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My Brother's Crown

(Cousins of the Dove #1)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  375 ratings  ·  133 reviews
From Christy award-winning authors Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould comes a brand-new sweeping family saga. Close-knit cousins are individually led on a redemptive journey as they follow the threads of their family's mysterious past and discover how it impacts the future.

Renee Talbot, a director in her family's 350-year-old paper company, is facing a huge problem: how t
Paperback, 368 pages
Published October 1st 2015 by Harvest House Publishers
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Rachel Stansel The book takes place during two times periods, 1685 France and modern day. The French portion is historical fiction and relates to the struggle of the…moreThe book takes place during two times periods, 1685 France and modern day. The French portion is historical fiction and relates to the struggle of the Huguenots, the French Protestants, under Louis XIV.(less)

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Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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"My Brother's Crown" by Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould is the first book in a modern/historical trilogy. The book seamlessly weaves together two stories, one set in present-day Richmond, VA, and the other in 1685 France.

In the modern storyline, four cousins convene at a family reunion to try to find closure for a traumatic event they experienced as children. The main character in this story, Renee, is a career-oriented scientist; her intelligence and work experience make her a great choice
Karen R
Aug 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A family legacy involving a rare document, and a cold case murder mystery come together in an unusual way in book one of this new series!
Renee Talbot, a brilliant research chemist working for her large family's printing business, flies to Virginia for the annual family reunion, anticipating a ceremony to hand over a priceless family heirloom: a rare document her ancestors printed three centuries ago, which guided persecuted Huguenots to safety. As the reunion dredges up horrible memories of an
Therese May
Aug 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes historical fiction or clean romance
I really enjoyed this story. The way the stories about the two girls in different time periods were intertwined gave the story a mysterious air. It kept me interested in the story and it's outcome until the end when everything was resolved. Definitely a page-turner.

I, personally, love historical books. I love learning things while reading and historical fiction books are just a wonderful way to learn about history while enjoying a fictional story. Fiction is great. History is great, but a littl
Lydia Howe
Reading this series in order is rather important. I read the third book first, and so that totally gave away all that happened in the modern part of this book. Because of that, I didn't find the book to be incredibly interesting. I did really like the "historical" part of the book, and that storyline drew me in.

I would like to read the second book some day, just to get the rest of the puzzle pieces in place.
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was certainly different than what I'm used to from both of these ladies! The writing is certainly different but I still enjoyed the book.
They've done a fabulous job with this story right down to the family history, religion and all sorts of awesome things!
This is just one of the many things that I love about historical fiction!
Each book is different of course but I liked the style of this one!
I'm gonna talk about the book cover. It's what drew me to read it and of course the authors
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm a big fan of split-time novels, and Mindy Starns Clark is one of my favorite authors. Paired with Leslie Gould, who has written some of the only Amish fiction I will read, this series gave me high expectations.

From book 1, it mostly delivered. (Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the publisher. Review reflects my honest opinion.)

The stories center on the Talbot family, whose generations trace back to France in the late 17th century and who are Huguenots, French protestants. This f
Christian Fiction Addiction
Nov 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The first book in the "Cousins of the Crown" series, "My Brother's Crown", is a wonderful blend of historical and contemporary plot-lines. The authors do a great job at grounding the reader in each world, and weaving them together into a cohesive story that I quite enjoyed. Although the contemporary sections featured some interesting sub plots (and some romance female readers will especially no doubt enjoy), I have to say that it was the historical scenes that really caught my interest. The plig ...more
Reet Champion
Aug 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Late seventeenth-century France is not a good time to be a Huguenot. The Gilletts know this firsthand. But in spite of it they stand fast in their faith even as darkness descends upon their lives. For Catherine Gillett it is probably a little more difficult. While she wishes to save her family her brother continues to grow his business. And there's a very dark rumor surrounding his business that sends Catherine into a wave of thoughts that threaten to drown her.

In between life and it's unexpecte
Nov 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
When I picked up this book I wasn't sure what to expect. I like historical fiction, but I wasn't sure if I would like a book that went all the way back to 1685 France. My concerns were quickly laid to rest as I became immersed in the stories of two women from very different time periods.

