Awa is a dutiful daughter, and she knows that certain decisions aren't hers to make, so when her family pledges her to marry someone who's just a friend, she is resigned to her duty. When that marriage is broken so she can marry a man who is a womanizer, a wastrel, and worse—isn't Catholic—she resists with all her heart and eternal soul.
Blaise has hated Catholics since they murdered his parents. He shuns the traditional responsibilities of adulthood, let alone politics and diplomacy, preferring to drink, dance, and hunt down those responsible for the deaths of his parents. When his uncle and guardian pledges his hand in marriage, Blaise resists. When he realizes his bride-to-be is a detested Catholic, he rebels.
Set in 16th Century France, Dissent is a romance that plays out against a backdrop of sectarian conflict, national politics, and global realpolitik. Brought together to foster harmony in France, Blaise and Awa must find a way to love someone who stands for everything they hate with the fate of France and her place in the world hanging in the balance.
About the Author
I am the product of an only child upbringing by a single mom when it just was not done! I was raised in the embrace of her colorful family. A jazz drummer. A trucker. Two WWII vets. A numbers’ runner. An aspiring opera singer. A few gay uncles and aunts. All mixed in with staunchly independent women and men who took no stuff from anyone. We had neighbors who people nowadays would label as people of “questionable repute.” I loved every minute of it. My eyes and ears soaked it up. They all forged me in the fire of their many-faceted hearts. Watch the HBO film “Lackawanna Blues.” It’s the closest you’ll come to my life. I hope I’m doing them proud.
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Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite Dissent by PJ Dean is book 2 of the Love Vanquishes All series. France, 1571, where a fragile state of peace exists after the last War of Religion and more needs to be done to keep it. A marriage is proposed between a Catholic princess and a Protestant (Huguenot) prince, a marriage that will solve all problems. Or will it? France is struggling to expand overseas and war costs have almost drained the country. Another marriage is proposed – Awa, daughter of a Roman Catholic Wolof diplomat from West Africa, outspoken yet dutiful, and Blaise, a descendant of a powerful Huguenot leader, a ladies' man who hates Roman Catholics. Can the marriage work? Can they trust each other enough to love and to save France from ruin? Dissent: Love Vanquishes by PJ Dean is the second of a series and I did not read the first book. This is a historical story with plenty of facts, clearly the result of a great deal of research to get the book factually correct, the setting right and the language matching the era. This is a wonderful story of cross-race, cross-religious friendships and relationships, a powerful tale with the unlikeliest of characters. Those characters were developed thoroughly, to the extent that I felt as if I knew them. I needed to follow their story to see how it ended, that’s how compelling it was. There are places where the details and facts were a bit overpowering, knocking the story into second place, but, overall, I enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone who likes historical romance stories.