1792. As a teacher at her parents' Academy for Young Ladies in the heart of London, Madeleine Moreau has lived her life sheltered from the outside world.
But on the night of a dazzling Masquerade, tragedy strikes and she is left alone in the world.
Desperate to find the family she never knew, Madeleine impulsively travels to France in search of them.
But with war around the corner, and fearing for Madeleine's safety, the enigmatic Comte Etienne d'Aubery offers her protection at his home, Chateau Mirabelle. Chateau Mirabelle enchants Madeleine with its startling beauty, but it is a place of dark and haunting secrets.
As the Revolution gathers momentum and the passions of the populace are enflamed, Madeleine must take control of her own destiny and unravel events of the past in order to secure a chance of future happiness.
The Chateau on the Lake is an enthralling historical novel set during the time of the French Revolution; rich, evocative and immersive.
If you love Philippa Gregory and Joanne Harris, you will adore Charlotte Betts.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 400 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 06/11/2014
- Category: Historical romance
- ISBN: 9780349404486
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Review by FictionZeal
As the story began in 1792, Madeleine Moreau was a teacher in London at the Academy for Young Ladies. She yearned to know more about her father’s family, but he was always very secretive about his parents or even if he had any siblings. After Madeleine’s father and mother were both tragically killed, she took it upon herself to travel to France where he was from. Her close friend, Sophie who was being abused by her husband, becomes Madeleine’s traveling companion. Comte Etienne d’Aubery, whom they’d only recently met, is also traveling to France and offers them a place to stay. But, when the French Revolution begins and they cannot travel back home, he offers them a more permanent solution and a safer place to stay at the Chateau Mirabelle. Madeleine finds herself attracted to Etienne, but she is also strangely attracted to his friend and estate manager, Jean-Luc Viard. There’s a bit of a mystery within the pages as it had been rumored that Etienne may have murdered his wife.I liked the mystery surrounding Etienne and wanted to find out exactly what happened with his wife. Some of the scenes, however, were not altogether believable. For instance, when you envision a wall of people at a huge event, do you really think you could elbow your way to the front? Madeleine did just that in order to witness the decapitation of King Louis. The story didn’t go overmuch into the war other than the ramifications it had on the people’s lives in England and France. The scenic descriptions of Chateau Mirabelle were nicely done and I could see in my mind’s eye how captivating and beautiful it was. The story flows quite easily. Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
Review by maximeg
I received this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.I enjoyed this book a great summer read highly recommend The Chateau on the Lake is a breath-taking historical novel set during the time of the French Revolution; rich, evocative and immersive. If you love Philippa Gregory and Joanne Harris, you will adore Charlotte Betts.