Friday, September 19, 2008

Mistress of the Revolution by Catherine Delors Giveaway!


Catherine Delors was the first author to step up in support of BBAW. I think she's fantastic. I haven't read her book yet, but I did order it.

She generously donated FIVE copies to BBAW.

About the Book: In 1815 England, an exiled Frenchwoman, Gabrielle de Monserrat, begins a memoir of her days before and during the French Revolution. Gabrielle,
the youngest daughter of a family of the impoverished nobility, recalls her journey through hardships and betrayals by three men in her life.

A girl of quiet strength and startling beauty, a widow at seventeen with
a young daughter, Gabrielle is released into the world of Paris nobility. Determined and inquisitive, with little money and few prospects, she strives to find her own freedom. Around her, the French people attempt to build
a utopia based on the ideals of liberty and equality. Differing currents of thought clash over the fate of a nation as the Revolution takes an ever more violent turn. Yet Gabrielle survives, maintaining her humanity and sense of decency. On occasion, she glimpses her first love as he ascends from obscure patriot to one of the most passionate architects of the new order. At last she reaches for him and an impossible happiness.

As Gabrielle writes on, twenty years later, political events again overtake her and she realizes that her tale is far more than an evocation of the past. It is the truth she owes her children.

So to enter, tell me about your favorite historical period to read about, or which country's history fascinates you the most.

My answer is Japan.

67 comments:

Ruth said...

I absolutely adore books set in Victorian times, especially Victorian London. I'm very much an Anglophile.

Holly said...

Italian Renaissance.

Shelly Burns said...

My answer to historical period I most like to read about is the frontier days...early 1900s

avisannschild said...

I'm with Ruth, my favourite period/place is Victorian London.

Tammy said...

I'm another Anglophile, I love to read anything about late 18th and early 19th century England.

MyUtopia said...

It would have to be a tie between civil war and WWII.

Ladytink_534 said...

Ooo! Sounds like a good book! My favorite country's history to read about is England (love Anne Boleyn) but my favorite historical period is during the US Civil War.

Julie P. said...

Don't enter me. I just want to re-iterate what a wonderful book this is! I loved it.

My favorite place is China!

Meghan said...

Medieval England here! This book sounds awesome, I'm crossing my fingers yet again!

Jen - devourer of books said...

Definitely Tudor England for me, although revolutionary France is close!

Amber said...

For some reason I find the Puritans in the US interesting, especially the Salem Witch Trials.

wordlily said...

I'm with Julie P., China's the best!

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softdrink said...

England...and I'm not picky about the time period.

Kristina said...

It's always been England and the time of Anne Boleyn. I always loved that period!

Ronnica said...

I love books set in colonial times or in 19th century England. I love history, particularly American and European history. This book sounds good!

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Sandra said...

Ancient Egypt is rather fascinating to me right now as I have been reading Pauline Gedge's latest book set in that period and culture. I'm writing a review right now and I'm waiting for her next one to come out in November.

mamasbooks said...

Japan has always been interesting to me, although I seem to be gravitating towards ye olde England lately! Need to start picking up more books based in Japan to balance it out I think!

Stacie said...

I love reading about the pioneer times like the authors Laura Ingalls Wilder or Janette Oake write about. I also loved Lisa See's "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan" that was around Chinese history and culture. It was fascinating!

Amy said...

Another Anglophile here Victorian and Tudor, but I also love books set during the Civil War.
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Fyrefly said...

I tend to like Colonial America, as well as medieval Europe.

Thanks for the contest!

The Tome Traveller said...

My favorite period to read about is Ancient Egypt but I also love Medieval England. Really, historical in general makes me happy and I would love to read Mistress of the Revolution!!!!

naida said...

This book sounds so good. I always enjoy historical fiction. I think my favorite time time period has got to be Tudor England, 1700's.

Veronika said...

I LOVE reading books set im the Middle Age/Rennaisance, esp. Europe. Any country in Europe works for me. :)

Btw, thanks for setting ALL thisstuff up, Amy. It's been great to read and meet other bloggers. :)

Jen said...

I was an English Lit major with a concentration is Early Brit Lit, so that's an area I know fairly well and enjoy. As a matter of fact, I'm in the midst of Ariana Franklin's The Serpant's Tale right now. I also love to read historical fiction set in early America. But really anything where I'm learning about a different time or a different culture...it's all so gosh darned interesting!

gwendolyn said...

I can get lost in the British Isles no matter what year it is (or was). England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland - I can't get enough.
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lisa said...

I fell in love with Roman histroy after reading Francine River's Mark of the Lion series.

Scotland/Ireland has always fascinated me too.

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Dar said...

My fave is England especially anything to do with Henry VIII and the Boleyns. I would love to win a copy of this book.

Alyce said...

It would be a tie between England and Russia. I like both equally. I used to be more of a fan of fiction about Russia, but have developed a tast for fiction set in England ever since visiting there three years ago.

Madeleine said...

