He was a notorious philanderer, perhaps even a murderer. But Minella could not get him out of her mind. Suddenly, Minella was swept up in a nightmare of adultery,betrayal,and murder,as France seethed with revolt,and terror engulfed the land.
Exceleent, at the top of its category.
A passionate, historical tale!
good romance, I always loved the name of this one...............ha ha
Enjoyable Victoria Holt read. Not her best, but I like everything she does - so if you like Victoria Holt, you'll like this one too!
Reviewer: Brittany Joy "lady_jane_grey" (Bloomington, MN) -
Don't be fooled by the title! I was wary about this one until my cousin told me it wasn't satanic or have anything to do with the occult.
This book is about Minella, the daughter of a schoolteacher in England. One day, she meets the Comte, a meeting that will change her life. He is arrogant and mysterious, and instantly attracts her attention. Through a chain of events, she comes and lives with him in his chateau with his wife and daughter. After refusing to be his mistress the Comte's wife mysteriously dies. Did he kill her? Then, the French Revolution breaks out, and their love - and life - is in danger.
This Holt novel is different than her other ones because the "mystery" isn't the main issue. It is mostly about the revolution.
He was a notorious philanderer---perhaps even a murderer---but Minella could not get him out of her mind. From the moment that beautiful 18-year-old Minella Maddox saw Charles-Auguste, the haughty, arrogrant Comte Fontaine Delibes, his satanic looks thrilled her with a sense of danger and excitement. A French aristocrat of wealth and pwer, the Comte had a reputation for taking what he wanted, especially women. And right now he wanted Minealla. She was the most desirable thing he had ever seen. Minella was the woman he would marry, and nothing would be allowed to stand in his way...not even his wife. Suddenly, Minella was swept up in a nightmare of adultery, betrayal, and murder---as France seethed with revolt, and terror engulfed the land.