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Spirit of Lost Angels by [Perrat, Liza]
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Writing Magazine Self-Publishing Awards 2013, Shortlisted.
EFestival of Words 2013, Best Historical Fiction category, Winner.
Historical Novel Society Conference, Recommended in "Off the Beaten Path" recommendations.

.... I LOVE when a book sucks me in and is so engrossing that I get ticked when I have to put it down. ... made me feel I was being written into the pages of the book.  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 - Naomi B (A Book and A Review).

... 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 (Darlene Elizabeth Williams Historical Fiction Reviews).
 
The writing is superb, the sights, sounds and smells of a city in turmoil is brought vividly to life - Josie Barton (Jaffareadstoo).
 
... a tale to lose oneself in ... persuasively combines fact and fiction ... The peasants fury, the passion building up to the Bastille storming, are just a few of the vivid illustrations - Andrea Connell (The Queen's Quill Review).
 
... escapist fun -- Francophiles will want this one and those who enjoy historical fiction that doesn't focus on royals ... 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, from the superstitions of the villagers to the lives of the sophisticated Parisians - Anne Cater,Top 500 Amazon reviewer (Random Things Through My Letterbox).
 

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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  • File Size: 1356 KB
  • Print Length: 388 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 2954168102
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Perrat Publishing (May 11, 2012)
  • Publication Date: May 11, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0082MI2Y4
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #556,708 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I really enjoyed “Spirit of Lost Angels,” an intriguing tale about a young woman named Victoire Charpentier living in France during the 18th century. With attention to detail, Liza Perrat takes us on a journey from rural France to the city of light during the French Revolution. Her writing is so vivid that I felt like I was beside her heroine, experiencing her often onerous trials and tribulations as time marched forward. Oh, and what a life Victoire led, filled with tumultuous love, and unimaginable sorrow and loss. Like me, you’ll be turning the pages as fast as you can to see how the story ends.
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As a fan of historical fiction, I am so pleased to have discovered the work of Liza Perrat. Although Spirit of Lost Angels is the first of a trilogy, I read the second book, Wolfsangel, before this one and could not wait to read more by this writer. The order of reading made no difference, in case anyone wonders. Perrat's evocative writing style brings the reader into the story immediately and leaves one reflecting upon it long after the end has been reached. Her amazing attention to detail and historical fact combined with a flair for character development, creates an enveloping ambiance engaging all the senses. In this book, she delivers us from the simple, hard life of rural peasants through the horrors of insane asylums and prisons to the society involved in the political intrigues of revolutionary France. It's quite a journey! Brava, Ms. Perrat!
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I loved this book and highly recommend it to those who wish a glimpse of the poorer classes on the eve of France's revolution. It is a passionate and well-told story of survival and of overcoming obstacles faced by every day French women in the late 18th century. But it is much more - it vividly depicts Paris during that period, with a keen knowledge of the city's geography and of the injustices which saw the classes pitted against one another. It is also a mystery - where the main character's integrity comes under question. And last, it is a triumphant affirmation of the bond between women and of the power some women can have to better the lives of their sisters - a theme not often explored.

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.
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The often-employed phrase “I couldn’t put it down” really does apply in this case. I had already read and really enjoyed the second in Liza Perrat’s trilogy, Wolfsangel, set in Occupied France, which can be read as a stand-alone. So I was looking forward to the first part, Spirit of Lost Angels, set in the late 18th century around the time of the French Revolution. The link between the two is a bone talisman shaped like an angel, and passed down across the centuries, and the women of the village of Lucie-sur-Vionne in the Lyonnais.

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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This book had too much of everything. Too much tragedy. Too much politics. Too much coincidence. It has lust, hate, and cruelty and very little redeeming qualities. I have to admit that the only character I liked was Claudine and she's just a minor character.
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Spirit of Lost Angels is the first book in the L’Auberge des Anges series by Australian-born author, Liza Perrat. This novel is set in eighteenth century France and follows events in the life of Victoire Charpentier, a peasant girl from Lucie-sur-Vionne. As with the major upheavals in the nation at the time of the French Revolution, Victoire’s own life also undergoes enormous changes. As a six-year-old in a village remote from Paris, Victoire could never have imagined her own involvement in the Revolution and the highs and lows that would mark her life. Perrat’s extensive research is apparent on every page of this interesting debut novel. A wealth of historical fact is contained in the story of Victoire’s life, so lovers of historical fiction will be delighted with this one, and look forward to the next book in the series, Wolfsangel, which is set during the Second World War.
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