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Love's First Light by [Carie, Jamie]
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About the Author

Jamie Carie is the author of Snow Angel, a ForeWord magazine Romance Book of the Year nominee, National “Best Books 2007” Awards winner, and 2008 RITA Awards® Best First Book finalist. She lives with her husband and three children in Indianapolis.

Product Details

  • File Size: 891 KB
  • Print Length: 323 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0805448136
  • Publication Date: June 1, 2009
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #617,016 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
This book is, plain and simple, an offense against history. The idiotic errors on the very first page of this nonsensical story told me that the author, while claiming to write a "historical" novel, has no clue about the actual history of the French Revolution, and simply doesn't care. At a guess, her total research involved watching the very worst possible movie version of the already awful _The Scarlet Pimpernel_ and then regurgitating every single tired, totally inaccurate cliché about evil bloodthirsty revolutionaries and poor, defenseless, saintly aristocrats, because it's obvious that she never once cracked a history book.

- A French guillotine in 1789? It didn't exist in France and wouldn't be used for another three years.
- A rolling guillotine that they brought to your house? Nobody _ever_ invented that (and since a real one is fourteen feet tall, imagine getting it through the front door).
- Massacre without trial of countless aristocrats in 1789? Didn't happen.
- Robespierre maniacally controlling everything and decreeing death sentences in 1789? In 1789, when the monarchy was still very much in place, thank you, he was a nobody and an earnest supporter of abolishing the death penalty.

Does the author have the remotest idea that the first three years of the French Revolution were marked with very little violence and nobody was singling out aristocrats?

This piece of garbage is just so painfully absurd and inaccurate that I couldn't read beyond the first two pages. If you love historical fiction and believe that historical fiction should actually resemble genuine history, avoid this abomination like the plague.
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Format: Paperback
Love's First Light starts out with an intensely emotional and graphic scene that made me wince, but I couldn't stop reading. Carie did an excellent job with realism. As I read along I realized how many morbid sayings come from that era like, "Should I stick my neck out?" and "Some heads are gonna roll." Ew. That time period was downright brutal and unfair to the innocent. I loved how well the author played this theme out even if it did gross me out a bit at times.

This started out as a really good story but there were a few things that didn't sit right with me from the middle to the end. The hero's dialogue sounded a bit more like a woman than a man for much of the second half of the book. It could've been because he was a scientist and artsy sort, but I'm not inclined to think the author made the man seem effeminate on purpose. Maybe it's just me, but I also felt like I was slipping in and out of the time period, too. It's hard to explain. Maybe the voice wasn't consistently French- Revolution-sounding. That's the only thing I can think of that would explain why I didn't feel immersed in the story from the middle of the book to the end.

One more sort of humorous comment. On page 263 one of the characters references when the French gave the Statue of Liberty to America after they won their freedom from England. Well, I'm not a huge history buff when it comes to the picky dates and details but even I knew that event occurred in the 1800s. It bugged me so I looked it up and the date was 1886 to be exact - a full 100 years later. One historic site wrote... The Statue of Liberty was given to America by the French in 1886 and has been a symbol for America ever since.
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Format: Kindle Edition
This 'novel'~I am being generous in this reference, is completely inaccurate! Horribly inaccurate to the point of absurd.
Historical Fiction is my favorite genre for several reasons. It is a brillant way to teach/learn history though the telling stories with the addition of dialogue, could have been connections between known facts and character depth added to make the story interesting while remaining accurate to the FACTS. This book is WRONG WRONG WRONG on every ~fact~ making it dangerous FICTION and HISTORICALLY NOTHING! If it's wrong by date, person, event, invention, politics and language it is NOT HISTORICAL and it's dangerous to label it as such.
This book made me angry! It is very obvious the author did no research about the time, place and invention of the period claimed in the setting. Many errors are so egregious a high school World History class would spot the errors immediately.
This author? was obviously too LAZY to do the minimum research. Labeling this as historical fiction is Wrong! It is pure fiction and poor fiction at that. Full time considerdtion of another endeavor is in order.
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Format: Kindle Edition
"They were coming.”

Christophe St. Laurent is alone. He lives in hiding from those who wish him dead. From those who murdered his family. The French Revolution wages on while Christophe fights the horrific memories that plague him. His only light is his love of science.

Scarlett has accepted her place in life- A pregnant widow trying to help her mother and sister. During a midnight visit to her husband’s grave she meets a man who changes everything for Scarlett. A relationship quickly blossoms but a terrible discovery awaits. One that could destroy everything.

This story is heart-wrenching. The horrors that Christophe goes through, the evil Scarlett discovers…. It is a high-impact action story that kept me hooked from the first heart-racing page to the closing scene. I loved Jamie Carie’s blend of history and fiction, creating a beautifully written drama. Prepare yourself to be swept away with this one! Christophe pulled on my heart. I wanted to rescue him. His and Scarlett’s story is one I will not be forgetting for a long time.

*I received this book free from B&H Publishing Group in exchange for my honest review. The thoughts I have expressed are entirely my own.*
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