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From the Drop of Heaven: Legends, Prejudice, and Revenge

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What defense is there to superstition?

It’s 1582, a time when books are banned, and witches live next door. Citizens of the European principality of Salm are free to pray the way they want. However, both Catholic and Protestant fanatics surrounding them believe theirs is the only truth. Everyone is a heretic to one side or the other. Martin, an accused seditionist, seeks sa
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Kindle Edition, 296 pages
Published August 26th 2022 by Brown Posey Press
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Catherine Meyrick
Sep 09, 2022 rated it it was amazing
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From the Drop of Heaven is an engrossing and unsettling story set in the Salm region of France in the late 16th century. It begins against the background of the ascendancy of Calvinists in Geneva and the St Bartholomew’s Day massacre in Paris setting the scene for the dissentions, religious rivalries and heresies that underpin the novel. The narrative concentrates on a young couple Catherine Cathillon and Nicolas de la Goutte de Paradis but takes in their extended households over a period of for ...more
Mc Chanster
Wow, this was a heart-wrenching novel. It made me laugh, and cry, and gasp in surprise, or glee, and I loved every moment of it.

From the Drop of Heaven follows Catherine Cathillon and Nicolas de la Goutte de Paradis. She is a farmer’s daughter, he is a mayor’s son, and the two are very much deeply in love. Unfortunately, there is more than just the caste system that keeps them apart. Catherine and Nicolas are forced to turn away from their love, but neither can forget the other and eventually, t
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Ashley
Oct 25, 2022 rated it it was amazing
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What a truly amazing novel this was. From the Drop of Heaven follows two families in France in the late 1500s. All over Europe during this time people were often accused of practicing witchcraft and the majority of the accused were women. Anything from using herbs as a medicine or birth control, to the plague, could land someone in prison for practicing witchcraft. Once imprisoned the accused would be questioned and tortured until they said whatever the inquisitor wanted them to say. They would ...more
Ashley
Oct 25, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a truly amazing novel this was. From the Drop of Heaven follows two families in France in the late 1500s. All over Europe during this time people were often accused of practicing witchcraft and the majority of the accused were women. Anything from using herbs as a medicine or birth control, to the plague, could land someone in prison for practicing witchcraft. Once imprisoned the accused would be questioned and tortured until they said whatever the inquisitor wanted them to say. They would ...more
Cathy Blaise
Sep 26, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Dès les deux premiers mots, Juliette Godot nous entraîne dans un tourbillon. Son ancêtre, Catherine Cathillon, est prise dans l'engrenage de la petite et de la grande Histoire.
Je suis lorraine et je connais bien l'histoire de la fin XVI° début XVII° siècle en Lorraine (France). Et il est tellement surprenant qu'une auteure qui a vécu toute sa vie aux USA ait pu comprendre et écrire aussi bien l'esprit de cette Histoire ! Juliette sait nous conter la vie de Catherine de façon passionnante ! Le s
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Timothy B.
A compelling and well written historical novel that totally absorbs the reader. This historical novel brings to life the challenges of living in a time of fear, distrust and divisiveness that is just as relevant today as in the late 16th century. I found myself drawing parallels to modern day as Godot wove a tale of love, family loyalties, jealousy, superstition, and revenge. It is a compelling story set in dangerous times where books are banned and witches are burned at the stake. I was drawn i ...more
Brenda Marinaro
Sep 12, 2022 rated it really liked it
This is a well researched historical fiction novel based on the authors own ancestors. The novel catches your interest from the very beginning as you follow the story of Catherine and Nicolas until the dramatic conclusion. The fears and superstitions of the people in the 16th century have similarities to our world today. I would highly recommend this book especially if you enjoy historical fiction.
Aarthi
Sep 11, 2022 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! This book has everything: history, romance, mystery, drama, intrigue. There were so many twists and turns that I couldn’t put the book down and had to keep reading. The characters of Catherine and Nicolas were very well developed and you will find yourself invested in their story. I especially thought it was cool that this was based on a true story about the author’s ancestors. Would definitely recommend to fans of historical fiction.
Valerie Pitts
Sep 23, 2022 rated it it was amazing
I found the book hard to put down! The characters are well developed and I found myself rooting for them through love stories, catastrophic illness and tragic persecution. Sadly, the picture it paints of self-righteous people doing terrible things to other people in the name of being RIGHT, coming from ALL SIDES of a religious disagreement is so familiar to what we see currently in the politics of our nation. Juliette has done a great job pulling us in and giving use a view into their world.
Teri
Sep 12, 2022 rated it it was amazing
A wonderfully written story of a family whose lives would have turned out so different if not for lies, rumors, jealousy, betrayal and deceit this book has it all. It was a tragic reminder of the way things were. But the story was also filled with love and hope that in the end all would be well, even if it was not planned.
Brenda Graham
Oct 04, 2022 rated it it was amazing
A compelling story of a divided community at a fascinating time in history.

Such interesting social history, made real through Godot's fascinating characters. Their struggles, personalities and hopes drive a richly told story. Their interactions, informed by the historical context, keeps the reader engaged and curious.
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Patty Gall
Nov 05, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Godot’s break out novel was captivating from page 1!! Her depiction of the towns and era literally had me believing that I was in that scene at that moment. If you’re a fan of historical fiction like me (and even if you’re not), you will thoroughly enjoy the twists and turns of this story.
Trina McCrea
Oct 07, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! Francisca’s knowledge for healing, that helped so many and the risks She had to take at great costs. The stories of Love and loss, kept Me not wanting to stop reading. Highly recommend this book.
Pat Dunn
Nov 16, 2022 rated it it was amazing
The book was a very interesting historical read. It had well thought out, believable story lines and characters. It kept me interested until the end!!
Garrett Dietrich
Oct 12, 2022 rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic story of family history, local tradition, folklore and so much more. From the Drop of Heaven is very well researched with great attention paid to historical accuracy.
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