The Trial of Marie Montrecourt
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Genres: Crime, Historical Fiction. Format: Paperback. Views: This Week 200, Total 1395.
1899 and an 18 year old Marie Montrecourt, ignorant of the fact that she was born into a world of intrigue, secrets and lies, travels from France to Harrogate to face an unknown future - unaware that this is dictated by events played out on the world stage before she was born. Marie struggles to find a place for herself in an alien world and finds herself the central figure in a notorious murder trial.
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Very Good Story, Very Well Written, Definitely Recommended, Very Well Edited in 1 reviews.
Paul Smith : I saw this novel in the Facebook 'Promoting Yorkshire Authors' group and was attracted by the cover (yes, I know, don't judge a book by the cover). It isn't a genre I normally read, nor from a time that I normally like but something drew me in and I wasn't disappointed.
The story tells of a girl, brought up in a convent in France, who has no choice to leave and is then forced into a marriage by a guardian appointed by whom? The marriage is supposed to be to a 'respectable household' but that isn't how it turns out. The tale unfolds with every page and it is a novel you want to finish but are disappointed when it has, for it stays with you.
It is full of pathos, the characters are well formed and it exposes the hypocrisy of the time, but maybe we just have different types of hypocrisy now? Though set at the start of the 20th century, much resonates in our modern society and it tells us how we got to where we are now. I'd recommend the book to everyone. Go out and buy it and make it into the best seller that it deserves to be.