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The story takes place in France during the mid 1700s. During this time people faced difficulties in their faith beliefs. Huguenots were Protestant families in a Catholic France and were regularly arrested, then executed the next day simply for being a Protestant. Suzanne Richelieu escaped Versailles after her Huguenot father was arrested. Johan Rousch is a young peasant farmer who felt the duty to protect her from the religious persecution. The two were contracted to work in exchange for transportation overseas to America. Her former fiance showed with plans to abduct her. Does Johan save her for a second time?
Authors: Carrie Fancett Pagels
Number of Pages: 346
Vendor: Pelican Book Group
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.00 X 0.70 (inches)|
eLyndaAge: 35-44Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5A Complex Historical RomanceNovember 22, 2016eLyndaAge: 35-44Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4From the opening pages of Carrie Fancett Pagels latest novel, I was drawn into a time and place I know little of, despite my fascination with history. The action is immediate and urgent, and I couldn't put the book down or even quit thinking of the story for very long. The plight of a Huguenot (Protestant) family in Catholic France, despite their position at King Louis court, is dire almost from the first lines.
A very complex story, things are revealed layer by layer as we get to know the players. Sometimes I felt a bit lost by terminology or a plot point, but not long after, things were explained or expanded and I was back in the story. While momentarily frustrating, I really enjoyed the intricate storyline and its involved nature.
This novel contains excellent historical detail, from descriptions of Versailles to the headlong flight for safety and then into the Colonies, I felt as if I were witnessing history as it happened. The struggles of the main actors, made more poignant by the suffering of secondary characters, really brought home to me how difficult living in the past could be.
I would recommend this novel for those who, like myself, know little of Huguenot historyit is a fascinating look at a time when spiritual beliefs could very well lead to martyrdom. We really do take our freedom to worship as we see fit for granted: to be arrested, then executed the next day simply for being a Protestant is unfathomable to me and I would imagine it is also so for many modern Christians in the US.
I received a free copy of this book through The Book Club Network (bookfun.org) but no compensation for this review. I was not required to write a favorable one and the opinions expressed are both honest and my own.
CaroljoFarmington, MOAge: Over 65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Escaping the FrenchOctober 15, 2016CaroljoFarmington, MOAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Saving the Marquise's Granddaughter is the story of a brave young French woman who escapes after her Huguenot father is arrested and the German peasant Johan who assists her. I was especially impressed with Johan while sometimes feeling irritation with the aristocrat Suzanne! This book tells some of the difficulties people faced for their faith. I enjoyed this well written book by Carrie Fancett Pagels. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction. I received this book from www.bookfun.org. This is my honest review of the book.
Fitzysmom4 Stars Out Of 5Review from Rambles of a SAHMOctober 8, 2016FitzysmomQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Saving The Marquise's Granddaughter is the first novel I have read by Carrie Fancett Pagels but it most definitely won't be the last. She is not a new novelist, in fact after looking up her works I would have to say she is quite prolific. I'm not sure how I have missed reading her books up to this point.
The story takes place in France during the mid 1700s. During this time-period it was not a good thing to be a Huguenot. In fact it could get you arrested and possibly put to death. Suzanne Richelieu's family are Huguenots and as such have put into place an escape plan but they are hopeful that it will never have to be used.
But inevitably the plan had to be enacted. Suzanne's harrowing escape through the help of the handsome German Johan Rousch takes up the majority of the novel which makes the novel proceed rapidly. At several points it looks like all is lost. But Providence has more in store for the two.
I really enjoyed this story of two strong families from completely different backgrounds, one of privilege and the other of meager means. While their circumstances were different they each loved their families deeply. And as a die-hard romantic the budding romance between Suzanne and Johan is just beautiful. At the end I just wanted to cheer, "Love wins!"
If you enjoy a lovely romantic story set in an historic time period you really should check this one out. Carrie Fancett Pagels has done her research so even the little details will educate you as you are enjoying the overall story. I know I came away from it both entertained and feeling like I learned more about Huguenots and their plight.
I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
ConnieKentuckyAge: Under 18Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Outstanding Historical Romance Fiction!September 25, 2016ConnieKentuckyAge: Under 18Gender: FemaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 01 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Historical Romance Fiction, September 6, 2016
By Connie Saunders
This review is from: Saving The Marquise's Granddaughter (Paperback)
I am a big fan of historical fiction and this book certainly hasn't disappointed me! Carrie Fancett Pagels has taken basic knowledge of her ancestors and through extensive research given her readers an in-depth story of the persecution suffered by the Huguenots in the 1700s. Beginning in France and ending in the American colonies we witness the relationship between a young woman of nobility and the young peasant farmer who feels the duty to protect her from that religious persecution.
This book features so many underlying themes and plots. Suzanne's need to hide her faith, the persecution of her father, and her being forced to become an indentured servant after enjoying an upper class upbringing. There is also illness, amnesia and even a possible illegal marriage to entertain us but most of all, we readers are able to witness tremendous courage, extreme loyalty and a lovely romance.
I appreciate the history that I have learned from this book and I love that the author has reminded me that each person has to develop his own faith and deepen his own relationship with God. Our family and our friends may influence us but, in the end, it truly is left up to us!
'Saving the Marquise's Granddaughter' is a wonderful story and Carrie Fancett Pagels is an excellent author.
I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
SusanPMichiganAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Danger and suspense at every turn!September 14, 2016SusanPMichiganAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Wow, this story started with a bang and grabbed me from the first page. Danger at every turn and suspense thrown into the mix! Suzanne has no clue who to trust and her faith is not strong enough to help her. Johans path crosses hers and he has big decisions ahead of him. I loved the fast paced action and the twists at every corner. Danger during a time when proclaiming your beliefs got you killed, running and hiding are what you know. Suzannes life takes her to places she has never been and a future she cant see. I could feel Johans struggles and Suzannes doubts and trying to understand her feelings. So deeply moving! I highly recommend this beautiful story for those who want encouragement during despair and the romance to make you smile. This author has a gift!!
I received this book from bookfun.org for an honest review.