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Clearly a writer who revels in research and attention to detail, it really helps immerse us into life in revolutionary France. The reader is transported back to 1789 and to the extraordinary girl who is taken on a journey from her rural roots into the very heart of the storming of the Bastille, experiencing all the injustices of that period in history, only to travel full circle in pursuit of happiness and truth. Along the way, the author creates an array of characters who simply step from the page and enchant you. And the settings transport you to the scene as if time stopped especially for you to imagine it. Whether it is the beauty of the snow-capped mountains or the squalor of La Salpetriere mental asylum, it has an effect on you every step of the way.
Victoria Charpentier is a remarkable central protagonist who carries the story with ease. Liza Perrat is an extraordinary writer who makes the art of writing look easy. This is an outstanding debut novel that is not to be missed, and will appeal to a wide variety of reading tastes. A book I shall certainly revisit and I really hope this is the first of many books from Liza Perrat.
The subject of the book is the French Revolution, but from an unusual perspective. Victoire Charpentier is a peasant girl, whose mother is an angel-maker. The story of Victoire's loves, losses and triumphs is gripping in itself, but the period and location add something remarkable to this epic tale. This is a master class in weaving in historical detail so that the reader understands the gritty detail of what living in 18th century France, as a peasant woman, really meant.
Perrat's other outstanding skill is her descriptive language. She appeals to all the senses, employing scents, sounds, textures and tastes, enveloping the reader in a hypnotic atmosphere. Whether narrating a summer festival in the fields or the horrors of Salpêtrière prison, this is a writer who can create the most beautiful word pictures.
This is a startling insight into a terrifying time, an emotionally powerful story, beautifully told and raises many thought-provoking ideas. So much to discess, it's perfect for book clubs.
This is a very impressive debut novel with characters which spring to life from the opening pages. Our narrator is a young peasant girl, Victoire, who experiences at first hand the tumult caused by the rumblings of revolutionary France. Victoire is a surviver, having to "reinvent" herself on more than one occasion to keep her head above water. We witness her rural upbringing, not quite the bucolic idyll and then a new life in bustling Paris, in the midst of turbulent social change.
Real life historical figures such as Thomas Jefferson, Mary Wollstonecraft and Jeanne de Valois feature in this vividly described narrative adding authenticity to this epic tale. The author wears her research lightly in this extremely readable, emotionally satisfying tale of a feisty young girl surviving the worst of times. I am pleased to report that this is the first of a series of novels and I am really looking forward to hearing more about Victoire's descendants. Highly recommended for all lovers of historical fiction who enjoy a meaty tale!
I wasn’t disappointed. This well-paced story concerns Victoire Charpentier, a young woman who seeks to improve her lot by going to Paris to work. Alas, it doesn’t turn out like that and Victoire must bear the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune several times before achieving peace and reconciliation.
The author has researched the period meticulously and effectively evokes the spirit of the age, whether she is writing about life in a French village or in the melting pot that was Paris in the revolutionary era. Liza Perrat is particularly strong when writing about the role and lot of women at the time. She also cleverly weaves well-known incidents, such as the diamond necklace affair or the storming of the Bastille, into Victoire’s story.
This is a compelling and vivid story with strong characterisation, and I can recommend it highly to anyone who likes historical fiction.
I look forward to reading the forthcoming third part of the trilogy, set in the medieval period at the time of the Great Plague.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 9 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 13 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 18 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 20 months ago by Barbara A
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
I really enjoyed this début novel from Liza Perrat and am already looking forward to reading the next book. Read morePublished on 22 Oct. 2013 by LindyLouMac
I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of this book.
At times, it felt long, but not necessarily in a bad way. Read more