Mistress of the Revolution

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  • Title: Mistress of the Revolution
  • Author: Catherine Delors
  • ISBN: 9780525950547
  • Page: 163
  • Format: Hardcover

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Mistress of the Revolution

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  1. Author of Mistress of the Revolution and For the King publication date July 8, 2010 Both are historical novels set in Paris around the time of the French Revolution.Catherine was born and raised in France She is also an attorney with an international practice, and splits her time between Paris, London and Los Angeles.Visit her blog, Versailles and , at blogtherinedelors.

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  1. I absolutely loved Mistress of the Revolution It s a great historical fiction about a lady s life during the French Revolution I wish I had read the book when I was learning about the French Revolution in college clears up a lot of confusion This is great for people who love historical fiction but don t want a whole lot of cheesy romance I have my B.A in History and am always impressed when authors such as Catherine Delors puts an amazing amount of effort to get not only the historical facts cor [...]


  2. Amid the present plethora of bestselling novels set in the Tudor Era, there are a few gems in the historical novel genre set during France s Ancien R gime and Revolutionary Period Mistress of the Revolution is one such priceless gem It begins in 1780 in France s Auvergne Region with the arrival of a young girl Gabrielle de Monserrat, whose red hair already makes her standout among famille and friends at her family s estate, Fontfreyde, from convent school, where she had spent the early years of [...]


  3. 4.5 Stars As an avid book reader, I love books, but rarely does a book become a favorite This had been in my pile forever I bought it off a 1.99 clearance rack After seeing the movie Les Mis, I decided to break into the French Revolution pile I also want to add that I do not tend to like historical fiction books with fictional characters I d rather read about real people Well, to my surprise fictional Gabrielle locked me in from the beginning Born into a poor aristocrat family, we journey her li [...]


  4. This was a difficult review to write I enjoyed the book very much and I wanted to do it justice but sometimes there are so many things you appreciate that you get overwhelmed when it comes to writing the review.This book reads like a memoir, the heroine is looking back on her past and telling us about her life There are only a few occasions in which we are brought back to the present and actually know her as an old woman.This is a book about a very sensitive period in history The French Revoluti [...]


  5. The French Revolution is a vast, complex subject that begs for epic fiction This is not it.The problem begins with a weak willed, vapid protagonist named Gabrielle, who has a penchant for making bad decisions that lead to one crisis after another She s a problem only aggrivated by a series of male characters who are, everyone, slightly unhinged, from an incestous brother to a sadistic husband to a serial killer lover It s a rather perplexing reading experience, because Catherine Delors is a skil [...]


  6. This was a fast read, engaging, and I learned a bit about the French Revolution, which is not an era that I have read much about It is written as a memoir, and the fictional woman who writes it is a penniless aristocrat, a stunning beauty, a victim of circumstance, with impeccable morals and incredible courage She is kind to the ugly, aged and odd, to whom so many others are not kind She was a member of the court and inside the palace when King Louis and Marie Antoinette were arrested, but was n [...]


  7. In the second year of my history degree, I had the opportunity to write a dissertation, and naturally I chose my favourite subject, eighteenth century France The post revolutionary period was particularly rich in memoirs and I decided that I would analyse seven autobiographies by noblewomen This is an extract from my conclusion The role of women of the eighteenth century noble elite was in many respects strictly limited The task to which they were dedicated by their own order was to form a marri [...]


  8. This is Catherine Delors first novel, and I would call it a great success I confess I was a little worried the French Revolution has been written about so widely that it s not easy to capture the interest of dedicated readers of historical fiction Delors pulls this off, because her character and story are strong enough to overcome background historical events that are to some at least too familiar From her website, about this novel In 1815 England, an exiled Frenchwoman, Gabrielle de Monserrat, [...]


  9. After reading this, I m tempted to strongly believe that it couldn t have been good even if someone other than Catherine Delors had written it I mean, the premise, sure, is pretty interesting, but after that the whole book is heavy and dull.I m not a prude I think I try really hard not to be one and yet I just could not like Gabrielle Or sympathize with her Or even pity her I loathed her too much.First the way she continually forgives everyone around her for everything Her brother for molesting [...]


  10. From a writer s technical viewpoint, the impeccable prose style of this book is remarkable Delors is a native French speaker, and English is her second language The book is written from Gabrielle s the main character s point of view in 1815, while exiled in England Like Delors, Gabrielle writes in her adopted English In the historical note in the book s endpapers, the author admits, I strove to write this novel in the British English Gabrielle would have used in 1815 I find that it reads a lot l [...]


  11. I was enraptured by this book of revolutionary France, and thoroughly enjoyed the characters and narrative I m very impressed by Ms Delors, as this was an amazing first book I m eager to read her second, For the King Highly recommended



  12. From The Associated Press Mistress of the Revolution Dutton, 464 pages, 24.95 , by Catherine Delors Raised in an impoverished aristocratic family by her penny pinching mother and lascivious brother, Gabrielle de Montserrat is forced into a brutal marriage at 15 When a lucky heart attack strikes her husband during a hunting excursion, Gabrielle finds herself a penniless widow at 17 She takes refuge with a family friend in Paris in 1787, as momentum is beginning to build toward revolution Gabriell [...]


