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Monday, August 8, 2016

Saving the Marquise's Granddaughter - Carrie Fancett Pagels

Forced to flee her home and losing everything she holds dear, Suzanne faces trials she never knew were possible. Searching for her true faith along the road of misery and terror, will she open her heart to a new life?

My Rating
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From the Back the Book
In a land fraught with religious strife, they must break the barriers between status and faith to forge a fresh future in a new world… After her Huguenot father is arrested, aristocrat Suzanne Richelieu escapes Versailles. Handsome German peasant, Johan Rousch, risks his life to bring her to the safety of his family’s farm in the Palatinate duchy, but when Suzanne’s brother and the French army arrive with a warning that they plan to burn the area, she and Johan are forced to flee. With no money or options, both become indentured servants in exchange for safe passage to Philadelphia. Suzanne falls gravely ill
aboard ship and marries Johan, only to survive with no memory of the wedding—a reality made worse when Johan spots the “priest” who married them working as a surveyor and later in Quaker cleric garb. Are their wedding vows valid? When Suzanne's former fiancĂ© arrives in port, planning to abduct her, Johan must save her again—but can he do so before Suzanne is lost to him forever?

My Thoughts

I loved this storyline! Very unique and different from any other book I have read. Beginning in Versailles, 1745, my interest was piqued from the start. Suzanne, granddaughter of the Marquise, has a rough go of things for sure. Living in a country that persecutes faith, I can't even imagine the heartache and fear. I am so grateful to live in a country where I don't have to live in fear about which church I go to. There are a lot of interesting elements to this story: passage across the Atlantic, being an indentured servant, amnesia, clash of cultural and religious differences, and more. It is even more interesting when you learn that this story was inspired by Carrie Fancett Pagels' family history. I must confess that there were several times that the story skipped about and caused me a bit of confusion. But overall it was pretty easy to figure out what just happened. I enjoyed watching Suzanne and Johan's interactions along their journey. And Suzanne's journey of finding her own faith is very real and can be applied to our own lives as well. Why do you believe what you believe? Is it because your parents believe it? Have you sought the Lord's truth with your own heart? We must have a solid foundation for our faith. If we do, nothing and no one will be able to tear it down. This book is an excellent story from a time period that I am not overly familiar with, but would like to read more about. 

I received a free copy of Saving the Marquise's Granddaughter from the author in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.


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About the Author


Carrie Fancett Pagels is a multi-published award-winning author of Christian historical romance.  Twenty-five years as a psychologist didn't "cure" her overactive imagination! She resides with her family in the Historic Triangle of Virginia, which is perfect for her love of history. Carrie loves to read, bake, bead, and travel – but not all at the same time!
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2 comments:

  1. Thanks so much Rachel! What a nice review!!! This story's original title was Soul's Journey because of the main theme of finding one's own faith! I had a lot of fun writing Suzanne and Johan's story! Blessings!

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    1. My pleasure! THank you for stopping by!

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