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Spirit of Lost Angels

(The Bone Angel #1)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  347 ratings  ·  115 reviews
They drowned Victoire's mother, claiming she was a witch. Then her father died beneath the wheels of a nobleman's carriage.

Forced to leave her village, Victoire finds work in Paris. But domestic employment comes at a high price and the orphaned girl suffers gruesome abuse at the hands of a diabolical aristocracy.

Accused of a heinous crime, they imprison her in the depraved
Paperback, 378 pages
Published June 2nd 2012 by Perrat Publishing (first published May 11th 2012)
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Victoire Charpentier’s childhood was a happy one; though poor, she had the love of her mother and father, and siblings. But the death of her younger twin siblings in a devastating fire brought the beginning of a devastating run of misfortune for the family. Finally with her father murdered and her mother killed for being a witch, Victoire was given letters of recommendation from the priest of their village of Lucie-sur-Vionne for a domestic position in Paris. Victoire wore the beautiful bone ang ...more
Meg - A Bookish Affair
Okay, have you ever started reading a book slower and slower as the ending gets closer just so you can put off getting to the ending quickly because the book is that good? This is exactly what happened to me with Spirit of Lost Angels. This book is a fantastic tale of history, a little mystery, and great characters that I know is going to stay with me long after I shut the book. There is also a small pinch of magic in a bone angel pendent that the main characters, Victoire, receives from her mot ...more
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
First the twin children were burned in the house fire and now papa was run down by a nobleman's carriage. What else could happen to the Charpentier family? A lot could and did happen in this small town of Lucie-sur-Vionne, France; a town with many strange customs such as these: you can't conduct business on Fridays, you can't dig a grave, you can't wash clothes, and you can’t give birth? Now the not giving birth definitely had to be a challenge...can babies really wait?

Madame Charpentier, whose
Sep 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: historical fiction lovers
This is the story of Victorie Charpentier, a young woman of humble origins living in the late 18th century France. Victoire has a happy, idyllic childhood in the village of Lucie-sur-Vionne until a series of tragedies strike her family and she is left no alternative but to go and find employment in Paris.

These are the troubled years preceding the French Revolution. Paris, a character in its own right, is the setting where Victoire lives some extraordinary experiences that will leave deep marks
In Spirit of Lost Angels, the author certainly puts her heroine through the mill!  Not to give too much away (although most of it’s in the book blurb), poor Victoire suffers poverty and near starvation, bereavement of close family members, rape, physical assault, false accusation, imprisonment and abduction.  Her experiences are played out against the turbulent backdrop of the French Revolution with Victoire witnessing some of the climatic events such as the storming of the Bastille.  I really l ...more
Lyn (Readinghearts)
Jun 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: historical fiction fans
Recommended to Lyn (Readinghearts) by: Liza Perrat and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Book
After reading numerous mystery/thrillers, lately I have been on an Historical Fiction bent. I have been in love with HF since I was in my teams and first read the books of James Michener, Kathleen Woodiweiss, and Jean Plaidy. There is just something about reading a book that takes you back in time and allows you to feel, hear, smell, etc., what life was like for the people in that time period. I love immersing myself in other cultures and time in this way. Liza Perrat's debut novel, Spirit of Lo ...more
Jun 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Liza Perrat has done a remarkable job recreating life in the French countryside and its villages, prior to the onset of the Revolution, and the fall of the French monarchy. This is the first in a proposed series, all linked to the original inn called The Spirit of Angels, started by Victoire and her husband Armand, as a way to fend off the waves of poverty enveloping the countryside, as food back more scarce, and taxes continued to rise. It also refers to the bone necklace, in the form of an ang ...more
Audra (Unabridged Chick)
This fun historical novel has the wild plot of a Sidney Sheldon with the kind of dramatic machinations of The Count of Monte Cristo (both very good things).

Set between 1768 and 1794, the novel follows Victoire Charpentier, a sweet girl from a rural French village. Her seemingly enchanted life -- loving parents, adored family, a childhood love -- is shattered when her beloved herbalist mother is drowned as a witch.

Sent to Paris as a maid for a noble family, she learns first hand the violent cruel
Jo Barton
Jul 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Born into a life of poverty and despair, Victoire Charpentier’s early life was fraught with tragedy and social degradation. When both her parents fall victim to hopelessness and ignorant superstition she has no choice but to make her own way in the world. Leaving behind the traumatic memories of her small village of Lucie-sur-Vionne, and comforted by her mother’s bone angel talisman, Victoire makes her way to Paris, and to a new beginning as a domestic servant. Here she is introduced to the deba ...more
Sep 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
‘I wondered how much longer I could continue such an existence.’

