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3.92  ·  Rating details ·  89 ratings  ·  68 reviews
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.
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Paperback, 388 pages
Published March 31st 2016 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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Dec 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Merci beaucoup to author Gabrielle Dubois for granting me the opportunity to read this luxurious, charming tale of a young woman's search for love and acceptance.

I did wonder how much thinner the book would have been without all the whitespace and the oddly-placed double-spaces that sometimes signal a scene change, especially of the more dramatic type, with accompanying dramatic music (what you might expect from a double-space) but sometimes do not. The European paucity of commas produces some s
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
Miriam Smith (A Mother’s Musings)
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
Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
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
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Feb 03, 2018 rated it liked it
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
Maureen Carden
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I had no idea what to expect when I received a review copy of Mistress Mine . The title is from a Shakespeare quote, but hey, the book could have been a book about S and M, or B and D, or BDSM, or however all those initials are put together. It could have been a romance with a slightly misleading or even a straightforward title.
What I was not expecting was delightful historical fiction set in the Belle Époque with a lovely headstrong girl bent on making her own way in the world.
When we meet L
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 loved Mistress Mine a historical romance I highly recommend to everyone.
MaryannC. Book Freak
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
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
Mar 31, 2018 rated it liked it
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
Mary Eve
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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 mod
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
It was a privilege and honor to be asked to read Mistress Mine by Gabrielle Dubois. Gabrielle take a bow. Bravo!! Thank you for providing me with a copy of your wonderful novel in exchange for a honest review. The cover could be considered a piece of art.

The novel, a historical romance, takes place in the late nineteenth century. Louise St-Quentin, the main character has an adventurous spirit and a take on the world attitude. Even though she started her life by losing her mother in childbirth a
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
O Mistress mine where are you roaming?
O stay and hear, your true love's coming,
That can sing both high and low.
Trip no further pretty sweeting.
Journeys end in lovers' meeting,
Every wise man's son doth know.

What is love, 'tis not hereafter,
Present mirth, hath present laughter:
What's to come, is still unsure.
In delay there lies no plenty,
Then come kiss me sweet and twenty:
Youth's a stuff will not endure.
By WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (from Twelfth Night)

So we are first introduced to Louise St. Quen
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Full review to come soon! I’ve just been so busy with school that I barely get time to read.

This was amazing. I really enjoyed reading it and it was such a well written novel!
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 at ...more
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
Pam Walter
Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I don't usually read Historical Romance, but heard good things about this one and thought I would try it. The book begins in 1835 at The Moulin-sur-la-Selle Estate in the south of France. Louise St Quentin was born to Madam and Louis St. Quintin. Her mother died giving birth, leaving her husband so despondent that he turned to alcohol and never bonded or took any interest in baby Louise. Her eight year old brother Georges likewise blamed the new baby for the loss of his mother and took no intere ...more
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
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I don't usually read romances, but this one was recommended to me.
I really enjoyed the story of Louise St. Quentin's life as a young girl becoming a young woman. I felt like I had traveled the world as the story progressed from France to Tahiti to Australia. There was lots of adventure and romantic angst. I liked the ending too...I think. But one thing happened in the last sentence that makes me wonder .... I think I'm going to have to read the next book in the series!! :)
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Some of Gabrielle Dubois' novels are published in English:
Mistress Mine (Louise Saint-Quentin, #1) by Gabrielle Dubois and Where are you roaming? (Louise Saint-Quentin, #2) by Gabrielle Dubois
All others are published in French.
What her novels have in common are female heroines, powerful and lively dialogues, humour, adventure, and an attachment to historical truth, whether in the facts, costumes, or ways of thinking of the time. For this, there is no mystery or magic: Gabrielle Dubois reads a large bibliography for

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“Louise was wandering around in front of the books, reading the titles and looking at the beautiful leather covers, when she heard her father come into the house. In a panic, she picked three books at random without so much as looking at them and ran out of the study. When she got back to her room, she looked at the stolen treasures, worried at the idea that her father would discover the theft. When she opened them and read them, her pleasure was even greater as, for her, this seemed to be a kind of victory over her father, who couldn’t see what she was doing. She managed to read one of them but the two others were really too difficult. Yet the pleasure she felt at escaping from her life by reading was something that from then on she could never do without.” 3 likes
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