Spirit of Lost Angels tells the story of a peasant girl named Victoire Charpentier. The daughter of the local village midwife and healer, she learned to read in the hopes of bettering her station. After her parents were murdered – her mother by the villagers and her father by a nobleman – she leaves her town for Paris. Through a series of misadventures, she finds herself widowed, estranged from her children, and a revolutionary.
First, this book has no grammatical errors. Well, there may have been some typos, but if so…there were so few, they didn’t stand out to me. I’m not an expert on the French Revolution, but the background information in this book fits the little that I do know. The book seems well-researched. I found the historical aspects fascinating, but it’s a sad book. It was a time of violence, debauchery, extreme poverty, injustice, and superstition. However the story was speckled here and there with people doing the right things- characters showing kindness amidst the wrong in the world.
I didn’t always relate to the character, but that doesn’t mean that I didn’t often empathize with her plight. There were a lot of things that happened in this book that saddened and angered me, but they also made me thankful for my own life.
To me, the story’s only negative aspect is that the plot seems contrived. A peasant girl of no consequence learns to read, becomes the maid of an impoverished noblewoman, and ends up a wealthy woman. It’s not a likely story, but that doesn’t make it less entertaining.
When it comes down to it, if you like historical fiction and/or are interested in the French Revolution time period, I recommend Spirit of Lost Angels (keeping in mind that it’s not a light-hearted read). Currently, you can purchase the Kindle version on Amazon for $3.99 (affiliate link):
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