The House in Quill Court

  • by Charlotte Betts
  • Narrated by Anne Dover
  • 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It's 1813. Venetia Lovell lives by the sea in Kent with her pretty, frivolous mother and idle younger brother. Venetia's father, Theo, is an interior decorator to the rich and frequently travels away from home, leaving his sensible and artistic daughter to look after the family. Venetia designs paper hangings, and she and her father often daydream about having an imaginary shop where they would display the highest quality furniture, fabrics and art to his clients.
When a handsome but antagonistic stranger, Jack Chamberlaine, arrives at the Lovells' cottage just before Christmas bringing terrible news, Venetia's world is turned upside down, and the family have no option but to move to London, to the House in Quill Court, and begin a new life. Here, Venetia's courage and creativity are tested to the breaking point, and she discovers a love far greater than she could have ever imagined....
From the multiaward-winning author of The Apothecary's Daughter, The House in Quill Court is a gorgeously evocative Regency novel bursting with historical flavour and characters you won't forget. If you love Philippa Gregory and Joanne Harris, you will adore Charlotte Betts.


What the Critics Say

"Romantic, engaging and hugely satisfying." (Katie Fforde on The Apothecary's Daughter)
"A highly-recommended novel of love, tragedy and the power of art." (Daily Mail on The Painter's Apprentice)
"Full of passion and drama.... I was captivated by this moving, heart-warming and beautifully woven story - gripping, atmospheric, eloquently told and full of rich detail." (Kate Furnivall on The Chateau on the Lake)


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Narrator was superb. love the character of Kitty and Valencia. King Midas was portrayed as a nasty 'Mafia' type character who had a lot of control. But he was controlled by his mother!
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- janice g.

Misleading cover

From the cover I had a different impression of what the book would be like. Instead I found it a lot darker.
And the storyline slow and predictable. I had to skip the last third and just listen to the ending to see how it turned out. Which isn't something I ever usually do.
The narrating was good. But the storyline and characters just didn't appeal to me.
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- V. Davy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-01-2016
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK