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by Helen A. Rosburg

Genre: Historical Romance
Setting: The French Revolution

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Young Honneure lives happily with her mother at
Chateau D'Amboise, home to kings and the last home
of artist and inventor Leonardo da Vinci. But her
Loire Valley idyll ends when her mother dies and
she's sent to the Mansarts household as a foster

The young girl's fears are quelled when she meets
her new family, including the charming Phillipe, who
is a few years older than she. As they mature, both
Honneure and Phillipe have occasion to accept
positions in the Court of Versailles. Honneure's
girlish crush blossoms into true love, but soon the
intrigue and deceptions hidden within the court make
Honneure and Phillipe outcasts. However, they are
still bound by duty and honor to Louis XVI and the
young Marie Antoinette.

In the shadow of the guillotine and the last days of
a doomed monarchy, the secrets Honneure and Phillipe
keep from each other could very well destroy any
chance the two might have to be happy together.

A gripping and richly developed saga, this tale
features two very strong characters set in seemingly
impossible circumstances. Heavy with interesting
historical details, this novel is a good read for
those who relish the setting of the French
Revolution. (Oct., 475 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed By: April Redmon

Publisher: Medallion Press

Published: October 2003

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