Saturday, 31 August 2013

My Review of 'The Paris Affair' by Teresa Grant

The Paris Affair (Charles & Mélanie Fraser, #6)The Paris Affair by Teresa Grant
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the first book I’ve read by Teresa Grant but it won’t be the last. This adventure, one of a series featuring husband and wife team, Malcolm and Suzanne Rannoch, is set in post Napoleonic Paris, at the time of the restoration of the monarchy. It holds a marvel of historic detail seldom found in such novels. Grant has researched the period thoroughly and has added to the verisimilitude of her complicated and involved plot by threading real historic figures through it in ways that are central to the story. We meet Wellington and Talleyrand and a host of other important figures of the time, all artfully woven into a story of intrigue and romance. To anyone who likes the history part of historical romance to be accurate and interesting this book is a “must read.”

I debated giving The Paris Affair five stars. What stopped me was the sheer number of characters the reader has to keep track of. Grant puts a three page list of her characters at the beginning of the book, making clear which are real people and which are fictional, but even so, six (or is it eight?) major characters are a bit much.

Still The Paris Affair is a good read and I highly recommend it.


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Following are my published novels. Go to my Goodreads page, to find more info and reviews.  

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 • The Memory of Roses ~ The story of a secret and how it impacts two generations of the McQuaid family.  It unfolds on the beautiful Greek Island of Corfu and is a tale complete with beautiful and passionate women, handsome and fiery men, and an intriguing mystery.


"The Memory of Roses by Blair McDowell is simply an incredibly lovely story. It’s also a love story, and a story about finding yourself, and about closure. The theme running through the book is “all’s well that ends well.”  --  Marlene, Reading Reality



 • Delighting In Your Company ~ Delighting In Your Company is a paranormal romance set on an exotic Caribbean island, featuring a handsome ghost and an adventurous heroine who travels back in time to solve a mystery!

"Delighting In Your Company is a unique paranormal romance that brings together island folklore, history, and mystery with an unlikely romance between the past and present that had me going through a torrent of emotions and made it impossible to put down." -- The Romance Reviews




 • Sonata ~ Sayuri McAllister has just arrived home to Vancouver to find some shocking situations 
~ A robbery has taken place at her family home, and it is being investigated by her old flame;
~ Alyssa James who she barely knows, is about to become her new stepmother; 
~ and Alyssa’s brother, Hugh James, is a charming Irishman who is intent on bedding and wedding the rich and beautiful Sayuri. 

It’s a confusing and difficult time for Sayuri, especially when dangerous accidents happen to her father and herself – or are they accidents?


“I found Sonata to be a charming novel that left me laughing out loud in parts and gnawing nails in others. It was a delight to read.” – Night Owl Reviews




 Abigail's Christmas (short story) ~ An enchanting tale of love and romance, with a magical touch of fantasy.
Abigail's Christmas is a holiday story about Abigail who goes looking for a tree on Christmas Eve, and ends up with the man of her dreams in a sleigh in the Rockies --- with a wedding in the offing! Is it real?  Is she dreaming?  Or is it just Christmas magic?



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