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Bride of New France by Suzanne Desrochers
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May 14, 2012

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Read from May 22 to 24, 2012

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Laure is snatched away from her beggar parents as a child in order to live and to work at a French dormitory. She is taught catechism, among the other basics of education, and the trade of a lace maker. The girls in the dormitory are given enough food to keep them alive and functional. It is certainly laborious to go through some of the scenes of peasants riddled with bug bites and disease.

The cover of this book is certainly beautiful. I couldn't wait until I received my copy. However, there were many parts of the book that were just downright depressing. Usually at these points, the author persuades the reader to cheer on the protagonist despite her plight. This just didn't happen for me. The second and third quarters are difficult to read in the fact that I just don't really care much for Laure. By the last quarter of the book, I wanted to know how Laure was going to make it and what her life would be like. It was redeeming as far as excellent story telling goes. Without it, I would have rated it much lower than the three stars.
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