#BlogTour: That Deplorable Boy by Jasper Barry #ThatDeplorableBoy #RachelsRandomResources @JasperBarry2 @rararesources

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Book Synopsis:

The long-awaited follow-up to The Second Footman.
A modern take on the nineteenth-century novel, set in 1880s’ France and full of period detail and atmosphere.

Who is Max Fabien? Is he the loyal secretary and faithful lover of the marquis de Miremont? Or a handsome but unscrupulous trickster, who regards lying as an accomplishment and any sexual quarry as fair game?

Miremont’s heart says one thing, his jealousy another. But his obsessive passion for the boy must remain a dark secret—no easy task when his estranged wife and their younger daughter arrive in Paris for a prolonged visit.

Soon the strain begins to tell. The Hôtel de Miremont becomes a hive of gossip, mistrust, intrigue and deceit, and Miremont is faced with an impossible choice.

Meanwhile the grim secrets of Max’s past continue to haunt him. Has the time come for him to claim his not-so-rightful destiny?

That Deplorable Boy is the second book of the Miremont trilogy, charting the course of a gay love affair between an aristocrat and a former servant in late 19th-century France. Rich in period detail and set in the grand châteaux of Paris and Burgundy, the novels explore the suffocating social codes of the time and the conflicts and dangers they bring for those who must live outside them.

The Second Footman is available now in ebook and paperback, purchase your copy here.

My Review:

That Deplorable Boy is the second book in the Miremont trilogy. It’s fun, exciting historical fiction which was a fantastic read.

Firstly the author does a great job, again, of setting the scene so that the reader really feels like they are in nineteenth century France.  The descriptions of the class hierarchy and beliefs at that time down to the little details about the way of life then are brilliantly, though subtly, included into the narrative.

I really liked the main character Max as I thought he was a loveable rouge who you can’t help but like.  I felt a lot of sympathy with him regarding the situation he finds himself in and him having to deal with his wife and daughter when they arrive.  I did wish he would stand up to everyone a bit more, especially his wife, but I don’t think he could because of the ridgid social class hierarchy.  His wife and daughter were highly annoying characters who did grate on me.  I didn’t fully understand why they wanted to make this is so difficult for Max when it could have serious consequences.  I was a little confused why his daughter wanted to marry her dad too as that seemed a bit weird to me and I wondered if she had an ulterior motive.

The book is full of jealousy which causes a lot of suspense in the novel and made sure it was hard to put down as I wanted to know what would happen.  The book picks up more about half way through when his wife and daughter arrive as the stakes and risk become much higher.

As mentioned above this is the second book in the series and it is probably best to read the books in order as this one carries on where the other book finished with not much of a recap.  The investigation Max goes on towards the end would also make more sense if you’ve read the first book as some of the clues were mentioned in there.

Huge thanks to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me onto the blog tour and for my copy of this book.  If you like exciting, sexy historical fiction you’ll love this book.

About The Author:

Jasper Barry has worked in advertising and journalism and has also been from childhood an addicted reader – to a consuming passion for literature add a thirty-year commitment to studying European history.

Barry’s fondness for nineteenth century novels has inspired the Miremont trilogy, three books set in Belle Époque France and structured like nineteenth century novels, with the characters trying to navigate a strict class system and a rigid moral code. But there’s a contemporary twist – the two protagonists are gay and must face the perils and conflicts of living their true lives outside society’s rules.

Of course, the period detail must be authentic, so Barry is a keen and constant researcher, for instance learning Latin to translate the Catullus poems that feature in the books, as well as learning to ride and having a go at fencing with foils. And naturally, the Miremont trilogy is a great excuse for frequent visits to Paris. Volume One, The Second Footman, and Volume Two, That Deplorable Boy, are done – Barry is now writing Volume Three.

 

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