Why this book?
I love the historical drama in this book. The characters are desperately in love but are unable to express it because they believe the worst of each other. Set in Paris and London during the reign of terror, Percy believes his wife is a murderous betrayer and Margaritte believes that Percy is nothing but a vacant fop. Neither is correct and the writing and romantic tension have made this book, play and various movies classic historical romance adventure stories since its writing.
I read this book when I was a teenager, picking it up from a shelf in the hall and was immediately entranced at how Orczy pulls the reader in to a different place and time with such conviction and accuracy.
Why should I read it?
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