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Librarian Note: This is the latest edition with updated cover from ISBN 1530834325 (ISBN13: 9781530834327)

In 1876, Louise St Quentin is sixteen. She is an orphan and the rich owner of a huge estate. Her future seems all mapped out; a marriage of convenience which would help her manage her estate. But Louise listens to her heart rather than her reason.
The end of the 19
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Paperback, 388 pages
Published March 31st 2016 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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Starjustin
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
A captivating story, that takes place in the late 19th century, about a young girl who is orphaned and left, at the age of 16, to fend in the world by herself. Louise has a very strong, vibrant personality and journeys out to find her estranged older brother, and in the process, begins to experience life in a way that enlightens her spirit and, at the same time, awakens her to a reality that she has never known before.
I truly enjoyed this book and look forward to the next novel that will place m
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Miriam Smith
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved "Mistress Mine" - an historical romance - it was an absolute gem of a story that I thoroughly enjoyed reading.
France, 1860 - Louise St Quentin's mother dies during her childbirth. Her father unable to deal with the grief of losing his wife spirals into depression, seeking solace in alcohol. Taking no interest at all in Louise, her upbringing is left to Marguerite and her husband Joseph who is steward on Monsieur St Quentin's farm. Louise's eight year old brother Georges, being
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Lindsay - Traveling Sister
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars This was a delightful and entertaining novel.

It is the year 1876 and we are introduced to Louise St. Quentin, a charming, independent and naïve young lady who has recently inherited her parents large estate. We follow Louise through her coming of age journey, meeting a variety of influential characters and traveling great distances along the way.

Though stubborn and set in her ways, Louise had such an innocence about her that I couldn’t help but adore her. I enjoyed following Louise t
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Fran
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Candi
Apr 20, 2018 rated it liked it
We first meet Louise St. Quentin at the tender age of sixteen in rural France during the latter portion of the nineteenth century. Her mother died during childbirth, causing an immediate estrangement between Louise and her father and brother, who blame her for the death. She is taken under the wing of the estate’s caretakers, Joseph and Marguerite, but essentially she is much like an abandoned child. When her father dies, she inherits the vast estate of Moulin-Sur-La-Salle and promptly catches t ...more
Mackey
What does it take to become your own mistress, to feel truly free from belonging to another, to a spouse, a lover, an estate? These are the questions asked by Louise St Quentin in this stunning, historical tale.

Sadly it has taken me too long to write this review due to illness. I say this because I actually read Mistress Mine within days after I opened the cover. It is a story of a woman, set in the 19th century, who has been orphaned by her mother, ignored by her father and separated by hate b
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Sharon
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
This story takes place in the year 1876. Sixteen year old Louise St Quentin is an orphan, but she has her life already planned out for her. Being left a large estate will enable Louise to live a comfortable lifestyle, but having a marriage of convenience to help handle her estate is not in her plans.

Life is for living and that's exactly what Louise intends on doing. She wants to enjoy, explore and simply see where the big wide world will take her. Meeting new people and forming new friends is a
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Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoy art and art history, and my favorite style of art is Impressionism, so the cover of this book had me enamored from the start. Historical fiction is a favorite genre of mine, and historical romance is sometimes a little outside my norm; however, there was plenty of archival substance to Mistress Mine, along with the romance. Also present was gorgeously descriptive writing perfectly suitable for the time period.

This book is about Louise and her life in the mid to late 1800s living in both
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Gabrielle Dubois
Apr 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
In 1876, Louise St Quentin was sixteen. She was an orphan and the rich owner of a huge estate. Her future seemed all mapped out; a marriage of convenience would be arranged for her so that she would have someone to help her manage her estate. But Louise had the rather unfortunate tendency of listening to her heart rather than her reason.
The end of the nineteenth century was terribly exciting, and Louise wanted to discover everything – the adventure lying at the end of the railway track, romantic
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Debra
Nov 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In 1876, Louise Saint Quentin became an Orphan. Her brother never wanted to acknowledge her existence as their Mother died giving birth to Louise. Her father rarely acknowledged her either. As a young woman living in a time where society deemed a man was needed, her future seemed mapped out. A marriage of convenience would be arranged so that she would have help managing her estate. Louise was young and have a yearning to know more about the world. She wanted to hear music, see Paris, travel, an ...more
Carolyn
Aug 05, 2018 rated it liked it
This book has the most gorgeous cover and looks like a historical romance, but is in fact a bit more disturbing than the mainstream romances that I have read.

