Jul. 29, 2016

Saving the Marquise's Granddaughter by Carrie Fancett Pagels

***** 5 stars

Highly Recommended, but Will Not Lend...

I have found another new- to-me author, Carrie Fancett Pagels, to watch closely. Having just finished her Saving the Marquise's Granddaughter, I am in awe of her talent as a writer and storyteller.

Set in the time of the persecution of the French Huguenots, Suzanne Richelieu must flee her homeland when her family is betrayed. A young,quiet, handsome German comes to her rescue and defends her to his family, his town, and even against his better judgment.

When unexpected tragedy follows Suzanne, she and Johan must emigrate to America. Can they find a common faith, trust in God AND each other, and avoid the many dangers in their path?

The time of the French Huguenot persecution is fascinating and terrifying. Ms. Pagels recounts the court of Louis XV, causing the reader to live the intrigue, secrecy,and fear along with the heroine.

The part of the story tapestry that is weeks crossing the ocean and time spent in America is just as tightly woven and nerve-jangling. One wonders, along with the immigrants, if there can be favorable outcome, or if all the trouble has been for naught.

Favorite quote?
"You need your own faith. This you cannot borrow."

This book touched me in so many ways that I happily recommend it, but to misquote the author, "This you cannot borrow." I gratefully received an e-galley from Netgalley.com.