My Brother's Crown (Cousins of the Dove Series #1)

My Brother's Crown (Cousins of the Dove Series #1)

by Mindy Starns Clark, Leslie Gould

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My Brother's Crown (Cousins of the Dove Series #1) by Mindy Starns Clark, Leslie Gould

France, 1685. Catherine Gillet knows her brother, Jules, wants to protect her from the sinister threats of the French crown. But Jules is involved in a potentially deadly enterprise, one connected with an encoded document. When his actions put the whole family at risk, will Catherine find a way to save them?

Virginia, present day. Renee Talbot, a direct descendant of Catherine's, is fascinated by the document that's been part of her family legacy for more than three centuries. Certain its pages hold hidden secrets, she takes a closer look—and makes a shocking discovery. But when memories of a childhood trauma are rekindled, she's forced to seek answers of a different kind. Inspired by the faith and bravery of Catherine, can Renee find the truth and face her deepest fears at last?

From the authors of the Christy Award-winning The Amish Midwife comes an epic story of two women, centuries apart, each discovering her own hidden bravery, standing for what she believes in, and finding love in unexpected places.

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ISBN-13: 9780736962889
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Publication date: 10/01/2015
Series: Cousins of the Dove Series , #1
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 641,412
Product dimensions: 4.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 4.50(d)
Age Range: 3 Months

About the Author

Mindy Starns Clark is the bestselling author of more than 20 books, both fiction and nonfiction, with over a million copies sold. Mindy and her husband, John, have two adult children and live in Pennsylvania. www.mindystarnsclark.com

Leslie Gould, a former magazine editor, is the author of numerous novels, including Beyond the Blue and Garden of Dreams. She received her master of fine arts degree from Portland State University and lives in Oregon with her husband, Peter, and their four children. www.lesliegould.com

