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The Templar's Garden

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A young woman forced to fight for her beliefs. A chaplain with a secret that could determine the fate of a kingdom.

England, 1452. Under the reign of King Henry VI the country is on the brink of civil war after the Hundred Years’ War.

Young mystic Lady Isabelle d’Albret Courteault’s family is forced to flee the Duchy of English Gascony for a new and unforeseeable life in Eng
Kindle Edition, 343 pages
Published November 12th 2020 by Duckworth
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Oct 14, 2020 rated it liked it
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1450's Britain. Isabelle, a young noblewoman with a divine calling and Père Charles, her chaplain and tutor go on a pilgrimage to the west country amidst the threat of war. Beautiful historical fiction filled with visions, scripture, architecture of holy places and human suffering, moving at a calm pace.
Being the first part of a trilogy the book has an open ending. I'm looking forward to see the story continue.

Thank you Netgalley and Duckworth for the ARC.
Moony (The Burglar Baggins) MeowPoff
* I got this E-ARC from Duckworth Books and Netgalley in exhange for a honest review *
I am glad to see so many others liking the book but it really missed the mark for me. I didn`t like the characters and story felt bland and sometimes too long at times, even though it jumped ahead very sudden and quickly. I didn`t feel it was charachter development og growth.
Dec 30, 2020 rated it liked it
The premise of this book, the first in the Maid of Gascony series, is that Isabella, a teenage noblewoman living in late medieval France, falls in love while journeying through the world in the footsteps of the Knights Templar, tracking down lost Christian relics. It’s like an odd mashup of The Thorn Birds and The Da Vinci Code. Did I need this combo? Maybe. I’m not sure. I am sure, however, that the writing style is a smidge less exciting than the premise. This book reads like a master’s thesis ...more
Jan 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
This isn't my usual fare. I have to say it started out more as a traditional Historical Romance, and I'm not entirely sure I cared for the conclusion. It's ending up as more of a Da Vinci Code esque thriller featuring the Knight Templar and an ancient relic.

I gave 3.5 stars mostly because I liked the historical details, and the characterization was interesting, however I deduct a star for a few things

- Unnecessary rape scene (not graphically described)
- Buying into the unproven idea that Quee
Nov 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Historical fiction is not a a genre I read a lot of. While this title, does info dump like most of the genre, the story was still easy to follow. The characters were interesting enough to feel compelled to see where their story was going. The protagonist, Lady Isabella gives a pleasant narrative. There were elements I found uncomfortable and some plot devices that would have registered a simpler solution than what was presented. Overall, an interesting read and I'm looking forward to see where t ...more
Dec 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Thank you to NetGalley, author and the publisher for the ARC of this novel.
This novel is set in 1450's France and England amidst the tensions between the two countries. Its the story of a devotional Isabelle and Pere Charles. Its a historical fiction which revolves around the mystery of an artifact and the brotherhood of Knights Templar. Interspersed are the visions, scriptures and the architecture of the Churches of that historical period.
Polly Krize
Jan 14, 2021 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I had thought this book was more historical fiction and romance, but it seemed to develop well as I read on. First in a trilogy, this is about a young woman living in 1450s France following the trail of the Knights Templar, trying to identify an artifact they have. I think I will look for the 2nd book, just to see how they progress...
Dec 15, 2020 rated it liked it
I'm not going to give a synopsis of the plot, you can get that elsewhere. I'm actually confused about how I feel about it. It was kind of two books in one as the plot went. That said, I did enjoy the story and interested to see where the series goes. Thank you #NetGalley for allowing me to give my honest review on #TheTemplar'sGarden. ...more
Alexis (hookedtobooks)
Nov 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you, Duckworth and Netgalley for the copy of this book.
CW: violence and sexual assault.
This book follows Isabelle as she matures into a young woman during a dangerous time in history. The War of the Roses is about to start, there is tension between England and France, and Isabelle's family safety and religion seem threatened. Her family moves from Gascony to England in fear of the French army, since her father has pledged loyalty to the English king rather than the French, which sends th
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I will start by saying that I was given an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review. Thank so much the team over at Duckwork and NetGalley for sending a copy my way!

I was so excited to see this title pop up on Netgalley. I am always on the lookout for historical fiction set in the medieval period. While I enjoyed this book, I was a touch underwhelmed. I was hoping the narrative would explore the tense political land
Eszter Szika
Nov 01, 2020 rated it liked it
The Templar’s Garden is the first part of a historical fiction trilogy about England during the War of the Roses.
I enjoy reading historical novels, especially about the English history. This book is engrossing and beautifully written. Lady Isabelle’s character was really interesting.
In general it was a delightful read about the old times. Looking forward to the next book.

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
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