The Price of Innocence by Vicki Hopkins

The Price of Innocence

By Vicki Hopkins

  • Release Date: 2011-01-15
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4.5
From 369 Ratings
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Book One - The Legacy Series -
The year is 1878, and the setting is Paris, France. It’s a place of privilege and comfort for the rich, but one of heartache and struggle for the poor. Upon the death of her father, a young girl named Suzette Rousseau, is thrown from the comforts of middle-class life into the terror of homelessness on the streets of Paris. Without family or friends, she struggles to survive in a city whose rich believes she’s nothing more than the scum of the earth that should be eradicated from society.

Her journey takes her from the charity houses of St. Vincent de Paul, to the grueling life of a laundress, where she lives in squalor and filth. When her plight becomes unbearable, she is drawn like a fly into the enticing web of a sly spider, who offers her a life of luxury, comfort, and food -- but it will cost her a price.

The mistress of the most famous brothel in all of France vies for Suzette’s virtue. Blackmailed into a life of prostitution, her virginity is sold to a handsome English Lord. His jaded character is put to the test, when he meets his purchase and begins to fall in love with her innocence.

The Price of Innocence sets the stage for a life-long romance between a man and woman separated by class and circumstances. It's the first book in a series of three, entitled The Legacy Series. The newly released book two, The Price of Deception, is available now for those who care to discover the outcome of Suzette's decision and Robert's search for love.


  • So boring!

    By NoviceFarmer
    There is such a thing as writing in too much detail. The minutiae here is excruciating. She's a decent writer but it just takes so long for anything to happen. I made it about halfway thru the book and realized I just don't care what happens to these people. And have schools stopped teaching the difference between "phantom" and "fathom"? Because I see that mistake all the time and it's ridiculous!
  • Price of innocence

    By Cindy Wittmann Jones
    OMG! Truly the saddest romance novel I have ever read. It broke my heart reading it. I don't think I could read the others in the series. It left me depressed and saddened.
  • Really enjoyed

    By Louisianablondie
    All three books are wonderful. Loved the story and how the characters evolved in each continuing book. Beautiful story and well written.
  • What a WASTE!

    By Freckles3756
    Expected so much more from the story, and was sorely disappointed. Got to the end and it may as well have ended with the words "to be continued...". It didn't have much color, the characters were not well developed, and this part didn't have a clear ending. I felt like I had totally wasted my time reading it.
  • Heartfelt and captivating!

    By Diya93
    I loved the book from beginning to end...although the end was a bit rushed and got straight to the point. The end of book one promises a book two...where is it!???
  • Loved it~Want more

    By Kahaluugril808
    I really hope a second book is coming soon
  • Wow!!!

    By pre2228
    Loved it! Amazing story, can not wait to find out what happens next!!
  • The Price of Innocence

    By Lapoppis
    Not your typical "boy meets girl" romance. It has a love of innocence, a love of passion and an unconditional love. Get ready to have your heart stolen.
  • Price of Innocence

    By RSJ95
    Too bad can't find book two of series
  • Depends on what you're looking for

    By LauraHaliCat
    This book could use a good editor with an eye for how things said can improve on, rather than detract from, the story (which is, in spite of the many criticisms mentioned here, not bad). Among myriad smaller reasons, several of the most pivotal scenes for Suzette's character development are told through Robert's eyes, then later rehashed through Suzette's eyes. There are some anachronisms in actions, word choice, and manner of speech - more than enough to annoy someone who cares about authenticity, but perhaps not so much as to put off a less picky reader. The characters, in general, seemed to act in the way that was most beneficial to the story rather than the way most consistent with their personalities or circumstances. Most minor characters either show largely kindness in their words and actions but are treated by the story as rightfully despised, or act erratically. In the end, I did not like either the heroine or the hero. Suzette, although a hard worker, made little effort to find a way out of her hardships and spent most of the story despairing and/or despising all those around her for little reason apparent to me as a reader. Robert is introduced as a lustful noble eager to take the virginity of a young prostitute-to-be, and briefly gains a believable desire to help her; however, later he alternates between selfishness & lust and caring & selflessness in a less believable way, suddenly finding his conscience in the least likely of circumstances. I will not be reading more, but given that this is the first in a series following the same main characters and the storyline is rather interesting, perhaps it will appeal to those interested in intrigue.