This is a gripping historical read about one woman's personal story during violent and changing times in 18th Century France.

Victoire is our heroine in this moving tale of love, passion and sadness, set in revolutionary France. She has grown up in poverty in the little village of Lucie-sur-Vionne, where she has seen her mother executed and her father tragically, cruelly and carelessly killed. She then finds herself in Paris, sufferi
Megan Readinginthesunshine
Mar 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Victoire has had a difficult life. Her father was murdered and her mother was accused of witchcraft and hung. Young peasant Victoire is forced to leave her village of Lucie-sur-Vionne to take up domestic work in Paris as a servant, but she suffers abuse at the hands of her employer. With the Revolution growing in France, will Victoire be brave enough to join the fight?

Wow. I finished this book late last night and all I could say afterwards was wow. From the very first pages I was drawn into Vict
I've been wanting to read 'Spirit of Lost Angels" for quite some time, so normally I was over the moon when Ms Perrat kindly offered me a copy in exchange for an honest review.
I was thrilled, yet so nervous because I definitely didn't want to be disappointed. (You know that feeling, when you find a book, love the blurb and the cover, but then you read it and realize you've just been too enthusiastic over nothing? I bet you do know what this feels like, to be "betrayed" by a book you've been so e
Sep 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this début novel from Liza Perrat and am already looking forward to reading the next book. Spirit of Lost Angels is the first in L'Auberge des Anges historical series and is set against a backdrop of rural France. Wolfsangel is the second in the series and will be published on the 16th of next month. I am already looking forward to returning to rural France to discover what happens to the talisman that is central to this series. The bone angel talisman is passed down through gen ...more
Sep 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
•Paperback: 378 pages
•At the time of writing – only £2.79 on Kindle
•My Rating – 4 stars
•Source – the author herself

I suppose I could be described as a Francophile, given that I used to teach French to A Level (age 18) and I have a penchant for novels set in France e.g. Joanne Harris, Kate Mosse, Michelle Moran’s Madame Tussaud, Tracy Chevalier’s The Virgin Blue and more recently, Tatiana de Rosnay. Therefore I was immediately drawn to Spirit of Lost Angels, set in late 18th century Revolutionary
Annemarie Neary
Sep 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a tale told with panache by a skilled storyteller. Although the trials faced by her heroine, Victoire, are harsh and unrelenting, this is not at all the tone of the book which is full of colour and life. She is particularly good at evoking setting, particularly in the Paris sections, deploying her considerable knowledge with a light hand. She doesn't shy away from taking risks with the narrative, which courses the length of the social gamut, deploying certain real life characters as bit- ...more
Jan 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Spirit of Lost Angels is the first book in the L’Auberge des Anges series by Australian-born author, Liza Perrat. This novel is set in eighteenth century France and follows events in the life of Victoire Charpentier, a peasant girl from Lucie-sur-Vionne. As with the major upheavals in the nation at the time of the French Revolution, Victoire’s own life also undergoes enormous changes. As a six-year-old in a village remote from Paris, Victoire could never have imagined her own involvement in the ...more
Diane S ☔
Jun 13, 2013 rated it liked it
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3.5 Loved the fast pace of this character driven novel. The villagers feelings and concerns leading up to the French revolution is not one that I remember ever reading about. Victoire is an interesting character that one can see the growth of as she experiences the many changes that confront her in her life. I think at times it seemed almost too much to happen to a single person, but that is the only criticism I have of this novel. The amount of research done to write this is amazing and I look ...more
Aug 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Eternally grateful for the chance to read this book. From the start I loved the historic time period, the strong women. I seldom don't want a book to end. Historical characters that pulled you in, I couldn't help but savor every word. The talent of Perrat is immense.
Sharon Robards
I found this an intriguing read, having no knowledge of the French revolution, or great deal about France for that matter, except for a little knowledge prior to when this story is set.

Set during the uneasy and ultimately unstable rule of King Louis XVI and Maria Antonette, amidst the rising of the French people, we follow the life of, Victoire, a peasant, and the impact of the French revolution on both lower and upper classes. We also see the struggles of a young girl, whom from the outset, wi
Bryn Hammond
Jun 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: imagined-fiction
Featured Author group read with Historical Fictionistas.

