Spirit of Lost Angels

Spirit of Lost Angels

by Liza Perrat


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cloggiedownunder More than 1 year ago
Spirit of Lost Angels is the first book in the L’Auberge des Anges series by Australian-born author, Liza Perrat. This novel is set in eighteenth century France and follows events in the life of Victoire Charpentier, a peasant girl from Lucie-sur-Vionne. As with the major upheavals in the nation at the time of the French Revolution, Victoire’s own life also undergoes enormous changes. As a six-year-old in a village remote from Paris, Victoire could never have imagined her own involvement in the Revolution and the highs and lows that would mark her life. Perrat’s extensive research is apparent on every page of this interesting debut novel. A wealth of historical fact is contained in the story of Victoire’s life, so lovers of historical fiction will be delighted with this one, and look forward to the next book in the series, Wolfsangel, which is set during the Second World War. 
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Cecile-Sune-Book-Obsessed More than 1 year ago
Victoire Charpentier is a young woman living in Lucie-sur-Vionne, France, at the end of the 18th century. When her father dies in a coach accident and her mother is drowned for witchcraft, she has no choice but to go to Paris to work as a scullery maid for a noble family. Overwhelmed by the big city and abused by the Marquis who employs her, life doesn’t get any easier for Victoire. Meanwhile, a revolution is brewing… Spirit of Lost Angels is the first book in the Bone Angel series. The main character, Victoire, starts out as a naive young girl and grows into a strong, capable woman. She is a flawed, relatable character who sometimes suffers from deep depression which is not surprising considering all the bad luck and losses she endures. The book allows the reader to see the French Revolution from the point of view of women. In addition, it offers a fascinating look into the Salpêtrière Hospital, an asylum for women with mental illnesses, where prostitutes, orphans, beggars, witches, adulteresses and other women who did not conform to the norms of society were also imprisoned. I am not entirely sure why the author chose to have Thomas Jefferson appear in the book, as he doesn’t bring a lot to the story. I thought Victoire’s correspondence with Mary Wallstonecraft made more sense though. I also chukled at Liza Perrat’s use of “oh, là, là” throughout the book. Do the French really say it often? I never noticed when I was living in France… I have to say I really enjoyed Spirit of Lost Angels, and I highly recommend it to readers who like historical fiction set in France. Spirit of Lost Angels was sent to me for free in exchange for an honest review. Please go to my blog, Cecile Sune - Bookobsessed, if you would like to read more reviews or discover fun facts about books and authors.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A compelling and vivid story The often-employed phrase “I couldn’t put it down” really does apply in this case. I had already read and really enjoyed the second in Liza Perrat’s trilogy, Wolfsangel, set in Occupied France, which can be read as a stand-alone. So I was looking forward to the first part, Spirit of Lost Angels, set in the late 18th century around the time of the French Revolution. The link between the two is a bone talisman shaped like an angel, and passed down across the centuries, and the women of the village of Lucie-sur-Vionne in the Lyonnais. I wasn’t disappointed. This well-paced story concerns Victoire Charpentier, a young woman who seeks to improve her lot by going to Paris to work. Alas, it doesn’t turn out like that and Victoire must bear the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune several times before achieving peace and reconciliation. The author has researched the period meticulously and effectively evokes the spirit of the age, whether she is writing about life in a French village or in the melting pot that was Paris in the revolutionary era. Liza Perrat is particularly strong when writing about the role and lot of women at the time. She also cleverly weaves well-known incidents, such as the diamond necklace affair or the storming of the Bastille, into Victoire’s story. This is a compelling and vivid story with strong characterisation, and I can recommend it highly to anyone who likes historical fiction. I look forward to reading the forthcoming third part of the trilogy, set in the medieval period at the time of the Great Plague.
