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  • Historical French romance

    Thank you NetGalley and Aria Publishing for the opportunity to read this lovely historical romance. This book has all the wonderful qualities I expect in this genre, the beautiful young woman, the nasty pursuer and the charming outsider. I enjoyed the little quirks of each character and some of them I loved instantly, like Madame Sauze. She made me feel safe as if she would open her arms for a reassuring hug if I needed one. The story flowed smoothly from one character to another, making each character’s chapter an important part of the story. I was cheering for Helene, hoping she would find true love and this book did not disappoint. In especially enjoyed Lucas’s grandmother that brought some delightful humour to the book. I believe anybody that enjoys historical romance will be enthralled with their book.

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  • An Enchanting Historical Romance!

    It's been a while since I read a 19th century romance; I have to say I really enjoyed this one! In Paris, the siege of 1871 affected the St. Clair family more than most but as time has gone on it has mostly been forgotten. With the upcoming wedding of their eldest daughter, middle daughter Helene is moving up in the pecking order and will soon 'come out' into society. Then she meets an English nobleman invited to the wedding and she is very taken with him, much to the discomfort of her parents. Meanwhile, Mme St. Clair finds herself called upon to return a favour - but will it bring back forgotten memories? Such a truly wonderful story! With tales from upstairs, downstairs, and both sides of the Channel there is plenty going on to keep the reader glued to the pages. Details develop at a pleasant pace and with lots of ups, downs and doubtful outcomes, I was really invested in everything which was going on. The characters are fascinating and the writing quite lovely ~ flowing smoothly all the way through. An enchanting historical romance which I'm happy to recommend to lovers of this genre. Well worth four shining stars.

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  • Great read

    What can I say...written by Diney Costello. Amazing author! Always writing such amazing stories. Never want them to end. Characters are fascinating, scenery description never overdone and twists and turns always present.

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  • Wonderful winding story

    Enjoyed this book all the way. She is a master story teller leaving the reader involved and positiv.

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  • A dramatic tale!

    The French Wife by Diney Costeloe has Madame Agathe Sauze and Annette relocating in 1876 to Belair, the St. Clair country home. Annette finds herself pregnant courtesy of a violent priest. Agathe and Annette helped Helene St. Clair when she was eleven during the Communard siege. Agathe got Rosalie St. Clair to give them positions and respectability for Annette. Clarice St. Clair is marrying Lucas Barrineau with an elaborate ceremony, reception and ball. Lucas invited Rupert Chalfont, the youngest son of a titled gentleman, who happens to need to leave England for a time. Rupert is immediately taken with Helene and sets out to woo her along with her family. When Rupert must return to England, he promises to return for Helene in the spring. People and circumstances are not in their favor. The French Wife is a dramatic historical novel. It is the sequel to Children of the Siege, but it can be read on its own. I thought The French Wife was well-written and it moved along at a gentle pace. The characters are complex and suit the time period. The villains were well-crafted and easy for a reader to dislike (they deserve it). Annette and Agathe are working class women or servants. Their clothing and behavior suited this era. The other characters like Helene were from a higher-class bracket which was reflected in their language, clothing and attitude. The authors word imagery helps to bring the story alive for readers. I did feel the book was a little long and the pacing could have been livelier. I also would have liked something unexpected to happen in the story instead of playing out in an expected manner. I do want readers to know that there is violence against women in the story that is graphic and difficult to read. I could tell the author did her research for this book. I like a story that has people you will cheer for and villains you boo. I liked that some of the good characters from Children of the Siege were in this story and were available at pivotal points. The French Wife is a dramatic saga with a Casanova charmer, sordid secrets, a pathetic priest, a wooed woman, a kindhearted coachman, and a vile villain.

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