La Belle Christiane

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After her mother's murder, Christiane Pelletier flees France in the 1770's with her renegade father. To escape violence in the Canadian frontier, she flees south, only to become involved in the burgeoning American Revolution, moving into the heart of the American rebel elite. But one man in her life can never be forgotten. Once her friend, now he has become her enemy. Will he become her destiny? More

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Words: 134,090
Language: English
ISBN: 9781465974426
About Lyn Cote

When Lyn Cote became a mother, she gave up teaching, and while raising a son and a daughter, she began working on her first novel. Rejections followed. Finally in 1997, Lyn got "the call." Her first book, Never Alone, was chosen for the new Love Inspired romance line. Since then, Lyn has had over thirty-five novels published. In 2006 Lyn's book, Chloe, was a finalist for the RITA, and in 2010 and 2011, her books Her Patchwork Family and Her Healing Ways, finaled in American Christian Fiction Writers CAROL Award, both the highest awards in the romance genre. Lyn’s brand “Strong Women, Brave Stories,” includes three elements: a strong heroine who is a passionate participant in her times, authentic historical detail and a multicultural cast of characters. Lyn also features stories of strong women both from real life and true to life fiction on her blog Now living her dream of writing books at her lake cottage in northern Wisconsin, Lyn hopes her books show the power of divine as well as human love.

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Review by: Megan on Dec. 08, 2011 :
La Belle Christiane is set during the Revolutionary War. Christiane is the young and beautiful daughter of a famous French courtesan. She flees her life in France and travels through Canada and the United States meeting many hardships. She lives on the frontier, on a farm, on a battlefield, and among both the British elite and American leadership, eventually becoming a companion for Lady Washington herself. She is headstrong and restless: will she ever find lasting love and peace in this new world?

Lyn Cote is a talented author who not only writes stories but also paints vivid pictures of people and places. Reading this book was like watching a movie!
Honestly, though, I did not like Christiane's character. She is selfish and impulsive, and her rash decisions often led to turmoil for her and others. She leaves her infant son for years, while she is searching for a better life for herself, partly because she wants certain luxuries! As a mother, with an infant son, I cannot relate or understand that decision and at times Christiane's actions seemed unjustified or inconsistent with her character. In the Kindle edition that I read there were some typos and other inconsistencies. There was very little Christian theme or message.

I did enjoy the story. I loved the historical setting and the historical characters included. All of the historical detail (about places, people, clothing, etc) is extremely interesting. The story moves along quickly with a lot happening. The minor characters were as vivid as Christiane, and I liked all of them. My favorite scene is when Emma, a young lady with a hare lip, discovers that she is loved. The conversation was honest and heartwarming. I also appreciated the Quaker characters and the love they portrayed.

This one was good, but not my favorite. It is definitely worth reading for the historical aspect, and I would check out Lyn Cote's other books, too. I have read her before and really enjoyed it.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Laura Arvold on Nov. 11, 2011 :
Lyn Cote is my favorite author and she did not disappoint me with La Belle Christiane! It is indeed a "page-turner" that I was disappointed when it was done. I want the sequel (and a pre-quel) right NOW! Lyn has a unique way of developing her characters and keeping the reader's interest. She also knows how to weave accurate historical facts and settings into a great story. Well worth your purchase!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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