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Publisher's Summary

It's 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 Lovells' 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 the breaking point, and she discovers a love far greater than she could have ever imagined....

From the multiaward-winning author of The Apothecary's Daughter, The House in Quill Court is a gorgeously evocative Regency novel bursting with historical flavour and characters you won't forget. If you love Philippa Gregory and Joanne Harris, you will adore Charlotte Betts.

©2016 Charlotte Betts (P)2016 Soundings Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Romantic, engaging and hugely satisfying." (Katie Fforde on The Apothecary's Daughter)
"A highly-recommended novel of love, tragedy and the power of art." (Daily Mail on The Painter's Apprentice)
"Full of passion and drama.... I was captivated by this moving, heart-warming and beautifully woven story - gripping, atmospheric, eloquently told and full of rich detail." (Kate Furnivall on The Chateau on the Lake)

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British Recency romance mystery

Inventive plot, well-drawn characters, excellent performance. Gritty real life period piece with action and romance.

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The idea is an interesting one: Two families of one father banding together to survive once the father has died. They start a retail shop and are then threatened by a gang for 'protection' money. There is also a dual romance story line...the oldest daughter is attracted to a stepson of her fathers, and the maid to the family falls for a kind street thief.

But the story goes on for way too long...the plot could have been tightened up by at least 50%, and there were far too many close calls for various members of this family. Information was repeated frequently, and the foreshadowing was too heavy-handed. I could see plot points and themes coming at me for miles. Too much time was spent on the maid's romance, and not nearly enough time was spent on the daughter's romance. The other siblings had stories too, and it all resulted in too much story and not enough editing.

I did like that the h's were both strong and determined women, intent on somehow overcoming their problems and protecting their families.

The narration was stellar. If it hadn't been for that I would not have finished the book. A great example of how excellent narration can make or break a mediocre book.

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  • janice g.
  • 03-20-16

excellant

Narrator was superb. love the character of Kitty and Valencia. King Midas was portrayed as a nasty 'Mafia' type character who had a lot of control. But he was controlled by his mother!

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  • V. Davy
  • 05-22-17

Misleading cover

From the cover I had a different impression of what the book would be like. Instead I found it a lot darker.
And the storyline slow and predictable. I had to skip the last third and just listen to the ending to see how it turned out. Which isn't something I ever usually do.
The narrating was good. But the storyline and characters just didn't appeal to me.

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  • SheilaZ
  • 09-24-16

Fluff and Fluttering Eyelashes

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Menopausal housewifes with IQ"s less than 100.

What will your next listen be?

Back to mysteries and crime thrillers for me.

What about Anne Dover’s performance did you like?

Her voice is easy to listen to.

What character would you cut from The House in Quill Court?

Really stupid question.

Any additional comments?

This story is SO predictable it becomes almost comic.

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  • Eve
  • 03-08-17

good book

Anne Dover makes any book interesting. A good book predictable ending but still an enjoyable read

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  • Wilburkins
  • 01-16-17

Another fabulous story from Charlotte Betts!

What did you like most about The House in Quill Court?

I just liked everything about it. From the humble beginnings to the drama of a life changing overnight to the terrifying battle against the local baddie!

What other book might you compare The House in Quill Court to, and why?

Florence Grace by Tracy Rees perhaps. A young girl whose life is turned upside down in an instant and then having to deal with it all.

Have you listened to any of Anne Dover’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I have listened to her recordings of other novels by Charlotte Betts and it compares favourably.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I could imagine the events at the start of the book happening in real life. Perhaps some of the later events seemed a tad far fetched but it was on the whole a very enjoyable listen.

Any additional comments?

Definitely one to recommend if you like historical fiction.

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  • Jenny
  • 03-22-16

Another enjoyable story from this talented writer!

This is the third book I've listened to by this Author and have enjoyed all of them. The narrator is excellent and easy to listen to and she brings the story to life. If you haven't listened to this writer I would recommend you give her a go.

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