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Spirit of Lost Angels (The Bone Angel Series) (Volume 1) Paperback – May 11, 2012
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.... I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE when a book sucks me in and is so engrossing that I get ticked when I have to put it down. As a reader, it made me feel as though I was being written into the pages of the book. I simply love when that happens. I always say to people that those who refuse to read indie published books lose out on dynamic novels and this book is definitely an example of why I feel that way. I would not be surprised if this is a book I find in the collection of a large publishing house in the future ... Naomi B, A Book and A Review. .... how well written and detailed the book is as the author clearly outlines the path of a commoner's life and the hardship of Victoire's life from childhood to adulthood.....very intriguing. .... an historical book about enduring, accepting, regret, love, loss, family, hope, coming home, and an angel pendant that held it all together for each of the women who wore it. 5/5 - Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews An incredible page turner ... Spirit of Lost Angels is an exciting novel to read with its many plot twists and high degree of conflict and emotion - Mirella Patzer ... impressed with Perrat's knowledgeable treatment of the role of women during one of France's most tumultuous times, as well as the complexities of insular village life - Darlene Williams The writing is superb, the sights, sounds and smells of a city in turmoil is brought vividly to life .... Josie Barton Spirit of Lost Angels is a tale to lose oneself in ... Liza Perrat persuasively combines fact and fiction in this engrossing novel. The peasants fury, the passion building up to the Bastille storming, and the sense of political explosion are just a few of the vivid illustrations in Spirit of Lost Angels -- Andrea Connell ... a truly astounding book that will have you reaching out to the characters, feeling for them, and fiercely cheering them on ... engrossing, absorbing and you won't be able to put this down. ... a book not to be missed ... perfect for fans of historical fiction. Megan, Reading in the Sunshine ... escapist fun -- Francophiles will want this one and those who enjoy historical fiction that doesn't focus on royals ...great fun for the summer read -- and I can't wait to see what Perrat does next. Audra, Unabridged Chick Liza Perrat brings to life the sights and sounds of 18th century France. Her extensive research shines through in her writing, from the superstitions of the villagers to the lives of the more sophisticated Parisians -- Anne Cater (Top 500 Amazon reviewer):
About the Author
Liza grew up in Wollongong, Australia, where she worked as a general nurse and midwife for fifteen years. When she met her French husband on a Bangkok bus, she moved to France, where she has been living with her family for over twenty years. She works part-time as a French-English medical translator, and as a novelist. Since completing a creative writing course twelve years ago, several of her short stories have won awards, notably the Writers Bureau annual competition of 2004 and her stories have been published widely in anthologies and small press magazines. Her articles on French culture and tradition have been published in international magazines such as France Magazine, France Today and The Good Life France. Spirit of Lost Angels is the first in her French historical trilogy, The Bone Angel series. The second – Wolfsangel – was published in October, 2013, and the third, Blood Rose Angel, was published in November, 2015. She is a founding member of the author collective, Triskele Books and reviews books for BookMuse. Links: Email Newsletter sign-up for FREE short story, Ill-fated Rose, that inspired The Bone Angel series: http://www.lizaperrat.moonfruit.com/sign-up Website: www.lizaperrat.com Blog: http://lizaperrat.blogspot.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Liza-Perrat-232382930192297/ Twitter: @LizaPerrat Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/triskelebooks/
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But worse was to follow for Victoire. The shocking abuse from the Marquis; a man known for his love of girls – it was only through the help of a dear friend that she survived.
As time passed, Victoire knew joy, happiness and more sadness. But the terrible betrayal by one she trusted was the most destroying. Would she eventually rise above the tragedy and trauma of her life? Suddenly Victoire knew what she would dedicate her skills to – the upcoming revolution to overthrow the aristocrats. But was her bravery and courage strong enough?
I've been wanting to read Spirit of Lost Angels by Aussie author Liza Perrat for a long time, and I'm so glad I've finally done so! What an interesting, intriguing mix of history and fiction; the research is obvious; the horrors and poverty of the poor in the 1800s heart breaking. I thoroughly enjoyed Spirit of Lost Angels which is #1 in the Bone Angel series and will be looking at #2 (Wolfsangel) soon. Highly recommended.
The main character is Victoire, a young woman from the country, who suffers tragic losses, mistreatment, betrayal, imprisonment, and as a mother, the worse tortures of the mind. Perhaps it was the author's background in nursing but I felt that the passages depicting Victoire's growing emotional instability during a difficult period in her life, were believable and evocative. I enjoyed the medical attention to detail around Victoire's ordeal and her dramatic passage into the very darkness of Paris.
Without spoiling it for readers, I want to say how much I enjoyed the entertaining and saucy intrigue which begins with the appearance of Jeanne de Valois-Saint-Rémy in the story. Though I had read about l'Affaire du Collier and the scandal it created around Marie-Antoinette, I ignored much about Jeanne. The adventuress can be credited for much of the spice and reversal of fortune injected into this wonderful tale. I love when authors take daring approaches to speculative history and this was perhaps my favorite passage in the book.
One detail that stood out for me is the author's sensitive attention to nature, a considerate touch given the main character's country origin. Nature's presence is pervasive in this novel, not only through weather and its effects on crops and the socio-economic upheavals of the time, but also through what the main character glimpses from her surroundings as these reflect her mood and consciousness.
Victoire's touching letters to her daughter Lucie, her beautiful and enterprising relationship with her husband, Armand - who was my favorite character - gave much heart to this novel. The love of a mother shines in many passages.
In all, a well-researched and highly enjoyable read.
I wasn’t disappointed. This well-paced story concerns Victoire Charpentier, a young woman who seeks to improve her lot by going to Paris to work. Alas, it doesn’t turn out like that and Victoire must bear the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune several times before achieving peace and reconciliation.
The author has researched the period meticulously and effectively evokes the spirit of the age, whether she is writing about life in a French village or in the melting pot that was Paris in the revolutionary era. Liza Perrat is particularly strong when writing about the role and lot of women at the time. She also cleverly weaves well-known incidents, such as the diamond necklace affair or the storming of the Bastille, into Victoire’s story.
This is a compelling and vivid story with strong characterisation, and I can recommend it highly to anyone who likes historical fiction.
I look forward to reading the forthcoming third part of the trilogy, set in the medieval period at the time of the Great Plague.
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Spirit of Lost Angels is the story of Victoire Charpentier. Born in the village of Lucie-sur-Vionne in rural 18th century France during the years leading up to the...Read more
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