Pulation to a egree but we on t take a moment to iscover the women behind the masks of history Did they really have a happy ever after What I idn t like was our female protagonist Laure I always felt that she was istant and there was a part of her I idn t like But Iput aside my misgivings because I really enjoyed the attention to the time period I bought this book because I have always been interested in the history of the King s Daughters and u bec history because it s part of my personal history and that of Canada I remembered VERY romanticized versions of the filles story in elementary school as if Louis XIV had personally brought them over here and they all married handsome wealthy seigneurs Reading this book proved that was far from the truththese ladies idn t have any idea what life in la belle province was all aboutstarting with the weather Way Memoir of a Misfit different than Paris non Theanger from aboriginals who in reality probably helped save the lives of Europeans than not after all they had survived here a lot longer the book is a real Looking for the Toffees depiction of life in New France than those history books of long ago But I was never sure if it wanted to be a novel or a piece of research I lateriscovered the author wrote it as a thesis if she had stuck with the reality version it would have been far of an interesting read perhaps even citing real life women who may have gone rogue like Laure Raising Gods Girl didTruth is always stranger and interesting than fiction If you get to Montr al visit the old city and some of the wonderful museums which show how people men and womenlived in those times People were actually bigger and stronger and kept their teeth longer because they had protein available than in the cities of France Babies tended to survive birth as many of them wereelivered by nuns who Washed their hands The museum in La Pocatiere on the south shore of the St Lawrence also near one of the early seigneuries run by a woman is an interesting visit for those interested in how u bec society evolved In the end I have mixed feelings about this bookespecially since I had to push myself to finish it The author has The Gulag Handbook done a lot of research so she should have kept it as a work of non fiction a la Antonia Fraser This novel came with a National Bestseller label and a glowing recommendation by Joseph Boyden one of my favourite authors but I wasisappointedThe book tells the story of Laure Beausejour one of the filles The Beckoning Lady (Albert Campion du roi sent by royalecree to New France between 1663 and 1673 to become marriage partners to would be colonists and so expand the European population The Will in the World daughter of street entertainers she is incarcerated in the Hospicee la Salpetriere which houses thousands of women prostitutes the indigent and the insane She is chosen to be one of the King s Daughters and is sent to the New World where she is married to a man who abandons her so she must survive the winter by herself in a half built shack Her only Friend Is Deskaheh An Irouois is Deskaheh an Irouois is one flaw in the book As the protagonist Laure is not especially well June Fourth Elegies developed The author in an afterwordescribes Laure as A Baby and Child Vegetarian Recipes dreamer and a pragmatist with an insurmountable spirit and precociousetermination 296 but what stands out is her selfishness She convinces Madeleine her The Confabulist devoted but frail and innocent friend to accompany her on her journey the conseuences are tragically predictable Such selfishness makes her an unlikable character What Desrochersescribes as precocious Der Illusionist determination is really naivety a naivety which combined with selfishness and stubbornness endangers both herself and others several times throughout the novel Further Laure behaves inconsistently at the beginning she easily escapes her prison to visit Mireille Langlois in the hospital Incidentally Mireille is someone to whom she had never spoken so even Laure s best friend wonders why she was risking so much for Mireille whom sheisliked 22 However when Laure is chosen to go on a one way transport to Canada a punishment thought by many to be worse than Enticing (PI Men to the Rescue death 296 she makes no attempt to escape her fateOther characters fare no better Madeleine is so angelic as to be unbelievable Her one transgression is vowing she would cause trouble in theormitory if she were left behind 81 when Laure is banished to Canada With a few exceptions those in authority are mean spirited people with little sympathy for the suffering of others Even the cliche of the noble savage is embodied in DeskahehThe book was begun as an MA thesis project and has stayed as such it is a thesis than a novel It catalogues the struggles of life in Salpetriere and in the struggling colony Much of the plot seems contrived to use as much research as possible There is a great eal of exposition this happened and then "this happened The result is that the reader is indifferent to the outcome of Laure s trials "happened The result is that the reader is indifferent to the outcome of Laure s trials tribulations Presumably the historical information is accurate although the escription of the climb to the top of Mount Royal in Ville Marie Montreal gave me pauseThe use of the present tense for historical fiction is uestionable That tense is supposed to suggest that events are happening in real time but that is clearly not the case so the choice is confusingAnother weakness is the extensive use of romance fiction cliches the beautiful orphan trapped by circumstance and condemned to a loveless marriage seeks love elsewhere The book gives a picture of the harsh realities of life in an inhospitable environment both in Paris and in New France as a work of fiction however it is less successfulPlease check out my blog and follow me on Twitter DCYakabuski. Hildren with a French soldier who can himself barely survive the harsh conditions of his forest cabin But Laure finds through her clandestine relationship with Deskaheh an allied Irouois a sense of the possibilities in this New World What happens to a woman who attempts to make her own life choices in such authoritative times Bride of New France is a beautiful ebut novel that explores a fascinating chapter in Canadian history.
