Today is my stop on the Rachel Random’s Resources blog tour for The Angel of the Lost Treasure by Marie Laval. Thank you Rachel for inviting me on this tour.
An ancient secret hidden within a mother’s song …
When young widow, Marie-Ange Norton is invited to Beauregard in France by the mysterious Monsieur Malleval to collect an inheritance, she has no choice but to accept.
But when she embarks on the voyage with her fiery-tempered travelling companion Capitaine Hugo Saintclair, little does she know what waits for her across the sea in turbulent nineteenth-century France on the eve of Napoleon’s return from exile. When she arrives, she is taken aback by Malleval’s fascination with her family – seemingly inspired by his belief they are connected to a sacred relic he’s read about in coded manuscripts by the Knights Templar.
As it becomes clear that Malleval’s obsession has driven him to madness, Marie-Ange is horrified to realise she is more the man’s prisoner than his guest. Not only that, but Hugo is the only person who might be able to help her, and he could represent a different kind of danger .
The Angel of the Lost Treasure is an historical adventure peppered with romance, fantasy and a touch of the supernatural. This is not your usual historical romance and the combination of genres, with added suspense, make it unique and it all worked together perfectly. It made me think of a think of a classical novel in some scenes with touches of Indiana Jones in another. Set in 19th Century France, the era and the backdrop is perfect and the author did a amazing job of creating atmosphere and intrigue and the feeling of danger lurking around every corner. It is beautifully written and the author has an amazing eye for detail and brought the characters and costumes to life. The storyline is captivating and will keep you guessing until the end.
There is a wide cast of wonderful characters, including a beautiful widow, a dashing hero and of course sinister villains. Capitaine Hugo Saintclair is adorable, he’s handsome, brooding and slightly brusque in manner, the archetypal loveable rogue. The romance with Marie-Ange sizzled and with obvious chemistry between them, sparks flew. Marie-Ange showed that she wasn’t the average damsel in distress, she could certainly stand up for herself and this was apparent in the fabulous highway robbery scene.
A really entertaining book with a thrilling combination of action, suspense, fantasy and romance. The historical aspects and details about France have been well researched and the author’s attention to detail is marvellous. A fascinating story which is fast-moving and absorbing and I enjoyed it from beginning to end. This is my first time reading any of this author’s work and I enjoyed her vivid and imaginative writing style and I will definitely be on the look out for her other work. The cover is also quite beautiful.
Publisher: Choc Lit
Publication Date (UK): 23 February 2021
Page Count: 308
About the author:
Originally from Lyon in France, Marie has lived in the Rossendale Valley in Lancashire for the past few years. She writes both contemporary and historical romance. Her novels include best selling contemporary romantic suspense novels LITTLE PINK TAXI and ESCAPE TO THE LITTLE CHATEAU, which was shortlisted for the 2021 RNA Jackie Collins Romantic Suspense Awards, as well as A PARIS FAIRY TALE and BLUEBELL’S CHRISTMAS MAGIC. Her latest novel, ANGEL OF THE LOST TREASURE, was released in February 2021. Marie also contributes to the best selling Miss Moonshine’s Emporium anthologies together with eight author friends from Authors on the Edge.
Thank you to the publisher for the gifted eARC in exchange for an honest review.
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