The house in Quill Court

‘Romantic, engaging and hugely satisfying’

Katie Fiorde 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

 

The House in Quill Court

CHARLOTTE BETTS

 

Published 25th August 2016 

Paperback Original | £8.99

 

 

From the multi-award-winning author of The Apothecary’s DaughterThe 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.

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 . . .

 

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. 

Charlotte lives with her husband in a cottage in the woods on the Hampshire/Berkshire border.

 

For further information please contact Clara Diaz on 020 3122 6565 | Clara.Diaz@littlebrown.co.uk

 

 

My Review

I absolutely loved this book as the author has a way of subtly drawing the reader into a different world. Once there, you are hooked! The setting and the characters are, as always, superbly drawn. From the start the reader can empathise with Venetia's sudden change of fortune. What happens next, however, is totally unforeseen. As an avid reader it is fabulous to come across a story where the ending isn't glaringly obvious from the start. I thoroughly enjoyed this journey and the ups and downs that the characters encountered. Historical fiction at its best!

 

5/5

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Charlotte Betts | Reply 22.08.2016 11.54

Thank you, Julie, for this lovely review of The House in Quill Court.

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