by Elizabeth Kales
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Destiny's Weave / B003CV7RM8
A tale of romance and familial loyalties set in 1685, "Destiny's Weave" chronicles the hardships and tribulations of the Huguenot families, as the French royal court persecutes and murders them in droves for holding non-Catholic beliefs. As young Louise and Marc struggle with their mutual passion and affection, their families must decide what to do in the face of the coming storm - do they uproot the homes and lives they have worked so hard to build, or do they flee with their lives into potential poverty and ruin?
The vivid writing on display here really takes the reader into the countryside of 17th century France, as the farmers and merchants work to improve their simple fortunes and live their lives devoutly to their chosen beliefs, all while the ugly threat of violence and persecution hangs over their heads. The author has done a wonderful job of humanizing the conflict in the persons of Louise and Marc, as they struggle to live the peaceful life they should have had available to them.
If I could make one suggestion, it would be that sometimes the perspective dives into the characters' thoughts can be a little confusing. I suspect this is because the thoughts were probably formatted in italics (the usual formatting choice for thoughts), but in the conversion to this format, the italics must have been lost - as a result, without special formatting or "he thought" or "she thought", the context can be confusing. A little bit of editing can clear this right up, however, and should not be taken as criticism of the novel as a whole.
NOTE: This review is based on a sample excerpt of this book provided through the ABNA contest.
~ Ana Mardoll
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