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3.87  ·  Rating details ·  71 ratings  ·  13 reviews
We were so far away from any life we’d known. I wondered if we’d gone beyond God’s reach. Perhaps He couldn’t hear us from this wild land.

Next to the immense forest of eastern Canada lies the tiny wild Isle of Demons. In 1542 the young Marguerite, her maid, and her love are marooned on this island. At first, summer provides berries, greens, mushrooms, and rabbits and squir
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Published August 26th 2002 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I recently just finished the book called paradise by Joan Elizabeth Goodman. The book is
about six people on an island they are trying to get off without any trouble. My favorite character is
Marguerite because she has wild spirit and she don't care what people think. My favorite part of the book was when Marguerite tolled everybody to calm down when they first got on the island. Well the book didn't make me laugh or cry, but it was sad because someone died. What I didn't like about the book was
Dec 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This review was once on the Barnes and Noble site at: Though I am the original author.

Marguerite De La Rocque gets to go on a trip of a lifetime, and for a young woman in 1536, this is huge. One of the first women to colonize the Canadian Wilderness, she is chosen by her uncle, Jean-Francois de La Rocque, the Sieur de Roberval, whom the French King appointed as lieutenant general of the expedition. She persuades her love, Pierre, to join the crew of the
Apr 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Sixteen-year-old Marguerite de La Rocque lives in a strict Huguenot household in France in 1542. She is in love with a young man named Pierre, but they can never marry because he is catholic. When Marguerite's father tells her that she will be part of her uncle's colony in the desolate new world of Canada, she at least feels hope, because in the wilderness, she and Pierre might find a way to be together. Pierre has found a way to join the expedition, and Marguerite is accompanied by her maid, Da ...more
Jul 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Set in 1542, Marguerite is the eldest female of her home. When her uncle gives her an opportunity to leave she only has two stipulations: that her best friend Damienne and her forbidden lover Pierre come also. When they can, Marguerite leaves for the new world. When they get there Pierre and Marguerite are found embracing and they and Damienne are banished to the Isle of Demons. They soon learn that this is not the paradise they had imagined; instead they have to fight to fight for every day th ...more
Jan 12, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical, teen
Marguerite is excited at the chance ot escape her father's stern house, even if her uncle is just as strict. He is leading an expedition in 1542 to Canada, and Marguerite is going with him. The crossing is terrible, but once in the New World, Marguerite is caught with her Catholic lover Pierre. She, Pierre, and her maid are abandoned on an island where the three struggle against the untamed wilderness to survive.
Aug 24, 2010 rated it liked it
Mixed review: I loved the premise of the story--in 1542 a young woman, her maid/chaperone and her lover are marooned on a small island off the coast of New Foundland. The true story behind this novel is a very interesting part of early Canadian history that I hadn't known about before. But I wish Goodman had done a bit more with it--giving more depth to the characters and their relationships. Worth reading.
Alison Worrell
Jun 05, 2014 rated it liked it
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In 1542, Marguerite is marooned on the Isle of Demons (in Eastern Canada) along with maid and love interest. They face having to survive winter. Based on a true story.

The imagery was great and I felt like I was there. I found some of the dialogue a little irritating, if not unnecessary. This was informative in the historical aspect.
Mary Ann
Based upon a true story this is an eye opening read and one that many of our 'modern day' Americans could not begin to equal, given the same age and life experiences. It would do all of us good to measure our faith to see if it would hold up under the same situation.
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
A French woman who is marooned on an island off the coast of Canada in 1524 must survive until she is rescued. Based on a true event.
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Jul 12, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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I might have cried a little inside toward the end. Met the author, which made the book more intense after hearing how attached she was to the characters. Realistic/historical fiction.
Sep 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Haunting story; a piece of history made into an exciting story.
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Joan Elizabeth Goodman is an American writer and illustrator.
She was born in Connecticut in 1950 and was raised in an artistic household. Goodman attended L' Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome, from 1969-70, as well as the Pratt Institute, B.F.A., 1973.
She has written several novels of highly acclaimed historical fiction. She lives with her husband and their two children in New York City.

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