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My Brother's Crown 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Chewie_the_Mouse More than 1 year ago
"My Brother's Crown" by Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould is the first book in a modern/historical trilogy. The book seamlessly weaves together two stories, one set in present-day Richmond, VA, and the other in 1685 France. In the modern storyline, four cousins convene at a family reunion to try to find closure for a traumatic event they experienced as children. The main character in this story, Renee, is a career-oriented scientist; her intelligence and work experience make her a great choice to lead the search for answers to what really happened in the past. There is also a side plot involving a potential romance. The historical storyline involves Catherine, a young woman coping with persecution and her brother's domination of most aspects of her life. The two time periods are connected by a document originally created long ago in France. That document is at the center of the modern-day family reunion. I found myself loving both stories equally. The historical part was well-researched and educational (although it never read like a textbook). Most of my prior knowledge of the Huguenots was of those that left France and settled in South Africa; it was interesting to learn more about the persecution that caused them to leave France in the first place. The modern story was equally intriguing. I liked Renee, and found her to be very relatable. I highly recommend this book, but please plan to read the entire trilogy! Although the Catherine storyline is wrapped up nicely, and there is come closure to the Renee storyline, you'll need to read all three books to learn the truth about about what really happened to the four cousins. Five out of five delicious chunks of Gouda!
lmbartelt More than 1 year ago
I'm a big fan of split-time novels, and Mindy Starns Clark is one of my favorite authors. Paired with Leslie Gould, who has written some of the only Amish fiction I will read, this series gave me high expectations. From book 1, it mostly delivered. (Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the publisher. Review reflects my honest opinion.) The stories center on the Talbot family, whose generations trace back to France in the late 17th century and who are Huguenots, French protestants. This first book sets up the background both for the contemporary storyline and the historical one. In it, we learn about Catherine Gillet and her struggle to do what is right at a time when protestants were being persecuted for their faith. The contemporary storyline introduces us to four Talbot cousins who become involved with solving a decades-old mystery. I appreciated the pace of the novel. There were good chunks of the historical storyline balanced with several chapters in a row from the contemporary line. Sometimes books like these bounce back and forth too much and it's hard to keep the action and POV straight. It also helped that the contemporary storyline was written in first person while the historical one was in third person. It worked for me. And this first book provided a great start to an enjoyable series.
MelissaGH More than 1 year ago
My Brother's Crown combines modern day happenings in Virginia with a story from France in the 1600's. The connection is shown in an intriguing and detailed way. I learned a lot about the history of the Hugenot's. Characters Catherine Gillet and Renee Talbot lived in different time periods, yet, there seems to be a bond that is unfolding in the story. People who are strong in their faith and are persecuted for their beliefs was happening long ago and is happening today. There is much to be learned from reading this great story. I look forward to the next book in the series.
SusanSnodgrassBookworm More than 1 year ago
This is the first in a series of books detailing a particular family of Huguenots and their struggle to remain true to their faith in a time in history they were severely persecuted. This one takes place in both the present day and the seventeenth century. I especially enjoyed the latter part of the book. Detailed and rich in history, the story of Catherine and her family's struggle to escape the persecution leveled their way because they did not want to remain in the Catholic faith. The present day portion of the book was good, too. The same family. But there is much to discover from Catherine's time. The only part I didn't like was this: (SPOILER ALERT) The authors go into the mystery of the Dark Woods, but the reader is never given the answer to this mystery. I would have liked to have known what happened in that cabin. Maybe they will tell us in the next book. *I was provided a copy of this book by the publishers in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I was unaware of the Huguenots and found myself drawn into the story of their persecution in France. I was inspired by the courage of those that risked their own safety to help others and felt for poor Catherine as she struggled to make sense of her changing world. As for Renee's story, that was fun to read, intertwined with Catherine's story. Obviously, there are still some secrets to ferret out in the Talbot family and I hope to see more of Renee and Blake. Being somewhat of a science buff and puzzle lover, I enjoyed these two character's and their chemistry and puzzle solving. I have enjoyed all of the books these ladies have coauthored, but I believe this one is my favorite. I cannot wait for the next book.
reececo331 More than 1 year ago
