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In the shadow of the French Revolution, two lovers embark on a seductive and erotic journey that plunges them into the heart of the aristocracy's most vindictive, carnal games, where white-hot desire is exceeded only by deception, betrayal--and murder... For Marie-Laure Vernet, serving as a scullery maid to a bored, aristocratic family isn't without its dangers. Trying toIn the shadow of the French Revolution, two lovers embark on a seductive and erotic journey that plunges them into the heart of the aristocracy's most vindictive, carnal games, where white-hot desire is exceeded only by deception, betrayal--and murder... For Marie-Laure Vernet, serving as a scullery maid to a bored, aristocratic family isn't without its dangers. Trying to avoid the unwelcome predations of the men and their guests is one. Keeping the china in one piece is another--especially when she finds herself serving Viscount Joseph d'Auvers-Raimond. Only Marie-Laure knows that Joseph is also a smuggler of forbidden books who'd once fallen ill in her late father's bookshop. That fateful meeting led to an innocent flirtation, fueled by a shared passion for books and ideas, but it had awakened desires that changed Marie-Laure forever. Joseph hasn't forgotten the encounter either. His papers are littered with drafts of an erotic story about a girl who bears a distinct resemblance to the servant spilling his tea. While pleasuring the jaded women of the aristocracy, he'd pictured this girl with the coppery hair and the ink-stained fingers who could indulge both his intellect and his most feverish desires. Now, the only way to save her from becoming his family's plaything is to seduce her first, and the lady seems extremely willing to comply......

Title : The Bookseller's Daughter
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ISBN : 9780758204455
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Number of Pages : 319 Pages
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The Bookseller's Daughter Reviews

  • Wollstonecrafthomegirl
    2018-12-15 10:15

    There’s no getting away from the fact that this was a disappointment. However, that’s because I am grading on a Rosenthal curve – I loved all three of her other books and there’s no getting away from the fact that this didn’t match them (I think that’s the objective reality of it as well, rather than just my opinion). This is her first novel to be fair. It picked up in the last quarter or so and thus my disappointment has softened somewhat and I feel it is worthy of 3 stars. But there were points during this when I thought it might get 2 stars. There were even points during this when I thought about giving up.Perhaps some of my own prejudices have come through because this book contains some elements I really dislike in romance:- It’s set in pre-revolutionary France (don’t even get me started – I have strong views about late 18th century France and the aristocracy which mean that it’s difficult for a romance author to write convincingly about the period and the place. Not to mention that we all know what's just round the corner for these people, you ain't gonna live HEA in your little chateaux - it's like setting a love story in 1910).- Huge class and thus power disparity between the H/h.- The hero is a rake, the heroine a virgin.- A mystery element to the plot. So, some of my least favourite things. Perhaps why I left this PR book until last.PR writes well, and this book is no different. And she writes sex very well, although there’s a lot of it in this book, perhaps too much.I think the problem here is that Rosenthal is inclined to sacrifice dialogue and character interactions for description and prose. Generally her romances are built more on telling than showing and a heady dose of shared lust. This worked fine for me in her other three books because I thought the writing was outstanding and the plotting had me believing the relationships, so whilst I would have appreciated a bit more interaction between my H/h I could live without it. Here, however, we have a whole relationship based on one night of shared conversation between the two characters, which we as readers don’t experience to any great degree (it’s sort of told in flashback). Then they meet again when the heroine is a servant in the hero’s father's house (the hero being the second son of a Duc) and they’re completely taken away with their feelings for one another which so miraculously developed during that one fateful night. I just didn’t buy it. There is such a disparity between the two of them (not intellectually) but in the form of life they’ve lived and are living it was just not believable to me that they would feel this way about one another. The disparity in their stations could have been a useful mechanism for angst and drama, it’s hinted at, but PR never committed to it. Then there were plot points which were daft. Joseph leaves Marie behind when he goes to Paris, with a brother he knows has designs on her and a villainous sister in law (a character I sort of loved, and I am incrediblY glad that come about 1793 she’ll likely lose her head). Marie’s desire to stay and ‘make her own way’ bought her into TSTL territory - even more of a problem when we are told this is a heroine who is clever. Her escape from said villainous family members hinges on one helluva a convenient coincidence. The mystery is resolved in a big rush and with the extremely useful and unlikely presence of Joseph to save the day. Then the two are able to marry ridiculously easily in spite of the massive obstacle in their way (view spoiler)[ namely that the hero marries someone else during the course of the book, but, of course, very conveniently she’s a lesbian(hide spoiler)]. These were very unsubtle manoeuvres. Perhaps if Rosenthal had tried to do less with the plotting overall it would have been better. There were other plotting issues. The H/h spend about 40% of the book apart in the second half. Again, it left me with the impression that, save for writing sex scenes, Rosenthal doesn’t want to write interactions between her H/h. Although, there was an exchange of letters which was well done, if, again, reliant on sex.I’ve been very critical, but: there’s a lot to take from this romance. It’s ambitious (over-ambitious, really) but fundamentally well written in terms of language and historical setting. I did read it all the way through and it picked up significantly for me when Marie and Joseph were reunited. I did like them as a couple, even if I thought the foundation of their relationship wasn’t adequately written and, as characters, I did care what came of them both. On balance I did like this, but it was not the book for which I was hoping.

