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Mistress of the Revolution

by Catherine Delors

      Mistress of the Revolution is based upon the true events of the French Revolution and many of its characters are inspired by real historical figures. Written in the language and the attitude of that day and place Mistress of the Revolution is a truly gripping novel. It is filled with a complex plot, with rich and vivid descriptions throughout. If you are a fan of historical fiction this one is a must read for you. If you are not a fan of historical fiction this book may be the one that turns that around. An excellent read!

Gabrielle de Montserrat had been a boarder in the convent of the Benedictine nuns in Vic from the age of six to the age of eleven. At eleven she is taken back to the chateau of Fontfreyde, her birthplace, to meet her mother for the first time since her birth.

At fifteen, Gabrielle meets and falls in love with Pierre-André Coffinhal, a young physician. Gabrielle is a noblewoman and Pierre-André a commoner. Once Gabrielle's brother learns of her engagement to Pierre-André he marries her off to a distant cousin who is widowed and forty-five years of age. Baron de Peyre is a cruel and abusive man. When the Baron dies unexpectedly he leaves Gabrielle and his daughter destitute.

Gabrielle travels to Paris to stay with a distant relative. It is here that Gabrielle comes into the court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. She becomes the mistress of a nobleman. As the Revolution comes barreling in, Gabrielle’s path and that of her one-time financé, Pierre-André, cross once again.

The Book

Dutton / Penquin Group USA, Inc.
March 13, 2008
Historical Fiction 1780-1800s
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The Reviewer

Connie Harris
Reviewed 2008
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