07 June 2016

Noela reviews SAVING THE MARQUISE'S GRANDDAUGHTER by Carrie Fancett Pagels

Saving the Marquise's Granddaughter
Saving The Marquise’s Granddaughter
Pelican Book Group (July 1, 2016)

Reviewed by Noela Nancarrow
5 Stars *****

A beautifully written Historical Romance

Set in 1742 during yet another wave of brutal religious persecution in France and the Palatinate, ‘Saving the Marquise’s Granddaughter’ vividly portrays the tale of an aristocrat’s granddaughter’s arduous survival of both body and heart as she flees from tremendous danger and terrible betrayal.

Suzanne and Guillame Richelieu’s parents were Huguenots (French Protestants) and therefore needed to keep their family beliefs a closely guarded secret, but when their father was captured, the remainder of the family needed to immediately flee. Suzanne winds up alone and it is the handsome German peasant Johan Rousch, who comes to her rescue by bringing her to his family’s farm. Danger surrounds them as Suzanne is hunted. Johan must take her to the American colonies but will they even make it to the ship, let alone survive the horrendous conditions in the dark and fetid belly of the vessel?

Having lost his heart to his charming companion, Johan is compelled to marry Suzanne when she becomes gravely ill during their journey. He prays she will recover but wonders how this beautiful woman from a noble family can endure being no more than a slave while paying off their indenture for their voyage? How can he even stomach that his beloved is to be purchased?! When they reach Philadelphia and it becomes apparent that Suzanne has temporary amnesia, Johann is distressed to realize she can’t recall the wedding vows and that the priest on the ship may only be a surveyor. When the past catches up with them, will Johann lose Suzanne forever? Will Suzanne ever have her freedom, faith, and a family ever again?

The exquisite descriptive prose in this novel was such a joy to read; the imagery projecting hues, sights, and sounds. Likewise, the author’s adept way with words was wonderfully inspiring, as exhibited in this quote: “Why couldn’t she be like that? Betrayal; that was why—its offspring devoured her trust in others.” Not only was this story beautifully written, but the author has brought to life an era long past, replete with fascinating historical detail. The reader is left with a stirring message of trusting God when all seems bleak and a reminder for all to seek that personal relationship with the Lord. A gorgeous story, Carrie Fancett Pagels!

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GIVEAWAY: Winner's choice of ebook or paperback (releasing in July) format.

32 comments:

  1. Great review Noela!
    Congratulations Carrie!
    Blessings,Tina

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  2. What a beautifully worded review, NOELA! Your reviews always "wow" me!
    Congrats, Carrie, on this awesome novel's release!

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    1. Thanks Angel Girl! God bless you for being my first beta reader on this novel! Hugs!

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    2. Yes, a huge congrats to Carrie on the release of her wonderful novel!! DIANA, thank you for your wonderful compliment. Coming from one of my favorite reviewers, it always means soo much!

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    3. I was going to say 'beautiful' too! My heart was pulled just reading this review, NOELA. Carrie really outdid herself on this story. :-)

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    5. She really did, didn't she ANNE! An absolutely gorgeous story! Anne, thank you SO much for your kind words which pulled on MY heart!! Hugs!

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  3. Congrats on the new release Carrie! Great review and beautiful book.

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Thanks, Patty! I'm thanking God that this book is now out there! An exciting launch week for Saving the Marquise's Granddaughter!!!

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    2. Thanks for coming by PATTY, bless you!!

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  4. NOELA, I love your beautiful review! CONGRATULATIONS, Carrie!

    psalm103and138 at gmail dot com

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    1. My thanks CARYL, along with a big hug too!

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  5. Another absolutely wonderful review, Noela! Congratulations, Carrie, on the release of this fabulous book. I am so very glad I am here for the birth of your story :).

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    1. Thanks dear BETTI, I must say it's always easier to write for beautiful stories like Carrie's 'Saving the Marquise's Granddaughter'!

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  6. Great review, Noella. Congratulations, Carrie.

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    1. Bless you LUCY, and thanks so much for stopping by!

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  7. A wonderful review thank you.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Thanks so much MARY, I'm so glad you enjoyed it. God bless!

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  8. I'm not surprised by the beautiful review. I haven't seen a bad one, yet. Prior to this books release, I hadn't heard the term Huguenots. Then within a day, I happened to see another book about the Huguenots during this time period. tlhcoupon(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. TERRILL, you're so sweet, thanks! I can't recall if I'd ever heard that term before and certainly wouldn't have been able to explain who they were. Don't you just love how Carrie has brought to life a part of history?! Blessings!

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  9. I know this will be a great book from everything I've read. I hope to win a copy but if I don't I'm going to try my best to buy one.

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    1. It really is a wonderful story, BRENDA, and you're sure to enjoy it! Thanks so much for coming by, I wish you all the best!

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    1. I forgot my email again
      grandmama_brenda(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  11. Thanks Noela for this beautiful and touching review!!! I really appreciate you spending time with Suzanne and Johan. Guy was one of my faves too and I hope to give him his own story. Hugs!!!

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    1. Thanks CARRIE, it was my pleasure to both read and review! :-) I'd love to read Guy's story!!! Hugs, back!

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  12. Looking forward to reading this wonderful book! dsks889(at)gmail(dot) com

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    1. You'll love it SANDY!! All the best with your entry!

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  13. Thank you, Noela, for the chance. Loved the review. God bless!
    leliamae54(at)aol(dot)com

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