Write_On More than 1 year ago
As a fan of historical fiction, I am so pleased to have discovered the work of Liza Perrat. Although Spirit of Lost Angels is the first of a trilogy, I read the second book, Wolfsangel, before this one and could not wait to read more by this writer. The order of reading made no difference, in case anyone wonders. Perrat's evocative writing style brings the reader into the story immediately and leaves one reflecting upon it long after the end has been reached. Her amazing attention to detail and historical fact combined with a flair for character development, creates an enveloping ambiance engaging all the senses. In this book, she delivers us from the simple, hard life of rural peasants through the horrors of insane asylums and prisons to the society involved in the political intrigues of revolutionary France. It's quite a journey! Magnifique, Ms. Perrat!
lsmeadows More than 1 year ago
For Historical Fiction fans, a great book about the French Revolution.   After reading numerous mystery/thrillers, lately I have been on an Historical Fiction bent.  I have been in love with HF since I was in my teams and first read the books of James Michener, Kathleen Woodiweiss, and Jean Plaidy.  There is just something about reading a book that takes you back in time and allows you to feel, hear, smell, etc., what life was like for the people in that time period. I love immersing myself in other cultures and time in this way.  Liza Perrat's debut novel, Spirit of Lost Angels certainly fits this bill.  As soon as I began reading the book, I instantly fell in love with the heroine, Victoire Charpentier.  In a time when women were largely illiterate and considered as possessions, Victoire is an exception.  Not only is she able to read and write, courtesy of her mother, but she also possesses a strong personality.  I really enjoy books where the author uses women with strong personalities in order to illustrate how exceptional this occurrence was in medieval times.  In fact, this book was filled with strong female characters.  In addition to Victoire, there was her mother, the village midwife and healer, who insisted that her daughter learn to read and write in a time where that was not an acceptable skill for women.  Another great female character in the book was Jean de Valois.  Jean is, in fact a historical character, and while actual knowledge of how she thought and felt is hard to come by, in this case the author did a wonderful job of giving her a personality that fit her persona.   The story presented here was also top-notch.  Through the eyes of Victoire, her family, and the many acquaintances that she makes through out her life, I felt that I was able to really get a good feeling for life in France during the time of the French Revolution.  Her joys and pains were my joys and pains. Her confusion and depression were so well written,  that I was immersed in the agony right along with her.  In addition, the author's descriptions of life in France were wonderful.  I really felt like I was in the small village of Lucie, the dungeons of a French prison, and the streets of Paris.  Most of the books that I have read regarding this time period were from the perspective of the aristocracy or royalty and I really enjoyed being able to look at things from the perspective of the average French citizen.  In this respect, I cannot believe there is a book that does a better job.   On finishing the book I was excited to find that it was the first in a trilogy of books about the women of the Charpentier family.  In fact, I am anxiously awaiting the next book in the series, which is about the French Resistance during WWII.  I am giving this book 4.5 out of 5 stars and it is going on my highly recommended list.   a huge thank-you to the author and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Book for making this book available for me to read and review.
MisfitGeek More than 1 year ago
I really love a book with a strong, intelligent female protagonist. What is especially impressive about the leading lady, Victoire Charpentier, is that she is from the 18th century when women were still considered property. She also was literate, which was rare for a woman of that time and of her station. We watch her rise from poverty into a self-sufficient woman and successful playwright. I loved her spirit and determination throughout all she suffered. The writing is vividly detailed and transports the reader back to revolutionary France. The sights, sounds, and smells of revolutionary France, from the rural Lucie to bustling Paris, come to life in the book. Adding to the authenticity of the novel, the historical figures of Thomas Jefferson, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Jeanne de Valois are actively featured in the novel. I would most definitely recommend this book to lovers of quality historical fiction. It appears it is also the first in a series of books on the women of L’Auberge des Anges. That is something to definitely look forward to.
