Hello, Sunshines, I have the huge pleasure to be sharing my review of the gorgeous; Angel of the Lost Treasure by Marie Laval. I completely love this book, I can’t wait to share it with you all.
Firstly, I want to say thank you to Liz at Choc Lit UK for the complimentary copy.
About the Book
Angel and the Lost Treasure by Marie Laval.
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: ChocLit UK
An ancient secret hidden within a mother’s song …
When young widow, Marie-Ange Norton is invited to Beauregard in France by the mysterious Monsieur Malleval to collect an inheritance, she has no choice but to accept.
But when she embarks on the voyage with her fiery-tempered travelling companion Capitaine Hugo Saintclair, little does she know what waits for her across the sea in turbulent nineteenth-century France on the eve of Napoleon’s return from exile. When she arrives, she is taken aback by Malleval’s fascination with her family – seemingly inspired by his belief they are connected to a sacred relic he’s read about in coded manuscripts by the Knights Templar.
As it becomes clear that Malleval’s obsession has driven him to madness, Marie-Ange is horrified to realise she is more the man’s prisoner than his guest. Not only that, but Hugo is the only person who might be able to help her, and he could represent a different kind of danger …
This was previously published as Angel Heart by Accent Press in 2015. This is a revised, edited and updated version. Published February 2021 by Choc Lit.
Purchase here – Angel of the Lost Treasure, Amazon UK
Can we first stop for a moment and fully appreciate just how beautiful and haunting this cover is? It’s stunning, and it fits perfectly with the plot.
Anyone who follows the blog will know that I have a soft spot for stories that either includes Templar Knights are a hint at them and the Angel of the Lost Treasure so perfectly entwines Templar myth and history with a wonderfully enthralling adventure and romance which also has an element of paranormal surprise.
I have been a fan of Marie Laval’s work for a few years now, I love her passionate and atmospheric writing and her attention to detail is flawless, the French customs and scenic detail is so rich you could be standing side by side with the characters. I have always love Laval’s charming writing, it sweeps the reader away.
Angel of the Lost Treasure was originally published as; Angel Heart with Accent press, I will admit that I read Angel Heart a few years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it, but when I voluntarily accepted an advance copy of The Angel and the lost Treasure I wasn’t aware that these two books were one of the same. Literally, all I saw was a new book by Marie Laval and I knew I needed to read it, it was only I started to read that I thought; hmm, this looks familiar and then I read the back blurb and realised, oh, I had read it before, did that stop me from continuing to read?
Not on your aunt Nelly!
I have to admit that I actually enjoyed this new updated and revised edition far more, personally, I think the story is more rounded it’s new and fresh but with the same beautifully portrayed character’s.
Set during the 19th Century, France, we see Widowed Marie-Ange sets out to Beauregard; France to collect a mystery inheritance, she has been invited there by her equally mysterious relative; Monsieur Malleval. Once there it is clear to see that all is not what it appears and that there are ugliness and danger lurking in the shadows.
Malleval is a real pantomime style villain, he is a little unhinged and obsessed with Marie-Ange’s family and her connection certain documents which are connected to the Knights Templar, documents which will lead him to the treasure – you get the idea, imagine Indiana Jones; baddies in search of relics for world domination, dragging in innocent female and handsome heroes along for the ride, with a little paranormal magic thrown in for good measure.
Marie -Ange and Hugh are a wonderfully complicated and utterly adorable couple, the minute that they meet there is an instant attraction between them, the chemistry sizzles, it’s tense and sparks fly between them especially when they are bickering. I found them to be completely likeable, Marie-Ange is a spirited, passionate young woman who I think is a little naïve to the world around her, she has lost her husband at a young age, being half French with aristocratic lineage, she isn’t entirely liked or trusted. Yet she isn’t a wallflower or a damsel, she can look after herself thank you very much. Now, my boy Hugh is the exact different coming from working-class stock, hardworking Hugh is a gruff, monosyllable brooding, gorgeous, sexy, tempting Captaine.
My goodness, he is a handsome, fiery, knee-trembling, clothes ripping, seductive bugger… phew, it’s mighty hot around here 😉
As ever with Laval’s flawless writing, the story flows effortlessly, it intrigues and keeps you guessing right to the last page. I absolutely love Laval’s rich and atmospheric attention to detail, it breathes life into the very bones of the character’s and each scene captures the imagination, you can almost taste the salty sea and see before your eyes the beautiful French countryside.
It isn’t your stereotypical Historical Romance, the plot really keeps you on your toes, it has everything from highway robbery, Templar secret codes, spies and a baddie that may be completely off his rocker but he really does steal the show all mixed in with a charming love story.
With lots of drama, unexpected plot twists, adventure, romance all of which keeps you perched on the edge of your seat wondering where on earth this is going, Angel of the Lost Treasure is a spell-binding book that will be loved by so many.
About the Author
Originally from Lyon in France, Marie studied History and Law at university there before moving to Lancashire in England where she worked in a variety of jobs, from PA in a busy university department to teacher of French in schools and colleges. Writing, however, was always her passion, and she spends her free time making up stories. She writes contemporary and historical romance. Her titles include A SPELL IN PROVENCE, ANGEL HEART, THE LION’S EMBRACE and DANCING FOR THE DEVIL, published by Accent Press. Her new romantic comedy, LITTLE PINK TAXI, is published by Choc Lit.