Bride Of New France by Suzanne DesrochersBride Of New France by Suzanne Desrochers

Bride Of New France

bySuzanne Desrochers

Paperback | January 17, 2012

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Laure Beausejour grew up in a dormitory in Paris surrounded by prostitutes, the insane, and other forgotten women. With her friend Madeleine, she dreams of using her needlework skills to become a seamstress and one day marry a nobleman. But in 1669, Laure and Madeleine are sent across the Atlantic to New France as filles du roi. The girls know little of their destination, except for stories of ferocious winters and men who eat the hearts of French priests. To be banished to Canada is a punishment worse than death.

This haunting first novel explores the challenges that a French girl faces coming into womanhood in a brutal time and place. From the moment she arrives, Laure is expected to marry and produce children with a brutish French soldier who can barely survive the harsh conditions of his forest cabin. But through her clandestine relationship with Deskaheh, an allied Iroquois, Laure discovers the possibilities of this New World.

  Suzanne Desrochers grew up in the French-Canadian village of Lafontaine on the shores of Georgian Bay in Ontario. She currently lives in London, UK, with her husband and son. She is completing a PhD thesis at King’s College comparing the migration of women from Paris and London to colonial North America. She also wrote her MA thes...
Title:Bride Of New FranceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.25 × 5.34 × 0.87 inPublished:January 17, 2012Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143173391

ISBN - 13:9780143173397

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Depiction of what New France was like Interesting read whether you know the history behind the filles du roi or not. Great accuracy and beautifully written.
Date published: 2017-09-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Bride of New France This is a beautifully written book and I quite enjoyed it, the story could be a bit slow at times but overall it was enjoyable. This is just not my usual type of book.
Date published: 2017-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful! Beautifully written novel about those women who's heartache and struggle in a vast new land could only have been considered heroic. I have thus far found three of these women in my own genealogy and knowing how very difficult life was for them breaks my heart.
Date published: 2015-07-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not For Me Does it make me a bad Canadian if I say that I don't read very many novels written by Canadian authors? I hope not but it's the truth. I don't read many novels written by Canadian authors and I think it's a real shame so I'm hoping to make up for that in the new year. I think the main reason I have an issue with Canadian authors is because the books written by them tend to be literature which while I love the genre I can't read to many books like that or else I start feeling a bit pretentious. Anyways last month I was browsing the shelves of my local library branch and I came across Bride of New Frances and after looking at the cover which I find to be gorgeous. Seriously, look at it. Isn't it a beaut? So once again you can see I was taken in by yet another pretty cover and we all know that can lead to the book being a hit or miss for me and this one was a miss. The story starts off in France where we are introduced to Laure and her best friend Madeleine who are both living in Salpetriere hospital before they are whisked away to New France to be brides to the men who live in the rough, and often deadly New World in order to give the men a reason to stay and build the population of New France up thus lessening the burden of them on France if the settlers were to move back. While on the journey though Madeleine falls ill and ultimately passes away when the two girls reach their destination leaving Laure alone and unsure in the unwelcoming wilderness that is now her home. While this book sounds like there is an air of adventure, and promise between the pages due to the fact that it's about a young woman who is now forced to start her life anew. Unfortunately this one wasn't particularly rich with historical detail, or an air of adventure even when she breaks a cultural taboo and has to do something that will break her heart. There was no emotional depth to Laure and I thought that was very unfortunate. I had several problems with the novel. First off was the way it was told. I just couldn't get into it. Yes I read the book in it's entirety, but it wasn't at all what I expected. For me the whole novel lacked the ability to draw me in there was nothing engrossing about it at all. It lacked depth and read more as though the author were writing a summer of events that took place in a novel rather than writing the novel itself. I also had trouble connecting with Laure because very little about her character as well as the other characters and I found them to be very one dimensional. The plot though was the biggest disappointment because of the way it was written like a summary of a novel. There was a lot of promise in the plot and I kept hoping that it would get better and become more engrossing as I went on but sadly it didn't. A lot more detail could have been paid towards the characters and the history of Canada then there was so for me this book just didn't live up to my expectations. It turned out to be more of a filler novel to me where I just read it to read it. I may have enjoyed bits and pieces of it here and there but ultimately the book jut wasn't for me and was mediocre at best. If I were to recommend this novel it would probably be towards people that enjoy historical fiction set in Canada and historical fiction in general. While the book wasn't up to my standards for a good work of historical fiction that doesn't mean that you shouldn't give it a try yourself. If the author does write another novel I'm still more than willing to give her another try to see if I like her other works better.
Date published: 2012-12-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing read Please visit my blog for my review:
Date published: 2012-03-04

Editorial Reviews

BRIDE OF NEW FRANCE is a gorgeous historical debut, in no small part because Suzanne Desrochers’s superb imagination brings this period of Canada’s story to vivid, vivid life. - Joseph Boyden, Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning author of THROUGH BLACK SPRUCESuzanne Desrochers has given us a compelling story and fascinating heroine in Laure, a woman who manages to survive the extraordinary perils of marrying the Canadian wilderness. - Susan Swan, author of WHAT CASANOVA TOLD MESuzanne Desrochers brings a novelist’s eye to a subject … which is deeply embedded in the mythology of French Canada and ought to be better known in English Canada. Hers is a bold and intimately imagined recreation. - Philip Marchand, author of GHOST EMPIREBRIDE OF NEW FRANCE is the best piece of historical fiction I’ve read in a long time. Desrochers’s painstaking research is evident throughout, and that, along with her creativity, make the characters, situations and details of this book ring true. - Telegraph-JournalA moody, beautiful piece of historical fiction … Like the best of historical fiction, the novel rewards us with knowledgeable and intriguing details … Desrochers’s writing sustains a good pace: it is at once melancholic and engaging, consistently delivering skilful turns of phrase. - Winnipeg Free PressA meticulously researched, lyrical tale … BRIDE OF NEW FRANCE succeeds in bringing history to life. Laure Beauséjour’s story adds a great deal to our understanding of the period. - National Post“Suzanne Desrochers, a trained historian … paints a picture of daily life in New France that is strikingly new—and not pretty … As much as her feeling for Laure and her companions gives the book heart, professional discipline keeps it real. It is a powerful combination.” - The Globe and Mail“Graceful.” - Maclean’s“The novel does an excellent job with sensory details … The various settings—the Salpêtrière, the boat that takes the women to Canada, and New France itself—are finely drawn … an excellent look at the struggles for existence and the struggle for meaning in what can be a terrifying life.” - Ottawa Citizen“Desrochers’s descriptions are vivid and unforgiving … Laure’s story weighs heavily on the reader, but in her, Desrochers has given history’s silent filles du roi a voice.” - Quill & Quire