Peg dolls painted by me 🙂
Rumors of revolution in Paris swirl in Marseille, a bustling port city in Southern France. Gilles Étienne, a clerk at the local soap factory, thrives on the news. Committed to the cause of equality, liberty, and brotherhood, he and his friends plan to march to Paris to dethrone the monarchy. His plans are halted when he meets Marie-Caroline Daubin, the beautiful daughter of the owner of the factory.
An aristocrat and royalist, Marie-Caroline has been called home to Marseille to escape the unrest in Paris. She rebuffs Gilles’ efforts to charm her and boldly expresses her view that violently imposed freedom is not really freedom for all. As Marie-Caroline takes risks to follow her beliefs, Gilles catches her in a dangerous secret that could cost her and her family their lives. As Gilles and Marie-Caroline spend more time together, she questions her initial assumptions about Gilles and realizes that perhaps they have more in common than she thought.
As the spirit of revolution descends on Marseille, people are killed and buildings are ransacked and burned to the ground. Gilles must choose between supporting the political change he believes in and protecting those he loves. And Marie-Caroline must battle between standing up for what she feels is right and risking her family’s safety. With their lives and their nation in turmoil, both Gilles and Marie-Caroline wonder if a révolutionnaire and a royaliste can really be together or if they must live in a world that forces people to choose sides.
I didn’t know what to expect with this book being a different era, French Revolution, but music from Les Mis was constantly running through my head.
But it’s written by Arlem (loved Georgana’s Secret!) so I should’ve known it would have some witty banter and great chemistry, the sea, love for family, impossible odds for a HEA with a sweet payoff. ❤️
Gilles and his friends try to kiss random young women but he meets the first unwilling participant (at least he’s pretty sure she’s the first unwilling one 😅😅). Caroline and Gilles joke about not kissing each other every time they see each other – which is often. 😉 You know they’ll eventually kiss but Caroline kept Gilles on his toes.
There was a large portion of this book being political and sometimes I didn’t always follow it. Caroline and Gilles have a forbidden romance and different stations which also keeps them apart.
It touches on faith, doing what’s right, helping others and opening up your heart. ❤️
I received an arc from the publisher, these are my own thoughts and opinions. This book released last month. 🙌🏼