Fleur-De-Lis, by Isolde Martyn

Fleur de Montbullio is, at nineteen, living a quiet but hard life in hiding in the forest. Sick of being without food, without warmth and without her family, she welcomes the chance for a change when a dying man proposes marriage. Soon she is in Paris, a place which holds many opportunities – and just as many dangers.

Now a widow with debts to pay and a business to run, Fleur must work hard to change her fortunes. First though, she must navigate a society which is far removed from that of her youth. Should her upbringing as the child of a noble be discovered, her life may be at risk. A beautiful woman on her own in Paris, she attracts much interest but none is as exciting – or as dangerous – as the interest shown by Raoul de Villaret, a deputy of the Revolution and a man who has crossed Fleur’s path before.

Fleur-De-Lis is a gripping tale of romance, revolution and historical detail. Set in a time which many readers may have studied in highschool history, it gives a far more authentic and personal glimpse of this period of French history than any history book ever could.

A fascinating read.

Fleur-De-Lis, by Isolde Martyn
Pan, 2004