HOSTAGE TO LOVE
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BOOK DESCRIPTIONIt is 1792 and Viscount Beaumont has buried himself in the country since his wife died. But now his daughter, Lady Henrietta, has come of age and he must squire her in her London Season.
Verity Garnier is an actress whose father has been thrown in a French dungeon. To free him she must deliver Anthony Beaumont in trade. She travels to London to seduce Beaumont into following her to France. She doesn’t plan on falling in love.
When Beaumont goes on his own to France to save his brother-in-law from the guillotine, Verity follows him, reluctantly taking along his daughter who refuses to be left behind.
After soldiers of the Revolution capture Beaumont and his brother-in-law, Verity, and Henrietta must find a way to save them.
Christian Hartley, a British agent that Henrietta plans to marry, joins their fight.
Will everyone find a safe way home, or will they face the guillotine?
RT Book Reviews
“This is an adventure not to be missed. The excitement mounts as danger appears around every corner. The devastation of the French Revolution is a backdrop to the well-executed plot. Love is in the air for three couples, but will they survive to realize their dreams?”
Facts about the French Revolution:
Bread cost an arm and a leg (and subsequently a head or two)By 1787, France was teetering on bankruptcy and the price of a loaf of bread had skyrocketed to a week’s wage for the average worker. This was practically all people ate and so going without or replacing it with something else, say, cake, wasn’t an option. Even if Marie Antoinette never suggested anything of the sort (and most historians agree that she didn’t), the fact remains that making your subjects’ single source of sustenance exorbitantly expensive is a sure way to ensuring they lose their minds and, shortly thereafter, you lose your head. Bread prices also inspired a Women’s March on Versailles in October 1789.
Telling the time was totally different from todayFor 12 years between late 1793 and 1805, the French Revolutionary Calendar replaced the Gregorian calendar. There were still 12 months, but they were divided into three ten-day weeks, each ending in a day of rest and festivity equivalent to Sunday. Each day was split into ten hours, every hour into 100 minutes, and each minute lasted 100 seconds. The remaining five or six ‘complementary days’ needed to match the solar year were placed at the end of the twelfth month. Almost identical to the calendar used by the Ancient Egyptians, the main difference was that it began on the autumn equinox instead of the summer solstice.
The French Revolution gave the world its first public zooA 1793 decree from the National Assembly required all privately owned exotic animals to be transferred to the menagerie at the Palace of Versailles or killed, stuffed and donated to the scientists of Paris’ Jardin des Plantes. Thankfully, the animals’ lives were spared and, before long, the old menagerie was closed down and a new zoo opened within the park. In its early days, the Ménagerie du Jardin des Plantes was free to the public because its founder, Jacques-Henri Bernardin de Saint-Pierre, believed that the public should be educated about exotic animals kept in their natural environment.
Reference: Culture Trip.
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