I liked that this was about the ‘commoners’ cause’ and gave us the French Revolution from a commoner’s perspective. It has more on the growth of revolutionary sentiment than on the famous events themselves – although the Women’s March on Versailles acts as the centrepiece of those events, here, where the focus is also on women’s input and experience of the revolution. At first I thought a fault that ordinary people in the novel sit around a
JJ Marsh
May 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Tracy Chevalier meets Kate Summerscale, with a dose of Joanne Harris and Sarah Waters thrown in. Historical fiction is not really my bag, but when it’s as good as this ... I’ll take seconds.

The subject of the book is the French Revolution, but from an unusual perspective. Victoire Charpentier is a peasant girl, whose mother is an angel-maker. The story of Victoire’s loves, losses and triumphs is gripping in itself, but the period and location add something remarkable to this epic tale. This is
Tracy Terry
Sep 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Who would have thought this was a debut novel? Written with great confidence and hauntingly beautiful, Spirit of Lost Angels is the first in a series of historical novels which, set both in a rural village and the city of Paris, charts a peasant woman's struggles against the abuse and corruption that is the aristocracy of 18th century France.

Perhaps stronger on character portrayal than plot which for me did not always flow as well as it might, in penning Victoire Charpentier the author has creat
C.P. Lesley
Jun 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Victoire, a peasant girl raised in rural France, undergoes a series of tragedies—some while still in her village, others during a brief stay in Paris. As she comes into her own, the simmering unrest among the lower classes reaches its peak, and she is caught up in the French Revolution.

There are some lovely descriptive passages here, and the history is sound. I enjoyed exploring the revolution from a different perspective (a provincial peasant girl). The aristocratic characters seem no more than
May 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
To repeat my comments to Liza,
I did enjoy the book. I am interested in French history, so bought the book for that reason. It was well written, sad and reflected the unfairness of the times, in relation to ordinary people. It is, possibly, unusual for a book to address these issues, since there are characters around that can fill a book with the same kind of escapism as a modern blockbuster based on the lives of the richer half of society. So the book was unusual, in my experience and, yes, I e
Apr 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was one of the most beautifully written books I can remember. I literally thought I was a part of the action. The characters were so vivid that I could see them and the places described were perfectly drawn.

The story itself draws you in right from the start and never lets go. Victorie has become one of my favorite characters. She is strong and endures more than any one person should and comes out shining.

Highly recommended.
Terry Tyler
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Reviewed for Rosie Amber's Book Review Team. I was supplied with an ARC for an honest review, for which I will receive no payment.

Spirit of Lost Angels is Liza Perrat's debut novel, and revolves around Victoire Charpentier, a peasant living in the village of Lucie-sur-Vionne. It is linked to the later book, Blood Rose Angel, by the bone angel talisman passed down through generations. This first novel in the trilogy takes place in the years leading up to the French Revolution.

May 06, 2013 rated it liked it
There were some things which I really enjoyed about this. As someone who finds the French Revolution fascinating I am always intrigued by books which deal with the subject. I did quite like the way in which this book took a often written about subject and showed a rather different view of things not normally encountered. Rather than focusing upon the revolution itself, and the politics of it, this book was about the way in which the revolution affected the daily lives of the common people, the p ...more
Mar 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Review to come.

I was a little reluctant to begin this book initially. With it residing within the genre of historical fiction, a genre I rarely read, I wasn't expecting to enjoy it all that much. As is obvious from my rating, it was an amazing book. Beautifully written, well researched, and filled to the brim with emotion, I couldn't get enough of this book. It would certainly have been devoured much quicker if it hadn't been deadline time at university!

Perrat explores rural France and Paris bef
Sep 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Victoire Charpentier is a poor village girl in 18th century France, struggling to survive with her family in a time when the gap between the haves and the have-nots is wider than ever and the marriage of King Louis XVI to Marie Antoinette fans the flames of a violent revolution. As tragedy strikes her family again and again, Victoire vows to find a way to rise above her impoverished roots and make a new life for herself. Along the way she clings to the angel talisman given to her by her mother, ...more
Apr 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I sat down after supper tonight to finish the last few chapters of Spirit of Lost Angels by Liza Perrat, but I hesitated because I knew that when I turned the last page I would have to leave behind one of the most memorable characters I have met in a long time. Victoire is a young peasant girl from Lucie-sur-Vionne, a small village in France, who, in the years leading up to the French Revolution, endures seemingly never ending tragedy and atrocities due to poverty, ignorance, inequality, and cor ...more
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Liza grew up in Wollongong, Australia, where she worked as a general nurse and midwife for fifteen years.
When she met her French husband on a Bangkok bus, she moved to France, where she has been living with her family for twenty years. She works part-time as a French-English medical translator, and as a novelist.
Since completing a creative writing course ten years ago, several of her short stories

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