By Honor Bound

By Honor Bound

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by Helen A Rosburg
     
 

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Honneure Mansart, the orphaned child of a lowly servant, never dreamed that she would one day find herself servant to the lovely, young Marie Antoinette. But as France's political climate overheats, tragedy and a terrible secret threaten to lead Honneure to the guillotine in the footsteps of her queen. 0-9743639-1-X$6.99 / Medallion Press  See more details below

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Honneure Mansart, the orphaned child of a lowly servant, never dreamed that she would one day find herself servant to the lovely, young Marie Antoinette. But as France's political climate overheats, tragedy and a terrible secret threaten to lead Honneure to the guillotine in the footsteps of her queen. 0-9743639-1-X$6.99 / Medallion Press

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By Honor Bound is compelling! A real page turner! A richly developed novel full of well drawn characters and interesting historical details.

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ISBN-13:
9781605424477
Publisher:
Medallion Media Group
Publication date:
11/01/2003
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
469
Sales rank:
622,691
File size:
4 MB

Meet the Author

Helen A. Rosburg is a writer and owner of Medallion Press. She lives with her husband James and daughter Ali on a farm in Odessa, FL.

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By Honor Bound 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
BY HONOR BOUND by Helen A. Roseburg is a interesting historical romance set in 1760-1793 France. It is an epic story of love,sacrifice,tragedy, sadness,secrets and devotion. It is based historical facts,fiction with a romance between Marie Antoinette's maid, Honneure Mansart,and Phillipe, Honneure's her foster brother and servant to Marie Antoinette. With France's political climate heating up, both Marie Antoinette and Honneure are in danger. Tragedy stalks both couples.When Honneure's secret surfaces that even Phillipe doesn't know she could face the guillotine just as Queen Marie Antoinette and King Louis XV did. A fight for survival with many a sacrifice including the King and Queen's children, Honneure and Phillipe must hide their own child. A fast paced, sad story that will have you with tissues at your side,as your read this epic story of love and sacrifice. Received for an honest review from the publisher. Details can be found at Medallion Press, the author's website, and My Book Addiction and More. RATING: 4 HEAT RATING: MILD REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction and More/My Book Addiction Reviews
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So well written, one can almost smell the gunpowder, hear & feel the thunderstorms, taste the wine of a kiss. There are love scenes, but they are well written without unneeded descriptions. So full of historical fact, interwoven within the fictional aspect, one can almost believe the fictional charavters were there. Characters are well developed. Bravo Ms. Rosburh. I absolutely reccomend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful historic romance you won't want to miss. Epic in detail this story transports you back to France right before the revolution. We are introduced to Honneure a servant that has seen hard times but always sses the good that can be found in any situation. She is orphaned at the age of eight and is sent to the Mansart's a family of servants that adopt Honneure and love her and raise her as their own. They already have a son Phillipe and he loves his 'sister' at first sight. This story follows the lives of the Mansart's as well as the growing relationship between Honneur and Phillipe, and eventually leads our hero and heroine to Versailles and service to the young Marie Antoinette. Here within the backdrop of the French court Phillipe and Honneure realize that their love is a true and deep love that transcends time, place, and circumstances. Of course the path to happiness is shadowed by those at court that are jealous and petty and do their utmost to keep the young lovers apart. The two live through many hardships but in the end their love survives when so much of their past has been lost to the revolution. This is a timeless tale and Ms. Rosburg has done her homework on the French Court and paints a very vivid picture of the Palace of Versailles. As well as the history surrounding the French Revolution. This is truely an amazing story that puts you directly in those troubled times and gives you a brief look at what it may have been like right before the end of the Terror. Be prepared to have the kleenex handy as you will need it throuhout the book and be prepared to be swept into the story. This book has definitely made it onto my 'keeper shelf'. Ms. Rosburg always offers an emotional read and this story is no different. I highly recommend this read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Volume One in The Honor Series France, 1760-72 BY HONOR BOUND covers twelve years in the life of Honneure, the fatherless daughter of Mathilde, a quietly enigmatic servant in an historic Chateau in the Loire Valley. The opening sees Honneure orphaned and sent to live with the Monsart family, servants at the Chateau D'Ambois, home of the kind Madame Dupin, a familiar at