The French Lesson, Hallie Rubenhold

*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review*

The French Lesson, Hallie Rubenhold
Author: Hallie Rubenhold
Publisher: Doubleday
Pages: 366
Format: DRC
ISBN-10: 0385618891
ISBN-13: 9780385618892
Series: The Confessions of Henrietta Lightfoot #2
Publisher: eBook | Hardcover | Paperback | Audiobook

2 stars

1789: Henrietta Lightfoot, a young Englishwoman, trips on her silk gown as she runs for her life along the bloodstained streets of revolutionary Paris. She finds refuge in the opulent home of Grace Dalyrmple Elliott, the city’s most celebrated courtesan. But heads are rolling, neighbours fear neighbours, and masters whisper before servants. As the sound of the guillotine echoes outside, within the gilded salons of high society Henrietta becomes a pawn in a vicious game of female power. How will she survive in a world where no one can be trusted?
Not exactly what I expected but a French Lesson it is indeed. I did not read the first book of this series and I am curious if I have been missing out on a lot of information on Henrietta. I had a hard time connecting to her.
The story is a quick one. Trough the blazing uproar of the Revolution Henrietta is trying to find her lover. She is steered by a lot of influential woman into a position she does not want to be and falling from one situation where she has to save herself into another. I got tired of this at some point wishing for something good to happen and her just being normal. I had to wait till the end of the book for her life to calm down a bit.
There are a lot of characters in this book. Households with servants and groups staying together for company. As my history on this is pretty decent I did recognize a lot of the names making it easier to follow the story. Still there are a lot of details and people really get placed properly making it easier to see who is important to the story and who is not.
I did enjoy the intrigue a lot. People spying and lying to get a better life. The whole history part of the book was interesting too. The book is playing on an interesting social level in the Revolution. Not one that is often highlighted. And lets be honest that cover is pretty.
I checked a view of the other reviews after writing this and am now convinced you should start with the first book in the series to really enjoy this one.
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31 May, 2016 delete

When I saw the title, I was intrigued. What a pity you didn't enjoy it :(

I did tell you I'm taking French lessons?