Rating: 5 out of 5.

Daughter of the King by Kerry Chaput, 245 pp

Historical fiction

I racked my brain to recall the history of the Huguenots. Apparently, thirteen years spent studying French came up short. Lucky for me, I received an ARC of Daughter of the King by debut novelist Kerry Chaput, a rich historical fiction exposing the struggles of the French Protestants (the Huguenots) against the Catholic Church in late 17th century France. The story unfolds the desires of the main character, Isabelle Colette, a young woman seeking refuge from the unspeakable brutality of Catholic soldiers in the Royal Army. Isabelle’s hopes to remain true to her religious beliefs and keep her family and friends safe become more dangerous than her fears. Exiled from her home in La Rochelle, she travels to Rouen, facing more loss and peril along the way, until an ultimate sacrifice presents herself. Choosing to live sends her to New France as a Filles du Roi, a daughter of the king, the 17th century version of a mail-order bride. In Quebec City, Isabelle summons her strength, buried as deep as her Protestant bible, to battle new political struggles in a new land. Chaput places her reader in each unique setting. From poverty-stricken, wine-imbued hovels of La Rochelle, to the bowels of a ship crossing the Atlantic, to forests in the wilds of Canada, readers walk, run, and flee with Isabelle as she continually hunts down her fears to triumph in purpose. I envision a sequel. I hope so. Isabelle has much more to teach us about life in New France, interactions with the Native Americans and the fates of other Filles du Roi.

I received an ARC of Daughter of the King in exchange for my honest review.

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