My Brother's Crown by Mindy Starns Clark This book could easily have been two separate story, but the dynamics of the two stories would have been missed. The Huguenot persecution during the reign of Louis XIV, was a story of human struggle, and religious conflict. The religion of the king and the dispute of the public greed and corruption have made France a dangerous place for Catherine Gillet and her family. Her grandmothers conversion by marriage to the Huguenot faith was a moment of religious inspiration, the conflicts in France during her golden years has made it a very dangerous place for her remaining family members. Renee Talbot, many generations remove distant from her ancestors looks not only at the persecution and reliance of her relatives but with a mystery related to the documentation from the time of strife. Her personal struggle finds solution when she finds the solution to her families mystery.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould in their new book, “My Brother’s Crown” Book One in the Cousins of the Dove published by Harvest House Publishers takes us into the lives of Catherine Gillet and Renee Talbot. From the back cover: Women Of Uncommon Courage France, 1685. Catherine Gillet knows her brother, Jules, wants to protect her from the sinister threats of the French crown. But Jules is involved in a potentially deadly enterprise, one connected with an encoded document. When his actions put the whole family at risk, will Catherine find a way to save them? Virginia, present day. Renee Talbot, a direct descendant of Catherine’s, is fascinated by the document that’s been part of her family legacy for more than three centuries. Certain its pages hold hidden secrets, she takes a closer look–and makes a shocking discovery. But when memories of a childhood trauma are rekindled, she’s forced to seek answers of a different kind. Inspired by the faith and bravery of Catherine, can Renee find the truth and face her deepest fears at last? From the authors of the Christy Award-winning The Amish Midwife comes an epic story of two women, centuries apart, each discovering her own hidden bravery, standing for what she believes in, and finding love in unexpected places. Welcome to the first book in the “Cousins of the Crown” series. Ms. Clark and Ms. Gould have done a tremendous job of weaving 1685 France and Present Day Virginia story lines together. Catherine and Renee are wonderful characters that the authors have breathed life into and that we root for them to succeed. “My Brother’s Crown” is a lot of fun and it entertains you as you keep flipping pages as you try to find out what is going to happen next. Ms. Clark and Ms. Gould have a great way of telling the story and moving it along at a nice pace. A really enjoyable read. I am so looking forward to the next book in this series. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Harvest House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
MrsTina42MR More than 1 year ago
My Brother's Crown***** Cousins of the Dove series by Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould My Brother's Crown is like reading two books in one as the story goes back and forth between 1685 France to present day Virginia following cousins story and a quest to uncover their family's mysterious past and the impact it has on the future. Virginia—present day....Renee Talbot is a PhD research scientist and is the director in her family's 350 year old paper company. Her grandmother has questions concerning the family owned Persecution Pamphlet of 1685, which appears to be a collection of French poems and drawings. But this pamphlet is far more, it is said to show the Huguenots a way out of France but it is unclear how the information was communicated to those using it. Renee is on a quest to find those answers, hopefully before they donate the pamphlet to the Smithsonian Museum. I don't think either of them realized the impact this search will have on each of them—from the past to the present. Renee travels to Europe where her search leads her to Catherine Gillette, an ancestor who lived in 17th century France. What she uncovers is surprising and takes her back to a time during the Huguenots Persecution of 1685 and the origin of a priceless document. France—1685....Catherine Gillette's brother, Jules, does all he can to protect her from the threats of the French crown. But Jules is involved in potential dangerous and deadly actions—encoding documents. Frustrated with her brother's seemingly unwillingness to help their cousin, she takes it upon herself to help her, never realizing the events her actions will set in motion and the danger to them all. Catherine's courage, strength and faith are tested as she and her family flee those who will do anything to stop them. This is an amazing historical story full of suspense, mystery, religious persecution, romance, danger, love and strong faith. The strong characters drew me into their lives and had me on the edge of my seat during the tense, dangerous scenes and kept me turning the pages to find out what would happen next. The author's research is shown in the historical details and descriptions and I could picture everything in my minds-eye as I read. A well written and captivating story. ~I received a copy of this book from Mindy Starns Clark and the publisher for my honest review~
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait for the next one! Mindy Starns Clark never fails to hook me into a story! Mystery, history and romance!
armcgraw More than 1 year ago
My Brother’s Crown had me from the start. This story is so intriguing as it takes place on two continents centuries apart! One part is in France in the late 1600s as the lives of the Gillet family revolve around their printing business and their Huguenot faith. Catherine Gillet is a young woman who is searching for her place in the world. She lives with her grandmother and brother, Jules, who runs the business. This is taking [place under the advancing persecution of Huguenots in France who refuse to covert to Catholicism. There are many mysteries for Catherine, such as her cousin’s disappearance and her brother’s seeming indifference to their plight. Many decisions will have to be made as they are forced to flee their home. The modern part of the book takes place in Virginia. Renee Talbott is a PhD Research scientist who lives in Seattle, but returns to her Nana Talbott’s house for a family reunion and also a professional reason. The family had an historic “Persecution Pamphlet” from 1685 that Nana Talbott was donating to the Smithsonian Museum. The pamphlet appeared to be a simple collection of French poems and drawings, but historians knew it showed a way out of France for the