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Jeanne, fille du Roy

3.71  ·  Rating Details ·  741 Ratings  ·  49 Reviews
-- A historical novel that realistically depicts life in 17th-century Quebec from the point of view of a French teenager

The year is 1672. Eighteen-year-old Jeanne Chatel, the heroine of the story, has just been chosen as a "king's daughter", one of the hundreds of young women sent to the wilderness of North America by the French government to become the brides of farmers,

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Unknown Binding, 254 pages
Published June 6th 1999 by Fides (first published 1974)
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Catherine Girard-Veilleux
Dec 12, 2010 Catherine Girard-Veilleux rated it it was amazing
Très, très bon livre pour la culture Québécoise! Magnifique!
Marjorie
Jeanne is like Anne of Green Gables in New France.
Jayda
Feb 10, 2013 Jayda rated it liked it
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Will Clements
Apr 12, 2013 Will Clements rated it liked it
I must say the book was quite interesting however for me, the coincidences of Thierry coming to nouvelle-france annoyed me cause it was so unrealistic. I felt that the constant meeting of new boyfriends made me want to yell at her "RUN AWAY WITH PIERRE OR THIERRY, LEAVE THAT SELFISH ROUVILLE WITH HIS DEPRESSED CHILDREN" . However, the book was definitely better than anticipated ;D
Anne
Jul 08, 2013 Anne rated it really liked it
Jeanne was awesome!
CLM
Jul 22, 2012 CLM rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Abigail
One of my favorites this year: http://perfectretort.blogspot.com/201...
Dawn
May 26, 2016 Dawn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: canadian-history
Worldview: European-centric view of New France

Age:
Read Aloud- 10 yrs+
Independent Reader - 12 yrs +

Setting:
Location - New France
Time Period - 1672

Review:
This is the story of a king’s daughter sent to New France to marry. It is the beautiful story of an insecure young girl growing into a competent woman. Qualities that were frowned upon in Europe become virtues in her rough new life among the settlers, natives and coureur de bois. It is, of course, a typical sweeping love story. Jeanne is swept i
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Sigrun
Oct 14, 2013 Sigrun rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I've read by Suzanne Martel, but I certainly hope it won't be the last, and I'd like to read them in French. That would be even more authentic.

During the time of Louis XIV, a young orphaned girl from a good family has lost her grandfather, the last member of her family. Jeanne Chatel is placed in an orphanage run by nuns. Soon after she gets the news that she has been selected as a King's daughter. This means that she will be sailing for the French colony of New France, Ca
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Karin
Jeanne lives in the woods with her grandfather until he dies. Then she is sent to an orphanage run by nuns. Jeanne is a spirited, fiesty girl who does not fit with the nuns' ideas of what a woman is and does. She is excited when she is told she will move to Canada as that sounds more exciting than life as a nun. On board the ship, she is taught the uses of various herbs so she can be of more use in the colony as a healer. Her friend, who also came along, is slated to marry her older relative, al ...more
Karin
Jeanne lives in the woods with her grandfather until he dies. Then she is sent to an orphanage run by nuns. Jeanne is a spirited, fiesty girl who does not fit with the nuns' ideas of what a woman is and does. She is excited when she is told she will move to Canada as that sounds more exciting than life as a nun. On board the ship, she is taught the uses of various herbs so she can be of more use in the colony as a healer. Her friend, who also came along, is slated to marry her older relative, al ...more
Kitty
Feb 16, 2016 Kitty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jenn
Mar 26, 2012 Jenn rated it it was ok
I was surprised by how much I actually enjoyed this book considering that it was based of historical events of girls, who where orphans, being chosen to go over seas from france to canada (at the time named new france), to start a life there, get married, have children and help populate the new lands. Definitively not a hard read for someone who's first language is french. This novel was written well and kept me interested throughout the entire story and got me imagining what would happen next. ...more
Anne-Marie
This is one of those books I will never tire of reading even though I read it at least once a year. This story is sweet, real and I just absolutely love it. I don’t know why. I can’t describe why. I just do. Maybe it’s because it takes place in Quebec. Maybe it’s because it’s a historical fiction novel. Maybe it’s because the characters are lovely and most of all NOT perfect. I seriously don’t know. The only thing I do know is that when I don’t know which book to pick up next and I just want som ...more
Valérie Harvey
Jul 13, 2016 Valérie Harvey rated it it was amazing
J'avais lu ce livre à l'école, en secondaire 3. J'en avais gardé un souvenir étonné, comme une révélation: les femmes qui ont fondé ce pays pouvaient donc ressembler à cela? Être aussi fortes, aussi courageuses? Plusieurs années après, près avoir lu et écouté l'anthropologue Serge Bouchard, j'y suis retournée. C'est toujours un récit fascinant. Action, amour, rêves et désillusions, j'aime la façon dont Jeanne sait se mettre au diapason de la réalité. D'ailleurs ma fille porte un second nom, je v ...more
Mary
Feb 16, 2013 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a Young Adult book.. the main character is a young woman who ends up in a convent when her grandfather dies and then is sent as a "King's Daughter" to the New World of French Canada to be a bride of one of the male settlers there... I read it in English... altho it was originally written in french... It seemed to me to be a bit dated but I can't put my finger on why..... I would definitely recommend it to a young reader who likes historical novels.......
Julie
Oct 09, 2013 Julie rated it really liked it
Une magnifique histoire qui permet de découvrir la réalité des colons de la Nouvelle-France. Un bon livre pour les adolescents (13-14 ans et plus) et jeunes adultes. On est réellement captivé par l'histoire et le personnage de Jeanne. Mais l'écriture laisse à désirer, le style est trop simple à mon goût. On ressent certains trous dans l'histoire et le ton est assez naïf, mais on pardonne parce qu'on en apprend beaucoup sur la vie en Nouvelle-France. Donc pas 10/10, mais un 7/10.
Denise Moulun-Pasek
Jan 08, 2017 Denise Moulun-Pasek rated it really liked it
This book was on the curriculum in Alberta for grade 8 French Language Arts. I've wanted to read it for at least 10 years. I am working on Ancestry.ca and I count 16 King's Daughters in my ancestry, this book was an informative and fun read.

