Jeanne, fille du Roy
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,...more
Read Aloud- 10 yrs+
Independent Reader - 12 yrs +
Location - New France
Time Period - 1672
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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.
Martel resided in Montreal, Canada. She was married to Maurice Martel and together they had six sons and six grandchildren.