In a land torn apart by conflict, can love mend the tattered pieces?
I could literally taste
the research that went into this novel. The setting... goodness... I felt like
I was actually in 1754. The words carried me into the Acadian homes, had me
tasting the apple cider from their orchards, and feeling the cold bite of
winter and the splash of frigid waves. The word choices were suburb, and the
language used was completely on point for that time and era. I really
appreciated the delicate use of French throughout the novel, as it paid a
wonderful homage to the roots of the Acadians.
I picked up this book because it
is about Canada's Acadians, and the brutal history they were forced to be part
of when the French and English destroyed their lives. This story is
heartbreaking, truthful ... but also beautiful. I am so glad Laura Frantz
decided to weave a novel into this difficult setting. Her cast of characters
told the story wonderfully. Blue in all his espionage and war prowess, Pere and
his role in Acadie, Sylvie’s sweet sister… I honestly felt like I was there,
living the story with them. Sylvie, our heroine, is enchanting, and Blackburn
had me nearly swooning from the first mention of him on the page. He is a
Thank-you to Revell Reads for an
opportunity to review this book.