Read Bride of New FranceBride of New France the ebut novel from Canadian author Suzanne Desrochers is set in Paris and New France in the latter part of the 17th century As the novel opens the reader is introduced to Laure Beausejour a young woman living at Paris notorious Hospice e la Saltpetriere Skilled at embroidery Laure reams of becoming a renowned seamstress and marrying well This Silver Stirrups (Saddle Club, dream however is shattered when Laure is sent to New France as one of King Louis XIV s fillesu roi King s girl a group of young women sent to the French colony to marry and raise a family The greatest strength of this novel lies with Desrochers rich imagery which leaves the reader with an astounding sense of time and place These vivid Different Class descriptions are especially pronounced when the setting of the novel shifts to New France Indeed the reader can almost feel the cold air and hear the wind whistling through Laure s cabinuring her first winter in the colony In her new surroundings her sense her isolation and loneliness is palpable Through Laure the reader gets to experience the hardships faced by the filles u roi and the colonist in general as they tried to tame the harsh and unforgiving environment in which they settled Although fluidly written the manner in which this story is told makes it ifficult to connect with Laure A connection with the protagonist is also made Goldilocks the Three Bears difficultue to her lack of charisma I was interested in Laure s struggles but indifferent to the outcomes Nevertheless these facts id not impact in any overly negative way on my enjoyment of the novel Bride of New France is a worthwhile read for any fan of historical fiction especially those interested in novels told from the perspective of ordinary individuals rather than famous historical figures Suzanne Desrochers is a writer to watch and I look forward to hearing from her Originally posted on Futuresfading This review is of an advance reader copy won from GoodreadsBride of New France by Suzanne Desrochers is the story of a young orphan named Laure Beausejour as she is exiled to the new worldTaken from her parents as a child Laure was sent to Paris Salp tri re where women eemed unfit for society were placed Laure got a brief glimpse of wealth and family while working as a servant but when her madame passes she must go back to the wretched conditions at the hospital In addition the the plight of rats the people there are severely underfed Infants are fed a watery milk concoction and most Socialist Realism don t survive One young woman whom Laure initiallyespised passes away from scurvy Laure attempts to get a letter to the king asking for improved conditions but the hospital s Superior finds out A spiteful woman she sends Laure to Canada still a wild country as punishment Once there Laure must struggle through loss marriage and surviving in this new landLaure is neither very likeable nor relatable She initially seems bitter and jealous Mireille another girl at the Salp tri re evokes her envy When Mireille I Look Up To... Michelle Obama dies she seems to change a bit but is still very selfish She encourages her best friend Madeline to accompany her to the new world knowing fully well howangerous this might be Once in Canada she endangers Madeline once all so she won t have to be alone To her credit Laure seems a bit headstrong than other women sent to Canada Perhaps she has even grown by the end of the bookThis novel is written in the third person present tense and I on t think it really works It felt a bit impersonal and alienating At times it seemed like a clinical look than an intimate portrait This story relies so much on a central "character that this non connection leaves the novel feeling flat and lacking "that this non connection leaves the novel feeling flat and lacking emotion Still this was certainly an interesting look at how the poor of Old France were treated How the women exiled to the New France had to make o *with what they had and simply try to *what they had and simply try to Those interested in this time in history as well as women s struggles may find this book enjoyable It is certainly very illuminating I just wish it felt personal I was isappointed Laure who I felt was an entirely one imensional character and an unlikeable one at that I thought it was very strange to have the narrative written in the third person since we get very little Never Tell detail outside of what is going on in Laure s head it comes off a little bit like stream of consciousness in third person which can be effective in certain circumstances but wasn t here The styleid help convey Laure s state of mind when she was left alone for an entire winter season but that s about itLaure was completely self involved and had no emotional connection to any other character in the book Even her relationship with her supposed best friend felt false when she ied I got the impression that Laure was upset because the situation was injurious to her I wish that we could have heard from any other character especially Deskaheh
i was excited about the concept of thiswas excited about the concept of this but uite isappointed It could have been so much I found the main character unlikeable and completely self involved The whole storyline to Deterring Democracy do with her friend Madeleine seemed pointless to the main story I wish the the author had focused instead on portraying the struggles and hardships of a woman who came and forged a real ordinary life for herself instead of one who thinks she might marry auke collapses goes crazy and has strange sexual encounters with a local native fellow What was up with the whole cutting her breast thing I just Comet in Moominland (The Moomins, didn t get it I m afraid Oh I really loved this book First of all who wouldn t love the cover It spoke to me from the book shelf The woman s profile so myster. In 1669 Laure Beausejour an orphan imprisoned with prostitutes the insane and other forgotten women in Paris’ infamous Salpetriere is sent across the Atlantic to New France as a Filleu roi Laure once Hunters Heart dreamed with her best friend Madeleine of using her needlework stills to become a seamstress on the Rue Saint Honoré and to oneay marry a gentleman The King however needs French women in his new colony and he finds a fresh su. Ious and Menneskefluene (K2 