  • Karen
    2018-12-07 10:13

    Um... well... this not what I was expecting. A "bodice-ripper" would describe this book perfectly. And the "historical" part of this novel is definitely fictional.

  • Cameron Black
    2018-11-23 06:29

    I throughly enjoyed this book! Pam Rosenthal's sex scenes are really beautiful. That the two main characters connect over books, to me, was totally believable. I am married to someone who loves books as I do. This book is a lush swoon into pre-revolutionary war France and I now plan to dive into all of the author's other titles.

  • Lili
    2018-11-23 05:28

    I don't remember how I came across this book, or why I added it to my to-read shelf because I've never read a "historical romance" before. Perhaps it came up on a search for The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson, which is definitely more up my alley. Regardless of how or why I came across it, I read it from cover to cover in a very short period of time. The publisher's blurb basically summarizes the first 150 pages or so, and then the novel plods on for another 150 pages. There is so much going on overall in the book that I feel like the author couldn't quite decide what she wanted the book to be. For example, there are sections of steamy sex, but there are also sections of semi-erudite discussion of period philosophy. There is a murder mystery and some chateau intrigue. There are descriptions of aristocratic life, scullery life, middle class life, prison life, provincial life and Parisian life. Ben Franklin and Marquis de Sade make cameo appearances. There is even some medicine and midwifery thrown in. But the author didn't spend enough time or space on any one area to really convey richness or texture. But maybe that is what "historical romance" is all about. I have a feeling that The Bookseller's Daughter is the genre at its best, so for my own sake I'd better stick with either literary fiction or unabashed trashy romances. However, overall, it wasn't an awful way to spend a few evenings reading.

  • ~M~
    2018-12-10 11:15

    I picked this book because I thought (for some reason -- maybe the cover art) that it was historical fiction. Instead, it was historical romance, and it included many of the things that really annoy me about that genre. In particular, when the book (or film) is all about modern people with modern morals and sentiments, dressed up in old fashioned clothes. I would rather get a glimpse into the lives and minds of historic times that is more real and true, even if foreign to me.But, whatever, I picked this book up last night and read the whole thing in one night. It was a romp, light and frothy and also... um... rather graphic, even for a romance novel! And some of the author's euphemisms (when she used them, and many times she did not, see: "graphic") were rather... amusing. Like a "delicious wild mushroom swollen after a rainstorm"? Really. Really??? Talk about creative license!Also, I don't know of any woman who feels cheated after a sexual encounter due to a lack of sperm. The whole idea just makes me laugh and shake my head. Did you see "It's Complicated"? Where Meryl Streep has to back up Alec Baldwin's medication story for the doctor, and she says sarcastically, "Yes, because I like a lot of sperm." It's really not a thing most women I know focus on. LOL.Basically there are problems with this book, but you take it for what it is, and it kept my attention ok, and that is why I like to read books.But it's rather funny to spend Easter weekend reading a book that has the yearning for more sperm as a theme of it. My life is surreal sometimes.

  • Debbie
    2018-12-18 05:00

    The Bookseller's Daughter by Pam Rosenthal is what you call a a real bodice ripper. The sex isn't all that explicit compared to some other writers, but it's there. The story is centered around Marie-Laure who ran her father's bookshop, but then tragedy strikes and she must make her own way in the world. What is a woman of no means to do in pre-revolutionary France? She becomes a scullery maid and as chance would happen in the home of a book smuggler she not only knew, but along side her brother nursed back to health after he had been attacked by a knifeman. At first Joseph pretends not to know her, but of course that doesn't last. They want and love each other and their affair begins. They have their happy moments but that can not last, because you see he is Viscount Joseph d'Auvers-Raimond who is unfortunately broke and must make an advantageous marriage and be a kept man.Marie-Laure being a very intelligent, strong willed woman will not however be a kept woman. This was a sweet easy to read romance that would definitely make a great summer read.

