It has been a few years since I last read about Canadian history (make that Grade 9 history!). The last line of the blurb above is what caught my eye.It has been a few years since I last read about Canadian history (make that Grade 9 history!). The last line of the blurb above is what caught my eye..it's amazing how the world has changed for women over the years. Suzanne's debut is stunning from page one, with an ending that blew me away.
A captivating read, The Bride of New France is the tale of one remarkably strong woman. The main character, Laure, has never had an easy life. She has lived on the streets with her parents, is torn from them and placed in an orphanage, is taken in by a rich lady only to return when she passes away...and this is just the beginning, see what I mean? She finds comfort in her one best friend, Madeleine, the polar opposite of herself as Laure is not exactly the most sympathetic person - yes, she has been jaded & that unfortunately, she carries with her. At times this causes Laure to make decisions that are selfish yet you can't help but feel hope that things will finally turn around for her. What I loved most was that as destitiate as Laure's life was, she still had hopes & dreams. Somehow, in all this, it was not a sad story. It wasn't until a huge event happened near the end that I realized just how powerful & wonderful a chacacter Suzanne created in Laure...when you react so strongly to something that is so out of character for you, that is a true sign of a great writer!
Politics were played out quite differently in the Marshall & Bigod families. Mahelt Marshall grew up trying to keep up with her two older brothersPolitics were played out quite differently in the Marshall & Bigod families. Mahelt Marshall grew up trying to keep up with her two older brothers, she is strong willed & would be considered rebellious for this time period. Although her family stands behind the King, they also seek that fine balance between loyalty to king & family. After her arranged marriage to Hugh Bigod, Mahelt's outspoken behavior is not as accepted. Her father-in-law is strict and does what he feels is necessary to appease the King, even if he may not agree with it. As noted in the author's notes, not much is known of Mahelt's personality, but Elizabeth Chadwick brings her alive! What I especially loved to see was how Hugh took to accepting Mahelt for who she was, he did not try to tame her & you can see a little bit of her had rubbed off. One character you will love to hate is the selfish, Longspee who happens to be Hugh's half-brother as well as one of the King's favorites.
Elizabeth Chadwick is one amazing storyteller! To Defy A King shows us how loyalty and honor are more then just obeying a tyrant King. This is not a fast paced novel, but rather one to be savored. Elizabeth has also previously written a few books following the life of the Marshalls & Bigods The Greatest Knight, The Scarlet Lion and The Time of Singing which I am eagerly hunting down. If you are like me and love travelling back in time, I think you'll want to devour Elizabeth Chadwick's books....more
Julie Jacob's is a twin, who lives a nice life in America with her rich Aunt Rose, her parents having died in a car crash when she was little - or soJulie Jacob's is a twin, who lives a nice life in America with her rich Aunt Rose, her parents having died in a car crash when she was little - or so she was told. Her true past begins to take shape when she travels to her hometown of Siena, armed only with a key to a safety deposit box. With clues left in the box & the help of some locals and distant relatives, Julie discovers a curse may be haunting her..and she may be able to put a stop to it.
In Juliet, we are introduced to the story of Giulietta Tolomei, a long standing family feud between the Tolomeis and Salimbenis and what is perhaps the basis for Shakespeare's famous Romeo and Juliet! Told in alternating chapters, Guilietta in 1340 and Julie in present day, the reader journeys with Julie as she unravels the lore, which according to her parents life work, traces her lineage back to Giulietta Tolomei and the family curse.
Plot twists, a treasure hunt and Shakespeare references makes for an intriguing mystery. The magic to me though lies in the setting, being brought back in time to 1340 Siena, when life was quite different and family honor meant everything! Anne brought Siena alive and I was so immersed in the story that I didn't want it to end.