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In 18th century France, women had few choices and little chance to shape their destiny. 

Within these limits, Catherine Drummond dreams of a marriage as supportive and tender as that of her parents. But on her wedding night, her new husband relates his own vision. 

Catherine’s desire for sweet domesticity is crushed when Robert Picard reveals himself to be a man of his time, and assumes he will have the freedom to cavort without censure among the pantheon of women he has always kept. 

She is trapped in the gilded cage of the chateau Lac d’Or. 

Catherine attempts to escape, only to be cast into a fresh hell from which release means being sent on a treacherous journey she could never imagine. 

©2019 Jennifer Denslow (P)2021 Jennifer Denslow

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  • Carleen Markivich
  • 30-03-2021

Tale as Old as Time

What a story! I cannot express how much this book, though fictional, strikes a blow at the harsh reality for women during the 18th Century. I can’t imagine being accepted for a marriage that was approved by my parents, only to find out the truth of the matter after the fact. This is a powerful tale for anyone who studies women’s history or even love reading factual novels regarding the past. I personally feel for Catherine in this story. She is a character that you will be so connected to that you’ll feel her emotions as you read. The narrator did a phenomenal job at portraying each character and their demeanor. This was a quick story to listen to and one that can actually teach young women of today some valuable life skills/lessons. This book reminds me of The Giver in the way Catherine’s betrothed decided to utilize his wife for his own ploy. I can’t wait to hear/read more from this author!

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  • Danielle M.
  • 09-04-2021

Compelling Tale of Resilience

Trigger warning for domestic abuse. A lesson in women's history lies within the pages of this historical fiction. The trials and tribulations of women are tough to imagine, but easy to listen to in Jennifer Oakley Denslow's story. Catherine's journey is not one of happiness and humor but of hardship and hope. I was compelled to keep listening to see if Catherine found light after so much darkness. It becomes clear, less than a day after their marriage ceremony, that Robert is not the ideal husband she and her parents had hoped for, The pearls breaking in the opening lines serves as an ominous foreshadowing of events to come. Catherine must accept the brutal reality of her situation. She is an intriguing heroine, and it is easy to connect with her and root for her. She is a reflection of perseverance and optimism, and the evolution of her character is written well from soft-spoken and naïve to strong and capable. I found the story unpredictable in its plot twists and Denslow's attention to detail thorough. Her language is rich, descriptions are beautiful, and Elizabeth Lagelee's narration of them is perfection. Lagelee's use of a French accent keeps the listener engulfed in Denslow's setting. Her portrayal of the various characters is wonderful, and serves as one more reason I found the characters captivating. Overall, I would recommend this audiobook for it's gorgeous writing, superb character development, and historical context.

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  • Patty Beyer
  • 08-04-2021

Not your Typical Romance

First off let me start by saying that this book does involve domestic violence so be prepared for triggers. Catherine is a great character and I feel that several people can identify with her. You can not help but to feel for Catherine and her struggle to accept her new place in this new marriage but she quickly learns that all is not what she hoped for - a marriage of love much like her parents. In addition to being a wonderful historical romance, the narration by Elizabeth Lagelee is beautifully done to the point that you can really feel as if you are each character. Truly a great story especially if you are partial to historical reads or audiobooks.

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  • Rachael
  • 03-04-2021

What can a woman do?

Catherine Drummond is so excited to start her life as a married woman; expecting her's to be just like her parents - full of love. She finds out that life is not always as it is planned.

Elisabeth Lagelee narrates this story in her melodic voice bringing it to life. Her performance will keep the reader riveted and you will not want to stop listening to this story.

Jennifer Oakley Denslow has written an engaging story full of so many events that I just could not stop listening. She brought Catherine and her plight to life via this audio book and I had to find out how it ended. Denslow weaved enough truth of the time period in with her narrative to make the reader wonder...did this really happen? If you are looking for a historical women's fiction - definitely listen to this book!

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