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In the meantime, in order to save their lives due to the French King's intention to rid France of all Huguenots, Jacques helped Pierre and his family escape to England. Upon settling in England, Pierre met Paul Thibault, a rich widower who acted like a bank, holding vaults of gold, which he exchanged for the proper documentation, like a check. Pierre had a letter of credit by Jacques to help set up his silk weaving business in England. Upon seeing Louise, Paul was fascinated by her and when Pierre found out that Louise was pregnant by Marc, he did the necessary to save his family's reputation by telling Paul that Louise had been raped by a dragoon and Paul married Louise, accepting the baby as his own.
The story has many interesting subplots, which intertwine one way or another around Louise, which furthered the story and although the author gave good physical descriptions of her characters, there was a lack of indepth insight into their psyches and, consequently, with more than enough descriptions, there lacked drama and emotions that would have been broiling when you have this religious fervor, love, fear, death and such to expound upon. The beginning lags but as the tale further developed, then it picked up. There is enough interesting material, however, that I give it four stars. I enjoyed it overall and I found few typos as another reviewer remarked.
I enjoy books that have details of what, who, what it looks like - a lived-in world. This is satisfying.
The story of danger, oppression and change is handled well; the love story is one of sacrifice, honor and constancy over the years. I read this because I encountered the author in various discussions, and I found her articulate, wise and kind - the book is obviously the product of such a creator. It can be read in little sips, or you can plow through it, if you wish, and go back to read. I recommend it.