I was sent a free copy of Daughter of the King by Kerry Chaput. All opinions are my own.
About Daughter of the King:
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:
Born in California wine country, Kerry Chaput began writing shortly after earning her Doctorate degree. Her love of storytelling began with a food blog and developed over the years to writing historical fiction novels. Raised by a teacher of US history, she has always been fascinated by tales from our past and is forever intrigued by the untold stories of brave women. She lives in beautiful Bend, Oregon with her husband, two daughters and two rescue pups. She can often be found on hiking trails or in coffee shops. To learn more, connect with her at www.kerrywrites.com or Twitter @ChaputKerry.
It was a time of religious persecution in France as the Catholics are forcing everyone to convert yet some do so only under duress. They pretend so as to stay alive and maintain their religious practices in secret. But Isabelle finds herself in a difficult situation as she sacrifices herself to save others.
She finds herself on a ship heading to Canada to be a bride – a daughter of the King with all that entails except for all that entails. What she will have though is a new life. What she doesn’t expect is the warm friendship of a Catholic officer whose affections confuse her and whose eyes entice her.
I found myself turning the pages on this book as it was a very compelling read and it’s a topic that I haven’t found very often in my historical fiction reading which is always nice. I of course, knew of the persecution of the Huguenots but have only read a few books with that as the theme and I do believe this is the first one with immigration to Canada as the main story driver.
It was a fascinating look at a piece of history that was pretty much unknown to me and I love stories that send me off to learn more. The characters were interesting and well crafted and the story was very satisfying.
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