Angel of the Lost Treasure by Marie Laval

Angel Of The Lost Treasure

An ancient secret hidden within a mother’s song

When young widow, Marie-Ange Norton is invited to Beauregard in France by the mysterious Monsieur Malleval to collect an inheritance, she has no choice but to accept.

But when she embarks on the voyage with her fiery-tempered travelling companion Capitaine Hugo Saintclair, little does she know what waits for her across the sea in turbulent nineteenth-century France on the eve of Napoleon’s return from exile. When she arrives, she is taken aback by Malleval’s fascination with her family – seemingly inspired by his belief they are connected to a sacred relic he’s read about in coded manuscripts by the Knights Templar.

As it becomes clear that Malleval’s obsession has driven him to madness, Marie-Ange is horrified to realise she is more the man’s prisoner than his guest. Not only that, but Hugo is the only person who might be able to help her, and he could represent a different kind of danger .


My review

Well, I’m not quite sure how to describe this novel, other than saying it’s hugely enjoyable. It defies easy categorisation as it has gothic, swashbuckling, supernatural, romantic and historic elements. The original mix works brilliantly! And there is so much action you’re left breathless.

The book entwines careful research with exuberant imagination. The setting and atmosphere are very convincing and give a real taste of France at a difficult and dangerous period.

Every character is fascinating in likeable or loatheable ways, depending on whether they’re a goodie or baddie, or somewhere inbetween!

A fantastic, energetic read.


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Author Bio


Originally from Lyon in France, Marie has lived in the Rossendale Valley in Lancashire for the past few years. She writes both contemporary and historical romance. Her novels include best selling contemporary romantic suspense novels LITTLE PINK TAXI and ESCAPE TO THE LITTLE CHATEAU, which was shortlisted for the 2021 RNA Jackie Collins Romantic Suspense Awards, as well as A PARIS FAIRY TALE and BLUEBELL’S CHRISTMAS MAGIC. Her latest novel, ANGEL OF THE LOST TREASURE, was released in February 2021. Marie also contributes to the best selling Miss Moonshine’s Emporium anthologies together with eight author friends from Authors on the Edge.

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