White Heartby Julie B. Caton
The warrior leapt on her like a starving wolf on a lamb. Pressing a large knife to her throat, he pinned her down. His free hand grabbed her thick skirts and undershirt, and he yanked them over her head. She screamed again and again. I tried to turn away but could not. Shame flooded me. Ellen had been my best friend for five years. We had seen the trading post prosper. Her gentle Huguenot spirit had succored me through difficulties. I had grown into a better woman because of her faith. And I knew how her violation felt. Had I not fled France sixteen years ago because of my own humiliation? Had I not been devastated by my abuse while at Versailles? Trapped in the extravagance and the artifice of the French court during the reign of the Sun King, Louis the XIV, Madeleine de Roybon D'Allone becomes desperate for an escape. When the king himself offers her the opportunity to flee to the New World, Madeleine eagerly accepts. Madeleine soon embarks on a new life in Ontario, but the trials of her past are not so easily left behind. Life on the frontier is fraught with its own opportunities and danger. Madeleine explores roles such as teacher to the Hurons, lady voyageur, and proprietor of a fur-trading post on Lake Ontario. Yet when the Iroquois attack her homestead and take her captive, her life and spiritual faith change forever. Based on the actual life of Madeleine de Roybon D'Allone, White Heart is a compelling story of faith, love, and recovery.
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I picked this up after seeing the author speak at a university. White Heart is near-ideal for a personally-felt, seemingly painstakingly-detailed historical fiction novel with a prominent Christian perspective. Many first-time authorial flaws are avoided, and the book reads well (I must say, though I'm not normally one for historical romance-types, I read this through in about a week). A great first effort, and of particular note to those with an interest in the St. Lawrence seaway and early pre-revolutionary history.
This was a terrific book. I was able to get copies of it before the street date and we read this book in my book club. Since this is Julie Caton's first book, we didn't know what to expect but we were all pleasantly surprised at how well this book was written and how interesting it was. The book is well researched and you get a real feel for the time period. The characters are well-developed and very human...you come away feeling like you know them. It is a little "saucy" for a Christian book, but the gospel message is proclaimed loud and clear as you share Madeline's struggle to find true faith in God. It was a perfect selection for our book club and I highly recommend it.
This debut historical novel focuses on the true-life, 17th century heroine, Madeleine, who comes to New France to establish a life of adventure and independence. She becomes the first female property owner in Ontario, and selects the explorer Robert La Salle as her fiance. But challenges of all types face her. The exciting climax of the story is her being captured by the Iroquois Indians in 1687.