How close were Victor Hugo and his copyist?
1862 Young widow Eugénie is left bereft when her husband dies suddenly and faces an uncertain future in Guernsey. A further tragedy brings her to the attention of Monsieur Victor Hugo, living in exile on the island in his opulent house only yards away from Eugénie’s home. Their meeting changes her life and she becomes his copyist, forming a strong friendship with both Hugo and his mistress, Juliette Drouet.
2012 Doctor Tess Le Prevost, Guernsey born though now living in Exeter, is shocked to inherit her Great-Aunt’s house on the island. As a child she was entranced by Doris’s tales of their ancestor, Eugénie, whose house this once was, and who, according to family myth, was particularly close to Hugo. Was he the real father of her child? Tess is keen to find out and returning to the island presents her with the ideal opportunity.
Will she discover the truth about Eugénie and Hugo? A surprise find may hold the answer as Tess embraces new challenges which test her strength – and her heart.
Review: I have read several of Anne Allen’s Guernsey novels. Each one is a stand alone story even though they are all written against the backdrop of Guernsey in the historical fiction genre.
While my favourite is still, Echoes of Time, The Inheritance is just as well written and just as captivating.
Anne Allen is an exceptional writer who has mastered the art of presenting a story through two different timelines. In The Inheritance she does this using Eugenie’s diary from the mid 1800s. Eugenie is Tess’ ancestor in the present day. And so the story unfolds of the great Victor Hugo, his mistress, Eugenie and the inheritance of Tess.
A must read for any fan of historical fiction and romance.