Emilie – Historical Novel Society

Written by Ingrid Ramsdale
Evaluation by Vicki Kondelik

Emilie is a compelling novel set throughout the wars between Catholics and Huguenots in 16th-century France.  Emilie, the daughter of a Huguenot nobleman, resists the plans of her mother and father and her merciless brother Pierre to marry her off to Pierre’s good friend, the evil Marcus Daval.  She needs to check natural drugs and change into a healer, and secretly takes classes from the gardener Thomas.  A number of members of Emilie’s household are killed within the St. Bartholomew’s Day Bloodbath.  She manages to flee and finds refuge at a monastery, the place she hears information of one other bloodbath of Huguenots.  She should determine whether or not to deal with the victims and danger falling into the arms of Marcus and Pierre, who’ve transformed to Catholicism to save lots of their lives, or to flee France.

Emilie is a sympathetic, complicated, and extremely smart heroine who rebels towards her strict non secular upbringing and longs for the kind of schooling often reserved for boys. Ingrid Ramsdale brings her characters to life and attracts the reader into Emilie’s journey, each her adventures as she makes an attempt to flee from France and her inner journey of self-discovery as she comes to appreciate that not all Catholics are dangerous and that her personal facet has dedicated atrocities as effectively. She experiences nice loss however turns into a stronger particular person on the finish, realizing how complicated the world is. I additionally liked a number of of the secondary characters. I particularly wish to point out Madame Gruelle, Emilie’s governess, whose stern exterior hides a coronary heart of gold in addition to a number of secrets and techniques, and Brother Nicholas, a person of the world turned monk and herbalist, who jogs my memory of considered one of my favourite characters of all time: Ellis Peters’ Brother Cadfael. The subtitle, “The Journey Begins,” suggests there could also be a sequel, and I might look ahead to Emilie’s additional adventures.


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