Paperback: 367 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Triskele Books 2012
Source: The author in return for an honest and unbiased review.
First Sentence: The early light burns Victoire's cheeks, like a beacon warning her this summer day will bring something special.
Review Quote: Recommended at the Historical Novel Conference, 2013 in “Off the Beaten Path” recommendations.
My Opinion: Already looking forward to reading the next in the series.
I really enjoyed this début novel from Liza Perrat and am already looking forward to reading the next book. Spirit of Lost Angels is the first in L'Auberge des Anges historical series and is set against a backdrop of rural France. Wolfsangel is the second in the series and will be published on the 16th of next month. I am already looking forward to returning to rural France to discover what happens to the talisman that is central to this series. The bone angel talisman is passed down through generations of Charpentier who face tragedy and betrayal in a world where their gift can be their curse.
In this first novel of the trio the story revolves around the personal story of the protagonist Victoire Charpentier, growing up in poverty in a small village in France. It is the 18C a time of violence and having already seen her mother executed for witchcraft and her father also killed, she is forced to seek employment in Paris. Unfortunately things do not improve for her and suffering terrible abuse she becomes desperate and her life gets about as bad as it can. Whilst at her lowest she makes a friend who helps her become brave enough to join the revolutionaries and make a new life for herself. Always her angel pendant is there through the many terrible experiences she has growing up in the tumultuous period of the French Revolution.
The character betrayals are very strong and realistic as are descriptions of the locations. A well researched novel from this début author who writes in a way that will draw you in, especially if you are a fan of historical fiction.
For those of you that are tempted to read, here is a Link to Chapter One on Goodreads.
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 husband and three children for twenty years. She works part-time as a French-English medical translator.
Since completing a Creative Writing course ten 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 and France Today.
She has completed four novels and one short-story collection,
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