Mistress of the Revolution
ISBN # 978-0525950547
"In 1815 England, an exiled Frenchwoman, Gabrielle de Monserrat, begins
a memoir of her days before and during the French Revolution. A girl of quiet strength and startling beauty, a widow at seventeen with a young daughter, Gabrielle is released into the world of Paris nobility. Determined and inquisitive, with little money and few prospects, she strives to find her own freedom. Around her, the French people attempt to build a utopia based on the ideals of liberty and equality. Differing currents of thought clash over the fate of a nation as the Revolution takes an ever more violent turn. Yet Gabrielle survives, maintaining her humanity and sense of decency. On occasion, she glimpses her first love as he ascends from obscure patriot to one of the most passionate architects of the new order. At last she reaches for him and an impossible happiness."
If you're a historical fiction fan, Mistress of the Revolution is a must read. It will take you deep into the story of the French Revolution, but it also shows the lengths a young woman had to go to in that time just to survive. Lush and evocative, Catherine Delors writing pulls you into Gabrielle's life and forces you to care about what happens to her.
(March 13, 2008, pp 464, $25.95)