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Posted January 17, 2013
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.
HEAT RATING: MILD
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction and More/My Book Addiction Reviews
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Posted August 2, 2004
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!
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Posted February 2, 2001
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.
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Posted January 28, 2013
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.
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Posted September 5, 2013
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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 7, 2013
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 29, 2013
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.
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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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 17, 2013
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 19, 2013
Cloud 9: She rides clouds. Longshot: The luckiest person ever. Pyro: The human flamethrower. Storm: Don't you know who she is? Quicksilver: Superspeeder--twice as bad after caffine.
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Posted February 14, 2013