This one took me a little bit to get into, but once I did- it was such a great, fast paced read! I learned a lot from this novel, and had never heard of the Daughters of the King, and how this was enacted to help colonize Canada by giving the women most of the power for decisions if they agreed to do this.
Isabelle has been looked down on and tortured most of her life for being a Huguenot. They get harassed, punished, harmed and often every day living is harsh for them. It is a daily fight to just find food to stay alive each day. Rumblings that they are no longer safe, Isabelle and her mother attempt to escape persecution and finds herself an orphan not long after this journey starts.
Unlike many others, Isabelle has found a place that helped her find a position and to get back on her feet. The fear of her past is still on top of mind, and just when she is settling into this new life, she finds herself on the run again. This time the opportunity presented sounds too good to be true but there is a trade off. She must give up everything in her past and convert. Once she converts she will become a Daughter of the King and will sail to a new world to help colonize the front. But it is not for the feint of heart.
Isabelle, having been raised to fend for herself is not in the least turned off by this proposal and although hesitant to all she will receive, she agrees. Off to a new world she sails- a new woman, a new beginning and a new religion.
Thank you to the author for the free book, and Suzy Approved Tours for the invite. I don’t believe I would have found this author or novel otherwise and it was a very intriguing read about the settle of Canada.
~About The Book~
La Rochelle France, 1661. Fierce Protestant Isabelle is desperate to escape persecution by the Catholic King. Isabelle is tortured and harassed, her people forced to convert to the religion that rules the land. She risks her life by helping her fellow Protestants, which is forbidden by the powers of France. She accepts her fate — until she meets a handsome Catholic soldier who makes her question everything.
She fights off an attack by a nobleman, and the only way to save herself is to flee to the colony of Canada as a Daughter of the King. She can have money, protection and a new life — if she adopts the religion she’s spent a lifetime fighting. She must leave her homeland and the promises of her past. In the wild land of Canada, Isabelle finds that her search for love and faith has just begun.
Based on the incredible true story of the French orphans who settled Canada, Daughter of the King is a sweeping tale of one young woman’s fight for true freedom. Kerry Chaput brings the past to life, expertly weaving a gripping saga with vivid historical details. Jump back in time on a thrilling adventure with an unforgettable heroine.
~About The Author~
Kerry Chaput believes in warm drinks and tall tales. Her debut historical novel, DAUGHTER OF THE KING, publishes on December 16, 2021. This is book one of the DEFYING THE CROWN series. Kerry honed her research skills while earning her Doctorate degree and now focuses her research on fascinating stories from history. She lives in Bend, Oregon with her husband, children, and two rescue pups. Connect with her at www.kerrywrites.com.
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Kerry-Chaput/e/B08123S61Z/
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