Definitely not Gellis’ best offering
This is the first in Gellis’ Heiress Series and begins during the French Revolution. The De Conyers family home ransacked, the women sexually abused and now imprisoned by the revolutionaries, Roger St. Eyre is sent into France to rescue the De Conyers family and bring them home to England (they are half French/half English). The only member of the De Conyers family to make it out of prison alive is Leonie and she and Roger flee for Paris in an effort to find a way out of France and end up unable to leave the city and masquerade as French citizens as the revolution swirls around them until they are finally unwillingly drawn in to a plot to rescue Marie Antoinette and the young Dauphin.
Of course love blooms (it _is_ a romance novel), although in typical Gellis style the misunderstandings keep the couple from avowing their true feelings until the final payoff at the end. Roger was always harping to himself he had no right to ask for the hand of such a wealthy heiress (he’s a younger landless son) and Leonie always worried about how she let a prison guard “use her” and that Roger would think she’s a “whore” just got a tad bit old after a while.
Although I do love Gellis, this is one book of hers that just didn’t rock my boat. The retelling of the revolution and The Terror was just a bit too dry for me, and I think Gellis would have been better served to lighten the story up a bit more and keep her tongue firmly planted in her cheek – at least with the relationship between Roger and Leonie. She finally did that in the last 50 or so pages and things became quite fun leading up to the final payola (that was a cute scene), but wading through the first 300 + pages to get there was just a bit too long for this reader. 3/5 stars.
The next two in the series,
The Cornish Heiress
The Kent Heiress