and those of the ludicrously self-indulgent aristocracy is always evident; it was most interesting to read the thoughts of the time about the general lot of women, and, as in the medieval story, the restrictions due to social mores and religious belief/superstition. Victoire lives many lives in her short one, and I was pleased to see return to Lucie, and reunite with the family she had longed for, for so many years, and to see wrongs overturned.Read more ›
I had recently read and reviewed Liza Perrat’s fabulous book The Silent Kookaburra (check the review here) and could not pass on the opportunity to read and review another of the author’s books. I had commented on my previous review that the author is well-known for her historical fiction novels and I felt The Silent Kookaburra, although set at a much closer point in time (the 1970s in Australia) also shared the detailed setting, the atmosphere and the background events that made it worthy of that category, together with a very disturbing and beautifully written story.
Spirit of Lost Angels falls neatly into the category of historical fiction. Set in France, a few years before the French revolution, it follows the life of Victoire Charpentier, a young girl born on a farm in a small village, whose mother is a wise woman, midwife and healer to all, and who experiences death and tragedy from a very early age. She is a direct victim of the unfairness of the society of the time (a nobleman’s coach runs her father over and doesn’t even stop) and it is not surprising she wants revenge. Tragedy and disaster pile up in her life and brief moments of happiness are cut short when something else happens. Her story fits also into the category of melodrama, as she always finds herself at the centre of everything, and survives against incredible odds. Her life demonstrates that a woman’s lot is (and was even more so at the time) hard. Losing your husband, children, being raped, accused of being a witch, and being denied a voice, are everyday affairs. One thing that helps Victoire above everything is her literacy.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
After reading reviews of The Silent Kookaburra, I decided to read Spirit of Lost Angels by the same author. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Noelle
I loved this book and highly recommend it to those who wish a glimpse of the poorer classes on the eve of France's revolution. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Laura L. Rahme
Spirit of Lost Angels is a wonderful historical adventure set in eighteenth century France, and is the first book in the author’s L’Auberge des Anges series. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Susan Keefe
How refreshing to pick up a debut 'indie' novel that delivers more than many from the pens of acclaimed authors. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Deborah Coxon
Poor, I was very disappointed with this book, found it very ponderous and one dimensional, reminded me of a high school essay, really wanted to like this book, found it very... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Barbara A
The often-employed phrase “I couldn’t put it down” really does apply in this case. I had already read and really enjoyed the second in Liza Perrat’s trilogy, Wolfsangel, set in... Read morePublished on 6 Jan. 2015 by Francophile
As a fan of historical fiction, I am so pleased to have discovered the work of Liza Perrat. Although Spirit of Lost Angels is the first of a trilogy, I read the second book,... Read morePublished on 2 Dec. 2014 by Patricia L. Sands
Spirit of Lost Angels is the first book in the L’Auberge des Anges series by Australian-born author, Liza Perrat. Read morePublished on 2 Feb. 2014 by Cloggie Downunder
This was definitely a book that will leave you swirling with emotions. This story takes you back in time with the stories character Victoire Charpentier. Read morePublished on 28 Oct. 2013 by Amazon Customer