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Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Review - Jeanne of Clairmonde by Joyce Moore
Title: Jeanne of Clairmonde
Author: Joyce Moore
Publisher: Wild Rose Press
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Rating: You Need to Read
Reviewer: Tiffany Kleinhans
As France prepares for the Hundred Years War, the king sends Squire Nicholas to relocate the occupants of Clairmonde. The estate is in a strategic location and will house troops for the duration of the war.
This is not the first time that Jeanne, heiress of Clairmonde, has been uprooted. She vows to petition the king for exemption, but to reach Paris, she must join forces with her evictor.
Undeterred by Squire Nicholas' wrath and warnings, she joins his troops as they make their way to Paris.
A growing attraction develops between Jeanne and her squire, but each of them is burdened by a past that keeps them apart.
As they travel snow-covered roads to the capital city, they are stalked by the enemy and the Black Prince himself. Can their love endure imprisonment, ambush, and hardships? And will false accusations at the French court ruin Jeanne's dream of regaining her land?
Set in France during the Hundred Years War, this book tells the story of a headstrong and independent young woman, in a time when women are supposed to be anything but. For fans of medieval romance with a strong female character, this book is an excellent choice.
Featuring several well-developed main characters, including Jeanne, who is stubborn, determined, and vocal enough to stand up with even the strongest women of our day, it is a vivid telling of a historical tale that will make you feel as though you’re there. The constant confusion of feelings between her and Squire Nicholas is a source of endless amusement, and her adventures during her journeys are both exciting and intriguing.
To tell the truth, a lot of my enjoyment of this book comes from Jeanne standing up for herself and being outspoken, and the reactions of the men around her to her doing so. When she manages to occasionally show up any of the men, it becomes especially amusing. I found myself mentally cheering her on throughout the book, when I wasn’t mentally yelling at her and/or Nicholas to stop being stupid and get on with it already.
The vivid storytelling, combined with the strong characters and compelling plot, make this book well worth reading. I found myself strongly reminded of the classic ‘Forever Amber’, so if you enjoyed that book you’ll likely enjoy this one as well, though I felt that Jeanne was actually a much stronger female lead. In any case, I highly recommend it.