Louise Saint-Quentin is a 16 year girl at the start of the novel in the late 19th century. Her mother died when she was born, her 8 year old brother took himself off to boarding school and never returned and her father showed no interest in her, allowing her to be brought up by servants on his estate in the south of France. They saw that s
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Piyangie
This is quite a good historical romance I read in a while. It is about a young girl and her journey in life through many calamities.

Louise St. Quentin is a young girl who suffers from poor upbringing due to the absence of parental love and care as well as guidance. She is self-made and the consequence is that she is wild and unrefined. Due to this personality of hers, she soon finds herself leading a life unacceptable for a young lady of her time. However, when she finally understands what she
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Vanessa
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Not being a major historical fiction or romance reader I was pleasantly taken in by the story, Louise is such a well rounded character and the story is rich and full of vibrancy.

There’s so much to like and it was such a pleasure of the senses. Louise is young and beautiful but doesn’t settle on her looks alone she is out to prove that she doesn’t need anyone but herself to rely on, her lack of maturity and naïveté though finds her in some compromising situations that tarnish her reputation, she
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Jenny
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Mistress Mine is a historical romance novel and how a young girl who was not wanted by her family was able to find happiness. When Louise St Quentin turns sixteen, her father died and left her home to her brother Georges St Quentin. However, Georges St Quentin has not visited the family estate for years, and no one knows if he is alive or dead. The readers of Mistress Mine will continue to follow Louise St Quentin quest to find her brother.

I am so please a friend recommended this book to me. Mis
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MaryannC.Book Fiend
First off, the cover of my copy is slightly different with a beautiful young woman holding a windswept parasol which I thought was absolutely lovely wishing that I could have a painting of this, that being said this story is set in the late 1860's where Louise St. Quentin, a spirited, beautiful young woman who at the age of 16 is suddenly orphaned and left with her family's estate, sad and lonely she is determined to make something of her life and the estate as she searches for her brother Georg ...more
Natasa
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A captivating story, that takes place in the late 19th century, about a young girl who is orphaned and left, at the age of 16 .I absolutely loved Mistress Mine an historical romance I highly recommend to everyone.
Sally906
Louise St Quentin, the main character, is utterly gorgeous, adventurous and manages to retain her air of innocence even after she has lost it. Her upbringing is very unconventional; her mother dies at birth, father rejects her and her eight-year-old brother goes back to his boarding school, never comes home for the holidays and then disappears completely once he reaches adulthood. Louise is brought up, as best they can, by a serving woman and her husband, but she is completely unaware of society ...more
Candace
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mary
While the cover is visually stunning, what's inside of this book is even better. The story is lush and atmospheric. Louise St Quentin, the main character, is charming and adventurous. She's strong natured and thick-skinned. Louise is fiercely independent but desperately in need of the proper companion. Having been rejected from birth by a distant father and absent brother, Louise is weary about men and their objectives. However, like most girls that lack a positive male role model in their life, ...more
Bookread2day
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Five big stars for many reasons. I absolutely love the front cover it looks like a painting of a lady holding up a umbrella/ parasol that you would have on a wall. Mistresses Mine is written by Gabrielle Dubois but translated from French by Jane Hentges. Secondly I liked reading how pregnant Marguerite and Joseph travelled from Dover to Paris. I actually don't live far from Dover in Kent and once I went to Paris with my daughter and partner and we couldn't find are way back to our hotel, no one ...more
Shomeret
When French author Gabrielle Dubois asked to become my Goodreads Friend, I took a look at her work to see if it interested me. This is the criterion that I use for authors on Goodreads. I noticed that she had a historical novel that had been translated to English that looked like it had potential. I purchased it from Amazon though I didn't have time to review it at that point. As I expected, Dubois eventually requested a review of her translated novel. She also offered to provide me with a revie ...more
Kathy
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was lucky enough to be asked by the author to give an honest review in exchange for a copy of Mistress Mine which I have happily read and thank Gabrielle for picking me out from the other side of the world to do so! I enjoyed Louise’s story set in the late 1800’s in France, Tahiti & Australia. Louise became an orphan and we follow her journey to becoming a strong, independent woman coming of age. It is historical fiction, filled with romance and lovely settings. Sometimes I felt I was held ...more
Megan
**Spoiler Warning: I discuss the characters and events of the novel extensively throughout this review, and as such, there is a minefield of spoilers ahead if you choose to read on.**