I am French, I am torn between France and Japan which both have colorful pasts, so I am entering both countries. England is a bit to stiff-upperlip for me and French-English relations where always in an uproar.

Confession: I just loved THE TUDORS on Shotime

literatehousewife said...

Please enter me! I've been wanting to read that book! :) My answer is Tudor England. I just love it.

Nicole said...

England is so popular and I can't disagree. It gets my vote too.

Chris said...

For me, it's Regency England...Jane Austen, you know ;)

TruBlu93 said...

i don't have a favorite period to read about really but i love just about any movie set in 1800's england. i got hooked cause of Vanity Fair, one of my favs.

bookroomreviews said...

Love Historical Fiction! Any Tudor England book I am fascinated by. This book sounds very good!

Dina said...

Medieval and Regency England, well anything England fascinates me.

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Megan said...

I love most any historical fiction, but tops for me would be World War II.

Susan B. Evans said...

Victorian England is my current favorite, but I also enjoy anything set in France.

Ramya said...

since i am from india.. indian history is still dear to my heart..but of late, i have been very interested in iranian history as well.. the one period that i read a lot about is WWII.. do enter me!!

Aerin said...

Medieval Europe. Particularly the British Isles, but also Italy and France.

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darbyscloset said...

Ireland holds the mysteries for me.
I love to read about the Irish!
Thanks!
Darby
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Janel said...

I fell in love with the Little House on the Prairie series when I was a kid and I still love reading about that time period.

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Nise' said...

Civil War(America) or Regency England...

Susan B. said...

Hi Amy,

Medieval Period & country would be Europe (more specifically England, Scotland, Ireland)

Thank you,
Susan B.
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blueviolet said...

I like both China and Japan.
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Elizabeth

Michele said...

I'm thinking mine would have to be Revolutionary Russia.

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Red lady-Bonnie said...

For me it's Victorian and Tudor England...I love reading books about this time period.

Thanks,
Bonnie

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Booklogged said...

That's a hard question. I really enjoy WWI and WWII and books about the kings & queens. Recently I read Crossed and embroiled myself in the Fourth Crusade. It was great.

M. said...

The book sounds fascinating.

One of my personal favorite places to read novels about is India, any time period.

Lindsey said...

When I was a teen it was the Civil War and Regency periods. Now I enjoy WWII and Victorian England.

Thanks for the giveaways!

Lindsey
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heatherlo said...

I love Chinese history, English history especially the Victorian era, and definitely books relating to India as well.
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thanks :)

tanabata said...

My favourite would be Japan too, any era. But I also quite like English history, especially Victorian, or medieval, or French revolutionary or ... :)

Amanda said...

I'd have to say mine is 1800s England (Jane Austen got me hooked) or medieval Europe. awalworth19(at)gmail(dot)com.

Tara said...

hmmm.... I really loved the two novels I have read set in India in the early 1900's.

mangomissives said...

My favorite historical fiction to read are those set in South Asia.. India, Pakistan, Burma, etc. I find the culture fascinating! If i am lucky enough to win, you can contact me via wordpress. :)

Anita Yancey said...

My favorite historical period to read about is America's 1800's old west.
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raych said...

I feel so cliche saying this, but I'm a little bit obsessed with the English royals right now (the long-dead ones). Normally I'm just a sucker for major-historical-event-fiction.

fashion-piranha said...

My favorite historical period to read about is the ancient civilizations of the Fertile Crescent and Egypt; I would like to read more about the histories of China and Japan, tho'.

Literary Feline said...

It's so hard to choose just one place and time! I have always been drawn to the Second World War and while most of my focus has been on Europe and the U.S. during that time period, I've since branched out to other countries who were involved as well.

Kim said...

I love book set in Medieval times -- knights and kings and queens and all of that.

Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness)

Carol said...

Regency England is my favorite.
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Serena said...

I love historical novels in general, but I really enjoy reading about the Spain during the times of Don Juan and England's elizabethean period.

I would love to be entered into this giveaway.

Gabrielle's quiet strength is very appealing.

Carrie said...

Because I'm Irish (my maiden name is Shannon, like the river), I love to read Irish history: the potato famine, the Troubles, stories of Irish immigration to the US, etc. Favorite Irish history novel of all time: Trinity by Leon Uris.

Lindymc said...

My favorite period is medieval England, but I read a couple of novels set in Revolutionary France that were fascinating. I'd love to win this book. Thanks

windycindy said...

Hello, What a wonderful book! I love the cover! My favorite country to read history is Britain.
Please enter me in your drawing. All is appreciated.....Thanks, Cindi
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Bobbi said...

I love reading Tudor history - Henry VIII was fascinating!
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Janssen said...

I love WWI books and Civil War books. I'm also recently really into the Vietnam War. Wow, this kind of makes me sound like a warmonger. I'm not, I swear :)

Deborah said...

I grew up in Mississippi, so I've probably read the most about the Civil War. As I've gotten older, I've gotten more interested in other periods. Lately I've been reading more about WWI and WWII.

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