A Marriage Under the Terror by Patricia Wentworth

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A novel of the French Revolution.

Published in 1910, A Marriage Under the Terror won the Melrose Prize for best first novel.

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A Marriage Under the Terror – A novel of the French Revolution.

A Marriage Under the Terror published in 1910, won the Melrose Prize for best first novel.

A gripping tale of love blossoming in the ashes of betrayal, and a fascinating first step from a master storyteller.

Nineteen-year-old orphan Aline de Rochambeau is horrified at the prospect of an arranged marriage to the foppish Vicomte Selincourt. But when Selincourt and Madame de Montargis, Aline’s married aunt, are unmasked as lovers and arrested for treason, the young noblewoman’s situation grows even more drastic. Alone in a Paris engulfed in revolt, Aline has no chance of survival—until she meets the dashing freedom fighter Jacques Dangeau. Torn between his vow to liberate France and his passion for Aline, Jacques makes a choice that could doom both of them forever.

Patricia Wentworth–born Dora Amy Elles–was a British crime fiction writer.

She wrote a series of 32 classic-style whodunnits featuring Miss Silver. The first of which published in 1928, and the last in 1961, the year of her death.

Miss Silver, a retired governess-turned private detective, sometimes compared to Jane Marple, the elderly detective created by Agatha Christie. She works closely with Scotland Yard, especially Inspector Frank Abbott and is fond of quoting the poet Tennyson.

Wentworth also wrote 34 books outside of that series. Her novels were the topic of Jariel D. O’Neil’s 1988 doctoral dissertation.

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