An Eighteenth-Century Tale of Politics and Intrigue, Love and Betrayal, among the French Aristocracy

Blois, 1705.

The chateau of Duc Hugo d'Amboise simmers with rivalry and intrigue. Henriette d'Augustin, one of five mistresses of the duc, lives at the chateau with her daughter. When the duc's wife, Duchesse Charlotte, maliciously undermines a new mistress, Letitia, Henriette is forced to choose between position and morality. She fights to maintain her status whilst targeted by the duchesse who will do anything to harm her enemies.

The arrival of charismatic tarot reader, Romain de Villiers, further escalates tensions as rivals in love and domestic politics strive for supremacy. In a society where status is a matter of life and death, Henriette must stay true to herself, her daughter, and her heart, all the while hiding a painful secret of her own.

'A historically authentic and intelligently crafted period drama that's romantically stirring.' - Kirkus Reviews

'The Orange Grove reveals all the elegance and exquisite intrigue of the French court, seen through the eyes of the women. Mistresses and wives, duchesses and daughters - their lives and fortunes depend on their skills at plotting, spying and manipulating - each other. Their interwoven stories are vivid, fabulously vicious, and always compelling.' - Kelly Gardiner, author of Goddess



ISBN: 9781947548220
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 253
Publication Date: 1 Nov 2019
Publisher: Regal House Publishing LLC
Publication City, Country: Raleigh, United States
Dimensions (cm): 21.6(H) x 14(L)


Author Biography

Kate Murdoch exhibited widely as a painter both in Australia and internationally before turning her hand to writing. Her short-form fiction has been published in literary journals in Australia, UK, US and Canada. Her debut novel, Stone Circle, was on the semi-finalist list for the Chaucer Awards 2018 for pre-1750's historical fiction. She was awarded a KSP Fellowship to develop her third novel, The Glasshouse. She lives in Melbourne with her husband and two children.

The Orange Grove

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