Winner of the GEORGIAN JANE AUSTEN AWARD
It is 1792 and Viscount Beaumont has buried himself in the country since his wife died. But now his daughter, Lady Henrietta, has come of age and he must squire her in her London Season.
Verity Garnier is an actress whose father has been thrown in a French dungeon. To free him she must deliver Anthony Beaumont in trade. She travels to London to seduce Beaumont into following her to France. She doesn’t plan on falling in love.
When Beaumont goes on his own to France to save his brother-in-law from the guillotine, Verity follows him, reluctantly taking along his daughter who refuses to be left behind.
After soldiers of the Revolution capture Beaumont and his brother-in-law, Verity, and Henrietta must find a way to save them.
Christian Hartley, a British agent that Henrietta plans to marry, joins their fight.
Will everyone find a safe way home, or will they face the guillotine? RT Book Reviews
“This is an adventure not to be missed. The excitement mounts as danger appears around every corner. The devastation of the French Revolution is a backdrop to the well-executed plot. Love is in the air for three couples, but will they survive to realize their dreams?”
“Maggi Andersen does it again with a riveting story of spies and counter spies, villainous men of power, and Jacobins, and all set during the French Revolution (1792).”
Amazon Review: “I was blown away by the depth and scope of Maggi Andersen and her talent! It’s amazing that she is able to weave together an extremely complicated plot involving multiple love stories.
France during the “Reign of Terror” was full of madness and bloodloss. No one was safe no matter their station in life and by no means we’re just the Aristocrats brutally slaughtered.
Maggie takes us from the relative safety of England into the French countryside and into the very heart of Paris.
Her characters must reach into the bottom of their souls and call upon hidden reserves of strength and courage. Your stomach will drop in fear and you may even hold your breath at times wondering how disaster and death will be averted. The romantic in you will be well satisfied by the love and sensuality among her characters. Because even I’n the midst of chaos you truly follow your heart whatever the danger it is always worth the risk.”
Amazon review: “Engrossed in Hostage to Love I stayed up much too late desperate to find out what happened next as the enthralling plot unfolded.
I really cared about talented novelist, Ms Andersen’s characters and hoped the heroine, Verity, whose father had nurtured her carefully, ensuring she was as well-educated as any of the male students at the Sorbonne where he taught. But since the French Revolution ‘the world had changed. A French woman from a respectable home no longer expected the old courtesies to apply to her.’
When her father is arrested Verity will do anything to save him. To survive, she becomes an actress prey to a man who wants to take her virginity although she knows her father would be heart-broken if she became a courtesan. She escapes from the predator but Danton forces her to go to England to lure Viscount Beaumont to France in exchange for her father’s release.
Set in the same era as Baroness Orczy’s famous novels about the Scarlet Pimpernel which I enjoyed, this tale of adventure, duty, love and sacrifice gave me equal pleasure. The main characters will linger with me for a long time.”
Amazon Reviewer: “A fast paced story full of intrigue and mystery. Spies and villains keep you riveted to your seat in this adventure filled romance.”