The French Lesson Henrietta Lightfoot a young Englishwoman trips on her silk gown as she runs for her life along the bloodstained streets of revolutionary Paris She finds refuge in the opulent home of Grace Daly

  • Title: The French Lesson
  • Author: Hallie Rubenhold
  • ISBN: 9780385618892
  • Page: 440
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1789 Henrietta Lightfoot, a young Englishwoman, trips on her silk gown as she runs for her life along the bloodstained streets of revolutionary Paris She finds refuge in the opulent home of Grace Dalyrmple Elliott, the city s most celebrated courtesan But heads are rolling, neighbours fear neighbours, and masters whisper before servants As the sound of the guillotine e1789 Henrietta Lightfoot, a young Englishwoman, trips on her silk gown as she runs for her life along the bloodstained streets of revolutionary Paris She finds refuge in the opulent home of Grace Dalyrmple Elliott, the city s most celebrated courtesan But heads are rolling, neighbours fear neighbours, and masters whisper before servants As the sound of the guillotine echoes outside, within the gilded salons of high society Henrietta becomes a pawn in a vicious game of female power How will she survive in a world where no one can be trusted

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    1. This novel follows, “The Confessions of Henrietta Lightfoot,” and re-counts our heroines time in Paris during the revolution. Like the first novel, it takes the form of a written account – this time to the Right Honourable Marguerite, Countess of Blessington, who suggests she writes down how she first met Grace Dalrymple Elliot in return for an annuity. Henrietta puts ink to paper in 1837, looking back on her youth and all the romance and danger she experienced at that time.Like the first [...]

    2. Hallie Rubenhold’s The French Lesson is book two in The Confessions of Henrietta Lightfoot. I’d intended to start here, but there seemed to be a conspiracy by the universe to make me read book one too. I really loved Mistress of My Fate and was happy that I could immediately dive into the next book. The French Lesson picks up where Mistress of My Fate ended, with Henrietta searching for Allenham, this time following him to Paris.The French Lesson is set during the fever pitch of the French R [...]

    3. 3.5 Stars I didn't realise this was the second in a trilogy, but it doesn't matter, I don't think, not having read the first. Henrietta is a mistress in search of her lover who ends up embroiled in the Terror, aftermath of the French Revolution. Befriended first by another famous courtesan, Grace Dalrymple, she ends up as one of the mistresses of the Duc of Orleans and befriended by his lover, another courtesan known as La Buffon, and in the middle of a whole load of intrigue and spying. With th [...]

    4. It took me forever to read this book, mostly because there were other (better) books distracting me from itbut also, because it just wasn't for me! I thought I would really enjoy this book, the premise was SO good, but it did not live up to my expectations at all, even though the history and the period it's set in is really excitingFirst of all, I sort of liked the heroine of this book. She was nice, if a bit bland. My problem with her was, that nothing really happened in her world and there was [...]

    5. I love reading about this period inn history, I did enjoy this book but something was missing for me.

    6. Very good bookIt was a very good book. Had a good plot towards the end. Would recommend this book to any one who likes historical fiction.

    7. This is an entertaining account of Henrietta Lightfoot’s time in the Paris of 1792 during the French Revolution, a period of which my knowledge is scanty. ‘The French Lesson’ is a women’s story told with authority by social historian Hallie Rubenhold, at a time when the new order replaced the old and changed women’s lives in the process.Years after the event, Hettie writes her account of what happened at the request of a benefactor. As the novel opens, she is living in Brussels with th [...]

    8. The new historical novel by Hallie Rubenhold called The French Lesson is the second book in a trilogy about Henrietta Lightfoot and is written looking back at her time in Paris during the bloody French Revolution. We find Henrietta caught up in the bloodletting that has set neighbour against neighbour and friend against friend and even Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette are not immune from the Revolution and are imprisoned. Henrietta’s lover has let her go and despite the fact she could have escap [...]

    9. This is the second book in a trilogy about Henrietta Lightfoot and is written looking back at her time in Paris during the bloody French Revolution.We find Henrietta caught up in the bloodletting that has set France alight with political passion,suspicion,intrigue and bloodthirsty for change. King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette are not immune from the Revolution and are imprisoned. Henrietta’s lover has let her go and despite the fact she could have escaped the fighting and gone back to London [...]

