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Lord Edward's Mysterious Treasure: The Breton Adventure

Lord Edward's Mysterious Treasure: The Breton Adventure

Is the real treasure hidden, or right before his eyes?
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Verdict: A rousing historical romance that examines issues of class and privilege, as well as provides insight into both the French Revolution and the Paris Commune; highly recommended.
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Synopsis

Lord Edward Tremaine comes to the fog-shrouded Chateau Morvan on the coast of Brittany. In this ancient building, all the inhabitants have secrets. The old vicomte demands that his descendents find a lost treasure, but he offers only hints to help the three cousins in their search. The beautiful and charming Delphine seems to be a creature of gaity and sunshine, but every now and then glimpses of something darker appear. Marguerite, the beautiful and brilliant pianist, is obviously afraid. What is it that threatens her? Antoine, who considers himself a modern man, ignores the swirling emotions, concentrating only on the money needed for him to build a steel factory.
Lord Edward wants to help his friend Antoine—and more and more he wants to help Marguerite and protect her—but can he do so before tragedy strikes?

Release date: November 7, 2017

Publisher: JOS

Print pages: 293

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Behind the book

The Chateau de Morvan, the village, and the family are all imaginary. The historical background, however, is real.

During the 1790s, there was considerable opposition to the French Revolution, particularly in the west of France, in the Vendée and in Brittany, where the Chouans appeared. This resistance included both peasants and aristocrats in an alliance of religious and royalist opposition to the Revolution.

As for more current events (current as far as my characters are concerned), the Franco-Prussian War, foolishly declared in 1870 by Emperor Napoleon III, was won with humiliating speed by Prussia. The Siege of Paris lasted from July 1870 to January 1871, at which point France surrendered. The Parisians did not, however, and the radical Commune of Paris continued to resist until May, when the official French army marched in and brought it to an end.

It was an unpleasant time for the residents of Paris.

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