Thursday, 25 August 2016

The House In Quill Court Book Blog Tour

1813. Venetia Lovell lives by the sea in Kent with her pretty, frivolous mother and idle younger brother. Venetia's father, Theo, is an interior decorator to the rich and frequently travels away from home, leaving his sensible and artistic daughter to look after the family. Venetia designs paper hangings and she and her father often daydream about having an imaginary shop where they would display the highest quality furniture, fabrics and art to his clients.
When a handsome but antagonistic stranger, Jack Chamberlaine, arrives at the Lovell's cottage just before Christmas bringing terrible news, Venetia's world is turned upside-down and the family have no option but to move to London, to the House in Quill Court and begin a new life. Here, Venetia's courage and creativity are tested to breaking point, and she discovers a love far greater than she could have ever imagined . . .

The House In Quill Court
by Charlotte Betts

Publisher: Piatkus
Publish Date: 25 Aug. 2016
ISBN-10: 0349404534
Rating: 4/5


After being approached to join this book blog tour I was intrigued to discover that the book in question was historical fiction. Being something I have only taken a liking to after the last few months I couldn't wait to jump into the past and discover what The House In Quill Court had to offer.
What this book demonstrates is that your entire life can change in as little as one conversation. Having an unexpected visitor bring some devastating news to your home is bad enough for anyone, but for Venetia and her family a death wasn't the only tragedy to be told.
Being forced to move to London, the family enter the vastly different atmosphere of The House In Quill Court. Complete with their maid, they all settle in and begin to explore the area and soon come across a dishevelled and empty furniture store. As something which used to be a fictional item from Venetia, and her father's, imagination the store is soon replenished and opened to the London crowd.
Something I truly love about The House In Quill Court is that we also follow the adventures of the staff of the household. A little like Downton Abbey. Combining the stories of those above and below the stairs gives the story constant movement and intriguing events which the other characters may find damaging to their social status. However, on more than one occasion the very different social classes muck in together to create a sweet and enduring plot.
The love interest in this story was a joy to read and I found myself trying to read more quickly in places in order to get back to that particular sub story. Jack Chamberlaine is a character I would very much like to meet and if I wasn't married I would certainly be interested.
The House In Quill Court has been an enjoyable read which I am pleased to have been introduced to. Charlotte Betts has written in an admirable fashion which allows you to follow the story, and all the characters, without losing track or getting confused. If you love a family drama with a creative historical background this has your name all over it.

About The Author

Charlotte Betts began her working life as a fashion designer in London. A career followed in interior design, property management and lettings. Always a bookworm, Charlotte discovered her passion for writing after her three children and two step-children grew up.

Her debut novel, The Apothecary’s Daughter, won the YouWriteOn Book of the Year Award in 2010 and the Joan Hessayon Award for New Writers, was shortlisted for the Best Historical Read at the Festival of Romance in 2011 and won the coveted Romantic Novelists' Association's Historical Romantic Novel RoNA award in 2013. Her second novel, The Painter’s Apprentice was also shortlisted for the Best Historical Read at the Festival of Romance in 2012 and the RoNA award in 2014. The Spice Merchant’s Wife won the Festival of Romance's Best Historical Read award in 2013.

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