Author Gabrielle Dubois was kind enough to send me a copy of her novel in exchange for a review, but I really wish that I was able to give this a higher rating. Unfortunately though, I felt like I was reading a completely different novel from so many other reviewers, and while I found the premise to be enticing, I h
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 Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Jenn Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ
Mistress Mine is the story of Louise St Quentin and her coming of age. She is an intelligent young girl that had little in the way of parental guidance, thus she was thrown into life with little worldly knowledge. The reader will find themselves whisked away to many locations in the mid 19th century from Paris to the South Pacific all along experiencing Louise's romances and life changes.

There was much to be enjoyed about the story. The historical backdrop was particularly appealing with the we
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Sharon Huether
Mistress Mine...A beautiful love story, that you wanted to read more.
Louise Saint Quentin grew up without the love of parents and her brother. Her mother died giving Louise life. Her father became angry and would’ve have much to do with Louise. A brother that hated her existence.
Louise’s father died leaving the estate to her absent brother.
Louise had many admirers and was kept by them.
An unknown admirer promised his friend that he would care for Louise.
I loved how the book followed such an order
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Lynn Demsky
Truly an enjoyable manuscript to read! The personalities matched each other to a T – considering the time they lived in – they’re occupations, life’s and how they all end up together even across the World! Traveling the world with Louise, I acquired a lot of history, various cultures, the time – has mystery, suspense, boating and a sense of happiness at the end!
Arlene
Mar 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really engaging enjoyable read. Louise is such a fascinating character - I spent a lot of the book thinking "GOOD GOD GIRL WHAT ARE YOU DOING?" but then I remembered how impulsive and stubborn I was at her age and I wish I'd been half as adventurous and self-assured. Don't read it at work if you blush at sex scenes,mind.
walkingfortheloveofbooks
This is a beautiful feminine book based on a young lady.... Louise... who lives in France, in the 1800's.

Louise is a herione in her own right, who wears flowing elaborate dresses.... loves fashion... quite independant, with a stubborn nature.

We travel to begin with... to France.. her home base. We are introduced to Louises life at the period between 16 - 20yrs.... on her adventures around the world to find her brother.

On her travels, she meets a few entriguing men, some inspiring, some quite man
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Ana (thestarslisten)
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Louise is such an inspiring character. Mistress Mine is a beautifully written coming of age story set in the second half of the 1800s. A must read for literary fans.

If Louise Saint Quentin were a real person who lived in the past, then this would be her memoir. She is both bold and brave. She’s not afraid to venture into the unknown all by herself.

The leaves dancing in the trees were shining in the light of the moon. The air was more fragrant than any perfume from any of her bottles
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Linda Lou
May 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Middle age kids 7th grade through YA
Mistress Mine
by  Gabrielle Dubois
Rating 5
As I started reading, there was this nagging feeling of familiarity tugging at my brain that I couldn’t quite place.  A few more chapters and it hit me...I’m no longer a grandma and this is not 2017.  I’ve just turned 12 and my English teacher introduced me to the likes of Jane Austen, Emily and  Charlotte Bronte.  That was the year that I went from the sandbox to the playground and from Nancy Drew to the classics.  I knew I was going to enjoy Mistress Mi
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HAPPY NEW YEAR 2019, readers of the world!
The two parts Louise Saint-Quentin series is complete!
Part 1 Mistress Mine, part 2 Where are you roaming?
Mistress Mine (Louise Saint-Quentin, #1) by Gabrielle Dubois Where are you roaming? (Louise Saint-Quentin, #2) by Gabrielle Dubois
About me? I was born and I still live in France. I am a storyteller who likes 19th century literature, music and painting.
My quote? "No happiness in the writer, no happiness in the reader."
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