"Mistress Mine is a historical romance novel and how a young girl who was not wanted by her family was able to find happiness. When Louise St Quentin turns sixteen, her
father died and left her home to her brother Georges St Quentin. However, Georges St Quentin has not visited the family estate for years, and no one knows if he is alive or dead. The readers of
Mistress Mine will continue to follow Louise St Quentin quest to find her brother.
I am so please a friend recommended this book to me. Mistress Mine is the first book I have read of Gabrielle Dubois, and I certainly enjoyed reading it. Also, Mistress Mine was translated from French to English excellently by Jane Hentges. Gabrielle Dubois is a French author, and I impressed with her description of living in Australia in the early eighteen century. I love Gabrielle Dubois portrayals of her characters especially Louise St Quentin and Mr Edwards Campbell. Reading Mistress Mine highlighted for me the problems and consequences of young women who do not have the support of family.
The readers of Mistress Mine will learn about living in France in the eighteen and early nineteen century. Also, the readers of Mistress Mine will learn about the legal ramifications when the wealthy owner of an estate in France not able to be found.
I recommend this book."
Mistress Mine...A beautiful love story, that you wanted to read more.
Louise Saint Quentin grew up without the love of parents and her brother. Her mother died giving Louise life. Her father became angry and would’ve have much to do with Louise. A brother that hated her existence.
Louise’s father died leaving the estate to her absent brother.
Louise had many admirers and was kept by them.
An unknown admirer promised his friend that he would care for Louise.
I loved how the book followed such an orderly sequence of events.
There was new excitement on every page.
I’m looking forward to the next book and the conclusion of the story
"First off, the cover of my copy is slightly different with a beautiful young woman holding a windswept parasol which I thought was absolutely lovely wishing that I could have a painting of this, that being said this story is set in the late 1860's where Louise St. Quentin, a spirited, beautiful young woman who at the age of 16 is suddenly orphaned and left with her family's estate, sad and lonely she is determined to make something of her life and the estate as she searches for her brother Georges who left for school and is actually the heir. As she waits to hear of her brother's whereabouts Louise embarks on a series of adventures and moments of self awareness to become the woman she is determined to be and not let the disappointments she encounters to stop her from what she wants out of life. Along the way Louise meets a few dashing, handsome men who will sway her heart but will not break her determined free spirit. Set right before the golden age of the Belle Epoque it is beautifully descriptive with women in their beautiful bustle skirts strolling the streets Paris to the shores of lush, beautiful Tahiti.Yes, I enjoyed this immensely, a book to get lost in."
"I absolutely loved "Mistress Mine" - an historical romance - it was an absolute gem of a story that I thoroughly enjoyed reading.
France, 1860 - Louise St Quentin's mother dies during her childbirth. Her father unable to deal with the grief of losing his wife spirals into depression, seeking solace in alcohol. Taking no interest at all in Louise, her upbringing is left to Marguerite and her husband Joseph who is steward on Monsieur St Quentin's farm. Louise's eight year old brother Georges, being presented with his sister for the first time, makes a decision that will affect the rest of his life and instructs Marguerite to pack his trunk as he wishes to leave for boarding school, never to return - such is his anger at losing his mother whilst giving life to Louise. 1876 sees Louise an orphan and in trying to locate her brother she ends up in the romantic and atmospheric city of Paris where her life will never be the same again.
Louise is a wonderful character, who you can't help but love and wish to protect. I had so much sympathy for her growing up without the love of her real family. She's strong willed, hard working, says what she thinks and has a very passionate nature but unfortunately so inexperienced in matters of the heart. Her naivety of men was truly frustrating at times and I found myself saying 'Louise don't!' in my head, knowing she was being taken advantage of.
I was a little confused in the first chapter as to who all the characters were, but all was revealed in the second chapter when the story relates back to when Louise was born and to how she came to be standing outside an imposing mansion in Paris at the start of the story. The author Gabrielle Dubois, who is a natural story teller - has created some wonderful characters who are perfectly portrayed and she has ensured we know all about them by explaining their history right up to the point we are introduced to them. I loved Louise and I particularly liked Clovis Bolitar's flamboyant persona.
