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A previous Mailbox Monday post has already featured two books by Liza Perrat, and now she has been kind enough to stop by again, to introduce me to this, the third and final installment of ‘The Bone Angel’ trilogy.

To my eternal shame, I have to admit that despite promoting the series, I haven’t actually read either of the previous episodes, so I have promised myself that I will now read the trilogy back to back, in its entirety.


1348. A bone-sculpted angel and the woman who wears it––heretic, Devil’s servant, saint.

Midwife Héloïse has always known that her bastard status threatens her standing in the French village of Lucie-sur-Vionne. Yet her midwifery and healing skills have gained the people’s respect, and she has won the heart of the handsome Raoul Stonemason. The future looks hopeful. Until the Black Death sweeps into France.

Terrified that Héloïse will bring the pestilence into their cottage, Raoul forbids her to treat its victims. Amidst the grief and hysteria, the villagers searching for a scapegoat, Héloïse must choose: preserve her marriage, or honour the oath she swore on her dead mother’s soul? And even as she places her faith in the protective powers of her angel talisman, she must prove she’s no Devil’s servant, her talisman no evil charm.

Héloïse, with all her tragedies and triumphs, celebrates the birth of modern medicine, midwifery and thinking in late medieval times.


Image Of Author Liza PerratLiza grew up in Wollongong, Australia, where she worked as a general nurse and midwife for fifteen years.

She has been living in rural France, with her husband and family, for more than twenty years, where she works part-time as a French-English medical translator and as a novelist.

Several of her short stories have won awards, notably the Writers Bureau annual competition of 2004 and her stories have been published widely in anthologies and small press magazines. Her articles on French culture and tradition have been published in international magazines such as, France Magazine and France Today.

She is also a co-founder and member of the author collective, Triskele Books.

Catch up with all the latest news on Liza’s website

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Read this emotional and intriguing guest post, which inspired ‘The Bone Angel’ trilogy

Picture of an English red post boxMailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house during the last week. Be warned that Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Mailbox Monday now has a permanent home, where links may be added each week. So why not stop by, leave a link to your own Mailbox Monday post, oh! and don’t forget to leave a comment for our three new joint administrators, after all, we all like to receive them … ‘Mailbox Monday’

Leslie of ‘Under My Apple Tree’

Serena of ‘Savvy Verse & Wit’

Vicki of ‘I’d Rather Be At The Beach’

This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

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    • Hi Laura,

      I don’t read an awful lot of historical fiction, however this complete trilogy does sound exceptionally well researched and true to its time zones and location.

      Whilst the books are connected by three generations of women, proud to have been passed down an angel talisman, they are quite different stories, so can be read equally well as stand alone novels.

      A couple of my regular blogging buddies have read the books as both a series and as individual stories, with both enjoying them equally.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, I appreciate your visit and have a good week 🙂

  • I’ll try and visit the other blogs too! I’ve not come across The Bone Angel trilogy before, but it sounds really good! I do hope you enjoy reading them all in order.

    • Hi Annette,

      I am notoriously bad at reading a series in sequence and then wondering why I don’t really connect with the story or characters … I know it drives one or two of my regular blogging buddies mad, as they are most methodical in dealing with series reading.

      Liza has been so generous with both her freebie book copies and her time, that I have promised myself this is one series I won’t miss out on, although she does assure me that the books will work okay as stand alones.

      Thanks for stopping by today. I enjoy meeting new people, so your visits and comments will always be appreciated 🙂

    • Hi Tracy,

      It looks as though there are several of my fellow blogging buddies who, like yourself, have read all three books now and without exception, every one of them has awarded each installment with 4 or more stars.

      To me, that is quite an amazing achievement and makes me even more determined to devote some quality reading time to working my way through the trilogy back to back!

      Thanks for your insightful and thoughtful reviews, you have really encouraged me to take the plunge 🙂

    • Hi Theresa,

      The entire series sounds excellent, with each installment being set in a different era, yet linked by a town and three strong women who each take possession of an angel talisman, passed down through the ages.

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by. I enjoy meeting new people, so your visits and comments will always be welcome 🙂

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      This series moves from ‘The Black Death’, through the French Revolution and onto the German invasion of France in the Second World War.

      The series is quite an emotional rollercoaster for three generations of strong French women, however I probably wouldn’t rate it as too scary. I think I am going to find the French social history aspects of the storyline the most interesting thing (at least I am hoping that is the case!)

      I hope that all is well with you and that you have some great books lined up 🙂

    • Hi Serena,

      The medieval time period was quite an interesting and intriguing interlude in history, with the advance of The Black Death across Europe.

      It is only this, the final installment of the trilogy, which is set in this era, with the first and second parts tracking events during the French Revolution and the Second World War respectively.

      I am hoping for some intriguing insights into French social history during these times.

      Thanks for hosting MM and for taking the time to stop by 🙂

    • Hi Mary Ann,

      I plan to read the entire trilogy back to back and as this is the final installment, it may be some time before I get to it. The more I research and talk about the series though, the more I am looking forward to starting it!

      Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate your comment 🙂

  • Thanks to you and Tracy (and Liza!), I also have all three books waiting in my Kindle. I can hardly wait to read them and hope to in the next couple of months! 😀

    • Hi Kelly,

      We are both starting from a level playing field then, as I too, now have all three books lined up on Kindle, just waiting for the right moment to begin reading!

      I wouldn’t even want to put money on which one of us gets them read first, as I would lose every time 🙂

      ‘Happy Reading’

    • Hi Vicki,

      I’m not sure that I could read historical fiction on too regular a basis, especially not when we are talking Medieval, as in this particular installment of the trilogy. However I do have very eclectic reading habits and I like to mix my genres from time to time.

      It would be no fun if we all enjoyed the same books, would it?

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  • This trilogy should go on my to-read list too. I’m interested in books from the Middle Ages. (Currently I’m reading Ivanhoe – which has moments of humor but is mostly pretty intense and has a sensitive treatment of bigotry and senseless violence.)

    • Hi Hila,

      Unfortunately, although ‘Blood Rose Angel’ is set in medieval times and is the furthest back in time we travel in the ‘The Bone Angel’ trilogy, it is also the third and final installment, so you will need to read through the story as told during the French Revolution and the Second World War, before you get to it.

      As a series it does sound so good though and I hope that you decide to add it to your list 🙂

    • Hi Naida,

      I did try searching your site, but can’t quite remember if you have read the first two books in this amazing sounding series?

      As all three volumes are set in completely different time era’s though, so they should work well as stand alone stories.

      I have promised to read this series back to back, which will be something of a first for me, so you are sure to finish your copy of ‘Blood Rose Angel’ before me.

      I hope that you enjoy it and I look forward to your review 🙂

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