Misfit's Reviews > Daughters of the Storm
by Elizabeth Buchan (Goodreads Author)
bookshelves: browsers-used-books, french-revolution, historical-fiction, not-recommended-for-the-fluffies
Paris, 1789. Sophie Lutrell leaves her comfortable life in the English countryside behind for an extended visit with her cousin Héloïse de Guinot. The two cousins are more like sisters, and they're soon swept up in the romance and glamour of the Parisian court - and Sophie might forget her almost-fiance from home and let herself be swept off her feet by the dashing American William Jones (a secret spy for the American government). Héloïse is unhappily married off to the Comte de Choissy, but she soon finds love in the arms of a French soldier, Louis d'Epinon. The third female in this story is that of Héloïse's maid, Marie-Victoire Bonnard, who finds love in the arms of a revolutionary - but that love comes at a great personal cost.
“They threw their hats into the air, screamed their joy and fought to dip their handkerchiefs into the blood.”
Sophie is so caught up in the glitz and glamour of her life in Paris that she
“You have heard what they say about the Conciergerie? The hell from which there is no route save by the little window of the guillotine.”
Let me tell you, that was some pretty intense stuff at the end. I did have a pretty rocky start with this one, the early chapters were very short and there was a lot of head hopping (third person, but still annoying), and I admit to thinking about bailing out of this, and glad I hung on. The different POVs give the reader a bird's-eye view from multiple perspectives, from the glitz of Versailles to the underbelly of Paris. I'll just add one word of caution - this is not a fluffy, feel good, romantic HEA kind of book, so if that's your cuppa tea I suggest you move along. One word of caution for cover geeks, my copy ISBN #0-553-28448-7 has the cover posted above, but when you search swap/seller sites by this number it pulls up the so-ugly-I-won't-even-post-it-here cover. I have no idea which cover you'll get, so don't blame me if you get that other one.
One odd thing is the author's Afterward. She writes as if some of the characters in the novel were real historical people, yet I've not had a hit on any of them on Google. Any one out there have an answer for me?
||0.74%||"'It ws too much,' she murmered. "Too much of everything. Blood. Death. Fear. Wasted hope..."|
||5.71%||"'To the Bastille,' he cried. 'Patriots take action.'"|
||7.44%||"Never again will I be able to enjoy the smell of hay, she thought, or the sight of scarlet poppies on the grass. They are tainted now with the smell of lust and the unwanted body on mine."|
"Have you no pity?
||14.0%||"Paris had never seemed so extravagant or so glittering as it did that September."|
||24.0%||"The spectacle of the Bourbons virtually imprisoned by their own people sent uneasy shivers through Europe's corridors of power."|
||45.0%||"The reached a climax, and its final cadences were crashed out to the rhythm of marching feet and screaming cheers.http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=..." 1 comment|
"All throughout the night of August 9th the people continued to gather until there was 20,000 or more.
As August 10th dawned, a day that promised to be of searing heat, the second march on the Tuileries Palace by the citizens of Paris began."
||53.0%||"What have they done? Dear God, what have they done?"|
||59.0%||"The marquis' death and those of his fellow-prisoners who perished with him at La Force marked the beginning of the massacres that swept the prisons of Paris for five days; to begin with as isolated incidents and then as a swelling tide of blood that broke over the city with the avenging hatred of the Furies."|
"They threw their hats into the air, screamed their joy and fought to dip their handkerchiefs into the blood.
France was without a king."
"So, Monsieur le Comte and I are enemies of France.
I am afraid so, madame. If it comforts you at all, you are in good company."
||81.0%||"The reign of terror had begun."|
||83.0%||"You have heard what they say about the Conciergerie? The hell from which there is no route save by the little window of the guillotine."|
||89.0%||"The scene was absurd. Did neither of them remember that they were no longer in Versailles but in a prison, and that time was running out?"|
"With a supreme effort, Marie-Victoire climbed up on the bench.
"Vive le roi."
Well, that should stir the pot up a bit."
||95.0%||"Justice, you are not known in this place. Your turn will come, and the deaths of your victims will haunt you."|