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"The Choosing Time", an historical novel for teens, takes place in 16th century France. It is a time when kings rule Europe and fight wars for land and glory. It is also a time of great change. The age of knights and chivalry is coming to an end. On the battlefield, knights now face men bearing primitive firearms, as well as other knights.

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Paperback, 218 pages
Published February 20th 2013 by Createspace (first published November 4th 2011)
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Nov 22, 2015 LitPick Student Book Reviews rated it really liked it
The Choosing Time by Donna Tesiero is about Gisele de Bonnerot, a teenage girl living in 16th century France. She meets a nobleman, Jean d’Estienne, while serving as a maid of honor to the bride of the king’s son. They quickly fall in love, but things are different in this time period. Giselle’s father decides who Giselle will marry, which usually includes keeping his best interest in mind, not hers. Giselle fears her father will appoint her to marry Arneau, a mean, older man. Giselle and Jean ...more
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Jun 02, 2013 Tali rated it liked it
This book was won as part of a Goodreads First Reads giveaway. The Choosing Time is really a book of two halves. Set in France between 1533-1535, it charts the increasing religious divisiveness in Europe while telling the story of Gisele, a young maid of honour serving Catherine de Medici in the French court. Having only really studied this topic before from the English perspective, I really didn't have much knowledge to ground me in the novel from the start, although luckily a lot is explained ...more
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May 29, 2013 Lil's Vintage World rated it really liked it
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A great historical fiction novel for young adult readers!

To start with I found it difficult to really get into this book. There was a lot of characters and a lot of different places to remember all presented to you within the first two chapters.

However today I sat down from page 49 and read all the way through to the end. Once you read past the initial couple of chapters which may seem slow and confusing, this book becomes highly addictive.

The story starts in 1533, a time period which you may
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Shauna Tevels
Jun 19, 2013 Shauna Tevels rated it really liked it
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Overall a good story. There was one thing that bothered me as a historian though. The referring of the lords of France as Seigneur and their lands as seigneuries is too generic. Yes, Seigneur is the french word for "lord", but there were many other titles in use in the sixteenth century: Comte, Duc, and Viscomte to name a few. The feudal realms of France had long and distinguished histories that intertwined with the royal houses of Europe.

The story in itself is good and I recommend it to those w
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Donna grew up in upstate New York. She loves to read history and historical fiction. When she isn't writing teen historical fiction, she is a teacher, lawyer, and mother of four. She lives in Massachusetts.
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