The French Lesson by Hallie Rubenhold
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Henrietta Lightfoot is living as a mistress to the wealthy Lord Allenham when he is required to go to Paris and she, despite his instruction, decides to follow him soonafter. This coincides with the timing of the French Revolution and Henrietta finds herself at the mercy of strangers to have shelter, food and safety.
Told through first person POV of Henrietta via letters, we experience the life of a "professional mistress" in a time of great upheaval. It is not often I come across historical fiction of this period, let alone from the persective of someone on the fringes of "good society".
I hadn't read the first book, and I didn't feel like that was an issue as Henrietta does refer to previous events, although it would have been nice to have that background of her relationship with Allenham.
A fun and interesting read. Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
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