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Bride of New France by Suzanne Desrochers
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Jun 05, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: historical-fiction, canadian
Read from June 03 to 05, 2011

Bride of New France is a debut novel by Canadian author and historian Suzanne Desrochers.

The main character is Laure Beausejour, a poor Parisian girl who has grown up in the Salpetriere institution in Paris. Her hope is to become a seamstress with a prospect of marrying one of her clients. Fate has another path in mind for Laure. She becomes one of the filles du roi (King's daughters) who are sent to Canada for the purpose of marrying the French traders living in New France and increasing the French population. The King offers monetary awards to families who have 10 or more children.

Desrochers provides insight into the plight of the poor in France and the lack of control women had over their own destinies in this period of time. It's an enlightening perspective on the original Quebec settlements. Laure is a well defined heroine, trying to maintain a semblence of her self in the Canadian wilderness.

I look forward to other books by Desrochers and would be interested in a continuation of Laure's story.
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