ATale of Two Maidens

ATale of Two Maidens Fifteen year old Felise an apprentice scribe in medieval France is in a desperate situation She dreams of escape from her cruel guardian who plots an arranged marriage for her and longs to be a wr

  • Title: ATale of Two Maidens
  • Author: Anne Echols
  • ISBN: 9780988936904
  • Page: 269
  • Format: ebook
  • Fifteen year old Felise, an apprentice scribe in medieval France, is in a desperate situation She dreams of escape from her cruel guardian, who plots an arranged marriage for her, and longs to be a writer and a book shop owner The Hundred Years War rages all around her, even spilling into her town Joan of Arc blazes into history as a teenage girl who claims God given poFifteen year old Felise, an apprentice scribe in medieval France, is in a desperate situation She dreams of escape from her cruel guardian, who plots an arranged marriage for her, and longs to be a writer and a book shop owner The Hundred Years War rages all around her, even spilling into her town Joan of Arc blazes into history as a teenage girl who claims God given powers to change the fate of France Joan s example inspires Felise to run away and embark on a daring adventure of her own.Every day draws her further into the underbelly of a life she has never known a world of lepers and vagabonds, brawling men and loose women Burning villages and terrified peasants are left behind in the path of war as Joan tries to free France from the English When a young suitor from home pursues her, Felise finds herself drawn to him despite her quest for freedom and her distrust of men.Following after the army, Felise meets Joan face to face and soon finds herself torn between Joan s single minded sense of purpose and her own desire for love and personal fulfillment.A Tale of Two Maidens brings to life the story of an ordinary medieval girl on an exhilarating adventure As she learns of the truth about Joan, Felise digs within herself to find the strength, wit, and courage to continue her journey.

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    1. This book is a great read. The main character, a teenage French girl, Felise, is a contemporary of Joan of Arc. Through a series of plot twists, Felise meets and serves Joan in her effort to put the Dauphin of France back on the throne. Rich in historic details and depictions of everyday life and occupations (e.g scribes, healers, merchants, tanners, soldiers, people associated with the church, etc.), this book gives readers a deeper understanding of 15th century France. The characters and story [...]

    2. My review of this book appears in the February 2017 edition of Historical Novels Review:The history of Jehanne la Pucelle, or Joan of Arc, is often told, but Echols has chosen a fresh perspective in her narrator, a brave apprentice scribe who follows The Maid’s fortunes across France during the two-year rebellion she led against the combined forces of Burgundy and England at the outset of the Hundred Years’ War. After the death of her beloved older sister, Felise struggles to hold on to her [...]

    3. I received a copy of this book from giveaways. Historical fiction of the Hundred Years' War with Joan of Arc (Jeanne in this book) and a teenage girl and how their lives intertwine. Interesting.

    4. Anne Echols has created a book that makes you wish that all the characters were real and that you could go back to the hundred years' war. I loved reading this book because I find that I can sometimes relate to both Felise and Jeanne. I was transported into the middle ages and the hundred years' war. Anne's writing has taught me that anything can happen and when something does happen its for the better. I loved everything about this book and can't wait for more. Like Felise says "I've been ready [...]

    5. Forget page turner; "A Tale of Two Maidens" is a chapter turner. Repeatedly, I told myself that I would read just one more chapter before I went on about my day. Things did not turn out as I had planned. From the moment I was introduced to the book's lovable and courageous heroine Felise, I was hooked. I was dying for answers to questions I dare not mention here as I do not want to spoil the story. Just take it from me, you might as well plan to block out a day or two of your life to reading thi [...]

    6. I would think historical fiction would be the most difficult genre to write, but Anne Echols does a fantastic job here. The target audience may be for young adults, but everyone enjoys a great story and this one does not disappoint. Set in France during the time of Joan of Arc, the lead female character is strong, independent and courageous, providing a wonderful role model for young women today. I loved this book!

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