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Historical Fantasy | Enchantée | Gita Trelease


Enchantée by Gita Trelease is an outstanding debut.  One of my top reads of 2019 for sure!


Book cover Enchantee by Gita Trelease

A compellingly beautiful tale of magic, intrigue and deception, set against the backdrop of eighteenth-century Paris on the cusp of revolution.

Paris in 1789 is a labyrinth of twisted streets, filled with beggars, thieves, revolutionaries – and magicians . . .

 
When seventeen-year-old Camille is left orphaned, she has to provide for her frail sister and her volatile brother. In desperation, she survives by using the petty magic she learnt from her mother. But when her brother disappears Camille decides to pursue a richer, more dangerous mark: the glittering court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.

Using dark magic Camille transforms herself into the ‘Baroness de la Fontaine‘ and presents herself at the court of Versaille, where she soon finds herself swept up in a dizzying life of riches, finery and suitors. But Camille’s resentment of the rich is at odds with the allure of their glamour and excess, and she soon discovers that she’s not the only one leading a double life . . .


Enchantée by Gita Trelease is published by Macmillan Children’s Books and is available to purchase in digital, hardcover, paperback and audiobook formats.

Review

La magie ordinaire needs sorrow to work and Camille has plenty of her own sorrow to use to help her turn scrap metal into coins.  Her sister Sophie is still recovering from the smallpox and brother Alain drinks and gambles with what little money they have.  Life is so different after the death of their parents.

Camille is a fabulous lead.  She’s resilient and has plenty of grit, seeing opportunities and taking them.  The way she acts in the field to avert disaster is brilliant.  She already had my emotions hooked in and from that moment on became my heroine.  I loved her sense of adventure and how she pushed past limiting boundaries.  She has a questing spirit and is not afraid to commit to a cause that she believes in. A positive role model for us all. 🙂

I loved:

  • the workshop and all it represented
  • the printing press and how it worked
  • the dress and the power it had

So very unique.

This story absorbed me. I tried to slow down to savour it.  Leading up to the climax I just couldn’t – it was exciting and terrifying in equal measure. I had to keep reading putting everything else aside.

1789 Paris and Versailles come to life with all its finery and glitter … and shadow side too.  There was so much secrecy and layers of undercurrents in the etiquette of court.  The court debauchery was magnificent.  I was captivated.

A stunning debut for all ages.


Author photo Gita Trelease

Gita Trelease is the author of Enchantée, a YA fantasy set on the eve of the French Revolution. Born in Sweden to Indian and Swedish parents, Gita has lived all over, including New York, Paris, and a tiny town in Italy. She attended Yale College and New York University, where she earned a Ph.D. in British literature. Before becoming a novelist, she taught classes on writing and fairy tales. Along with her family, Gita divides her time between a village in Massachusetts and the coast of Maine, where she searches for a secret portal to take her back to Versailles.

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My passion is helping others to find their own oasis, their own centre of calm. I’m a qualified Dyslexia Therapist, Massage Therapist, Reiki Master, Sleep Consultant, Parenting Programme Facilitator, Mindfulness practitioner, Mental Health First Aider and hold a crochet diploma.

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