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The Price of Honor Paperback – November 26, 2014
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Our heroine, Isabelle Gaudier, is a lovely young woman recently widowed. Her father has also just died and has been ordered by the King of France to marry a man she absolutely hates. Her cousin who lived with her family and resembles her greatly is to be shipped to New France as a bride for some soldier or settler there.
All this involves an intricate conspiracy which includes the murder of Pierre Gaudier (Izzy’s husband) and her father Comte de Caen (twelfth in line for the throne of France). A child of Isabelle’s could be in line to the throne...with the right executions. The intricacy that would make this work is astounding, but I’m quite sure is pretty accurate for the times. Additionally, in the conspiracy are some members of the French West India Company involved in trade in New France.
Our hero is a childhood friend of Isabelle’s, although she doesn’t recognize him immediately, Seigneur Guy Poirier. Handsome, a friend of her husbands, and still in love with her from childhood.
Those are the people, or most of them, involved. How she escapes marriage to a monster, and she, her cousin Sophie, and Guy all end up on a ship to New France is a well written and planned tale of ingenuity and daring. Along with this is the voyage itself, overcoming spies, plots within plots and the saving of New France.
This is an exciting well written story with descriptive and historically based information. It’s very hard, almost impossible, to put down. So, of course, I didn’t! Ms. Matthews is a very talented author with a marvelous gifted ability in storytelling. Do yourself a solid and pick this one up. Enjoy everyone, I did and hope she does more just like this.
Having barely donned her widow’s weeds and drawn breath in mourning her late departed, by royal edict she learns she is destined to wed (in haste) a man she loathes. Unconvinced her deceased husband is a traitor to King and Country, his death seems as suspicious as that of her papa’s sudden demise, and she sets out to uncover the truth, but who can she trust?
Betrayal is on the wind, treachery within her home, and Isabelle fears for her future, until the return of a childhood friend from New France (Canada). Guy Poirier is a man of valour and honour, a man who has always admired Isabelle and would sacrifice his life for her. His strength fuels Isabelle’s rebellious nature, whereby she defies the King, takes flight, and in so doing endangers her life, that of Guy’s, and of all those aboard a ship destined for New France.
Upon their safe arrival in New France, Isabelle’s determination to unravel lies and half truths are in part soon revealed, but can runaways assume the identity of others and escape capture and retribution? Perhaps not, but to find out you’ll have to read Isabelle’s story. This is a thoroughly engrossing tale of derring-do, adventure and romance.
The book is well written. I highly recommend it. Although it left me with a sense of incompletion towards the end, I gather that there are unresolved issues to be addressed in a follow-up book. I look forward to reading it. The Price of Honor has the style of some of the great classic that one expects to watch on the BBC and or BBC America TV stations. This story will fit right in.