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The House in Quill Court by Charlotte Betts Series: Standalone Published by: Piatkus on 25th August 2016 Genres: Fiction; Historical Fiction; Romance Pages: 416 Format: Paperback / E-arc Source: Publisher / Netgalley Rating: ****
About: 1813. Venetia Lovell lives by the sea in Kent with her pretty, frivolous mother and idle younger brother. Venetia’s father, Theo, is an interior decorator to the rich and frequently travels away from home, leaving his sensible and artistic daughter to look after the family. Venetia designs paper hangings and she and her father often daydream about having an imaginary shop where they would display the highest quality furniture, fabrics and art to his clients.
When a handsome but antagonistic stranger, Jack Chamberlaine, arrives at the Lovell’s cottage just before Christmas bringing terrible news, Venetia’s world is turned upside-down and the family have no option but to move to London, to the House in Quill Court and begin a new life. Here, Venetia’s courage and creativity are tested to breaking point, and she discovers a love far greater than she could have ever imagined . . .
From the multi-award-winning author of The Apothecary’s Daughter, The House in Quill Court is a gorgeously evocative Regency novel bursting with historical flavour and characters you won’t forget. If you love Philippa Gregory and Joanne Harris, you will adore Charlotte Betts.
Review: I loved that the story was split between Kitty and Venetia. Both from very different backgrounds but both determined and strong to prove that they are capable and unwilling to give in.
Life isn’t easy, and everyone has their ups and downs. But The House in Quill Court shows that through resourcefulness and support you can succeed.
I did prefer Kitty’s story and wish that we had got a bit more about her. While she had a story line, for me she felt like a secondary character and only had a small role to play in the story.
Historical London felt very real to me. And it felt quite frightening to think how there was no real police force at the time. I really liked the slang that was used in Kitty’s story. It set the story and helped with the historical approach.
This was a compelling, addictive and beautifully written book that had me hooked. So hooked in fact that I actually read it in one sitting. And there are some shocking, unexpected moments in this book. There are also some predicable ones. But everything is what makes this book so great. It keeps you on your toes and give you the required satisfaction.
This is a book for the historical romance fans with a twist of drama.