For fans of Tracy Chevalier and Sarah Dunant comes this vibrant, alluring debut novel of a compelling, independent woman who would inspire one of the world's greatest poets and survive a nation's bloody transformation.
Set amid the terror and excitement of the French Revolution, James Tipton's evocative novel is the story of a woman who has for too long been relegated to th...more
The story takes place during the Revol...more
It takes place over 22 years of the French Revolution and although that sounds like an epic, it is not that drawn out. The fact that I learned so much cou...more
Annette Vallon was the lover of William Wordsworth during the French Revolution. I don't want to be a spoiler so I'll be vague here - Annette's activities over a period of a decade (or more) started to seem completely unbelievable to me as I...more
Daughter of a respected physician from Blois, France, Marie Anne Vallon, known as Annette, spent her childhood in the final bloom of the French bourgeoisie. She wore sil...more
The historical backdrop is thrilling and tragic in a way you could never really read in a text book - as Tipton creates real, alive characters to meet these tumultuous times of unceasing wars and violence and suspicion and ideology bathed by the horrific blood of the Guillotine and the countless young men...more
I mean, don't get me wrong, I love a good historical novel at just about any time. And a historical novel set during the French Revolution? Practically irrestible. A novel based around the secret romance of Annette Vallon and the famous poet Wordsworth? Delicious.
I will say, however, tha...more
Annette Vallon is the women known in history as the mistress and muse of poet William Wordswor...more
There is something terribly decadent about spending a full Sunday just reading! This was a great book to lose myself into and the time just slipped past. I would love to know how much is true about Ms. Annette. She seemed like a remarkable woman. And was Wordsworth really such a flake? Maybe that is why he wrote such beautiful poetry. I had not read any historical fiction about the French Revolution. I think this would make a fabulous movie!