Promised to the Crown by Aimie K. Runyan (Daughters of New France 1)
|Promised to the Crown is an engaging beginning to a promising series. Set in the earliest days of French settlement near Quebec, it follows the paths of four women, the Daughters of New France, as they flee hopeless situations in France to become wives and mothers of the colony. The writing was smooth and well-paced, the characters felt realistic and the storyline was interesting.
Rose, Elizabeth and Nicole are strong, independent women whose education, upbringing, and skills are allowed to flourish in the colony and this makes them attractive heroines to a contemporary reader. That said, the author does a wonderful job maintaining the historicity and feel of the times.
One element that I found myself having trouble with was the sheer number of things that happen. The plot feels really full, and the rush from event to event detracted from the characters and left me taking far more breaks than I normally would.
I definitely recommend, particularly to my fellow Canadians, and am definitely looking forward to reading the next.
Publication Date: April 26, 2016
Paperback & eBook; 352 Pages
Series: Daughters of New France
Genre: Historical Fiction
Bound for a new continent, and a new beginning.
In her illuminating debut novel, Aimie K. Runyan masterfully blends fact and fiction to explore the founding of New France through the experiences of three young women who, in 1667, answer Louis XIV’s call and journey to the Canadian colony.
They are known as the filles du roi, or ‘King’s Daughters’—young women who leave prosperous France for an uncertain future across the Atlantic. Their duty is to marry and bring forth a new generation of loyal citizens. Each prospective bride has her reason for leaving—poverty, family rejection, a broken engagement. Despite their different backgrounds, Rose, Nicole, and Elisabeth all believe that marriage to a stranger is their best, perhaps only, chance of happiness.
Once in Quebec, Elisabeth quickly accepts baker Gilbert Beaumont, who wants a business partner as well as a wife. Nicole, a farmer’s daughter from Rouen, marries a charming officer who promises comfort and security. Scarred by her traumatic past, Rose decides to take holy vows rather than marry. Yet no matter how carefully she chooses, each will be tested by hardship and heartbreaking loss—and sustained by the strength found in their uncommon friendship, and the precarious freedom offered by their new home.
‘An engaging, engrossing debut.’—Greer Macallister, USA Today bestselling author of The Magician’s Lie
‘An absorbing adventure with heart.’—Jennifer Laam, author of The Secret Daughter of the Tsar
Aimie K. Runyan, member of the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and Women’s Fiction Writers Association, has been an avid student of French and Francophone Studies for more than fifteen years. While working on her Master’s thesis on the brave women who helped found French Canada, she was fortunate enough to win a generous grant from the Quebec government to study onsite for three months which enabled the detailed research necessary for her work. Aimie lives in Colorado with her husband and two children.
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