The Painter's Apprentice is already sweeping up praise from reviewers, fellow authors and readers. One of the reasons they love the novel and its author, Charlotte Betts, so much is her obvious pleasure in reliving London's rich history. Last week, Charlotte chatted about her book to fans at the Azuza Coffee Shop, where she was joined by friend and fellow historical novelist Tessa Harris.
This beautiful cafe is adjacent to The Hungerford Bookshop, a treasure trove of literary gems!
Those is attendance were in for a treat as Charlotte brought them behind the scenes with stories of her research and materials that had fired up her imagination. She passed around copies of old plans and maps, read snippets from Culpeper’s Complete Physician and even presented a batch of home-made jumbals complete with a recipe dating from 1638. Both she and Tessa read from their books and signed copies.
We'd definitely like to get our hands on some of those jumbals . . .
About The Painter's Apprentice:
1688. Beth Ambrose has led a sheltered life within the walls of Merryfields, her family home on the outskirts of London; a place where her parents provide a sanctuary for melancholic souls. A passionate and gifted artist, Beth shares a close bond with Johannes the painter, a troubled resident at Merryfields, who nurtures her talents and takes her on as his apprentice.
But as political tensions begin to rise in the capital, Noah Leyton arrives at their door in the middle of the night with a proposition that turns Beth's world upside down. Meanwhile, Merryfields becomes refuge to a mysterious new guest, whose connections provide an opportunity for Beth to fulfil her artistic ambitions. But she soon realises it comes at a price.
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