The story is good and keeps the reader's attention. Many hardships of New France pioneers are not described but one gets a good idea of what it could have been like back then.
Abigail Leigh
Aug 04, 2013 Abigail Leigh rated it it was amazing
I first read this book when I picked in up from my local bookstore in middle school after it was recommended to me by the employee. That was about 15 years ago and since then I've read it at least a dozen times or more. This is one of those books that I read either after I've had trouble finding a good book to read or I want to read a quick story that I know that I will enjoy. Its very well written and its a wonderful story. I can't wait until I have kids and can share it with them.
Falina
May 02, 2015 Falina rated it liked it
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Kelli
Apr 19, 2010 Kelli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An absolute favorite. I first read this when I was younger, but reading it more and more now, I realize how amazing the writing is. Regardless, if it is a translated book. Whoever did the translating did awesome. I love it for the historical value, the adventure, and the realness of the characters. The 'falling in love' part is believable and sweet. Definite read.
Anne-Marie
Nov 29, 2011 Anne-Marie rated it liked it
I just loved the story. Read it first time when I was 12 and I re-read it last year. A good account for youngsters on Quebec debutes. Although I really was craving for more details and descriptions, even when I was 12. The author could have gone further in her storytelling.
Tania
Oct 09, 2014 Tania rated it it was amazing
Je suis littéralement tombée en amour avec ces personnages simples et attachants. Ce roman de veut être un bon miroir de l'époque de la Nouvelle-France avec ses épreuves, ses drames et sa dure réalité.
Jessica
Sep 13, 2013 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, francais
The first time I read this book was in 6th or 7th grade in French class. I was so absorbed in it, I totally took it home (even though we weren't supposed to) so I could finish it faster. I was so happy to find it again in French.
Nicole - Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die-
This book was really good I liked even if it was for school and I don't know if I will read more French books or if they will give me more school books I have to see but overall it was really good and I liked it.
Rhonda-lee
Jul 14, 2012 Rhonda-lee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite books from grade school, so much that I still have a copy that I read every few years.

I love the reminder that we may not fit in where we are but we can all find a place where we do fit and benefit from it and bless those around us too.
Brad Rancourt
Jul 02, 2015 Brad Rancourt rated it it was amazing
Une bonne histoire avec un portrait historique du Canada, j'ai tellement aimé cette belle histoire d'amour!
Nicole
Feb 14, 2013 Nicole rated it liked it
Meh. Bad ending
Celise
Probably one of the better books I've had to read in French. Read this one in grade 9 and it was actually quite interesting and easy to get into.
Samantha
Sep 21, 2011 Samantha rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
Really disapointing.
Rai
Jul 28, 2015 Rai rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
This has always been one of my favorite books. when the library added the ebook I was thrilled, clearly devoured it once again. I just love it.
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Suzanne Martel (born Suzanne Chouinard on October 8, 1924 in Quebec City, Canada) was a French-Canadian author.

Martel resided in Montreal, Canada. She was married to Maurice Martel and together they had six sons and six grandchildren.
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