Monk's trilogy, The Huguenot Chronicles, is a wonderful read. The books are separately entitled Merchants of Virtue, Voyage of Malice, and Land of Hope. The Chronicles tell the story of the Delpech family as they fight for survival and their faith. It was of particular interest to me at first because my ancestors, the Delashmits, were French Huguonots who settled in the New World amid much of the same sort of conditions the Delpech family endured. Then I became caught up in the story of this remarkable family, which I suspect was representative of and maybe a composite of many families.
Monk's research is meticulously accurate and right on target, and his writing style makes for enjoyable reading. He is not simplistic, by any means, however. He gives adequate description and explanation for the reader to form the word pictures required of good reading and cleverly escalates tension as the mystery unfolds. Or mysteries, I should say. Below I have included a description from Amazon and a link to get you to it quickly. (By the way, a disclaimer: I am not connected in any way. I won't make any money off the sale of Monk's books. I just like to help writers I like.)
I am happy to have purchased the prequel, Before the Storm 1685, and can hardly wait to get to it.
France, 1685. Jeanne is the wife of a wealthy merchant, but now she risks losing everything. Louis XIV’s soldiers will stop at nothing to convert the country’s Huguenot "heretics" to the "true" faith, yet Jeanne and Jacob hold fast to their Protestant principals of liberty of conscience.
But will the punishment for their defiance be more than they can bear?
If Jeanne and Jacob can’t find a way to evade the soldiers’ clutches, their family will face a fate worse than poverty and imprisonment. They may never see each other again…
As Jacob becomes an indentured servant on a Caribbean plantation and Jeanne earns a meager living in Switzerland, a sudden disruption in European politics leaves their chance of a bittersweet homecoming more doubtful than ever…
Will the Delpech family survive the years of war, piracy and persecution to reunite at last?
You’ll adore this brilliantly researched historical saga, because everyone loves heart-warming tales of family loyalty and a fight for survival against the odds.
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