Wednesday, May 25, 2016

THE FRENCH LESSON by Hallie Rubenhold

1789:  Henrietta Lightfoot, a young Englishwoman, trips on her silk gown as she runs for her life along the bloodstained streets of revolutionary Paris. She finds refuge in the opulent home of Grace Dalrymple Elliott, the city’s most celebrated courtesan. But heads are rolling, neighbours fear neighbours, and masters whisper before servants. As the sound of the guillotine echoes outside, within the gilded salons of high society Henrietta becomes a pawn in a vicious game of female power. How will she survive in a world where no one can be trusted?
Henrietta: An Englishwoman alone amidst the French Revolution.
Grace: Former mistress to the highest rulers in France.
Agnes: The current mistress, who will stop at nothing to keep her place in the palace.
A deadly triangle of rivalry and power play. Who will win, who will lose, and who will keep their head?


I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. It is the story of Henrietta Lightfoot and she narrates her abut her life when she lived in Paris during the French Revolution. The three women of the story were intriguing and how their lives are affected by each other and outside circumstances was beautifully rendered, full of surprises. All the characters seemed larger than life, sympathetic, and often full of surprises. It was touching to live through the terror through their eyes and feel the panic and fear first hand. A fabulous job by the author in this regard.

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and at the time of reading, I was unaware that there was a previous book. Thankfully, I was able to fully enjoy and fall into this story without having read book one. 

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