The Muse of Freedom: A Cévenoles Sagas Novel

The Muse of Freedom: A Cévenoles Sagas Novel

The Muse of Freedom: A Cévenoles Sagas Novel

The Muse of Freedom: A Cévenoles Sagas Novel

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Overview

A French Huguenot apothecary's legacy of secrets, a mystic healer's inspiration, a fateful decision.

IN THE MYSTERIOUS CÉVENNES MOUNTAINS OF LANGUEDOC, FRANCE, 1695, Jehan BonDurant, a young nobleman forcibly held in a Dominican prieuré as a child, comes of age only to inherit a near-derelict estate and his Huguenot family's dangerous legacy of secrets. While he cherishes his newfound freedom apprenticing as an apothecary, his outrage mounts over religious persecutions led by King Louis XIV's Intendant Basville, who is sent to enforce the King's will for "One King, One Law, One Faith".

The ensuing divisions among families and friends and the gradual revelation of his own circumstances lead Jehan to question his spiritual choices. A journey, deep into the heart of the Cevennes in search of guidance, unfolds in a way he least expects when he enters the enchanting Gorges du Tarn. There, he discovers his muse, Amelia Auvrey, a free-spirited, mystic holy woman who reveals ancient healing practices and spiritual mysteries.

Together they quest for peace and spiritual freedom by aiding the persecuted until the Intendant's spy reports their activities and the King's dragoons are sent out after them. To retain their freedom, they must choose to live in hiding in a remote wilderness, join a festering uprising against the persecutions, or flee their cherished homeland with thousands of other refugees in search of hope.

Inspired by the true story of Jean Pierre Bondurant dit Cougoussac, distilled and blended with Cévenole magic lore, this is a vividly told coming-of-age adventure and family saga of courage, tenacity, and the power of love.

Fans of Poldark, Magic Lessons, The Lost Apothecary, The Huguenot Chronicles, and The Alchemist will find thematic elements from those stories melded into this thrilling and obscure slice of French history.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9798986448800
Publisher: Mystic Lore Books
Publication date: 09/13/2022
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 344,430
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.89(d)

About the Author

Jules Larimore is the author of emotive, literary-leaning historical fiction with a dose of magic, myth, and romance to bring to life hopeful human stories and inspire positive change. She is a board member of the Historical Novel Society of Southern California and lives primarily in Ojai with time spent around the U.S. and Europe gathering a rich repository of historical research in a continued search for authenticity.

As a former Executive Editor with over 20 years experience editing and positioning bestselling and award-winning fiction and nonfiction for Macmillan, Harpercollins, Penguin Random House, and Simon and Schuster, Laurie helped me by looking at structure, characters, motivations, voice, timeline, setting, and consistency of detail, then dove into word choice, use of metaphor, prevention of redundant words or passages, tightening, and awkward phrases. In short, she was a treasure in helping to develop The Muse of Freedom into a professional, polished manuscript.
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