Huguenots, even though they didn’t know how it communicated the way to the faithful. Renee had designed a display case in order to correctly store and display it for family members to see before it would permanently go to the museum. The underwriters trust company sent a representative, Blake Keller, to oversee the pamphlet’s safety during the transfer from the safety deposit box to the family home to the museum. Sparks fly when Renee sees Blake’s gun and has a flash back to something that happened at another family reunion many years before that has long term repercussions. Then she discovers something about the pamphlet that could solve its mystery. As answers begin to appear, Renee’s and Blake’s feelings deepen toward one another. Leslie Gould and Mindy Starns Clark masterfully weave these stories together in a way that will rivet you to the book and make you look forward to the rest of the series to find out more about how the past and melds into the future.
KMorgan73 More than 1 year ago
When I picked up this book I wasn't sure what to expect. I like historical fiction, but I wasn't sure if I would like a book that went all the way back to 1685 France. My concerns were quickly laid to rest as I became immersed in the stories of two women from very different time periods. I really enjoyed all of the historical details in this book. They were woven into the story in such a way that I feel as if I received a history lesson without every being bored. In fact, there is no time to be bored reading this book. There are several plot twists that keep the reader engaged in the story. Adding to the wonderful historical detail in this book is the character development. There are many characters in this book and each is well-developed and multi-faceted. Catherine was my favorite character in the book. I instantly liked her and could sympathize with her in her feelings about her relationships with her brother and boyfriend. The authors did a fantastic job of weaving Catherine's and Renee's stories together. I loved how the story was told in both present-day Virginia and 1685 France. I usually shy away from books that are co-written as I think the story isn't told as well. This is so not the case in this book. This book is so well written that is is easy to tell the authors are from one mind and one heart with this story. The writing is seamless and strong. I can't wait to read the next book in this series! If you like fiction wrapped in historical detail you will love this book. This book would be as equally enjoyable for anyone who enjoys good clean fiction. Happy reading! I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
J_Augustine More than 1 year ago
Two talented authors, one great story! I've been a fan of Leslie Gould and Mindy Starns Clark since I read their Amish stories, I've read their books together and separately, and I've really enjoyed them. As you can imagine I was thrilled when I received their latest book, My Brother's Crown. But I became even more excited when I saw that the story was about a Huguenot family and their modern descendant(s). I have Huguenot ancestors who fled persecution for freedom in America so I have devoured every Christian Fiction book about them that I've found. Leslie Gould and Mindy Starns Clark have penned a fascinating tale of love, sacrifice, and finding peace. The writing is seamless and I really couldn't tell that there were two authors. They use chapter breaks that are labeled with each girl's name to differentiate between them and it was really easy to follow. My Brother's Crown has the best of both of my favorite genres, Renee must solve mysteries from both her childhood and family history, and Catherine lives during one of the most dangerous times in Christian history. My Brother's Crown is a a great read whether you like contemporary with a dash of mystery and romance or historical with a dash of romance and danger. Leslie Gould and Mindy Starns Clark are two very talented authors and I can't wait to find out what they have in store for book 2. (I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.)
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KGervais More than 1 year ago
I have to be perfectly honest: when I received my copy of My Brother's Crown by Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould, I wasn't sure what to expect. At first I thought it was going to be a slow boring read because of the historical timeline that was set in France during 1685. I'm not into reading that time period but gave it a try because I do like several other books by Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould. The book goes back and forth between France in 1685 when the Huguenots were being persecuted for their Protestant faith and Virginia modern time around the descendants of those Huguenot families, the Gillet and Talbot families. I started reading the book and before I knew it, I couldn't put it down. I was on the edge of my seat fearing for Catherine Gillet and her family during those horrible times in 1685 because they could be persecuted for their faith. Most of the Huguenots were trying to escape and those that were able to find the right person to help them were given a pamphlet that included drawings and poems in it. The pamphlets was destroyed in the last stop of the escape except one. That one pamphlet survived into our modern time, when Catherine Gillet and her family had to escape The one pamphlet fell in the hands of the Renee Talbot, a descendent cousin of Catherine Gillet who married into the Talbot family in the late 1680's. I enjoyed reading this book so much that it made me want to look into reading more about the Huguenots. Don't remember anything about the Huguenots in school. I thank Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould for writing such a great, exciting book and hope to read more in the next book. Excellent authors. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.
GailHollingsworth More than 1 year ago
