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Bride of New France by Suzanne Desrochers
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May 24, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: first-reads
Read from May 21 to 24, 2012

I won an Advance Reading copy of this book and thought it would be an interesting read. I knew nothing about the early settlement of Quebec nor of the filles du roi or the Salpetriere in Paris, so the history was interesting.

The book itself leaves much to be desired. I don't know which annoyed me more - all the French words (way too many) with no explanation at the back of the book, or that it was written almost entirely in the present tense. I sometimes felt as though I was reading the directions in a screenplay. Also, the sentences were not varied enough in form. Certainly someone working on her PhD thesis could venture beyond the simple declarative sentence once in awhile. And at times I just skipped over too-long descriptions, going "bla bla bla" in my head.

The story is not original but the book does have nice cover art.
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