dark and then edged all around like a cut out gilt paper snowflake I had to pick it up And listen to the first uote inside But what shall I tell you of migrations when in this empty sky the precise ghosts ofeparted summer birds still trace old signs Leonard Cohen The Sparrows In Let Us Compare MythologiesPoetic and beautiful Yes and so is the bookSuzanne Desrochers Nazi Gold doesn t write like a novelist particularly She s obviously a researcher who is working on her thesis as is expressed right up front But what she has is a heart for her research material She has a sensibility for it and she s translated that to her story in a most magnificent way While her plotevelopment rests safely in the hands of history Ms Desrocher is called upon to create the life of her protagonist Laure Beausejour within the confines of the times in Paris and then in Montreal in its savage and New World Mr Majeika and the School Inspector days The story is absorbing in fineetails of the asylum Laure has to bear as a child the ship she must sail in and her ultimate sufferings as a lonely and mistreated wife in the barrens of CanadaWhat s lacking in this otherwise gorgeous novel is real heart and emotion It really pains me to say that I Selected Poems didn t feel the strong emotions that should have been evoked from some of theire circumstances presented There were many examples of human suffering and several examples where great love and passion are told But the maturity of writing that would cause a reader not just to read about these passions but to actually experience them along with the characters was missing in this book I chalk it up to being a ebut novel from a very brilliant student of migration of women to North America She had lovable characters in mind and a great story to tell about them but the heart of the emotions seemed ifficult to pull off in every case Sometimes it Doctor Strange, Vol. 2 did work but many opportunities were missedThe author shows much promise in this book however I loved reading the story It was beautiful and absorbing as a tale of hardship and lovethe struggles of women in the earlyays of populating North America Days when sailing across the Atlantic was as angerous as flying to the moon and the prospect of finding a husband in Canada was as frightening as finding one in Afghanistan My heart went out to Laure her arling friend and her heroic loverThis is a book well worth the reading I m so glad I took a chance on it I highly recommend it and I hope Ms Desrochers will continue with her novel writing She shows great promise I ll be buying her next bookPS Lovers of needlework will love the references to Laure and her Actual rating 35 stars rounded up to 4 for recording purposes This book seems to have received a lower rating that in my opinion is unjustified The writing and story by no means were perfect but I think much The Train Robbers deserving than it appears I think the author put together a fine piece of Historical Fiction but falls short ineveloping her characters This being her first book I assume the mix between scholarly inclusions and character building will be better
as she progresses As for THIS book The story was very interestingshe progresses As for THIS book The story was very interesting had never heard of the Les Filles u Roi The King s Daughters before picking this book up The King is Louis XIV of France and the *DAUGHTERS REFER TO THE APPROXIMATELY 800 WOMEN SENT TO *refer to the approximately 800 women sent to New France or Modern Day uebec to be precise They were sent to the colony to be given to fur traders soldiers and others single men settled there to be wives The main goal of the crown was to have these woman marry and begin producing children so that the colony will survive and grow Many of these women were forced to go some were living in poor houses most were orphans some were petty criminals In addition to the majority I mentioned there were also country peasant girls who simply wanted to better their lives and saw this as an opportunity Also there were a few Filles e bonne naissance which irectly translates as Daughters of Good Birth but refers to the gentility or presumed higher class of woman sent to marry wealthy men or selected French Military Officers of New France Apparently this history is commonly taught in "Canada but alas I am not Canadian or precisely Canadien e A person of French heritage "but alas I am not Canadian or precisely Canadien e A person of French heritage living in uebec I understand that this book was a work of fiction but at least it has given me beginnings of knowledge that I id not possess before reading I feel that is one of the most important reasons that we all should take the time to read Upon my further research I Raking The Ashes d like to share this from Wikipedia I m not vetting the list but taking it at face value I just found it interesting and wanted to include this here Note that this is not an all inclusive list by any means Hillary Clintonescendant of filles Ellie (Ellie, du roi Madeleine Nieland and Jeanne Ducorpsite LeducAngelina Jolie Dear Office-Politics descendant of filleu roi Denise ColinMadonna Thomas Harriott descendant of filleu roi Anne SeigneurTom Bergeron A Mistletoe Kiss descendant of Marguerite Ardion4 35 324 Disappointing This novel could have been so much The characters were oneimensional and boring The story was Intimate Strangers dull and predictable I m not sure how or why this book because a national bestseller Please visit my blog for my full review I absolutely loved the raw historicaletail that was enshrined in this ebut novel Although French Canadaprimarily uebec is very good at educating their citizens about the history and culture of our ancestors there is a tendency to skim over etails I m speaking about our lack of examination about the women known as the filles The Hidden Jewels de roi We re uick to thank them about their child bearing efforts that boosted the po. Pply in the city’s largest orphanage Laure and Madeleine know little of the place called New France except for stories of ferocious winters and men who eat the hearts of French priests To be banished to Canada is a punishment worse thaneathBride of New France explores the challenges of coming into womanhood in a brutal time and place From the moment she arrives in Ville Marie Montreal Laure is expected to marry and produce