I really enjoyed all of the historical details in this book. They were woven into the story in such a way that I feel as if I received a history lesson without every being bored. In fact, there is no time to be b
Marilyn Rondeau
Sep 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Beginning in France, 1685 we are introduced to Catherine Gillet, her brother Jules, and grandmother. Jules runs the family print business and wants to protect his family from the threats of the French Crown towards the persecution of the Huguenots. To that end Jules is placing himself in danger in a deadly enterprise involving a pamphlet with encoded instructions on how to escape the wrath of the often immoral advances of the French soldiers.

Travel forward to present day Virginia to find Renee T
Amanda Geaney
May 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
My Brother's Crown by Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould is a split-time-period historical fiction novel. The way the authors bounced between 1685 and the present day really kept me on my toes. I especially enjoyed how the events in both Catherine and Renee's stories would vacillate between foreshadowing each other and filling in the gaps in the other's narrative. While the character Renee and I share a remarkable number of personality traits (uncanny), in time I became more engrossed in the hi ...more
Becky Lewis
Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould hit a grand slam with this first book, My Brother's Crown, in the series, Cousins of the Dove. Why should you pick up a copy? First of all, Clark and Gould are golden as a writing team, penning taut, suspenseful Christian fiction. Secondly, they are writing about persecution of the Huguenots in France. This is a must read for history buffs, for French history buffs, for those who like to read about the poor, downtrodden, not likely to succeed. Thirdly, this ta ...more
Sharon Paavola
Sep 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Outstanding book! I loved it and hope there is more to the story in upcoming books! Two accounts of two different women in two different times are interwoven in a beautiful way. Each one intriguing on its own but they do have a connection, a family tie. The reality of the persecution of the Huguenots in France by Louis IV and their desperate migration to other countries to freely practice their religious beliefs creates the background for Catherine's story. Her family jointly owns a printing bus ...more
Dec 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
A very interesting look at pre-Revolution France during the Edict of Nantes and the Huguenots persecution. I am unfamiliar with that period in history, outside of Janette Oke's The Meeting Place and series. I found it very interesting and heartbreaking. The present day storyline was also interesting and shed light on some of the historical events. I believe this is the beginning of a series, so I am eager to read the rest of the series. Catherine's and Rene's stories were wrapped up, but we are ...more
Feb 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My Brother's Crown
by Mindy Starns Clark
This book could easily have been two separate story, but the dynamics of the two stories would have been missed. The Huguenot persecution during the reign of Louis XIV, was a story of human struggle, and religious conflict. The religion of the king and the dispute of the public greed and corruption have made France a dangerous place for Catherine Gillet and her family. Her grandmothers conversion by marriage to the Huguenot faith was a moment of religious
Rachel Stansel
Aug 12, 2015 rated it liked it
The book takes place during two times periods, 1685 France and modern day. The French portion is historical fiction and relates to the struggle of the Huguenots, the French Protestants, under Louis XIV. I enjoyed the flow of the 1685 portion, which follows Catherine, but felt that the modern day portion was not given equal development or weight. I was disappointed with the fast wrap up and lack of real closer on certain plot points that were developed throughout the book only to never be answere ...more
Oct 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My Brother’s Crown
By: Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould

I really enjoyed My Brother’s Crown. It was like getting two books in one. The story goes back and forth from France 1685 and ties into the modern day Virginia. The two authors, Clark and Gould , did excellent history research and writing , and the characters were very strong. My Brother’s Crown is a historical fiction book with some romance , that kept me turning the pages to see what was going to happen next. There is a very old pamphlet
Cara Putman
Oct 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
An interesting dual timeline book. I really enjoyed the contemporary plotline and the historical heroine grew on me as she grew throughout the story. Very interesting time period to learn about!
Meagan Myhren-Bennett
My Brother's Crown
Cousins of the Dove #1
By Mindy Starns Clark
and Leslie Gould

My Brother's Crown is one of those delightful stories that weaves two into one in a such a way that the reader is thoroughly and completely drawn in within the first pages. The story opens in 1685 France and switches off with present day Virginia.

