The Price of Innocence

Rated 3.83/5 based on 6 reviews
Debut historical romance that leads its readers on a fascinating journey into 1878. Follow the struggles of one woman, who finds herself homeless on the streets of Paris desperately trying to survive. From a charity house to a house of ill repute, the story will keep you up all night reading until you discover the outcome of one woman's journey from innocence to maturity. First in a series. More
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About Vicki Hopkins

Vicki started her writing career somewhat late in life, but can attest to the fact that it is never too late to follow your dreams. Her debut novel was released in 2009, and six books later and another on the way, she doesn't think she will stop any time soon. She is an award-winning and best selling author in historical sagas/historical romance.

With Russian blood on her father's side and English on her mother's, she blames her ancestors for the lethal combination in her genes that influence her stories. Tragedy and drama might be found between her pages, but she eventually gives her readers a happy ending.

She lives in the beautiful, but rainy, Pacific Northwest with a pesky cat who refuses to let her sleep in. Her hobbies include researching her English ancestry, traveling to England when she can afford it, and plotting her next book.

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About the Series: The Legacy Series
From the brothels of Paris in 1878 to the English aristocracy in 1908, follow the saga of one man and one woman who overcome their differences of class to find lasting love. Each character pays the price of innocence, deception, love, and passion until in the end, a broken family is healed from the tragedy of the past.

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Review by: Sylvie Msupa on Nov. 11, 2011 :
Its very Interesting, but quite sad. Can't imagine someone's life taking such a direction.
Good stuff anyway!
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
Review by: Sylvie Msupa on Nov. 11, 2011 :
Interesting, but quite sad. Dreading to read the second book but kinda looking forward to seeing it. Good stuff!
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
Review by: Sharon E. Cathcart on Sep. 15, 2011 :
Wow. Where to start. First of all, I wanted to like this book. And I tried really, really hard to do so. However, early on I found myself mentally knocking off one star for a serious error in fact. While Prince Edward Albert (aka Bertie), Prince of Wales, had some rather notorious peccadilloes in Le Chabanais (the setting for a great deal of this book), he was *not* King Edward of England until 1901. Yet, he was referred to as such several times in the manuscript, where it is supposed to be 1878.

There is a lot of rich scenery and interesting opportunity in this tale, although some things are confusing (like a French nun being named Mary while an Irish whore is named Annette). It's quite apparent that Ms. Hopkins put a lot of time and research into the settings of her tale, even though she completely missed the mark with Bertie.

That said, this is the story of Suzette Rousseau, a young French woman who finds herself in distressed circumstances when her father passes away, and Lord Robert Holland, her English lover. I have to be honest and say that while I was able to overlook some editing issues (like "throws of passion" where throes was intended, for instance), I could not get past my dislike for Suzette. Even though she had a governess herself, it never occurs to her to look for such work. Instead, she becomes a laundress and then a prostitute -- all the time boasting about her level of education. I found her entirely two-dimensional, and I really could not dredge up much empathy or concern for what happened to her (although a great deal of the action became a little predictable).

As much as I hate to say it, I will not be pursuing the other two books in the trilogy. I just don't care what happens to Suzette Rousseau.
(reviewed 77 days after purchase)
Review by: L. H. Sain on Aug. 12, 2011 :
I loved this! Its a beautiful story I could not put down. This is why i love historical romance to read books like these. I can not wait to read book 2.
(reviewed 12 days after purchase)
Review by: sonia on Aug. 9, 2011 :
its a good classic story but its like an unfinished story. waiting for the sequels so its complete.hope they are coming out soon.
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)
Review by: Tarabara on Aug. 6, 2011 :
A bit predictable, but a good read.
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)

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