Season of Light Paperback
Two lives torn apart by the French Revolution...1788.
Asa Ardleigh, the impressionable daughter of a country squire, has travelled to Paris with her sister Philippa and Philippa's new husband.
In the heady days before the Revolution, they find a city fizzing with new ideas - and Asa meets and falls in love with a dashing revolutionary, Didier Paulin.
When Asa is forced to return to England, their affair is curtailed, but they continue to exchange letters as storm clouds gather over France and war with England looms.Back in England, no one knows of Asa's liaison as the family's financial worries put pressure on her to marry.
But then disturbing news reaches Asa from France, and she must decide whether to follow her head or her heart...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 448 pages
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
- Publication Date: 01/06/2012
- Category: Romance
- ISBN: 9781780220130
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Review by Helenliz
Yet again with this author, I remain unconvinced. Asa Ardleigh is the youngest of 3 sisters of a gentleman squire. We first meet her in Paris (pre revolution) when she accompanies her sister & the sister's new husband. She's a bit of an idealist, and a supporter of abolition, so quickly gets swept up in the salon culture and the talk of changing the regime. She also falls for a young Frenchman who is as idealistic & wet behind the ears as she is. They become lovers and vow to marry. There's another suitor on the scene however, with a distant cousin who is due to inherit the entailed estate. Asa takes a dislike to him on the basis that the family's money is built on the slave trade, but she neglects to ask Henry what his opinion might be. Then she gets taken back to England. Some years pass and Asa is still holding a torch for Didier & shunning Henry (much to her sister's dismay). And thus far it was going OK. Readable, believable (to an extent) but then a French companion is introduced and it all sort of goes a bit odd. The denouement is, frankly, preposterous and involves all sorts of irrational behaviour on the part of our muddle-headed heroine. Asa seems to manage to survive everything that happens to her by just that - it happens to her, little seems to touch her and she grows very little through the course of the book. Affections are transferred in a highly predictable manner and nothing much is resolved. So a promising start, but a daft ending make this a mediocre read.