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Spirit of Lost Angels by [Perrat, Liza]
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.... I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE when a book sucks me in and is so engrossing that I get ticked when I have to put it down. As a reader, it made me feel as though I was being written into the pages of the book. I simply love when that happens. I always say to people that those who refuse to read indie published books lose out on dynamic novels and this book is definitely an example of why I feel that way. I would not be surprised if this is a book I find in the collection of a large publishing house in the future ... Naomi B, A Book and A Review. .... how well written and detailed the book is as the author clearly outlines the path of a commoner's life and the hardship of Victoire's life from childhood to adulthood.....very intriguing. .... an historical book about enduring, accepting, regret, love, loss, family, hope, coming home, and an angel pendant that held it all together for each of the women who wore it. 5/5 - Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews An incredible page turner ... Spirit of Lost Angels is an exciting novel to read with its many plot twists and high degree of conflict and emotion - Mirella Patzer ... impressed with Perrat's knowledgeable treatment of the role of women during one of France's most tumultuous times, as well as the complexities of insular village life - Darlene Williams The writing is superb, the sights, sounds and smells of a city in turmoil is brought vividly to life .... Josie Barton Spirit of Lost Angels is a tale to lose oneself in ... Liza Perrat persuasively combines fact and fiction in this engrossing novel. The peasants fury, the passion building up to the Bastille storming, and the sense of political explosion are just a few of the vivid illustrations in Spirit of Lost Angels -- Andrea Connell ... a truly astounding book that will have you reaching out to the characters, feeling for them, and fiercely cheering them on ... engrossing, absorbing and you won't be able to put this down. ... a book not to be missed ... perfect for fans of historical fiction. Megan, Reading in the Sunshine ... escapist fun -- Francophiles will want this one and those who enjoy historical fiction that doesn't focus on royals ...great fun for the summer read -- and I can't wait to see what Perrat does next. Audra, Unabridged Chick Liza Perrat brings to life the sights and sounds of 18th century France. Her extensive research shines through in her writing, from the superstitions of the villagers to the lives of the more sophisticated Parisians -- Anne Cater (Top 500 Amazon reviewer):

About the Author

Liza grew up in Wollongong, Australia, where she worked as a general nurse and midwife for fifteen years. When she met her French husband on a Bangkok bus, she moved to France, where she has been living with her family for over twenty years. She works part-time as a French-English medical translator, and as a novelist. Since completing a creative writing course twelve years ago, several of her short stories have won awards, notably the Writers Bureau annual competition of 2004 and her stories have been published widely in anthologies and small press magazines. Her articles on French culture and tradition have been published in international magazines such as France Magazine, France Today and The Good Life France. Spirit of Lost Angels is the first in her French historical trilogy, The Bone Angel series. The second – Wolfsangel – was published in October, 2013, and the third, Blood Rose Angel, was published in November, 2015. She is a founding member of the author collective, Triskele Books and reviews books for BookMuse. Links: Email Newsletter sign-up for FREE short story, Ill-fated Rose, that inspired The Bone Angel series: http://www.lizaperrat.moonfruit.com/sign-up Website: www.lizaperrat.com Blog: http://lizaperrat.blogspot.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Liza-Perrat-232382930192297/ Twitter: @LizaPerrat Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/triskelebooks/

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1682 KB
  • Print Length: 388 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Perrat Publishing (11 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0082MI2Y4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #109,351 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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As a writer myself, it's not that often nowadays I find myself brought up short by the quality of writing in a novel. Even with the big guys, the published pros, I find myself analysing, picking holes, finding flaws. So, when I discovered the talent of Liza Perrat I was totally taken aback. Liza has a confidence and style to her writing that belies the fact she is a relative newbie with limited experience. She writes like this has been her life's work and that just another day in the office created the wonderful novel, Spirit of Lost Angels.

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.
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Tracy Chevalier meets Kate Summerscale, with a dose of Joanne Harris and Sarah Waters thrown in. Historical fiction is not really my bag, but when it's as good as this ... I'll take seconds.

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.
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By Lovely Treez TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Sept. 2012
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I suppose I could be described as a Francophile, given that I used to teach French to A Level (age 18) and I have a penchant for novels set in France e.g. Joanne Harris, Kate Mosse, Michelle Moran's Madame Tussaud, Tracy Chevalier's The Virgin Blue and more recently, Tatiana de Rosnay. Therefore I was immediately drawn to Spirit of Lost Angels, set in late 18th century Revolutionary France.

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!
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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 Occupied France, which can be read as a stand-alone. So I was looking forward to the first part, Spirit of Lost Angels, set in the late 18th century around the time of the French Revolution. The link between the two is a bone talisman shaped like an angel, and passed down across the centuries, and the women of the village of Lucie-sur-Vionne in the Lyonnais.

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.
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