It's obvious the author has carried out a lot of research into the period of the mid/late 1800's especially into the many variations of people's lives, even mentioning the famous Elizabeth Fry and her prison reform. I found the sea journey onboard ship to Port Jackson, Australia very interesting and the fact that disease was so commonplace on ships around that time very saddening.
There's a beautiful and apt picture on the cover of my copy of this book and it has been expertly translated from French by Jane Hentges. The ending is sadly unfinished - which may not be to some readers liking - but there is a sequel to this delightfully told story, which I do hope one day to read so as to continue with Louise's interesting life saga.
A fabulous 5 stars for a story that had me gripped from the start and for creating a character that I'm finding very hard to stop thinking about!"
When French author Gabrielle Dubois asked to become my Goodreads Friend, I took a look at her work to see if it interested me. This is the criterion that I use for authors on Goodreads. I noticed that she had a historical novel that had been translated to English that looked like it had potential. I purchased it from Amazon though I didn't have time to review it at that point. As I expected, Dubois eventually requested a review of her translated novel. She also offered to provide me with a review copy. I responded that I had already purchased it, and that I was glad to have the translation because it has been some time since I read anything in French. She then wanted to send me the original French edition to improve my French reading skills. I told her that was very generous and scheduled a review.
I would categorize Mistress Mine as a historical romance. I considered it far less stereotypical than most examples of this genre. Louise St. Quentin, the 19th century French protagonist, exhibits character growth. She eventually comes to understand what she really wants from a relationship. Fans of this genre need to understand that there is a sequel. The ending may seem abrupt to romance readers.
I thought that translator Jane Hentgès did an excellent job. She was true to the essence of the text which is what I consider to be the hallmark of a successful translation.
For the blog version of my review which includes thoughts on reading the original and the translation at the same time, see http://shomeretmasked.blogspot.com/20...
Angel Grace Dallas rated Mistress Mine 5 stars !
« I finished reading Mistress Mine by Gabrielle Dubois. I rate this book 5 stars/5 stars. The characters, the place, clothes, the plot development, everything is so eloquent and beautifully written. I wish I could read the original one in French. I really had fun learning more a lot about French culture and history !
Highly recommend this to everyone who are a fan of Jane Austen, Emily and Charlotte Bronte’s works !
The book is no doubt beautiful. There’s a 100% chance of rereading Mistress Mine very soon !! That’s how much I love it ! »
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Louise is a loveable character, she wants to experience the world, but us very stubborn, strong willed, impulsive and out spoken! (a typical teenager).
Louise lives a lonely life on her fathers farming estate, he has never acknowledged his daughters existence and would rather drink and live in his study! After her fathers death it is left upto Louise to run the estate. Luckily with the help of Joseph and the farm labourers, who listen to a 16yr old girl, the farm runs smoothly.
But Louise wants more so she travels to Paris to find her brother Georges. This is where she she meets Karl Meyer and is introduced to the Parisian elite including dress designer Colin Walsh...her life is so different to that back home. Louise travels back and forth to the farm over the next few years, but this isn't what she wants.
Louise completes the sale of her farm which leaves her a very wealthy and independent young lady.
Louise meets Artist Clovis Bolivar...where she agrees to sail with Clovis to Tahiti. Here Louise spends her time sun bathing learning to swim, cook but also to pose for Clovis, but his exotic paintings of Louise draw the attention of the Parisian art world and so Clovis and Louise once again set sail back to Paris. Unfortunately things don't go to plan on the voyage…
I loved the way the story was written giving you insight to the fashion and etiquette of the 1800's and how the author gave you the history of each character as they were introduced into the story.
I found it so easy to be pulled into the story and the characters lives.
The translation was fantastic and didn't lose any of the natural flow if the story.
Can't wait for your next translated book Gabrielle Dubois.
This book made me happy and surpassed my expectations !
