Today I’m super excited to participate in the Blog Tour of ‘The Chateau on the Lake’ by Charlotte Betts. This book is a historical (romance) novel set in the time of the French Revolution.
About the Book:
Rich, evocative and immersive, The Chateau on the Lake is a breath-taking historical novel set in London and Paris during the time of the French Revolution from award-winning author, Charlotte Betts.
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 shelter 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 at future happiness.
I received ‘The Chateau on the Lake’ a view weeks ago in exchange for my honest review. Since I love historical romance novels this book definitely sounded like one I would enjoy. I never heard of Charlotte Betts before but I did read good things about her previous novels.
In ‘The Chateau on the Lake’ we meet Madeleine Moreau, a twenty year old teacher at her parents Academy for Young Ladies. Madeleine is a firm believer in educating woman just as good as man. She has her own opinion and isn’t afraid to share it. When Madeleine loses her parents she feels like she is all alone in the world. Together with her best friend Sophie, Madeleine decides to travel to France to meet the family she never met before. But France is in war, the revolution is at his beginning and it isn’t save for English people to visit France, especially not for two young woman.
So when the handsome Comte Etienne d’Aubery offers to escort them to France and invites them to stay at his home, Chateau Mirabelle, the two woman accept immediately.
This book takes place in 1792 and is set during the time of the French Revolution. I know my history and have heard many things about the France Revolution. So when I found out that this book takes place at that time, I wondered how this Romance novel would go. A Romance novel set during the French Revolution sounds like either a Romeo and Juliet kind of story, or a Sound of Music kind of story. I was definitely curious.
I didn’t really expect it, but from the moment I started reading this book I couldn’t put it down. The first few chapters were a slow introduction and learned me about the characters. Although it was a little slow, this didn’t bother me at all. It totally fit the story and without that few uneventful pages this book wouldn’t be as good as it was.
‘The Chateau on the Lake’ is not only a Romance novel. At times it almost felt like the Romance was just a side part of this book. Don’t get me wrong, the romance is sweet, passionate and slowly develops, just like it does in other great Historical Romance novels, but this story is more about the French Revolution and its impact on the people. There is poverty, violence and betrayal. And although I didn’t expect to enjoy a book like that, I really did.
The main characters Madeleine and Etienne are definitely characters I will remember. Their romance isn’t the easy kind, and they face many obstacles but it definitely is the kind or romance you will remember after reading this book.
I found the author’s writing very refreshing and interesting. At times I could almost imagine myself sitting at the dinner table in some fancy French dress at the Chateau Mirabelle. This book is so much more than a Historical Romance novel, and I would really recommend it!
The Blog Tour:
About the Author:
Charlotte Betts began her working life as a fashion designer in London. A career followed in interior design, property management and lettings. Charlotte discovered her passion for writing after her three children and two step-children grew up.
Her debut novel, ‘The Apothecary's Daughter’, won the YouWriteOn Book of the Year Award in 2010 and 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. Her second novel, ‘The Painter's Apprentice’, was also shortlisted for the Best Historical Read at the Festival of Romance in 2012 and the RoNA award in 2014. ‘The Spice Merchant's Wife’ won the Festival of Romance's Best Historical Read award in 2013.
For more information about Charlotte Betts and her books please visit her website, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon and Goodreads.
I received this book from the Little, Brown Book Group in exchange for my honest review!