Everything is about to change…
1789. Pierre and Catherine Aubert, the Comte and Comtesse de Verais, have fled the palace of Versailles for their château, deep in the French Alps. But as revolution spreads through the country, even hidden away the Auberts will not be safe forever. Soon they must make a terrible decision in order to protect themselves, and their children, from harm.
Present day. When Lu’s mother dies leaving her heartbroken, the chance to move to a château in the south of France with her husband and best friends seems an opportunity for a new beginning. But Lu can’t resist digging into their new home’s history, and when she stumbles across the unexplained disappearance of Catherine Aubert, the château begins to reveal its secrets – and a mystery unsolved for centuries is uncovered…
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This was another wonderful dual timeline story from one of my favourite authors.
The story is told in two timelines, switching in alternate chapters from present day France and France at the time of the revolution. I actually enjoyed both timelines and found them both to be very easy to follow with no confusion between the two when they switched. This made for easy reading and meant that I raced through the book in a couple of days.
There is lots of fantastic historical detail in this book about what life was like in Versailles during Louis XVI reign. I’ve always been fascinated by this period of history so found it very interesting to learn more about that time. The great gap that existed between ordinary people and the aristocracy was huge and made it quite a harrowing time to live through. It’s unbelievable to think of the conditions that some people lived in now.
Overall I thought this was a fast paced absorbing read which I really enjoyed. I did guess what the secret was but that didn’t stop me really enjoying the story. I can’t wait to read more from this author in the future.
Huge thanks to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me onto the blog tour and to HQ Digital for my copy of this book via Netgalley.
About The Author:
Kathleen McGurl lives in Bournemouth, UK, with her husband. She has two sons who have both now left home. She always wanted to write, and for many years was waiting until she had the time. Eventually she came to the bitter realisation that no one would pay her for a year off work to write a book, so she sat down and started to write one anyway. Since then she has published several novels with HQ and self-published another. She has also sold dozens of short stories to women’s magazines, and written three How To books for writers. After a long career in the IT industry she became a full time writer in 2019. When she’s not writing, she’s often out running, slowly. Website: kathleenmcgurl.com Twitter: @KathMcGurl