MISTRESS OF THE REVOLUTION
New American Library, a division of Penguin Group, Inc.
Rating: 4 cups
Gabrielle de Montserrat is born into one of the poorer families of nobility. Given to one of the peasant women to nurse and raise, Gabrielle forms a bond with the woman and her family. She is sent to a convent to be raised and educated. This is the story of her life.
Count de Villers is a nobleman from Normandy. While tight with his money, he is known throughout Paris for his excess in the area of women. When he meets lovely Gabrielle at an opera one evening, he is determined to add her to his harem.
Gabrielle is writing her memoirs as the book opens. From the breast of her nursemaid to the French Revolution, the story follows the adventures of this lady. Because of her falling in love with a commoner, her brother forbids the relationship and marries her off to a wealthy, but much older cousin to the Montserrat family. When the Baron de Peyre dies, Gabrielle is left homeless with a small daughter to care for. She has to rely on the kindness of friends and strangers alike as she begins a new life for her daughter and herself in Paris. The French Revolution is only a rumbling when she arrives, but her life is going to change in more ways than she could have imagined.
Filled with interesting historical facts, the reader is sent back in time to late eighteenth century France. King Louis the sixteenth and Marie-Antoinette hold the throne just before the start of the Revolution. Ms. Delors conveys wonderful images through the entire book, the French country sides, Paris, Versailles, all such beautiful places. There are so many characters, helping the story flow seamlessly from one time to the next. Following this lady through all of her lifelong adventures has the reader right in the heart of the story. Wonderfully written and well researched, I would recommend this novel to any fan of French history.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More