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Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Chateau on the Lake by Charlotte Betts

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1792. As a teacher at her parents' Academy for Young Ladies in the heart of London, Madeleine Moreau has lived her life sheltered from the outside world. But on the night of a dazzling Masquerade, tragedy strikes and she is left alone in the world. Desperate to find the family she never knew, Madeleine impulsively travels to France in search of them. But with war around the corner, and fearing for Madeleine's safety, the enigmatic Comte Etienne d'Aubery offers her protection at his home, Chateau Mirabelle.

Chateau Mirabelle enchants Madeleine with its startling beauty, but it is a place of dark and haunting secrets. As the Revolution gathers momentum and the passions of the populace are enflamed, Madeleine must take control of her own destiny and unravel events of the past in order to secure a chance of future happiness.

The Chateau on the Lake is an enthralling historical novel set during the time of the French Revolution; rich, evocative and immersive. If you love Philippa Gregory and Joanne Harris, you will adore Charlotte Betts.
Charlotte Betts began her working life as a fashion designer in London. A career followed in interior design, property management, and lettings. She is the author of The Apothecary's Daughter, which won the YouWriteOn Book of the Year Award in 2010, the Joan Hessayon Award for New Writers, was shortlisted for the Best Historical Read at the Festival of Romance in 2011, and won the coveted Romantic Novelists' Association's Historical Romantic Novel RoNA award in 2013. She is also the author of The Painter's Apprentice and The Spice Merchant's Wife, which won the Festival of Romance's Best Historical Read award in 2013.
Review: Chateau on the Lake is beautifully written. The story line is captivating, gripping and heart wrenching. It's easy to see how much research has gone in to creating this novel and it makes for an amazing read. Madeline is an enchanting character that will have you routing for a happy ending from the very first page. I'd recommend this to anyone who loves historical romance books, because you won't find one much better than this!

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