First Review for The House in Quill Court!



It’s always nerve-wracking waiting for the first review of your latest novel but I’m happy to say the waiting is now over. And it’s an Amazon five star!

Reviews are so important to an author so thank you to Mrs M G Powling. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that other readers like The House in Quill Court too.


Peril in Quill Court, 15 Jan. 2016
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This review is from: The House in Quill Court (Paperback)
“I’ll just have a little read …” I said to myself, having already two other books on the go, but I simply couldn’t put this latest novel by historical novelist, Charlotte Betts, down. It is hard to relate any details of the story without giving away the plot, but I will try: it is about Venetia who, in 1814 and through sad circumstances, moves from her seaside Kent cottage to London in order to meet with family hitherto unknown to her. There she sets up in business as an interior designer, following in her father’s footsteps, and hoping to make a living for herself and her family supplying a bespoke service to the new wealthy middle and upper classes. But things done go according to plan. This is Regency London, a dangerous place and where law enforcement was patchy, a London where newly-built elegant townhouses are cheek-by-jowl with slums in which an underworld of pickpockets, whores and racketeers prey on the unsuspecting and vulnerable.
Charlotte Betts has carefully researched this period but she uses a light touch with the facts of Regency life and, in so doing, brings this period in our history vividly to life – the sights, sounds, smells not only in the homes of the wealth – the taking tea by the fireside, the rustle of fabulous silks, the smell of beeswax with which the elegant mahogany furniture is polished – but also of the underworld, a city still without the cleansing properties of sanitation and drainage.
One word about the cover. Attractive though it is, with an elegant woman in a straw hat gazing towards rows of Georgian town houses, it might give some potential readers the impression that this is simply a light,romantic novel. I say it is much more than that: as well as an exciting story, it is a social commentary of the period.

2 thoughts on “First Review for The House in Quill Court!”

  1. Good Morning,

    I loved the apothecary’s daughter and the aroma of the species.

    No more books translated into Spanish?

    I want to read more books and I do not find in Spanish. Only those two.

    A greeting and my congratulations on being a great writer.

  2. Hello Alicia! I’m so pleased you enjoyed my books. Sadly only the two you mentioned are translated into Spanish at the moment. If you emailed the publisher to tell them you liked the books, perhaps they might be persuaded to translate more!
    Thank you for your kind words. Charlotte


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