Gabrielle, or the Perils of Virtue

Mistress of the Revolution

Catherine Delors

528 pages March 2009 Manuscript in English and French Historical Fiction

Represented by Stephanie Cabot

Spanning ten years of the life of an impoverished noblewoman before and during the French Revolution, we  follow Gabrielle de Monserrat’s journey through hardships and betrayals by three men in her life, before she reaches at last for an impossible happiness.

Gabrielle is only fifteen when she meets her true love, a young physician. But her brother forbids their union, forcing her to marry an aging, wealthy relative instead. A widow and a mother at seventeen, cursed with startling beauty, she arrives at the opulent, decadent, turbulent court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. Resolute and inquisitive, she survives in the midst of the gathering storm, maintaining her humanity and sense of decency.

As a new order rises, she glimpses her first love, Pierre-André Coffinhal, as he ascends from obscure patriot to one of the most merciless architects of the new order.