The False Light
Countess Lisbette Jonquiere (Bettina) has been stripped of her title, left penniless and alone. On the eve of the French Revolution, Bettina flees to England. Bettina now finds herself in need of employment, and, taking a job as a tutor, Bettina begins to develop feelings for her pupil’s uncle, Everett Camborne. According to local gossip, Everett is suspected of murdering his wife, but dismissing the tales, Bettina falls in love with him and now finds that she is carrying his child. The past soon catches up with Bettina, revealing the truth of her father’s death as well as that of Everett.
A love story steeped in secrets and set against the backdrop of the French Revolution, The False Light is woven with the right amount of fact as well as fiction, each balancing the other in a perfect harmony. Diane Scott Lewis has the power of descriptive writing that makes readers feel as though they are traveling alongside Bettina as she faces the unknown. Simply brilliant.