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1792. As a teacher at her parents’ Academy for Young Ladies in the heart of London, Madeleine Moreau has lived her life sheltered from the outside world. But on the night of a dazzling Masquerade, tragedy strikes and she is left alone in the world. Desperate to find the family she never knew, Madeleine impulsively travels to France in search of them. But with war around the corner, and fearing for Madeleine’s safety, the enigmatic Comte Etienne d’Aubery offers her protection at his home, Chateau Mirabelle.
Chateau Mirabelle enchants Madeleine with its startling beauty, but it is a place of dark and haunting secrets. As the Revolution gathers momentum and the passions of the populace are enflamed, Madeleine must take control of her own destiny and unravel events of the past in order to secure a chance of future happiness.

The Chateau on the Lake is an enthralling historical novel set during the time of the French Revolution; rich, evocative and immersive. If you love Philippa Gregory and Joanne Harris, you will adore Charlotte Betts.

I got to say this is the first book by Charlotte i have read and it will not be the last her writing style is superb i was so grip on the story it just so wonderful to read it will say it a must read book for any historical fiction fan but if you do not normally read you will still enjoy this book it just so brilliant

I found the story so interesting to read it a lovely story all about love and romance but not a very easy tale of love as a few obstacles seem to get in the way a bit i loved all the tension too
As you start to read you be hooked into story you will be transported back in time to the French Revolution with it wonderful mix of character it got lots of twists and turns
The story will just grip you it a book you will not want to put it down i loved all the settings I could see it so clear in my mind they were told in such detail you could tell it been very well research and so well written
You can see all the horrors ,the starving peasants,the violence and terrorise that where going on at this time
I found it very interesting to read about
Madeleine the main character she was a great character she was very well educated but i felt a little over protected at times
She loved her job as a teacher that was not what young lady did at this time but seem to enjoy it so much and the girls seem to love her too
After her parents death she left her job and goes to France with her friend that need to get away to find family that she never met before we go on this journey with her and sophie
I loved the way Charlotte capture her feelings so well i could feel and hear all her fears and emotion in my head I enjoy all the mystery in the story too
Madeleine was so brave she was never afraid to speak her mind she want to find her own way in life she was so gutsy at times she was a very strong young lady
I love hearing about her dad secrets and her ring may hold more clues
Sophie and Madeleine were so brave traveling to the unknown i was scared for them at time their journey was gripping to read
Etienne i loved his character he was so kind and so caring he lets them at this wonderful chateau it sounded so beautiful a lovely place to live or was it ?
Soon they seem to be at home madeleine starts a school here for the children near by I enjoy hearing about all this
Soon she became friends withJean i did not like him did you ? I was so suspicious of him was i right to be you got to read to see
All the characters were so likeable you will want to help them and keep them safe
Etienne relationship with Madeleine was so hard it was at the start a love hate relationship i was just so pulled into their storyline it just a brilliant tale of hard time , love.war, relationships and family
This book a wonderful read it writing style is so easy to read and all the characters shine your them with them
I recommend you take a look at this fabulous read i can not praise this book enough please read for your self
5 dolls(5 stars)

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I would like to thank clara for letting me be part of this book tour and for sending me a copy to read and review

About the Author
Charlotte Betts began her working life as a fashion designer in London. A career followed in interior design, property management and lettings. Always a bookworm, Charlotte discovered her passion for writing after her three children and two step-children grew up.

Her debut novel, The Apothecary’s Daughter, won the YouWriteOn Book of the Year Award in 2010 and the Joan Hessayon Award for New Writers, was shortlisted for the Best Historical Read at the Festival of Romance in 2011 and won the coveted Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Historical Romantic Novel RoNA award in 2013. Her second novel, The Painter’s Apprentice, was also shortlisted for the Best Historical Read at the Festival of Romance in 2012 and the RoNA award in 2014. The Spice Merchant’s Wife won the Festival of Romance’s Best Historical Read award in 2013.

Charlotte lives with her husband in a cottage in the woods on the Hampshire/Berkshire border.


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