Frank Yerby was one of the most prolific and best authors of the 40's and 50's - writing over 50 novels.
This particular novel's setting was in the French Revolution. The main character, Jean Paul Martin, starts out as a poor country lawyer, and through the revolution rises to become one of the most important men in France. While politics play a integral portion of the novel, a bigger part was his love affair with three very different women. His romance with his Fleur is still one of the best romances in the world of fiction. Do yourself a favor, track all of his books down and treat yourself to read after read of great fiction.
Side note - Frank Yerby was one of the first African-American authors to attain recognition;