Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Review 'The House in Quill Court' by Charlotte Betts

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

The Facts:

Publication Date:
August 25th, 2016
Historical Romance, Regency
eBook, Paperback, Audio
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My Review:

Last year I read my first Charlotte Betts novel ‘The Chateau on the Lake’. I really loved that book. So when I was approached to read ‘The House in Quill Court’, I knew I just had to read this book too.

‘The House in Quill Court’ is yet another great read by Charlotte Betts. I love reading historical novels, and this one was definitely a good one. Set in Regency England, I was yet again swept back in time and found myself wondering around in a pretty dress with these characters. Although the beginning was a little slow, I found myself devouring this read because I just knew Charlotte Betts would have something good in store for us. And she really did.

What I loved most of all in ‘The Chateau on the Lake’ was the way that book wasn’t your average romance novel. No! There was some romance but it wasn’t the main storyline of the book. And the same goes for ‘The House in Quill Court’. I love that there is more too this book than just some romance.
And the characters were lovely to read about. I especially loved the way this book told the story of Venetia, but also her maid Kitty. It was just so much fun to get to know these characters. Especially those moments between Venetia and Jack Chamberlaine. Sigh..

Although some parts of this book were a little predictable, the view twists definitely were enough for me to keep being hooked to the pages. If you ask me, Charlotte Betts did another great job in writing this book. ‘The House in Quill Court’ really takes you back to Regency England and I loved every single page of this book. 

My Rating:

About the Author:

Charlotte Betts began her working life as a fashion designer in London. A career followed in interior design, property management and lettings. 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.

For more information about Charlotte Betts and her books please visit her website, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon and Goodreads.

I received this book from the Little, Brown Book Group in exchange for my honest review.


  1. I don't recall hearing about her before. Sounds like a good one. I do love when I feel swept away by a read like that :)

    1. Being swept away by a book is definitely the best feeling.. Sigh.. Thanks for stopping by! ;)


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