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Mistress of the Revolution: A Novel Paperback – Bargain Price, March 3, 2009
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Gabrielle is only eleven years old when her brother the Marquis de Castel takes her from the convent which is educating her and brings her to her family home and to her mother for the first time since she was born. Raised by country peasants and nuns, Gabrielle is kind and takes her mothers consent criticisms in stride along with her brother's increasingly strange attentions. But when she falls in love with a local man she sees a chance to escape.
But this is not in her cards. Gabrielle is married off to an older cousin who abuses her in his quest for an heir. Upon his death he leaves her and her daughter destitute and with no where to go until a kind friend reminds her of a distant relation in Paris. In the city of lights she flourishes but still needs a means to provide for herself and her daughter. Work is out because of her social status and marriage is out because of her lack of funds leaving her only one option-become a wealthy man's mistress.
But the time of the French revolution, the great terror is fast approaching and Paris is becoming a turbulent sea of politics. Can Gabrielle, a noble woman, a kept woman and a young mother survive the coming storm on her own? Or will she need to depend on the help of an old friend?
"Mistress of the Revolution" is a first person memoir type account of one woman's experience during the French Revolution.Read more ›
The other reviewers will probably disagree with my review, but I like to give an honest opinion on what I read and my perspective will be somewhat different from the other reviewers on this page. The story is well written and the historical aspect is dead on. I was impressed with that aspect of Mistress of the Revolution. However, I thought the story was somewhat boring and I had a hard time getting into it. The first-person narrative didn't help. It somehow didn't work for me. Gabrielle's brother is disgusting and despicable, and there are other characters that will make you hate them here as well. The star-crossed romance between Gabrielle and Pierre-Andre is also kind of nice, and the backdrop of Marie Antoinette and the French Revolution is done well, but none of these things makes up for the fact that, as a whole, this novel is simply not engaging enough.Read more ›
One of these was newcomer Catherine Delors. Her novel, Mistress of the Revolution may at first appear to be not much more than yet another novel set during the fall of the French monarchy, and the rise of the French Revolution and all of the adventure that would create. It's proved to be very fertile ground for novelists, and in recent years, there has been a real upsurge of interest in the period. Sadly, most of what gets published is not much more than trite modern romance dressed up in fancy clothes, and where authors betray their own lack of research with every word that their characters utter. And these sorts of novels were what have caused me to loose interest in the genre, swamped as it is with heaving bosoms and too perfect characters.
So it was with some trepidation that I ordered this from Amazon. But once I started reading, I was in for a very pleasant surprise. The story starts in a rather classic way, with a young girl of eleven being suddenly called home to the family chateau from a convent. Gabrielle de Montserrat is fresh and lovely, and just a bit on the determined side. While she knows that she has a duty to her family and class, there's a part of herself that aches to move beyond the constrants of her existance. If she just knew what they were.
Four years pass, with Gabrielle running wild, enjoying the company of her elder brother, the Marquis de Casel, and chafing under the restrictions of her rather cold-blooded mother.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Trades off between the story, which is just okay and a history lesson, which is as dull as rocks. If you want really good historical fiction with amazing characters and the story... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kimberly A. Manna
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 11 months ago by Mandamommi
Masterfully written, laced with well researched facts and a window into the chaotic world of the French Revolution. Read morePublished 18 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 19 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 on March 5, 2014 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