As the St Clair family prepare for the grand wedding of their daughter, Clarice, trouble is brewing.
An old friendship, a new love and a dangerous secret threaten to destroy the life the St Clairs have built.
Their younger daughter, Hélène, became friends with orphaned Annette during the terrible events of the 1871 siege of Paris. Now they are reunited, with Annette working below stairs for Hélène’s parents. But she is hiding a dangerous secret, which Hélène has promised to keep at all costs.
Meanwhile, Hélène has begun to fall in love with a young nobleman from England, whose family has plans which do not include their son choosing a French wife.
Love, secrets and danger abound in the new historical novel from bestselling author Diney Costeloe, set in 19th-century France.
An Enchanting Historical Romance!
It’s been a while since I read a 19th century romance; I have to say I really enjoyed this one!
In Paris, the siege of 1871 affected the St. Clair family more than most but as time has gone on it has mostly been forgotten. With the upcoming wedding of their eldest daughter, middle daughter Helene is moving up in the pecking order and will soon ‘come out’ into society. Then she meets an English nobleman invited to the wedding and she is very taken with him, much to the discomfort of her parents. Meanwhile, Mme St. Clair finds herself called upon to return a favour – but will it bring back forgotten memories?
Such a truly wonderful story! With tales from upstairs, downstairs, and both sides of the Channel there is plenty going on to keep the reader glued to the pages. Details develop at a pleasant pace and with lots of ups, downs and doubtful outcomes, I was really invested in everything which was going on. The characters are fascinating and the writing quite lovely ~ flowing smoothly all the way through. An enchanting historical romance which I’m happy to recommend to lovers of this genre. Well worth four shining stars.
My thanks to the publisher for my copy via NetGalley and to Vicky Joss for my spot in this tour; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.
Tags: historical romance
- Format: ebook, paperback, hardcover, audiobook
- Size: 416 pages
- Publisher: Head of Zeus
- Publication Date: Ebook – 7 May 2020
- Hardcover: 6 August 2020
- Links: Goodreads
- Google Play
- Barnes & Noble
- Hive (Hardcover)
- Waterstones (Hardcover)
Diney Costeloe is the author of twenty-three novels, several short stories, and many articles and poems. She has three children and seven grandchildren, so when she isn’t writing she’s busy with family. She and her husband divide their time between Somerset and West Cork.
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