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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (998 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Suzanne Desrochers Narrator: Emma Bering Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2012 ISBN: 9780449807026
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Transporting readers from cosmopolitan seventeenth-century Paris to the Canadian frontier, this vibrant debut tells of the struggle to survive in a brutal time and place. Laure Beausejour has been taken from her destitute family and raised in an infamous orphanage to be trained as a lace maker. Striking and willful, she dreams of becoming a seamstress and catching the eye of a nobleman. But after complaining about her living conditions, she is sent to Canada as a fille du roi, expected to marry a French farmer there. Laure is shocked by the primitive state of the colony and the mingling of the settlers with the native tribes. When her ill-matched husband leaves her alone in their derelict hut for the winter, she must rely on her wits and her clandestine relationship with an Iroquois man for survival.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jayme | 2/16/2014

    " I really disliked the main character of this book and her flaws were magnified by the kindness of the people around her. When she got stuck in a cold house in the middle of winter in Quebec, I was almost gleeful. That said, I enjoyed learning about conditions and life in New France and getting a sense of this part of Canadian history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 2/5/2014

    " Well written. I would have liked more info about Laure's life in the wilderness. I hope there is a sequel, so that we can find out what happens to Luce. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teresa | 1/9/2014

    " Nine or more of my ancestors were filles du roi (a group of women sent to Canada by the French King to colonize New France) so this was for me to get a sense of their lives. I enjoyed it much more than I expected to. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Katrina | 1/8/2014

    " First Read Win. I usually love historical type of reads. It just wasn't my cup of tea. Will pass it on to a friend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tanya | 12/25/2013

    " I liked this book a lot. It was an interesting historical novel about a time period I don't know a lot about. Well worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Francine Martin | 9/22/2013

    " It wasn't until over halfway through that the story became compulsively readable. My ancestors first came to Canada within a decade of when this historical novel was set, so in spite of the slow start, the author's vivid picture of life in New France in the 1660s was enough to keep me reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy Kozurek | 9/13/2013

    " I really like historical fiction, the historical aspects were interesting - the story part was lacking. I do not feel the characters were developed, you dont understand why they acted they way they did. Also, the ending felt like you drove off a cliff. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jennifer | 7/8/2013

    " I didn't love this. Took issue with character at the beginning of the book. Didn't really warm up to her. Tough life, yes. Still didn't really like her. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 4/25/2013

    " Typically Canadian- great historical info but so depressing even the 'happy' ending made me want to jump off a brdge. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 2/28/2013

    " This is a historial novel about the girls coming from France to populate the new world, Canada. A good read "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Suzanne | 10/16/2012

    " interesting historical fiction but not well developed plot or characters; definitely not gripping. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vicki Seamons | 8/24/2012

    " Who knew France populated their "New France" (Canada) with orphans and the mentally incapacitated. The story was interesting and a quick read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shannon | 8/8/2012

    " I was interested in the time period and location of this book. But I didn't think the character development was there. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 8/1/2012

    " An interesting book dealing with the role of women in the settlement of Quebec. I was aurprised to learn about the conditions. An easy read. "

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About the Author

Suzanne Desrochers is of French Canadian descent, has conducted extensive research on the filles du roi and is writing a PhD thesis at King’s College London on the migration of women to America. She lives in Toronto.

About the Narrator

Emma Bering is an audiobook narrator whose readings include The Second Empress by Michelle Moran, Bride of New France by Suzanne Desrochers, and A Brief History of Montmaray by Michelle Cooper, among many others.