Henrietta Jones known as “Harry’ is outrageous and scheming, and charms everyone she meets, as she turns the world all around into chaos in 1870s Paris.
She becomes a successful criminal, and runs away to Paris, with Joules chasing to try and protect her.
After running amok in London and Paris, she plans a festival to save the Moulin de La Galette from development, and starts causing continual mayhem. Along the way she gives Paris back its smile, saves Europe from global conflict, and buys the Suez Canal.
She confronts the devious Fuickwit, the underhand Ministre, an assassin known as the Cockroach, and the President of France. She infuriates Disraeli, advises Renoir and Zola, and inspires Charles Worth, the founder of Haute Couture.
But somehow she changes the world for the better. Everyone is thoroughly managed, with help from the long-suffering Joules, the wicked sexy, pixie-like Apoline, and the man-hating Headmistress Miss Mactavish.
Harry could almost fall in love with stupid Joules if he wasn’t so slow. Finally she is forced to kidnap him. …
The book is filled in with unusual characters. Jowle and Finke desperately want to give up blackmail and torture to sell flowers on the Rue Rivoli. Miss Mactavish runs a school teaching girls “life skills” to fight against nature’s second sex. Apoline, impossible sexy, falls in love with Lord Hawkhurst who wants to put her in prison, but would die for her, And the Ministre is trying to destroy Montmartre for the good of France not caring if it hurts a few peasants.
Bodies pile up around the Moulin de la Galette as Harry and Apoline become crime lords, and criminals and police from all over Europe converge on the Moulin resulting in impossible chaos.
Henrietta Jones has the answer to everything and manages everyone, and in spite of the mayhem, sorts everything out. The moulin is finally saved, Paris smiles for the first time in years, and over a few nights a statistically unlikely number of babies are conceived.
Harry, Apoline and Anastasia Isidore Mactavish all eventually discover their romantic destiny.
But nobody emerges unscathed from Henrietta Jones
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CST Harding always wanted to be an author, traveller and adventurer, although was cruelly forced to work in IT for a number of years. He managed to climb to Everest Base camp, hitch hiked around Europe and North Africa, and then took a degree in Archeology.
From an early age he he was fascinated by history, the excitement of human drama, the grand sweep of ideas, and with heroes far more real than those of today. He was drawn to historic romance with strong high-achieving heroines who loved adventure and who would change the world around them.
Henrietta Jones is an outrageous girl who affects everyone she meets. Her world is 1870’s Paris at the start of La Belle Epoque, when France becomes a seething stew of new ideas, and began to lead the world in art and beauty
The book is filled with larger than life characters who are perverse and contradictory, but generally loveable, as they fix most of the problems of the day, whilst falling in love with long-suffering men, whom they abuse terribly.
Henrietta Jones will be a series, with the next novel set in the time of the young Queen Victoria, due early 2018.