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Fear your neighbour. Praise the Republic. Preach liberty. Hate monarchy. Speak in whispers. Trust no-one.

Revolutionary Paris, 1792: As the city spirals into bloodshed, Henrietta Lightfoot, a young Englishwoman, runs for refuge to the sumptuous home of Grace Dalrymple, notorious courtesan to the aristocracy. But loyalties are tested when she meets Agnes de Buffon, committed revolutionary and mistress of the most powerful man in France. Trapped in an unpredictable game between two dangerous women, Henrietta is about to learn a brutal lesson.

©2016 Hallie Rubenhold (P)2016 Random House AudioBooks

Critic Reviews

"Compelling and operatic...reads like a modern thriller." (Simon Sebag Montefiore, author of The Romanovs

"A thrilling novel of female intrigue, betrayal and revenge. Read it!" (Lucy Worsley)

"Dark and delicious." (Red Magazine)   

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1790 to 1820s Louis XVI period history - lovers and losers

I had no idea of the time period until quite well in. If we think being a mistress is a modern idea take a read. This story is about trust, deceit, wealth, lovers and the French Revolution. The babarrack times and atrocities are a backdrop to this historic and ficticious story. Narrator Julie Teal did a wonderful job yet again and is a pleasure to listen to.

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  • 13-08-2019

Dreadful attempt at an Irish accent put me off!

Sadly I had to give up on this audible book; I will however return to it and read it for myself as the story was actually quite captivating.

Although I persisted for several hours, in the end I just couldn’t stand the poor Irish accent associated with the character of Andrew Saville!It was a horrible strained mix of northern and southern Irish and did neither justice. As the character hailed from County Mayo, the accent should have been southern. It wasn’t. Either you can ‘do’ accents or you can’t. If you can’t, then don’t. Such a shame.

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