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Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Desert Island Books with Award Winning Romantic Novelist Charlotte Betts

Today The Gilded Lily is being reviewed at Let Them Read Books and at The True Book Addict, where I have also written a guest Post on The Temptation of the Restoration.

While I am away, please welcome award-winning Romantic Novelist Charlotte Betts to my Desert Island.
It's getting quite crowded on here with novelists all scribbling away!
Always a bookworm, Charlotte discovered her passion for writing after her three children and two step-children had grown up . The Apothecary’s Daughter, a historical novel, was published in the summer of 2011 after winning an award with You-Write-On and a publishing deal with Piatkus, and her second, The Painter's Apprentice has just come out.


Classic Choice - Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
No matter how many times I read Rebecca, I never fail to shiver at the suspense and brooding sense of menace. A young bride is haunted by the legacy of lies and deceit left by her husband’s beautiful first wife. Perfect reading for a Cornish holiday!

Contemporary Choice - Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
A contemporary novel but set in 1862, Waters creates a rich, Dickensian world full of wonderful characters. This is a densely plotted tale of love and betrayal with as many twists and turns as a Victorian alleyway.

Non Fiction Choice – The History of Architecture on the Comparative Method by Bannister Fletcher

My edition is from 1938, bound in red leather and gilt with marbleised end papers. It’s an invaluable resource for checking architectural facts for writing historical novels but also full of endlessly fascinating illustrations.

The Painter’s Apprentice by Charlotte Betts
As the Glorious Revolution of 1688 throws Britain into turmoil, can Beth Ambrose find the courage to follow her heart, defend all she holds dear and change the course of history for good? The Painter’s Apprentice is the sequel to award-winning The Apothecary’s Daughter.

Thanks for sharing your choices, Charlotte, hope you are rescued soon.


  1. Lovely choices, Charlotte.

    I am looking forward to your next novel.


  2. The illustrations in the Architecture book look wonderful.

  3. Charlotte, I loved The Apothecary's Daughter! It was my favorite book of last year. I recently purchased The Painter's Apprentice and am sure it will be wonderful also. Hope you are busy working on another!!!!