  • The Romance Evangelist
    2018-12-17 10:29

    A copy of this book was provided by the publisher for an honest review at Night Owl Reviews.4.5 starsReview Excerpt:From the very start, Marie-Laure displays her unyielding spirit and indomitable will, and we see that despite her lowly status, it is clearly she who is too good for Joseph. But as THE BOOKSELLER’S DAUGHTER progresses, Joseph is forced to come to terms with his useless existence, and by the end, he has grown emotionally into a fully adult man worthy of her heart. Even though I had an idea of how and where they would ultimately end up together, the journey there kept me riveted the entire time, and made the seemingly inevitable ending even more enjoyable for me. It’s a wonderful historical romance well worth reading. (Copyright Night Owl Reviews)

  • H.A. Mims
    2018-12-06 08:27

    While I enjoyed this book, I have to echo what another reviewer said – it's a little too heavy-handed in the way of modern sensibilities. I certainly don't mind reading characters in a historical setting who are more forward thinking than the status quo, but there's a fine balance… lay it on too thick and much is lost in the way of authenticity.That said, this was well plotted with interesting characters, and the eroticism was handled beautifully. All in all, I'm happy I read it.

  • Amy Subaey
    2018-12-13 06:15

    Written by a non-English speaking native (norwegian, I think) gave the book an interesting and unique style that was simply refreshing in itself. The story, however, is absolutely gripping. A family in Kabul, pre-taliban, and their norwegian 'observer', who documents everything she sees as she sees it. If you have any interest in this part of the world, or any empathy for the lives of women that are unlucky enough to be born there, you must read it.

  • Staci
    2018-11-22 07:29

    A good romance novel for people who are booklovers and like to read stories about booklovers. Not the best or most passionate romance novel but not one of the horrificly bad ones either. Some of the characters are mentioned or introduced poorly so that you may be confused about people and situations but still overall, a decent book.

  • Eh?Eh!
    2018-12-18 09:07

    I'm embarassed to admit I read this. Very much the bodice-ripping, bosom-heaving, cheesy, trashy, physically-weak-and-needing-her-man-but-also-independent-heroine, know the type. In my defense, there was no half naked couple on the cover. Anyone could have made the mistake. Not that there's anything wrong with romances, just not my cup of tea.

  • Rachel C.
    2018-11-22 05:02

    Historical romance set in pre-revolutionary France. Pros: A lot of unexpected plot twists and a palpable chemistry between the two main characters. Cons: The heroine is ridiculously naive; the villains are consistently smarter than the good guys; the ending is farfetched.

  • Barbara
    2018-11-23 12:20

    I had a hard time between 3 and 4-stars. I finally gave a 4-star because I just enjoyed the book so much. The only downside was the middle part of the book; so much emphasis on the historical events but not enough on the characters.

  • Erica Anderson
    2018-12-04 11:14

    I enjoyed this book, which is set in pre-Revolutionary France and features an unusual heroine. It's published under the Brava imprint, but I wouldn't consider it erotic romance, or even particularly racy. I liked the strong characterization, especially of some of the secondary characters.

  • Katrina Holman
    2018-12-10 12:18

    While it shares some level of explicitness with the stereotype of the romance genre, the writing style and varied vocabulary set this apart from most, if I may, "smut" books. The heroine is likable and easy to relate to and faces difficult situations with grace as well as determination.

  • Brynn
    2018-12-07 12:19

    This is definitely a book for escape into a romantic story, but Rosenthal makes the time period historically accurate and interesting. She also writes a very strong female character who one is able to relate with and cheer for as she makes her own way.

  • Jackie
    2018-12-07 09:01


  • Darlene
    2018-12-09 08:25

    An easy read, set in France before the revolution.

  • Howes164
    2018-12-04 08:08

    Just an historical romance

  • Cherisse
    2018-12-04 09:05

    A pretty racy historical romance..definitely erotic fiction. I liked it though. Also, Rosenthal is a local author.

  • Anna
    2018-12-05 09:23

    This book just wasn't able to draw me I set it aside.

  • Laura
    2018-11-27 10:15

    Slightly more interesting than "Almost A Gentleman." I think I made it through 50 pages instead of 35. Her prose is just leaden.

  • Marianne
    2018-11-27 09:25

    Interesting characters, truly villainous villains and a few pages of tense moments.

  • Christina
    2018-12-12 09:05

    Absolutely terrible. The writing was absolutely horrendous and although I have read historical romances before...this was in it's own class of ill repute.

  • Wendy Hollister
    2018-12-08 04:06

    Takes place in the 17th century and reminds me of Philippa Gregory books. I'm so glad I was in this century as women who were not royalty did not have as many choices.

  • Jennifer
    2018-12-18 04:27

    A really good, trashy summer read!