A very entertaining and surprisingly engrossing book about a young, beautiful, and intelligent aristocratic woman growing up and falling in love during the turbulent and unrelenting years of the French Revolution. The story spans many years and reading the book would be easier for people with a basic knowledge of the events surrounding the French Revolution. Nonetheless, the story combines a fascinating historical fiction and a transendent romance with plenty of adventure and suspense.
If you enjoy reading historical fiction by the likes of Laker, Chevalier, Erickson and other notable genre writers, I submit that you will enjoy this book as well.
As the title suggests, the novel is set during the France's revolutionary years and details the life of Annette Vallon, a Chouan and an historical character unknown to me prior to this book. The novel is many things at once: a romance, an adventure, and a recounting of the horrific events surrounding France's bloodiest epoch.
Tipton's prose is lucid and vivid; the story moves quickly and ends much too soon for the reader.