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The Stolen Girl

(The Veil and the Crown #1)

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4.20  ·  Rating details ·  351 ratings  ·  23 reviews
The legend of Aimée Dubucq de Rivery, has survived on three continents for more than two hundred years. The Stolen Girl tells the first part of her extraordinary story, her adolescence on the Caribbean island of Martinique, and her voyage to Paris where her hopes of finding a husband are shattered. Resigned to live as an old maid at the ripe age of eighteen, she decides to ...more
Kindle Edition, 259 pages
Published May 24th 2014
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Ralphlill
Jul 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
I probably wouldn't have picked up this book because I do judge covers, (altho, the graphics are really good), and I'm into fiction, thrillers, and sci-fi. When my wife tossed me this one right after she read it and said it's got everything I like, I didn't believe her. I still didn't believe her, until I got into it and, damn, realized she was right, again. It's an engaging historical story, it has fascinating characters and the tension--that could be pumped up with a Hollywood scriptwriter's t ...more
Mary Chase
Jul 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A really fascinating historical novel that is significant, sexy and well-written. The story of the cousins who became queens is almost unbelievable -- except it is true! I was captivated from the very beginning and can't wait to read the sequel.
Ronnie
May 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
This review was originally posted on my blog, Paradise Found.

I received a free ebook copy of this book from the publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The legend of Aimée Dubucq de Rivery is quite extraordinary. She was a distant cousin of Joséphine de Beuharnais (Empress Joséphine later) with whom she spent her childhood together on the island of Martinique.

According to the story both their futures had been foretold by a wise obeah woman and everything she said came to pass
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Beverly
Aug 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An intriguing story that begins in Martinique as Aimee Dubuq du Rivery snuck off with her cousin Rose to hear their fortune told by an African Obeah predicting they will both be Queens. The author masterfully weaves this prediction into the story of Amiee who tries without success to enter Parisian society to find a husband and decides to become a nun. Sailing home before she enters the convent, she is abducted by pirates and is ultimately sold into the harem of the Sultan of Turkey. The charact ...more
Raymond W.
Sep 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Zia Wesley does an amazing job of bringing to lifie a piece of history unknown to most. A fascinating tale of a young girl anamored by the lure of Paris and the prospect of finding love and mariage but disappointed with the snobery of the upper class. Then the trauma of piracy at sea, the abduction to A;giers and the unknown culture of the wealthy Dey of Algiiers. Her education at the instruction of the Dey for the ulitimate benefit of the Sultan of Turkey shows the sophistication of the culture ...more
Tamara Crowley
Nov 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book!! What a fascinating story about a young woman who pursues her dreams only to full her destiny instead. While I am sure there is creative license taken by the author as she brings to life the few true facts of Aimee's story, the result is a rich and amazing historical novel that includes convents, orphans, pirates, intrigue, wealth and poverty and harems and power. If you love historical fiction, I think you'll love this book.
David Kahn
Jul 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a story that is quite fascinating. The writing is engrossing and this is one of those books in which one just gets lost in the reading.
I sat down to just kind of peruse the book and ended up reading for two hours straight w/o a break. I can't remember when this last happened to me.
Bravo to the author. Evidently, a first novel. Incredible talented storyteller. Bring on more
Diane Johnson
Jul 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book!
It was creatively written with great character development. Very descriptive , exotic and erotic.
I am looking looking forward to reading the next book in the series!
Wytzia Raspe
"The Stolen girl" and "the French sultana" both explore the legend of Naksidil the French woman in the Turkish imperial harem

According to legends two French girls in the West Indies had their fortune told and were both assured they would be queens. Years later one of them becomes the wife of the French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. Her niece however disappears during a sea voyage. She ends up being sold into the imperial harem in Istanbul. Although there is hardly any historical evidence to this
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Virginia Tican
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The ordinary beginnings of two girl cousins in the island of Martinique fated for extra~ordinary destinies. One awakened to her own sexuality almost as soon as she had her period and celebrated it with the son of a tradesman. She is destined to be the Empress Josephine of France. The other was yet to be aware of her own sensual nature by virtue of her Catholic upbringing as well as her orphaned state which naturally makes her crave constant approval by being Good and following her elders' rules. ...more
Fajriy
An enjoyable historical fiction read.