the Court of Versailles. Honneure spends several years happy and well loved by the Monsarts until their son Philippe is offered a position as her personal groom by the young Princess Marie Antoinette, wife of the heir to the throne. To save his sister from Madame Dupin's overly amorous steward, Philippe arranges a position at court for Honneure. In that lascivious place and time, it is inevitable that two such naïve and handsome young people attract unwanted attention and jealousy. No matter how bright and hardworking or how kind their masters, servants in the eighteenth century had little control over their own lives and servants of royalty less than none, it seems. Even the sponsorship of Marie Antoinette cannot save Honneure and Philippe from the intrigues at court. The future queen is sympathetically portrayed as a generous and moral young girl, sent from a happy home into a difficult situation made more so by the king's mistress, Madame Du Barry. They, as well as some other notables of the day, are introduced in a fashion that makes history easy to swallow. Vivid descriptions of the sumptuous palaces and gardens bring back a time that left a marvelous legacy of beauty but is thankfully long gone. BY HONOR BOUND is a very well written, constant edge-of-the-seat sort of book. Ms. Rosburg immediately captures interest in her eminently likable hero and heroine. She puts a touch of mystery into Honneure's origin, and then follows Honneure and Philippe as they grow up physically and emotionally. Their love grows, too, and one is sure it will eventually change from fraternal love to something more-if allowed by fate and enemies. Readers should know that, as fine a book as BY HONOR BOUND is, they won't know at the end of this volume how it all turns out. The story continues in April with Volume Two: FOR LOVE OF HONOR and with Volume Three: THE DEATH OF HONOR in 2002. Still, if you wish an all-absorbing read full of gut-wrenching suspense, I recommend BY HONOR BOUND. It is excellent.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*Very sad but very good read... recommended for those interested in the french nobility
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic glimpse into an era of French royalty, some history that is known and other that was surprising. Telling through the eyes and experiences of a servant was so much more revealing. The main character ultimately went on an odessy in her movements through France and her relationships. The considerable length of the story meant lots of time to enjoy it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful piece of historical fiction. Having travelled to Paris and Versailles, I was able to envision it all again with author's wonderfully descriptive writing. I had a difficult time putting the book down, and enjoyed reading about historical events through the characters eyes. Looking forward to reading the next in the series.
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AVIDIDAHOREADER More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading about the King and Queen of France. Marie Antoinette was portrayed in a much different life than what most of us have been led to believe in history. Made me want to learn more about her and her family. Honnoure did not have an easy begining and after being orphaned she was brought into a strong and loving household and the releationship with her adopted brother, in the beginning as a loving companion and friend, over time became more. When Honnuere was given the opportunity to serve Marie Antoinette, her life becomes even more interesting and the releationship she shared with the Queen was as a loyal and honerable servant. The choices Honnuere must eventally make shows her to be torn between loyalty and love. Which path will she choose and what will she learn about herself and the mystery of her beginning comes to life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this well written book. It explores another perspective on the tragic outcome of Marie Antoinette. I couldnt put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't wait to see what happened to Honnuer and Phillipe! I had to pick this book up at every spare moment that I had. Wonderful story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read even though you know the outcome. I thoughly enjoyed this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read so many books it's sometimes hard for me to go back and remember a particular storyline, but this story held my attention. There is some romance, but nothing too heavy, or extremely detailed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am always intrigued by this tragic time period in France. This story is so descriptive you feel as if you are there. Such a poignant story...the unfairness, the heartache but though it all romance.
IsisES More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy history, you'll love this book it's set in France before and during the revolution, I couldn't put it down I think I read it over two evenings.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You have 600 pages. A must read. Good love story
Sueso More than 1 year ago
This is a good read for the person who,loves history and romance. A different perspective of the life of Marie Antoinette...it was very good all the way through and very exciting at the end. The dread nearly did me in!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago