Hostage to the Revolution

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Sequel to Escape the Revolution. In 1796, ruined countess Bettina Jonquiere leaves England after the reported drowning of her lover, Everett. In New Orleans she struggles to establish a new life for her children. Soon a ruthless Frenchman demands the money stolen by her father at the start of the French Revolution. More

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About Diane Scott Lewis

Diane Parkinson (writing as Diane Scott Lewis) grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, joined the Navy at nineteen and has written and edited free-lance since high school. She writes book reviews for the Historical Novels Review and worked as a historical editor for The Wild Rose Press from 2007 to 2010. Her first novel, The False Light, a French Revolution historical adventure with romantic elements, was released in April 2010. Her second novel, Elysium, was released in April 2011. This adventure, with mystery and romance, takes place on St. Helena during Napoleon’s exile. Her sequel to The False Light (renamed Escape the Revolution), Without Refuge (Hostage to the Revolution), was released in March 2012. More historical novels were published between 2013-2017.
She lives with her husband and dachshund in Western Pennsylvania.
www.dianescottlewis.org

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Review by: penwoman on Aug. 28, 2017 :
After the love of Countess Bettina Jonquiere’s life, Everett, is presumed lost at sea, she goes to Louisana, ruled by the Spanish, with Everett’s nephew and her children.

In this rags to riches novel, Bettina hopes to be reunited with her mother in New Orleans, whom she hopes escaped from France before the revolutionaries sent so many people, particularly French aristocrats, to the guillotine.

Even if she succeeds in finding her mother she cannot imagine her own future. Bettina despises her country and never wants to return, but she can neither foresee what fate will decree nor imagine any suitor ever filling Everett’s place in her heart.

From the moment she arrives in America she senses someone is following her. She fears it is because her father stole money from the revolutionaries, who think she knows where it is and will stop at nothing to getit back.

All that courageous, resourceful Bettina wants is in her own words “A home of my own. A clean place where I can have my own things and fill it with memories for my children. I have been so unsettled these last several years living in other people’s homes. Now I need something that is my own.”

I congratulate Diane Scott Lewis on her meticulous research and her ability to bring the past to life without overwhelming the reader with facts. For example: “The sounds of banjo and fiddle, musicians on a flatboat on the river, drifted in through the window. The craziness of Carnival Season had started in January at Epiphany, with the exclusive masked balls in New Orleans. The flamboyant celebrating before the deprivation of Lent.”

I look forward to reading this talented author’s next book.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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