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The Spice Merchant's Wife by Charlotte Betts

The Spice Merchant's Wife

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Excellent on period detail and atmosphere, this is the tale of an orphaned girl marrying the spice merchant, a weak man, and developing into a plucky woman. The Great Fire of London, 1666, destroys their livelihood and things take a very different turn. Totally absorbing and gripping,it is a must for lovers of historical fiction. Her first novel, The Apothecary’s Daughter, won the Romantic Novelist Historical Prize in 2012.

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The Spice Merchant's Wife by Charlotte Betts

1666. Newly married to a wealthy spice merchant, Kate Finche believes all her dreams of a happy family life are just around the corner until the Great Fire rages through London. She watches in horror as their livelihood goes up in flames, filling the air with the heady scents of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. As the city is devastated, Kate's husband Robert is forced to seek employment to ensure their survival, but when he is found drowned, Kate refuses to believe that he has taken his own life. Widowed and penniless, she seeks refuge in The House of Perfume, the home of blind perfumer Gabriel Harte, who awakens Kate's senses to a whole new world. But as she flees from this forbidden love, her husband's murderer comes looking for her ...


Perfectly hits the spot . . . Charlotte Betts has clearly established a niche for herself, combining history with a dash of adventure * Newbury Weekly News *

About the Author

Charlotte Betts

Charlotte Betts began her working life as a fashion designer in London. A career followed in interior design, property management and lettings.

Author photo © James Greed

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2nd January 2014


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Piatkus Books an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group


400 pages


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