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Mistress of the Revolution

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A singular new voice in historical fiction. A time of decadence in a country embroiled in revolution. An unforgettably high-spirited heroine. Set ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 5.000
jkaye

From a Louisiana Reader

by jkaye on Mar 25, 2008

The book is based upon true events of the French Revolution. Many of the characters are inspired by historical figures. The story centers on Gabrielle de Montserrat, born of noble blood. Her mistake was to fall in love with a commoner, Pierre-Andrè Coffinhal. Throughout the story, I tingled with excitement as I thought I knew what was going to happen next. This was all a vain attempt on my part, as the author surprised me with each new twist. Gabrielle?s story is a fictional memoir, told in her own voice as she recounts her life beginning when her brother and guardian, Gèraud de Monsterrat, Marquis de Castel, brought her to live with him. Later on in the story, after meeting and falling in love with Pierre-Andrè Coffinhal, her brother finds out and she is forced into a marriage with a sadistic husband. Her life has many phases, one of which will lead her to Paris where she will again meet Pierre-Andrè. During this time, France is unstable, on the brink of political and social upheaval. The decisions she made seemed the best at the time, but even towards the end, she wondered what would have happened if she had decided differently. It?s something I am still pondering over. The author should be commended her display of realism. This book took me so far into the story that I completely forgot about my own life. Luckily, we are on spring break and I have some free time. Oh, let me warn you now, although it might be tempting to read the last few chapter to see what will happen in the end, DON'T! I am one to talk since that is what I usually do. For some reason, I didn?t in this book. I guess I was so busy reading that I forgot. Anyway, I?m glad I didn't as it will ruin the book.

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donna

FINE DEBUT NOVEL

by donna on Mar 3, 2008

THE HEROINE, GABRIELLE, AN ARISTOCRAT, FALLS IN LOVE WITH A COMMONER, PIERRE-ANDRE, ABOUT 5 YEARS BEFORE THE REVOLUTION. OF COURSE, HER FAMILY OBJECTS AND MARRIES HER OFF TO A MUCH OLDER BARON. THE REST OF THE NOVEL RECOUNTS HER ADVENTURES AS A WIDOW, A LADY IN WAITING AT VERSAILLES AND DURING THE REVOLUTION ITSELF. FIRST TIME NOVELIST, CATHERINE DELORS, HAS A FINE COMMAND OF HISTORICAL INCIDENTS AND PERSONAGES BUT DOES NOT SACRIFICE FINE STORY TELLING. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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