Striking and willful, she dreams of becoming a seamstress and catching the eye of a nobleman. Laure beausejour has been taken from her destitute family and raised in an infamous orphanage to be trained as a lace maker. Laure is shocked by the primitive state of the colony and the mingling of the settlers with the native tribes.
Bride of New France: A Novel #ad - A richly imagined novel is about a young French woman sent to settle in the New World. Transporting readers from cosmopolitan seventeenth-century Paris to the Canadian frontier, this vibrant debut tells of the struggle to survive in a brutal time and place.
Promised to the Crown Daughters of New France Book 1Kensington Books #ad - Nicole, a farmer’s daughter from Rouen, marries a charming officer who promises comfort and security. Despite their different backgrounds, Nicole, Rose, perhaps only, and Elisabeth all believe that marriage to a stranger is their best, chance of happiness. Once in quebec, elisabeth quickly accepts baker Gilbert Beaumont, who wants a business partner as well as a wife.
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 absorbing adventure with heart.
Jennifer laam, author of The Secret Daughter of the Tsar. 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.
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Duty to the Crown Daughters of New France Book 2Kensington Books #ad - Gabrielle, orphan daughter of the town drunkard, is forced into a loveless union by a cruel law that requires her to marry by her sixteenth birthday. Sleigh ride through the joys and sorrows of the brave and resilient women who colonized Quebec. Yet whether in the fledgling city of quebec or within one of the native tribes, every woman’s fate depends on the man she chooses—or is obligated—to marry.
Although claudine deschamps and Gabrielle Giroux both live within the settlement, their prospects are very different. Brava!”--juliet grey, author of the acclaimed Marie Antoinette trilogy. Runyan has crafted a fine, character-driven study of a landscape rarely chartered in Historical Fiction. Runyan’s vividly rendered novel provides a fascinating portrait of the women who would become the founding mothers of New France.
Duty to the Crown Daughters of New France Book 2 #ad - In 1677, an invisible wall separates settlers in New France from their Huron neighbors. French-born claudine has followed her older sister across the Atlantic hoping to attract a wealthy husband through her beauty and connections. Drawn into unexpected friendship through their loves, and dreams of home and family, losses, all three women will have to call on their bravery and resilience to succeed in this new world… Praise for Promised to the Crown“A gripping 17th c.
And manon lefebvre, born in the huron village and later adopted by settlers, has faced the prejudices of both societies and is convinced she can no longer be accepted in either. Set amid the promise and challenge of the first Canadian colonies, Aimie K.
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Factually and contextually based, it also provides glimpses into everyday life in 17th and early 18th century Quebec as well as many insights into the creation of the unique Quebecois heritage. It’s a story of endings and new beginnings. Impoverished by her first husband, she worked with the second to establish one of the largest landholdings in the region.
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And it’s a story of much courage, will, stamina, and many choices. Arriving two months later, this remarkable woman went on to marry and then outlive three husbands and survive the births of nine children and the deaths of six of them.
Hélène's World: Hélène Desportes of Seventeenth-Century Quebec#ad - Nevertheless, there are public records and other primary sources from which we are able to piece together her life. She was married twice, had fifteen children, and seventy grandchildren. Lawrence River. There are no memoirs, no diaries, nor any letters to guide the biographer. She returned to quebec in 1634 and spent the remainder of her life in the little colony.
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Hélène, along with the majority of the other French settlers, was put on an English ship and taken to France. In 1629, the little settlement was captured by the English.
A People's History of QuebecBaraka Books #ad - It also tells of the montreal and quebec-based explorers and traders who traveled, and inhabited a very large part of North America, mapped, and “embrothered the peoples” they met, as Jack Kerouac wrote. Connecting everyday life to the events that emerged as historical turning points in the life of a people, this book sheds new light on Quebec’s 450-year history––and on the historical forces that lie behind its two recent efforts to gain independence.
Revealing a little-known part of North American history, this lively guide tells the fascinating tale of the settlement of the St. Lawrence Valley.
Adèle: wilderness bride. A story of New France#ad - Adèle’s imagined story of adversity, heartache and eventual happiness unfolds against the background of a seminal period in Canadian history. Lawrence River. It was fraught with danger in 17th century New France when a runaway bride could expect censure from society and Church, even if she found an honest way of earning a living.
Adèle: wilderness bride. A story of New France #ad - She has work, friends and a faithful dog but the only man to whom she can speak from the heart is promised to her friend. Unusual because she was literate, Adèle is miserably matched with an abusive farmer. Escaping from a bad marriage is challenging in any age. Adèle was among the young women sent from France to marry in the young colony along the St.
She is helped to escape to Quebec by a coureur-de-bois and rebuilds her life, claiming to be a widow.
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How far will céline go for her best friend? will fred make his way home to her? or will their lives be changed forever by the brutality of war?THE OCCUPATION is a moving war & military saga following the separate stories of a young man and woman through the years of the Second World War as they fight to survive.
The Occupation: Loyalties are pushed to the limits in this powerful wartime saga #ad - One man’s war against himself…1940, jerseywhen nazi forces occupy Jersey in the English Channel Islands, Céline Huber, who is married to a German, must decide where her loyalty lies. Love for her island, and fear for her Jewish friend Rachel, soon propel her into a dangerous double life. Meanwhile, céline’s husband Fred is conscripted into the Wehrmacht in occupied France.
Horrified by nazi acts of atrocity and torture, he soon becomes a double agent for the French Resistance.
Marie Pontonnier ~ Montreal Pioneer#ad - They are well chronicled as the “King’s Daughters. But the marriageable girls’ stories are all but lost to history. They had no support from King Louis XIV of France, himself just a teenager at the time. Based on a true story, this thoroughly researched novel follows young Marie’s triumphant and tragic tale, transporting the reader to a time where wars raged with the Iroquois Indians and children commonly died shortly after being brought into the world.
The king would later realize these women required support and subsequent young ladies recruited to populate the colony would be sent with a dowry. There, men were plentiful and women were few. This passionately written novel helps amend this oversight, filling in the gaps through rich, bringing what we do know of Marie’s turbulent and sweet life to vivid detail, imaginative storytelling.
Marie Pontonnier ~ Montreal Pioneer #ad - In 1656, marie pontonnier, with a meager dowry and guided only by her deep faith and unwavering optimism, a 13-year-old orphan, chose the latter. For marie pontonnier, the choice was clear — stay in her native France and become a nun, or attempt a treacherous journey to the remote outpost of Montréal, Québec, to search for a husband and a new life.
She was one of a hearty group of souls referred to as the “Filles a Marier, ” the “marriageable girls” recruited to populate the colony.
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Working three jobs, responsible for her aging father, and worrying that her crumbling loft apartment is being sold to developers, she is at a point of desperation. Set in early 90s brooklyn on the brink of gentrification, self-portrait with Boy is a “sparkling debut” The New York Times Book Review about the emotional dues that must be paid on the road to success and a powerful exploration of the complex terrain of female friendship.
Self-Portrait with Boy: A Novel #ad - A powerful, brilliantly imagined story” library Journal, starred review about an ambitious young artist whose accidental photograph of a boy falling to his death could jumpstart her career, but devastate her most intimate friendship. The photograph turns out to be startlingly gorgeous, the best work of art she’s ever made.
It especially unites Lu with the boy’s beautiful grieving mother, Kate. But the decision to show the photograph is not easy. As the two forge an intense bond based on sympathy, and budding attraction, Lu feels increasingly unsettled and guilty, loneliness, torn between equally fierce desires: to advance her career, and to protect a woman she has come to love.
Lu rile is a relentlessly focused young photographer struggling to make ends meet.