This is the second time slip book I've read and they are growing on me. Catherine Gillette from 1685 France is being persecuted, along with her family, for being Protestant. The king has ordered all living in France to convert to Catholicism or be subjected to punishment that could include loss of property, bodily harm, even death. She wants to leave secretly and move to England. But her grandmother, brother and fiancé do not necessarily feel the same as she does about being smuggled out of the country. Go ahead three hundred years to present day and you meet Renee Talbot. Catherine is her great grandmother to the 11th degree. Renee has a journal that Catherine wrote of her experiences that even includes a secret code found in a persecution pamphlet. Renee works on breaking that code during a large yearly family reunion. When she and three of her cousins were young children they were thrown into a rather traumatic scene that has scarred each one of them in different ways as adults. Go with them as they try to figure out what really happened all those years ago. Does the secret code have anything to do with the present? Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould do an excellent job of coordinating the two time periods. The story flows effortlessly from chapter to chapter and time period to time period. The two women in the story, Catherine and Renee, although worlds apart, show great courage in their different situations. I also learned something from history that I did not know, which is an added bonus. Anytime I can learn real history in a fun way from reading fiction is a plus. I encourage anyone that hesitates about reading this book because of the time slip format to at least give it a try. You might be greatly surprised just like I was. This is the first book in the Cousins of the Dove series. I'm looking forward to book 2, My Sister's Prayer. I was given this book from the publisher and author for my honest review, which I have given.
NanceeMarchinowski More than 1 year ago
Told from two points of view separated by three centuries, cousins are connected by an encoded publication from 17th century France to modern-day Virginia. These two perspectives are interwoven seamlessly, although written by two separate authors. I was unable to detect where one author left off and the other began. The story flowed effortlessly. I learned much about 17th century France and the Huguenots who worshiped apart from the Roman Catholic Church, and the dragoons who sought them out to persecute them. Catherine's story is told as she lives through those extremely difficult days, with dangers looming at every turn, detailing rich and well researched. Renee lives in present day Virginia, and is the direct descendant of Catherine who originally possessed and protected the priceless document. Catherine kept a very informative journal which Renee was able to interpret, and discovered a code from Catherine's writing. This code appeared in the only lasting document of its kind which is to be presented to the Smithsonian Institute for preservation. This is a very different genre than I normally read, but the history and struggles in 17th century France were very interesting, and I enjoyed both time frames that were represented in this very educational book. I highly recommend reading My Brother's Crown. It's an excellent depiction of a time frame that is deep with controversy. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher and authors of this book, in exchange for my honest review. All expressed opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
GrandaddyA More than 1 year ago
I have to admit that I started reading this book with a bit of hesitancy because I am not accustomed to reading about the struggles between the French Huguenots and Catholics in 1685. I got drawn in almost from the beginning, however, and was pleasantly surprised to enjoy the stories and the format. While Leslie Gould wrote about the struggles of the French Huguenots in 1685, and in particular the Talbot and Gillet families, Mindy Starns Clark wove a story around the descendants of those Huguenot families. Many families today have no knowledge of their ancestors or of the circumstances that brought them to America. The Talbot family in this story had some very devoted genealogists along the way and the present day family made a big deal of it at their annual family reunion. But don’t get the mistaken idea that this is a book about genealogy. It is a very interesting tale about the ancestors of the present day family and how many of them either suffered or were in great danger of persecution that led to their departure from France. In addition to the familial ties to the past, there was a pamphlet that was passed down through the centuries to the generations that followed. It was provided to Huguenot families who were fleeing from France to other countries. It included poems and drawings that made little sense at all until someone provided instruction on how to understand it. If you have ever read about the Underground Railroad used by slaves fleeing from the South to the North here in America, you will find this to be a very interesting story. I recommend it to all Christians because we never know when we may be faced with some very similar circumstances. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.
LizD1 More than 1 year ago
My Brother’s Crown By: Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould I really enjoyed My Brother’s Crown. It was like getting two books in one. The story goes back and forth from France 1685 and ties into the modern day Virginia. The two authors, Clark and Gould , did excellent history research and writing , and the characters were very strong. My Brother’s Crown is a historical fiction book with some romance , that kept me turning the pages to see what was going to happen next. There is a very old pamphlet and from it some mystery and puzzle solving that is being done. The story does go back and forth in times , but I did not have any problem following the story or the characters. I was given a copy of this book by the author for my honest review, which I have given.
