Release date: November 14, 2015
at Liza Perrat
About Blood Rose Angel
1348. A bone-sculpted angel and the woman who wears it––heretic, Devil’s servant, saint.
Midwife Héloïse has always known that her bastard status threatens her standing in the French village of Lucie-sur-Vionne. Yet her midwifery and healing skills have gained the people’s respect, and she has won the heart of the handsome Raoul Stonemason. The future looks hopeful. Until the Black Death sweeps into France.
Fearful that Héloïse will bring the pestilence into their cottage, Raoul forbids her to treat its victims. Amidst the grief and hysteria, the villagers searching for a scapegoat, Héloïse must choose: preserve her marriage, or honor the oath she swore on her dead mother’s soul? And even as she places her faith in the protective powers of her angel talisman, she must prove she’s no Devil’s servant, her talisman no evil charm.
I could not tear myself away from this book. Liza Perrat has now joined the ranks of my favorite authors.
The first few pages hook you and never let up. I tore through this book so quickly I was sad when it ended. Yes, I found it that enjoyable.
Perrat has a way with words, her style is fluid and flows easily, downright solid and mesmerizing.
I completely connected with Héloïse from the start. She is compelling, possessing strength and kindness while dealing with acceptance by few and disdain from the majority in her community for various reasons. Her strength and commitment allows her to endure the scorn of many, her bravery and inability to hold her tongue intimidates. Héloïse really pulled at my heartstrings even more so when she was put in a precarious position by her husband, you can sense how torn she is between her ultimatum. He husband didn’t exercise the best judgement which Héloïse experiences first hand.
When the pestilence hits the community both embraces and forsakes Héloïse. The behavior, superstitions and ignorance of the people of her hamlet will leave you frustrated and angry. Perrat’s writing really sketches a dark time in history along with misplaced beliefs of people. There were moments I wanted to reach into the pages and shake sense into people.
Perrat deftly balances heavy moments with uplifting outcomes. Given the time period, the treatment of women, political and religious struggles, balancing the bad with the good was a challenge, luckily Perrat succeeded.
There were twists I didn’t see coming, especially towards the end. I adored the ending.
Perrat created an enthralling read with a powerhouse character Héloïse. Well done from start to finish, not excluding every thing in between. Fans of historical fiction, strong, independent and smart women, those with an interest in midwifery and herbalists will enjoy. Perrat’s writing style along with outstanding execution is reason enough to add to your TBR.
About Liza Perrat
Liza Perrat grew up in Wollongong, Australia,
where she worked as a general nurse and midwife for fifteen years.
When she met her French husband on a Bangkok bus,
she moved to France, where she has been living
with her husband and three children for twenty years.
She works part-time as a French-English medical translator,
and as a novelist.
Since completing a creative writing course twelve years ago,
several of her short stories have won awards, notably the Writers Bureau annual competition of 2004
and her stories have been published widely in anthologies and small press magazines.
Her articles on French culture and tradition have been published in international magazines
such as France Magazine, France Today and The Good Life France.
Spirit of Lost Angels is the first in her French historical trilogy, The Bone Angel Series.
The second – Wolfsangel – was published in October, 2013,
and the third, Blood Rose Angel, is published in November, 2015.
She is a founding member of the author collective, Triskele Books and reviews books for BookMuse.
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