Madam in Lace

The American Madams Book 3

Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
341 Pages
Reviewed on 03/05/2022
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Madam in Lace is a work of fiction in the historical, interpersonal drama, and suspense subgenres. It was penned by author Gini Grossenbacher and serves as the third installment in The American Madams series. It is best suited to the mature adult reading audience owing to some graphic content including sexual situations and some instances of explicit violence. Combining the real historical facts of the political unrest of France in the mid-nineteenth century with a scintillating romantic drama, we meet our protagonist Celeste Bazin when she travels from San Francisco to Paris to locate her missing mother. Landing right in the middle of a revolutionary plot to overthrow Emperor Napoleon, Celeste discovers that she may have to risk it all to discover who her mother really was.

One of the most entertaining features of historical novels, for me at least, is when the dry pages of history and fact can be brought to life with vivid action, charged with emotional energy, and given a new mysterious spin, and that is what author Gini Grossenbacher achieves over and over again with The American Madams series. Celeste is a woman on a mission, powerfully independent and a little ahead of her time, but also able to operate seamlessly and convincingly within the wild society of Revolutionary Paris. The sparks flying as Celeste discovers her rugged revolutionary love were palpable, charming, and exciting, with dialogue that tantalizes in terms of the mystery plot just as much as the romantic drama unfolding. Overall, I would highly recommend Madam in Lace for fans of historical drama, intrigue, and romance. An unmissable and exciting read indeed.