In France, the Gillet family is at a crossroads as the nation has become hostile to those identified as Huguenots. Huguenots are faced with a choice - convert to Catholicism,
My Brother's Crown brings together two different timelines in one family's lineage, the 17th-century and modern-day. Renee Talbot is a director in her family's paper business which has run for over 300 years. She is busily helping set up a display for a huge family reunion, featuring a pamphlet printed in 1685 France when she discovers it holds a secret message. Trying to decode it leads her to the story of Catherine Gillette, an ancestor from that time. There is also a mystery of a dark occurre ...more
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My Brother’s Crown
Cousins of the Dove Book 1
By Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould.

This book is fantastic! It tells the story of Catherine Gillet in 1685 France and of Renee Talbot in present day Virginia. The book alternates between the two characters in such a way that you want to hurry up and get through the part of one character to get to the other one. It has romance and mystery with both characters.

I found the history of the persecution of the Huguenots under King Louis XIV in 1685 fasci
Rebecca Young
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Rebecca by: Heather Rodriguez
I loved this book, and cannot wait to start the next one in this two-volume series, COUSINS OF THE DOVE. Both of these authors (Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould) are favorites of mine and their combined efforts are truly rewarding. This novel, with historical appearances of Louis XIV, Madame Maintenon, and the Duchesse de Navailles, takes place in 1865 France as well as a current time-frame in Virginia. It follows the generations of the Talbot family and their printing business in the sevente ...more
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Being a big fan of Mindy Starns Clark I couldn't wait to read this collaboration with Leslie Gould.
I was deep into the book from the Prologue. I had read a series about the Huguenots last year that was interesting but not told with as much fascination as I had for this book. One voice of the book tells the story of Catherine Gillet in 1685 France and weaves the story into the court of Louis XIV, while the other voice, present day descendant of Catherine, is a mystery all its own. Of course, the
Katie Little
Feb 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book follows a young woman, Renee who is guarded, but has a passion for her family history. The uniqueness of this book that I absolutely loved was the back and forth between present day and the tumultuous life her 11th great grandmother lived under the Huguenot persecution in France of the late 1600's. There are many correlations between her great 11 times grandmother's personality and Renee. Yet, she does not see, nor realize it until she faces her own fear(s). It is a lovely read that is ...more
Stella Potts
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is great. It alternated between present day Virginia and 1685 France. This is the perfect book for fans of history as it follows a family of Huguenots in the 17th century. I had no idea that this group of protestants were treated this way. This is a perfect blend of mystery and romance and will keep you guessing to the end. I highly recommend this book. I won this book in a contest with no requirement for a review. All views are my own.
Anne Rightler
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My Brother’s Crown by Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould is the beginning of the Cousins of the Dove series and a great beginning it is. Wonderfully strong and vibrant characters. A plot that moves swiftly and seamlessly between two time periods. The book is rich with history, family devotion, religious differences and so much more. It is a powerful story with danger and suspense and a strong thread of faith flowing through it.
Florence Witt
Aug 09, 2020 rated it liked it
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Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Not sure what I think. I loved the story of the Huguenots, but it dragged a bit. I also liked the contemporary part of the story, but this part had a mystery that wasn't solved, so I was irritated at the ending. There are 2 more books in the series, and I don't think the mystery is actually solved until book 3. ...more
Anna Barker
Mar 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is such an intriguing story, capturing mystery, and wholesome read! The story picks up pace and draws your attention as it continues to unfold. It is so unique in that it creates two stories, one of the ancestor and one of the descendant!

I do not agree with the religious beliefs described in the story but the values and faith-based perspectives are much appreciated.
Apr 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Nice, rarely covered historical place and era (French Huguenots).Some unfinished business at the end of the modern story to get you to read the other parts of the series. Overall good! I think some of the differences on writing were a bit jarring, one story was told in the first person and the other in 3rd person.
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Mindy Starns Clark is the bestselling author of more than 30 books, both fiction and nonfiction, and has received numerous literary honors, including two Christy Awards and RT Book Review Magazine’s 2012 Career Achievement Award. Mindy and her husband, John, have two adult children and live near Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.

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