May 24, 2016

Promised to the Crown by Aimie K. Runyan - Review and Giveaway

I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review

Published: April 26, 2016
Number of pages: 352
Genre: Historical Fiction
Series: Daughter of New France #1

Synopsis:
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.

What did I think of this book:
As we all know I am a fan of historical fiction books so I thought it would be fun to read a new book about something which I am unfamiliar with. It was very intersting to learn about the women who set out to help settle Canada for their king. I thought the author did a good job in her first book with making the characters come alive on the pages as well as her descriptions were vivid. You can tell that she did some research when writing this book. I can not imagine the hardships that these women had to go through in their new ventures. They had to be tough. This was just the first book in a trilogy and I am looking foward to the other two books as we learn more about the women who are settling Quebec. 

About the author:
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.

“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


Giveaway:
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