    10. *Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review*Not exactly what I expected but a French Lesson it is indeed. I did not read the first book of this series and I am curious if I have been missing out on a lot of information on Henrietta. I had a hard time connecting to her.The story is a quick one. Trough the blazing uproar of the Revolution Henrietta is trying to find her lover. She is steered by a lot of influential woman into a position she do [...]

    11. I loved this pacy page-turner -- I loved the character of Henrietta Lightfoot, running through the murderous streets of revolutionary Paris in search of her inamorata Allenham. I loved the way Hallie Rubenhold focuses all her attention on the female experience, and shows how ambiguous and frail female power was (is) under patriarchy. I loved seeing how her imagined demi-mondaine can shine a light onto the workings of the Palais-Royal in the terrifying year of 1792, the duc d'Orléans living ther [...]

    12. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. It is the story of Henrietta Lightfoot and she narrates her abut her life when she lived in Paris during the French Revolution. The three women of the story were intriguing and how their lives are affected by each other and outside circumstances was beautifully rendered, full of surprises. All the characters seemed larger than life, sympathetic, and often full of surprises. It was touching to live through the terror through their eyes and feel the panic and fear [...]

    13. 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 fict [...]

    14. The book is set in Paris during the French Revolution but even though the city is going through a war the beauty of Paris remains . The main character is Lady Allenham but that is not her real name, her real name in Henrietta . When her love abandons her with instructions to move to England on board a ship she ignores his request despite the fear of the start of war there. She quickly finds herself in bother and need of assistance and it comes in a most unexpected form. Love and lust during the [...]

    15. this tells the story of henrietta who travels with her lover from london to brussels aT THE END OF THE 18TH CENTURY. HE WORKS FOR THE GOVT AND IS CALLED TO PARIS WHEN A WAR THREATENS BETWEEN FRANCE AND AUSTRIA. AS IT IS DANGEROUS HE TELLS HER TO STAY BEHIND BUT IF COURSE SHE IGNORES HIM AND SETS OFF LATER SO BEGINS A TALE WONDERFULLY TOLD. oF FRIENDSHIP AND BETRAYAL, THE DANGERS OF THE FRENCH REVOLUTION PLUS THE ROLE OF SOCIETY AND ESPECIALLY MISTRESSES WHO GO THRU MEN LIKE HOT DINNERS. IN FRANC [...]

    16. This was a romp of a read. I was asked to review this by Lovereading.This is the second book in a trilogy. This is about the character Henrietta Lightfoot. Set in Paris and the french revolution where no ones head in society was safe but there is a good deal of love and lust.Who do you trust the city is in turmoil- Henritta could have left but chose to remain in this city. She had already fled from London. Her love of her life has disappeared. Nothing is as it appears ( this keeps the reader hun [...]

    17. Henrietta Lightfoot is mistress to an English lord serving in Brussels. When the Terror begins in Paris and her beloved is known to be in the city, she sets off to seek him out. What follows is her adventures as Henrietta becomes entangled with revolutionaries and royalist sympathisers alike all while trying not to end up as a guest of Madame Guillotine. Loved this. Henrietta is a very likable character and the story moves along at a good pace.

    18. I grabbed this on Kindle, the instant it came out, since I had waited impatiently for it for far too long. But I was not disappointed, as it was a love story, and a well researched historical novel set in eighteenth century France, and had a fair amount of suspense. I got so involved in the novel and the characters. Loved it, and recommend it highly. It is the second book in a trilogy, this bit being set in the French Revolution, in Paris, for the most part.

    19. Interesting readThis is a very well written book. Henrietta's adventures in revolutionary France are full of spice and deception by everyone involved, though she seemed a bit too naive at times. I hope the author continues her adventures in Rome as suggested near the end and recommend the book to anyone who enjoys well researched historical fiction.

    20. This is a dark story of an English woman, Henrietta Lightfoot arriving in Paris at the time of the French Revolution.Her associations with the incumbents of the Palace of Versailles, her arrest and incarceration in Paris and finally arriving back in England.I was given a digital copy of this book by the publisher Random House via Netgalley in return for an honest unbiased review.

    21. Very readable and quick paced. The only issue I have with it is that it's been such a long time since the first book was published, I'd half forgotten the plot of it. Hopefully, the author won't leave it quite so long before writing another.

    22. This was a fun romp through the history of the French Revolution. The heroine is a mash-up of Pamela and Fanny Hackabout Jones, an unwilling but highly capable courtesan. Painstaking historical research adds tremendously to the appeal of this historical fiction.

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