Cynthia181 More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful historical fiction novel. If you know anything about the french persecution of the French Huguenots you will understand a lot of this story. It is written about a young woman in the 21st century who is working on a document that has been passed on through her family and is the family is going to be donating it to the Smithsonian and she finds out that the document was actually a map to help the Huguenots escaped out of France, and also about her 8 times great grandmother who was the sister of one of the people who printed the original document. Also in this wonderful family history there was a murder on the family property in Virginia that she and her cousins found but when they brought police the body was missing and the area cleaned up. During the family reunion they start investigating what happened. But I love the the flip from Renee in the present and her ancestor Catherine in France in the 1690's. This is a wonderful story to read and I can't wait to read the rest of this series of books. I will recommend this to everyone who love historical fiction. He has a lot of facts that are true with a little fiction for the story line
theskett More than 1 year ago
Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould’s latest book, My Brother’s Crown, could be another award-winning book. Readers of historical fiction will enjoy reading about the unique time period of the Hugenots. I liked the subtle, yet positive, references to faith in the modern day story, which fits with the family history. From an early point in the story, I was cheering for Renee and Blake. And I felt Catherine’s confusion at who to believe as events and decisions swirled around her concerning the safety of her family. The moving back and forth between time periods, from 1865 to modern day, wasn’t a problem at all as I read and the story as a whole flowed smoothly. The prologue serves to set the stage for the story, although it’s not something I remembered later in the book. Excellent writing and strong character and plot development make this a can’t-put-it-down reading experience. I’m looking forward to the next book, the next chapter in the lives of these characters!
Christa4 More than 1 year ago
Once you start reading “My Brother’s Crown” you will not want to put it down. This book, written by Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould, will capture your attention from the very beginning. The year is 1685, and the French Crown is trying to get everyone converted to the Catholic Faith. Catherine Gillet and her family are owners of a paper mill business. They are a respected family in their community but refuse to convert from their Huguenot faith. What do they have to do in order to maintain their safety? Will they have to sell their thriving business and relocate? How can a document made at their business save the lives of many Huguenots? Fast forward to present day Virginia. Renee Talbot is back for a family reunion. The document made over 300 years ago by her ancestors has been passed down from generation to generation. What secrets of the past might this document hold in its lines? There is also some unfinished business in Renee’s past that is holding her back. Can she face her past while in Virginia and move ahead with her future? There are surprises around every corner as you read this book. The authors really brought the characters to life in each of the settings. This book was so very interesting and I am definitely looking forward to reading the next book in this series!
Bookworm_Debbie More than 1 year ago
This is a compelling look at life in 1685 France. I am amazed at the vast cast of incredibly well developed and written characters there are in both time periods. A number of them grew and matured over the course of the story which was wonderful. I really enjoyed reading of the faith and belief in God that was contained, especially in the historical segments. I was fascinated with the pamphlet that had survived from 1685 and how it was used to tie the two time periods together. Before reading this book I had only heard the term Huguenots. I didn’t know anything at all about them or the persecution that they faced. Now that I have read this wonderful book I think I will be trying to learn more about their lifestyle and the trials they faced as a group. I received a free eBook copy of this novel through NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My Brother's Crown is a unique read in that it is essentially two stories, past and present woven into one. It's a fantastic book that kept me turning the pages even when I kept telling myself, I'll finish this chapter then put it down. I ended up reading a lot more than one chapter in a sitting. I especially enjoyed the historical aspect and how seamlessly the authors tied it in with the present day story. This is a wonderful book that I highly recommend. I received a copy of My Brother's Crown for review purposes. I was not required to give a positive review.
Becky5 More than 1 year ago
Grand Slam for Clark and Gould!! Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould hit a grand slam with this first book, My Brother's Crown, in the series, Cousins of the Dove. Why should you pick up a copy? First of all, Clark and Gould are golden as a writing team, penning taut, suspenseful Christian fiction. Secondly, they are writing about persecution of the Huguenots in France. This is a must read for history buffs, for French history buffs, for those who like to read about the poor, downtrodden, not likely to succeed. Thirdly, this tantalizing tale is served up in sound bites, alternating between the present day American Talbot family reunion and seventeenth century French ancestors who run a paper company,trying to keep one step ahead of le Roi Soleil's dragoons. No matter which century the book is covering, there is fear, excitement, secrets,romance, and distrust, as well as independence and a need for quick action. Where does faith enter into the picture of this miasma of swirling emotions and tumultuous times? Who can be trusted and who is set on destruction? I couldn't breathe freely until I finished the book! I gratefully received this new favorite book from netgalley in exchange for an honest review. My Brother's Crown will be released October 1, 2015. Grab it quickly!