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Spirit of Lost Angels
by Liza Perrat
Order:  USA  Can
Self, 2012 (2012)
* *   Reviewed by Barbara Lingens

An engaging story of life in the time of the French Revolution, Spirit of Lost Angels will appeal to many readers who wish to know more about how various kinds of people lived during such a turbulent time.

Victoire, a young girl growing up in the small village of Lucie-sur-Vionne, loses parents, siblings and, finally, children to the difficult life of a peasant. When she herself falls victim to a great melancholy, she is sent to a Parisian insane asylum. Her time there, her escape, and the succeeding adventures in her life bring her in contact with upper-class society as an equal. Before she can really make use of her new-found confidence, knowledge and freedom, she must first free herself of the shadow of sorrow and self-destruction that has followed her throughout.

There is much to praise in this story. It is well-plotted and researched. But there would be more to savor if the characters were treated in depth. We never find out why they acted the way they did. Also, some of Victoire's experiences are pretty implausible and her rescues a bit too coincidental. In this turbulent time it seems unlikely that things could fall so conveniently in place. I look forward to more depth in the next book of the series.

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