Bride Tree

Bride Tree

by JP Robinson


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Bride Tree: 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
ReadersFavorite 4 months ago
Reviewed by Peggy Jo Wipf for Readers' Favorite J.P. Robinson begins Bride Tree with Pope Clement XIV commissioning twelve-year-old Fabio (aka Alexandre) to a life of deceit and destruction. His mission is to destroy the Bourbon rule of King Louis of France. All this so the Catholic church can step in and rule France. Shunned by the child bride, Marie-Antoinette, Maximilian is determined that she will be the instrument of the king’s destruction. Meanwhile, Philippe de Valence, also twelve, secretly visits a renowned preacher, John Wesley, in disguise and has a spiritual experience that the Catholic church would frown upon. This sets the plot for twenty years later when the characters are in place and the key person, Viviane de Lussan, enters Paris. Her near-death experience allows her to see the turmoil the working class faces as they struggle just to eat, while the queen is uncontrollable in her spending. Salome blames all aristocrats for the death of her brother and unites influential men who wish for a change in government. Will Viviane yield to spying on Queen Marie-Antoinette and whom will this information benefit?   I found Bride Tree by J.P. Robinson to be a fascinating historical story. I will never view France’s history the same way as the author forms an intriguing plot about their lives. The multiple characters give this novel depth and variety from many walks of life. Each person has a unique personality and goal which overlap in the destruction of the king and queen. The treatment of the poorer class is sad, while the upper class is vile and deceptive. Robinson gives a realistic view of what people in this time period would have faced and the need for change when those governing do not have the best interests of the people in mind. An enchanting romance woven with espionage, and a power struggle that will keep any historical fan charmed and mesmerized.
AMHeath More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts: I found the concept behind Bride Tree to be extremely interesting. Robinson’s choice to use alternative history (which in a nutshell uses real historical setting and some historical events while changing other events or the timeline to suit the story) really paid off. It gave him room to change things as needed in order to keep the reader guessing and offer the story even more possibilities. There were some of the characters who could have been written with more depth. But the spiritual content was the real highlight here. His spiritual angle was spot on! In many ways, I was often reminded of The Holy War by John Bunyan. He shared an amazing picture of how our fallen hearts are often led astray by the sinful temptations offered by Satan, and likewise how Christ draws us back to Himself with unmatched beauty and contentment. There was also a clear picture of Christ’s sacrifice as well as His fickle acceptance while here on earth. I do want to give a slight warning. There were adult topics on the table, but it was never graphic or displayed in detail. It was always only alluded to or mentioned by name. Those who are familiar with the French Revolution will also understand the extremely violent nature of the setting. For those who aren’t familiar, you should know up front that this one includes a great deal more bloodshed. All that being said, there was a balance of honest human behavior and carefully crafted descriptions at work here. It was almost as if Robinson had decided to be just blunt and open about what happens but at the same time without going into further detail. For me personally, as a conservative reader, I liked this type of balance. I struggle more when the author shares moment by moment details (or feelings and sensations if we’re speaking of sensual moments). Rating and Recommendations: I give Bride Tree a solid 4 stars. If you enjoy the French Revolution or allegories, I think you’ll want to give this one a try. ~ I received a copy from the author. All thoughts are my own. I was not compensated for this review or required to give a favorable one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am so glad I got to read BrideTree as I got to read Twiceborn before. My first thought upon finishing it was: 'Wow!' As with Twiceborn {the book right before this one}, I liked the setting right off. I have always liked the french revolution. Okay, so maybe 'liked' is the wrong word! The french revolution was very dark, and can be depressing in general. But with BrideTree--you see the light clearly from the darkness. I liked how even from the prologue the light is clearly defined and I like how you did that right off. It sort of set the tone/beat for the entire story following. Another thing the beginning did in my mind is confuse me a little. I wasn't quite sure what was going on and why. But I think it worked in the story's favor because as I got into the actual chapters I was looking around for the characters I'd just read about in the prologue. When I was first introduced to Viviene--my initial thought was that she had a hunger for truth --but wasn't grounded. I loved how her character developed through the story. I was devastated as she made mistakes, and cheered when she made good decisions. I enjoyed the complexity of some of the characters, particularly one man who is almost certainly evil, but has a gentle streak. The plot is a winner! Intriguing and suspenseful--- you will be wondering what will happen next. The character development was excellent! I loved how the characters start a certain way and then go to a middle ground of change and then arrive where they are at the story's end. Life is a roller coaster of change and it makes everything more realistic if they change with the times. If you want to sit on the edge of your seat in anticipation, you NEED to read this book!!!! *An excited reader wrote this. Opinions are my own.
Fiddlesticksandglue More than 1 year ago
Author JP Robinson delivers a fast-paced, intense, and exciting novel in BrideTree! From start to finish, he draws you in and you won’t be able to put the book down. It is set during the French Revolution, where the fate of monarchs and the rich are sealed at the guillotine. Robinson uses this time period of unrest to weave a brilliant story that is both impressive and historically accurate. He gives lavish description of the beauty of the Palace of Versailles, where the royal family resides and a very real look into the lives of those who are considered members of the third estate (the poor class). The cast within the story are unforgettable! It is through their choices, misconduct, growth, and sacrifices that the reader can easily connect to them and learn from them. There are those who seek love, those who are misguided, and those who have their own political agendas. As the book progresses, the reader comes to understand the reasoning behind each characters motives and their willingness to do either good or evil. With biblical allegories, JP presents an OUSTANDING christian historical thriller that really does “grab you by the heart and never let go.” _________________________ This is a personal and honest review of BrideTree.