Her mother executed for witchcraft, her father dead at the hand of a noble, Victoire Charpentier vows to rise above her poor peasant roots.
Forced to leave her village of Lucie-sur-Vionne for domestic work in Paris, Victoire suffers gruesome abuse under the ancien régime. Can she muster the bravery and skill to join the revolutionary force gripping France, and overthrow the corrupt, diabolical aristocracy?
Spirit Of Lost Angels traces the journey of a bone angel talisman passed down through the generations. The women of L'Auberge des Anges face tragedy and betrayal in a world where their gift can be their curse. Amidst the tumult of revolutionary France, this is a story of courage, hope and love.
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FIRST SENTENCE (Prologue): The early light burns Victoire's cheeks, like a beacon warning her this summer day will bring something special.
MEMORABLE MOMENT (Page 19): 'When is papa coming home?'
'Your father will return any day soon, Victoire,' Maman said. 'Now the harvest is over and the season of hedgehogs is upon us.'
MY THOUGHTS: Who would have thought this was a debut novel? Written with great confidence and hauntingly beautiful, Spirit of Lost Angels is the first in a series of historical novels which, set both in a rural village and the city of Paris, charts a peasant woman's struggles against the abuse and corruption that is the aristocracy of 18th century France.
Perhaps stronger on character portrayal than plot which for me did not always flow as well as it might, in penning Victoire Charpentier the author has created a wonderful heroine who captures both the heart as well as the imagination.
Well researched, the sights, the sounds, the smells and, yes, even the mentality of the people are all brilliantly recreated by Liza Perrat, an author who is undoubtedly skillful in her use of language.
DISCLAIMER: Read and reviewed on behalf of the author I was merely asked for my honest opinion, no financial compensation was asked for nor given.