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Against the backdrop of the leadup to the French Revolution, Delors's mostly successful debut follows the life of Gabrielle de Montserrat, a feisty young woman forced by her meddling brother to forsake her commoner true love and marry the Baron de Peyre, a wealthy, older man. The baron is abusive and cruel, but the short-lived marriage produces a daughter before the baron dies. A widowed Gabrielle travels to Paris and enters the heady world of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette, where, with a sparse inheritance and the responsibility of a young daughter, Gabrielle becomes the mistress of Count de Villers. Delors shines in her portrayal of the late 18th-century French women's world (she has a rougher time with the men), though the amount of political-historical detail covered overshadows the tragic love story that develops once Gabrielle reunites with her first love, Pierre-André Coffinhal, who is now a lawyer. The appearance of historical figures sometimes comes off awkwardly (as when Gabrielle meets Thomas Jefferson or has a private audience with Robespierre), and the ending is marred by a too-convenient and seemingly tossed-off twist. Nevertheless, the author ably captures the vagaries of French politics during turbulent times and creates a world inhabited by nicely developed and sympathetic characters. (Mar.)
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Cruelly deprived of her first love, poor but aristocratic noblewoman Gabrielle de Montserrat is married off to an abusive elderly baron. After her husband’s death, the young widow and her daughter are transported to Paris, where Gabrielle becomes entangled in the scandalous court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. The plot thickens when Gabrielle, now the mistress of Count de Villers, rekindles the passion with her former flame, a politically connected lawyer on the Revolutionary Tribunal. Positioning her would-be lovers against the tumultuous backdrop of the French Revolution, Delors does an admirable job of depicting the tension, confusion, and volatility of an era when one false move could mean the guillotine. --Margaret Flanagan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
Beautiful book. I laughed, i cried, i read it nonstop for a few days until it was finished. I still go back to a few parts because its just that great.Published 9 days ago by Mandamommi
Masterfully written, laced with well researched facts and a window into the chaotic world of the French Revolution. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Sweet Pea #2
i love this book, but it came in very bad condition. torn pages and it was dirty with water damagePublished 8 months ago by katie magana
“Mistress of the Revolution” is written in the form a memoir by a fictional character, Gabrielle de Montserrat, a beautiful minor noblewoman from Auvergne now living in England. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Toni Osborne
As an avid book reader, I love books, but rarely does a book become a favorite. After seeing the movie Les Mis, I decided to break into the French Revolution pile. Read morePublished on January 7, 2013 by Rio
My personal opinion for Mistress of the Revolution: was a great book. I recommend this book to anyone who likes historical novels, is very well written, and transport you to that... Read morePublished on October 23, 2012 by Princess Eboli
The book wasn't half bad as far as historical novels go, i would have given it 3 stars...but $20 for a Kindle book???? Seriously???Published on August 5, 2012 by Karin M. Carthew
In the throes of writing my own novel set against the French revolution, Catherine Delors' Mistress of the Revolution threw entertaining light onto this complex and terrifying time... Read morePublished on July 5, 2012 by Elizabeth Perrat
I don't think there's a single positive thing in this whole loooooong book, except the premise, which is so badly executed it's almost embarrassing. Read morePublished on June 26, 2012 by Maia H.