SAVING THE MARQUISE'S GRANDDAUGHTER
After her Huguenot father is arrested, aristocrat Suzanne Richelieu escapes Versailles. Handsome German peasant, Johan Rousch, risks his life 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 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?
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...
I have read a few novels based on the Huguenots in recent months and have to admit to finding this time in Protestant history utterly fascinating. Pagels does a great job of steeping her readers in the atmosphere of the time right from the very first chapter. I've come away assessing my own commitment to my faith and am left wondering how valiant I would be in the face of such adversity.
In the beginning Suzanne is a typical spoiled aristocrat. She isn't convicted by her parent's faith -- in fact sees it as merely a deterrent towards her future happiness. Naïve and selfish, she isn't prepared for the impact her father's arrest has on her life as she takes flight and must rely on only her wits and the kindness of strangers to see her to safety.
Enter Johan, peasant farmer and devout Huguenot. A bear of a man who is unflinching in his faith and willingness to help those in need. It isn't long before he falls under Suzanne's spell -- and oh my goodness, what a tangled mess they make of things before all is made right.
A captivating love story that celebrates our brave ancestors who faced the impossible in order to ensure their children would have freedom to worship.
My thanks to the author for gifting me with a copy of this book.
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