  13. Every other review of this book goes into great detail about the plot, characters and history before actually telling you if it is good at all I ll skip all that This novel is GOOD, very good Like Other Boleyn Girl the subtext of using young women as currency to advance the family fortunes is central Here, Gabrielle is denied her true choice and must submit to the choices forced on her by her family Later, she must trade herself into Paris Society, not for a husband, but for survival Through all [...]


  14. Ms Delors heroine, a beautiful redhead with grey eyes naturally goes through a series of unbelievable adventures from almost the moment she hits puberty I mean, boy howdy Everyone who meets her wants to possess Belle, making her sort of the French Revolution s Judy Tenuta Even her own brother dopes her with laudanum in order to heaven forfend, I cannot speak of it But man, oh man, Ms Delors sure can, and does, in prose so tortured that it makes even the massacres seem boring And Belle gets to s [...]


  15. A real page turner This is the story of Gabrielle de Montserrat, a young noblewoman who runs into trouble by falling in love with a commoner a few years before the Revolution Gabrielle is forced by her family to marry a brutal cousin threetimes her age Soon widowed with a young daughter, she manages toescape to Paris where she receives the help of a friendly Duchess Her prospects are dimmed by her lack of fortune and she has to become the mistress of a wealthy nobleman Before long she, like ever [...]


  16. One of the reasons I love well written historical fiction is that you get a great story and a history lesson I enjoyed this one very much, but I do think that there was too much politics and a lot to keep track of which is ok if I m reading nonfiction and my intention is to immerse myself with the details to make sense of the complicated historical occurrences In this novel, long winded political explanations were awkwardly incorporated into dialogues no one talks like that And still a lot was l [...]


  17. Superba avut ocazia sa ma bucur de doua momente istorice ,Franta in timpul lui Ludovic al 16lea,sfarsitul monarhiei si Franta in timpul Revolutiei ,cu haosul si teroarea acelor timpuri acest fundal ne este prezentata viata Gabriellei ,o nobila fara avere care trebuie sa supravietuiasca acelor vremuri ,eu de fapt am vazut mai mult conditia femeii acelor timpuri mi a placut personajul Gabrielle foarte tare.iar daca a trebuit sa ia o serie de decizii revoltatoare si a pastrat integritatea ,dupa par [...]


  18. This is first and foremost an exquisite exercise in the intertwining of details, all true to the period, most arising from in the historic record, for which the author s website reveals that she relied heavily on original sources such as 18th century memoirs and actual trial transcripts, and the rest coming to life in the intersticies The character development is so subtle, a line here or there, but soon each is alive and at once haunting The author quotes Alain Jouffroy at the beginning It is b [...]


  19. While the story of Gabrielle was interesting enough, and rich with historic references, I wasn t very satisfied in the end There were some very intriguing parts, of course, but there was far too much down time Also, whenever the historical facts came into play, it really bogged everything down It was like, let s pause here for a history lesson It didn t flow with the story I also did not like how the author would abruptly end a scene The characters were interesting, the history was okay, and th [...]


  20. This is a great piece of historical fiction The first person recollections the story is taken from the main character trying to write down her memories for her son is very personal and the language Delors uses as Garbielle immediately brings a sense of time and period to the first page.Perhaps my favorite part of this book was the other side to events in history The Jacobeans and their Terror were also portrayed as so evil While Delors does not try to hide the violent nature of this time period, [...]


  21. I really enjoyed this book Between this and Sandra Gulland s books on Josephine Bonaparte, I am just amazed at anyone who lived during the french revolution I am also amazed that this was the author s first work It was obviously a work of love I enjoyed the character development, details of the period, and the story in general The only thing I ever shook my head in frustration at was the men in her life Was it just me, or did they seem a littleoverbearing I guess it was the period of time Well w [...]


  22. I m sort of surprised that I managed to finish this the prose was wooden at times and it felt as if the author were shoehorning an encyclopedia article on the French Revolution into a mediocre romance novel Even the sex was boring I also didn t like the fact that all the men in the heroine s life kept telling her she was stupid and was going to screw everything up and they were correct every single time Nice message there.


  23. A great debut novel, with a smart heroine is a bit of an idiot at first, but thankfully grows up quick Lots of politicking, romance, fine details and a very hunky hero as France hurtles towards the revolution and people get seriously worried about losing their heads Happily recommended.For the longer review, please go here epinions content_42595


  24. I thoroughly enjoyed this book It is a work of fiction about the French Revolution that is well researched with a mixture of fictional characters, such as the main character and her family, and historical figures, such as her first love I started this book fairly ignorant about the French Revolution, only knowing the basics this book has wet my appetite for .


  25. I thoroughly enjoyed this book I went into the book not knowing much about the French Revolution, but now I am curious to learn The main character, Gabrielle, lives on the fringe of the French court While she is a fictional character, many of the characters around her are historical If you are interested in well researched historical fiction, you may enjoy this book.


  26. Awesome to read about the French Revolution, my high school education didn t go beyond reading Les Mes I was deeply drawn to the protagonist and moved to tears at the end The novel was lengthy but never felt cumbersome.


  27. Mistress of the Revolution was AMAZING Historically accurate, romantic and so enticing I could not put it down A lot of joy and much heartbreak and it takes you on the journy with a young aristocrat stuck in the harsh and cruel times of the revolution.


  28. Fantastic Moving, gripping, and powerful, this book is one of the best historical fiction novels I ve ever read Gabrielle is a wonderful narrator, and Ms Delors brilliant writing shines throughout the entire piece Just perfect.



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