The year is 1878, and the setting is Paris, France. It's a place of privilege and comfort for the rich, but one of heartache and struggle for the poor. Upon the death of her father, Suzette is thrown from the comforts of middle-class life into the terror of homelessness on the streets of Paris. Without family or friends, she struggles to survive. Her journey takes her from charity houses to the grueling life of a laundress. When her plight becomes unbearable, she is enticed by the mistress of the most famous brothel in France to live in luxury and service her aristocratic clientele. On her first night, she meets Lord Robert Holland who receives more than he bargained for in the price of her virginity.
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Writer's Digest (Judge's Critique) wrote:
Price of Innocence is an extremely well-written book, with splendid dialogue. The characters and scenery are vivid in their descriptions and examples.
Night Owl Reviews wrote:
This is a well-written researched story of ironic love, the first of a series of novels involving some of the same characters, which is set in late 19th century France and England. Overall, the book is a satisfying historical romance.
It was an amusing, quick and easy read, a great book for this summer at the beach. I finished the book eager to learn more about the history of prostitution in Paris and the Chabanais.