Friday, June 3, 2016
5-Star Review of "Saving the Marquise's Granddaughter"
In a land fraught with religious strife, they must break the barriers between status and faith to forge a fresh future in a new world… After her Huguenot father is arrested, aristocrat Suzanne Richelieu escapes Versailles. Handsome German peasant, Johan Rousch, risks his life to bring her to the safety of his family’s farm in the Palatinate duchy, but when Suzanne’s brother and the French army arrive with a warning that they plan to burn the area, she and Johan are forced to flee. With no money or options, both become indentured servants in exchange for safe passage to Philadelphia. Suzanne falls gravely ill aboard ship and marries Johan, only to survive with no memory of the wedding—a reality made worse when Johan spots the “priest” who married them working as a surveyor and later in Quaker cleric garb. Are their wedding vows valid? When Suzanne's former fiancé arrives in port, planning to abduct her, Johan must save her again—but can he do so before Suzanne is lost to him forever?
MY REVIEW: This book is filled with adventure and suspense as Suzanne tries desperately to save her mother and then to get safely to the American colonies when all other plans fail. She and Johan are then forced to become indentured servants to gain their passage to the colonies. Suzanne barely survives the illness that killed many aboard the ship, but at a price, she loses much of her memory. Losing her memory includes forgetting that she and Johan married aboard ship when she was at death's door. Will they ever work things out? How will they be a married couple with both of them having to fulfill their contracts as indentured servants to different masters? What will happen will her former fiance' arrives to claim his bride and take her back home to Versailles?
I absolutely adored this book! It is well written, filled with incredible, rich details that made me feel like I was a part of the action of the story. Suzanne and Johan are both such lovable characters. Carrie Fancett Pagels has truly written a topnotch novel.
I rated this novel 5 stars and highly recommend it to readers.
I received a pdf version of this book from Celebrate Lit Bloggers and the author in exchange for my honest review.
About the Author:
Carrie Fancett Pagels is a multi-published award-winning author of Christian historical romance. Twenty-five years as a psychologist didn't "cure" her overactive imagination! She resides with her family in the Historic Triangle of Virginia, which is perfect for her love of history. Carrie loves to read, bake, bead, and travel – but not all at the same time!