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 fiancé arrives in port, planning to abduct her, Johan must save her again—but can he do so before Suzanne is lost to him forever?
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…
First of all, even the cover grabs me! It's beautiful.
The story is also.
The beginning swept me into the history and adventure this book is saturated with. The author did a wonderful job at weaving the details from that time and those places into this moving tale. With her parents' Protestant beliefs responsible for the downfall of her family, and her grandmother's rosary at the tip of her fingers, Susanne is not sure she believes any of it. She just wants to be happily married and protected. But when friends can no longer be trusted, and new allies are made, more than her belief, or lack thereof, are tested.
I really enjoyed both Suzanne and Johan, her strong and steady hero. I definitely recommend their story!
I was very blessed to be given a book early for review, but here is the link if you want your own. :)