By Mary, a reader.
« While the cover is visually stunning, what's inside of this book is even better. The story is lush and atmospheric. Louise St Quentin, the main character, is charming and adventurous. She's strong natured and thick-skinned. Louise is fiercely independent but desperately in need of the proper companion. Having been rejected from birth by a distant father and absent brother, Louise is weary about men and their objectives. However, like most girls that lack a positive male role model in their life, Louise tends to fall under the spell of older men who promise security. Louise lacks a mother's love and support. Louise doesn't fully understand what's expected of a proper young lady. Her father shuns her, disregarding his moral obligations to his daughter, and Louise becomes a self governed free spirit in life and love. With little connection to her family's land, Louise St Quentin embarks on adventures in Paris, living life lavishly kept. From there, she returns home for a brief period to settle business matters that will leave her independently wealthy. Louise meets artist Clovis Bolivar, becomes his muse, and agrees to sail with him to the Polynesian islands. (…) This book makes me happy and surpassed my expectations.
(…) Mistress Mine has earned its place as one of my favorite reads of 2016. Louise was easy to relate to. Although beautiful, she was far from perfect. Enjoyed her spontaneity. (…) The scenery is well described and the story flows effortlessly. My only complaint? Dubois is a French author. Her books are treasured & enjoyed by the French speaking community. Dubois has authored several books. However, this is the only book of Dubois translated into English. (…) Gorgeous book. Beautiful story.
Note: Gabrielle Dubois will donate two euros to UNICEF for every book purchased between December 1, 2016 - January 31, 2017.
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" Can't wait to dive into this great classic novel of all time... I'm ready to finish it this week... (fascinating read) must read this classic 💖
You're an exceptional talented writer Ms. Gabrielle... Your story have great significance in the modern classic novel... Mistress Mine should be all over the world... & should turn to movie 😍 "
· gabrielleduboisthestorytellerWill she be able to swim at the end? Who knows? Maybe only MISTRESS MINE's readers!
If you wish to be one of them, let's meet its author on www.gabrielle-dubois.com.
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Mistress Mine, the tough life and the strong character.
Louise had a tough life from the very beginning. Her mother died whilst giving birth to her and because of this her father not only didn’t want to look at her but she wasn’t even allowed to live in her own home, and so she was raised by their housekeeper. Her brother eventually left, so later on when their father died she was expected to take care of their business. Thanks to her strong character not only she manages but makes it even more successful. Yet this wasn’t enough for Louise, she wanted to live and discover other places, and so she travels to Paris. Many men were captivated by her beauty, she even attracts the famous opera composer Karl Meyer. Karl was giving her a very extravagant life, but Louise wasn’t content with being just a mistress and so she embarks on a new journey... Being a classics/literature lover I am always skeptic about new books, but I was intrigued by Mistress Mine because it is set during the 19th century and I’ve read that its author was just as fond of those times. This is very obvious in her book, you can tell she did a lot of research by the descriptions of the dresses, the art, the music and how people lived. I am surprised by how much I liked it. It’s almost 400 pages but it’s a fast page-turner and I didn’t want it to end. I know Gabrielle is working on the next in series but this has a good enough ending to keep you happy until the next...
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la_lettrice_jolie 26 days ago Wow! 😍This is an esquisite picture and a captivating post! I'm a classic/literature lover too, but this sounds so good 😊💝
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bookreveries 26 days ago @la_lettrice_jolie Then I am sure you will like it just as much 😊Thank you 😘
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bookreveries 26 days ago @ellenrauthor It's such a lovely read Ellen, you become fond of the main characters :)
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bookreveries 26 days ago @ellenrauthor And Thank you 😊
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mimilly.sweetdonkey 26 days ago I loved Mistress Mine by @gabrielleduboisthestoryteller too! 💖I fell in love with some characters. Please I want to read more from Gabrielle Dubois. Cute post @bookreveries 💝
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bookreveries 26 days ago @mimilly.sweetdonkey Yes it's a very lovely read. Thank you :)