Author(s): 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 . . .
The Spice Merchant's Wife is a stunning novel, bursting with the colour and flavour of Restoration London - perfect for readers of Phillipa Gregory, Joanne Harris and Patrick Suskind's Perfume.
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Shortlisted for Festival of Romance Reader Award for Best Historical Read 2013.
Charlotte Betts began her working life as a fashion designer in London. A career followed in interior design, property management and lettings. Always a bookworm, Charlotte discovered her passion for writing after her three children and two step-children grew up. Her debut novel, The Apothecary's Daughter, won the YouWriteOn Book of the Year Award in 2010, the Joan Hessayon Award for New Writers, was shortlisted for the Best Historical Read at the Festival of Romance in 2011 and won the RNA's RoNA award, Historical Category, in 2013. Her second novel, The Painter's Apprentice, was also shortlisted for Best Historical Read at the Festival of Romance in 2012. Charlotte lives with her husband in a cottage in the woods on the Hampshire/Berkshire border. Visit her website at www.charlottebetts.com and follow her on twitter at www.twitter.com/CharlotteBetts1