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Zoe had so much going for her but much more going against herself. The love of her father and the jealousy and borderline hatred that her stepmother Madam had for her, she still held her head up high, walked gracefully and remained respectable throughout the story. Julien was scarred earlier in life by what he witnessed which put a huge damper on love. Spoiled, rich and self indulgent lead him to think that he could do no wrong and take what he wanted without consequences.
The bond between the two was powerful that carried throughout the story. At times in the book there were moments when history reminded us of a black women's worth which basically was non existent. This book was well written and truly worth reading. Well Done!!
I love how T.A Ford intertwined romance with issues and culture relevant to 19th century France. The book reminded me of "Ever After" in some instances, but since I love the movie, I found it very pleasant.
Though the novel is a romantic tale, Ford was not afraid to take the reader into the less than romantic elements of 19th Century France for gens de couleur. For example, her sister Marianne is oblivious to the looks and glances that men give Zoe because of her skin color. Though the two were brought up similarly, Zoe is well-aware of their differences.
Many times throughout the novel, I found myself getting angry at the "villains", even gasping in disbelief over comments and situations that Zoe finds herself in. For example, she is literally told at one point that because she has brown skin and is a woman, she is meant to serve men. Even if she is raised as a woman of good standing, there are still people who consider her to be lower than anyone else.
I don't want to spoil the book, but by the book's end you really want the bad guys to get their comeuppance. I don't always get caught up in the books that I read, but Ford was able to draw out several emotions (frustration, anger, sadness, hope, laughs, relief, happiness). She is able to make you feel what Zoe and La Roque go through-- the heartache and the happy moments too.
Zoe is a truly likeable character. She is smart, quick to learn, strong-willed, and sincere. La Roque, the commitment-phobe, took a while for me to warm up to but you get a real since of who he is and why he is that way. Both characters parents have tragic stories themselves, and it affects who they are.
Her characters are engaging, the plot keeps you turning the pages, and at times I was tempted to peek at the end because it was so thrilling.
I definitely recommend this book to everyone.
This book captivated my attention from the first page all the way to the very last page. I loved how the author told the love story between Zoe and La Roque!!!! This book will literally leave you on the edge of your seat and you will NOT want to put it down until you finish it. Trust me, it's better than watching a movie and I was sad when it was over, but glad that it is actually a full length book and WELL WORTH EVERY PENNY! A TRUE MUST READ!
I found Zoe to be a very enjoyable read. The author did a great job researching the environment, mannerisms, customs and fashion of the time. The main character sometimes had glimpses of being a tragic woman of Bi-Racial background but those moments were few and far. The object of her affection was described in a dashing way without the flowery prose that sometimes proves to bog down romance novels of this sort.
He had enough balance of emotion, torment and heroics to endear him to the reader and by the end I was cheering him on.
TA Ford wove a rich tale that brought the world of these characters to life. The chapters toward the end were the most interesting. They contained vivid scenarios with perfect pitch pacing that left me holding my breath with each turn of the page.
I'd highly recommend this book to those who love romance, particularly from a perspective rarely seen in fiction.