Mirella More than 1 year ago
Spirit of Lost Angels is an exciting novel to read with its many plot twists and high degree of conflict and emotion. The novel is set in 1700’s France around the time of the chaotic events of the French Revolution. Not only did the author do an excellent job of plotting and characterizing the story, but it is evident she spent a great deal of time getting to know the era and the social circumstances and standards of the time, especially as they pertain to women. At the heart of the story is Victoire Charpentier, a young peasant woman whose mother was executed for witchcraft. Subsequently, she is forced to leave her home to work as a scullery maid for a nobleman who soon violates her. As her life spirals out of control, Victoire joins forces with another woman and together they work at seeking their own justice and to use her influence to make laws fairer. A great book that readers will enjoy from cover to cover; one that will make you eager to return to the story to find out what happens next.
MRCROCCO More than 1 year ago
A history lesson of the French Revolution The reader will experience The French Revolution, in 1789, reading this historical novel, Spirit of Lost Angels. The journey started and ended with the life of the protagonist, Victoire Charpentie, a lowly peasant girl, from Lucie-sur-Vionne, France. Dire circumstances dictated that Victoire leave her home of Lucie to become a scullery maid for a Paris, France nobleman. Her boss was anything but noble, and Victoire suffered at his filthy hands. Realizing the nobles took advantage of all lower class people, Victoire vowed to change this injustice. More unfortunate dire circumstances placed Victoire in an asylum. It is here she met her match for obtaining justice. The two women were a force to be reckoned with. Her new partner in crime taught her the aristocratic ways of a woman, so she could be successful when they parted. Victoire was a fast learner, and applied her new life skills to benefit her during the revolution, to overthrow laws regarding the treatment of common citizens, and women, in particular. She wanted revenge desperately for the nobleman’s class. Whenever I have read a well written, well researched, historical novel, I’m amazed at the amount of history I have learned from reading a book. Liza Perrat captivated me with quite a history lesson of the French Revolution. Well-developed characters kept my interest throughout the entire book. I could visualize each character in the beautifully written settings, pleasant or otherwise, revealed before me in, Spirit of Lost Angels. Combined with the hell of the era, Liza Perrat managed to teach lessons of love, hope, and adversity. I recommend, Spirit of Lost Angels, by Liza Perrat, to readers of all ages. It’s an extraordinary way to learn about France in the 1700’s.
SilversReviews More than 1 year ago
First the twin children were burned in the house fire and now papa was run down by a nobleman's carriage. What else could happen to the Charpentier family? A lot could and did happen in this small town of Lucie-sur-Vionne, France; a town with many strange customs such as these: you can't conduct business on Fridays, you can't dig a grave, you can't wash clothes, and you can’t give birth? Now the not giving birth definitely had to be a challenge...can babies really wait? Madame Charpentier, whose duty as a midwife became questionable was claimed a witch and drowned by the town leaders. She left her two remaining children to fend for themselves....Victoire and Gregoire. Victoire was forced to become a servant in the household of a noble in Paris while her brother remained in Lucie. She did not want to leave her brother, and of course Paris was not the place she wanted to be.....away from her family and at the mercy of her employer. Luckily circumstances in Lucie changed, and Victoire returned to marry. The book took place during an interesting time period in history. You will follow Victoire through her life during and after she returned to Lucie...both the good and the bad. She had something happen to her when she was a scullery maid, and she now wanted justice for the commoners to make the nobles pay for taking advantage of them. You will follow Victiore and her accomplice as they work together to bring this justice to fruition and cause a revolution for commoners' rights. You will learn quite a lot about France in the 1700’s in terms of the family life, the laws, the treatment of women, the treatment of the commoners, and the living conditions of the lower class, and the superiority of the nobles. You will be interested simply because of how well written and detailed the book is as the author clearly outlines the path of a commoner's life and the hardship of Victoire's life from childhood to adulthood.....very intriguing. The book was very well researched, and your interest will not wane even during the discussions about the revolutions since Victoire and her antics are at the heart of it all. There is even a surprise person who came on the scene…a well know person, but nevertheless a surprise. It is an historical book about enduring, accepting, regret, love, loss, family, hope, coming home, and an angel pendant that held it all together for each of the women who wore it. 5/5 I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review.