This fast paced book took me a while to get into the story. Though I found the transition between characters' point of view confusing in some parts, this book is well written and it got easier to follow as the plot advances. This book also has vivid, rich world building, details of characters' appearances, places, food, and clothes that make the story lively and the cultures differences strongly felt. However, I found such kind of barrier that prevented me t
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Becca
Dec 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Confession...I read this not because it seemed like a good book but because I was in the middle of a 1200 page cement block of a novel and I needed a fluffy sexy little bit of historical fiction to break it up.

Not bad! I didn't know this story - Josephine Bonaparte's cousin who gets kidnapped by pirates, sold into a harem and then becomes this famous Sultana. Apparently true, although I suspect highly embellished. Incorporates plenty of history and heaving bosoms. Marred by some inconsistent ch
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Allison Moalli
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I very much liked this book. The last few years I have been on a European historical fiction kick, usually I know a little about what it is that I am reading. With this book, I had no idea who I was reading about, if what I was reading was based on real events? If it was historically correct? What did the author do for research? So, as you can see I was a bit skeptical when I started it. But after reading the first 2 chapters I could not put it down! As I got into the book I was completely caugh ...more
Kc
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Historical fiction chronicling the experience of a French girl, raised in Martinique, through her ridiculous failure of Parisian society, her capture by pirates, to her meteoric rise in a sultan's harem to the much-coveted position of "favorite." I found the writing juvenile and simplistic, and I didn't really care about the protagonist one way or another. It was surface level at best, with huge shifts in personal religion, philosophy, and life goals taking place over just a couple of sentences.
Ralph Nissley
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is nothing like a good story

I chose four stars because, I hope to some day to read a book that is worth five stars; although, I was mightily tempted to do that exact thing after reading this absorbing, entrancing book. I loved the protagonist's evolution into womanhood, the sweetness of her nature, her determination to succeed and the improbability of her story. Who would I recommend, reading this book? Everyone!
Wendy
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A likable story

I enjoyed this book. The characters are interesting and fun to read. Aimee might be a little too kind and likable for realty but she’s not too over the top. I enjoy the story enough that I am willing to try the second book.
Gilli Cohen
Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting take on the legend, and a vivid, colorful and fascinating look into the Sultan's harem and court politics at a time of great changes for Turkey. Enjoyed it very much.
Chelsea
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read on a night

I went in June t expecting much but found I really enjoyed it. The development of Aimee going from a little island girl to the harem was enjoyable.
Toni
Aug 22, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-challenge
SO disappointing. I had such high hopes. The Stolen Girl is a very interesting true story about Aimée Dubucq de Rivery the cousin and best friend of Rose Tascher la Pagerie..the future wife of Napoleon, Empress Josephine of France. Historical fact has it that both girls went to a voodoo woman or obeah on their island of Martinique to have heir future read in coffee grounds and bones. The obeah foretold both would be queens which came true. While much is known of Josephine, less is known of Aimée ...more
Cindy Woods
Sep 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Good book!

I enjoyed reading this fictional account of this young French woman who is kidnapped by corsairs in 1775 and gifted to a powerful Turkish sultan. Interestingly enough, this is based on the true story of the cousin of Napoleon's Josephine and begins when the two young girls are fourteen years of age living in the French colony of Martinique. The author skillfully describes each geographic location, Martinique, Paris and Turkey giving us a true feel, taste, sounds of these places in 1770
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pandama
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Whimsical

Very interesting journey from the tropical Caribbean shores to grand Paris to convent and then sensuous harem the Ottoman Empire.
lmwb
Sep 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great read!
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