Love against all odds- that’s definitely what Mirella Patzer’s historical novel, The Blighted Troth is mostly about. This treasure of a book is set in 17th c. New France (yes a book set in my very own beloved Quebec!!) And I especially wanted to read it because of this. I know this history very well and was interested in seeing how it would be adapted into an historical fiction read- especially with the details of the time that I am very familiar with. I am happy to say that for me The Blighted Troth passed the test on all levels! The historical details are exact and true to the times and written accordingly so. What a treat for me!
Emilie and Robert, the main characters of this novel, are doomed from the very beginning. A wedding that should have taken place, is replaced by the couple being faced with obstacle after obstacle of the very worst kind; including abductions, threats, illness, treachery, deception, religious vows and so much more.
The story involves so many interesting characters that bring the setting to life. From locals (les habitants), tavern and inn keepers, tyrants and lords, aunts and nephews, priests and bishops, nuns, vow takers and a fille du roi, plus, plus, plus...a whole community to set the stage for this beautiful tale of love and endurance in the 17th c.
Every one of the characters was specifically entwined into the plot; giving each their own specific role in bringing forth the story. Beautifully written with a touch of old history spirituality, true to Quebec’s Christian origin, made the story feel real and indeed very possible. I could so picture all of this happen! I was completely enthralled by Mirella Patzer’s story development.
For those of you who have read and enjoyed I Promessi Sposi- The Blighted Troth is based on this Italian classic (except much shorter and so much easier to read!) You will definitely enjoy the similarities of good vs evil in a battle where love conquers all.
Mirella Paltzer weaves a tale that brings you beyond your imagination. Everytime I thought I could predict the next scene, I was transported to yet another surprising twist. Beautifully written and historically detailed, The Blighted Troth is a book you will want to read.
And now for the GIVEAWAY! Mirella Patzer is graciously offering 1 trade-paperback AND 1 e-book in the format of the winner's choice!!
1) You must be a follower of this blog.
2) For Extra chances, blog about this, FB, Twitter...just send me the link
2 Winners will be announced on September 3rd. Good Luck to All!!
((((Psst...if you're interested in entering a fun Art book Giveaway- go check out my Art Blog))) HERE.