Angel Of The Lost Treasure by Marie Laval
An ancient secret hidden within a mother’s song ...
When young widow, Marie-Ange Norton is invited to Beauregard in France by the mysterious Monsieur Malleval to collect an inheritance, she has no choice but to accept.
But when she embarks on the voyage with her fiery-tempered travelling companion Capitaine Hugo Saintclair, little does she know what waits for her across the sea in turbulent nineteenth-century France on the eve of Napoleon’s return from exile. When she arrives, she is taken aback by Malleval’s fascination with her family – seemingly inspired by his belief they are connected to a sacred relic he’s read about in coded manuscripts by the Knights Templar.
As it becomes clear that Malleval’s obsession has driven him to madness, Marie-Ange is horrified to realise she is more the man’s prisoner than his guest. Not only that, but Hugo is the only person who might be able to help her, and he could represent a different kind of danger.
Marie-Ange’s story hooked me from the beginning. Having lost her mother at a young age, her father more recently and with her husband declared missing in action, Marie-Ange has spent the last six-years coping alone in a crumbling Devon manor house.
With little knowledge of her French family, the invitation to the family home in France, along with a couple of unexpected encounters in Paris, spark her interest to discover as much about her past as she can. I loved the sense of intrigue as things weren’t quite what they first seemed. The more Marie-Ange learns, the more the secrets and mysteries, some that have survived the generations, deepen. Can she really be the key to the missing relic? Is she putting herself in a dangerous position to find out? Who can she trust? These were the questions that kept me turning the pages.
I found her a likeable character; a strong, independent woman who wasn’t afraid of adventure, or willing to give up until she had discovered the truth. I couldn’t help but hope she would also find love and happiness in her life.
Set in that difficult period, where neither the royalists nor the revolutionaries have quite gained the dominant hand, Marie Laval brought France and her history to life in this story full of intrigue, mystery and more.
If you enjoy historical novels, with mystery and simmering romance, then this is one for you to immerse yourself in this summer.
Originally from Lyon in France, Marie has lived in the Rossendale Valley in Lancashire for the past few years. She writes both contemporary and historical romance. Her novels include best selling contemporary romantic suspense novels LITTLE PINK TAXI and ESCAPE TO THE LITTLE CHATEAU, which was shortlisted for the 2021 RNA Jackie Collins Romantic Suspense Awards, as well as A PARIS FAIRY TALE and BLUEBELL'S CHRISTMAS MAGIC. Her latest novel, ANGEL OF THE LOST TREASURE, was released in February 2021. Marie also contributes to the best selling Miss Moonshine's Emporium anthologies together with eight author friends from Authors on the Edge.