Certainly opened my eyes to the Horrors of the French Revolution. Well written, and a good development of that periods view of Honor and obligation.
I've enjoyed several of Delderfield's novels, and this one was no exception. However, while I didn't feel it was one of his best, I did stay up late the last time I was reading it so as to finish the book, as I enjoyed the simple story of two people whose love transcended the French "Terror."
Most of Delderfield's books are written from the perspective of British protagonists. This one might be the same, except that his Englishman is living the life of a Frenchman to escape punishment for his involvement in smuggling.
If you enjoy this one, from the French perspective, then I highly recommend you read "Seven Men from Gascony," a rousing military tale of the Napoleonic Wars of seven French soldiers united in their admiration and/or love for one woman.
My favorite Delderfield novel is "To Serve Them All My Days," a wonderful tale of a war-weary man teaching in an English public school.