Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Book Review and Giveaway of THE BLIGHTED TROTH!

Love against all odds- that’s definitely what Mirella Patzer’s historical novel, The Blighted Troth is mostly about.  This treasure of a book is set in 17th c. New France (yes a book set in my very own beloved Quebec!!)  And I especially wanted to read it because of this.   I know this history very well and was interested in seeing how it would be adapted into an historical fiction read- especially with the details of the time that I am very familiar with.  I am happy to say that for me The Blighted Troth passed the test on all levels! The historical details are exact and true to the times and written accordingly so.  What a treat for me!
Emilie and Robert, the main characters of this novel, are doomed from the very beginning.  A wedding that should have taken place, is replaced by the couple being faced with obstacle after obstacle of the very worst kind; including abductions, threats, illness, treachery, deception, religious vows and so much more. 
The story involves so many interesting characters that bring the setting to life.  From locals (les habitants), tavern and inn keepers, tyrants and lords, aunts and nephews, priests and bishops, nuns, vow takers and a fille du roi, plus, plus, plus...a whole community to set the stage for this beautiful tale of love and endurance in the 17th c. 
Every one of the characters was specifically entwined into the plot; giving each their own specific role in bringing forth the story.  Beautifully written with a touch of old history spirituality, true to Quebec’s Christian origin, made the story feel real and indeed very possible.  I could so picture all of this happen! I was completely enthralled by Mirella Patzer’s  story development.
For those of you who have read and enjoyed I Promessi Sposi- The Blighted Troth is based on this Italian classic (except much shorter and so much easier to read!) You will definitely enjoy the similarities of good vs evil in a battle where love conquers all. 
Mirella Paltzer weaves a tale that brings you beyond your imagination. Everytime I thought I could predict the next scene, I was transported to yet another surprising twist. Beautifully written and historically detailed, The Blighted Troth is a book you will want to read.
Loved it!

And now for the GIVEAWAY!  Mirella Patzer is graciously offering 1 trade-paperback AND 1 e-book in the format of the winner's choice!!

To Enter:

1) You must be a follower of this blog.
2) For Extra chances, blog about this, FB, Twitter...just send me the link

2 Winners will be announced on September 3rd.  Good Luck to All!!

((((Psst...if you're interested in entering a fun Art book Giveaway- go check out my Art Blog))) HERE.


FleurDeMar said...

I would LOVE to read this one! Regular or e-book would be excellent :D

Shannon said...

I've been waiting to read this one. =)

I'm a follower.


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Darlene said...

I'd love to read this! Please enter me in the draw.

darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com

+1 for tweeting:!/DarleneBookNook/status/109130258602659840

Thanks for the giveaway!

Ruth said...

Just started following you when I saw the post on book blogs. (Ruth)

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Mystica said...

I would like to be counted in for the regular book please.

Linda said...

Sounds great. I would love to win the print edition. Thanks for the giveaway.

mamabunny13 said...

I follow you via gfc (mamabunny13) and I would love to win this book!
mamabunny13 at gmail dot com

Mirella Patzer said...

Hello Lucy,

I'm so very excited that you enjoyed the novel so much. I am humbled and thrilled by your praise. Having travelled to Quebec City, I too, was enthralled with its beauty, and I'm so glad I got the history correct.

I am so happy to give away copies of my book.

Thank you once more!

Mirella Sichirollo Patzer

Celticlady's Reviews said...

Love the review!! I am a long time follower...



I would prefer a print copy..thanks so much!!

Roberta said...

Hi Lucy! Boy I do not know where time has's September already! I just cannot keep up these you can surely attest to as well ;) Would love to read this book...the kindle or electronic devise as yet. Plus I still prefer to hold an actual book...old fashioned I know. I've added this to my sidebar as well and hope you have a wonderful weekend. Fondly, Roberta

Komal Mansoor said...

Thanks for the awesome giveaway.
If you get time, hop on to my blog's current giveaway and enter here:

Rachel said...

I'm a follower- thanks for the giveaway!

Jenny Girl said...

Never heard of this book and don't know too much about Canadian let alone Quebec history. Thanks for the recommendation and review :)