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Into the World

Narrated by: Ulli Birvé
Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
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Abandoned by her lover and fleeing the wrath of her family, Marie-Louise must make a desperate choice: find a man or become one. 

1791. In the midst of the French Revolution, unwed mother Marie-Louise Girardin takes one last look at her baby son before entrusting him to her friend, the revolutionary Olympe de Gouges. She must escape, and only the most daring plan will bring her both the anonymity she needs and the independence to return one day for her son. 

Marie-Louise disguises herself as a man and joins a voyage of exploration employed as a steward on the Recherche, one of two ships commissioned to journey to the Great Southern Ocean to find the missing explorer La Perouse. Protecting her identity throughout, Marie-Louise forms friendships among the eccentric naturalists. But tensions rise between the royalist officers and the revolutionaries, and Marie-Louise's position becomes precarious when she discovers someone on board knows the secrets of her past. 

When the expedition docks in Java, chaos erupts as they learn of King Louis XVI's execution and are imprisoned by the Dutch. Marie-Louise seems certain to be unmasked. Will she ever return to France and be reunited with her child? 

Inspired by a true story, Into the World is a compelling novel of the amazing life of Marie-Louise Girardin battling perilous seas and her own self-doubt and finding unforeseen loves on a journey to reclaim her child.

©2017 Stephanie Parkyn (P)2018 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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  • M. Beard
  • 11-29-18

engaging story

Inspired by a true story, set during the time of the French Revolution. Marie-Louise Girardin rejected by her family for being pregnant outside of marriage, gives her baby to the Church to raise. She heads to sea disguised as a man, hoping to return with enough money to raise her child.
A fascinating story of life on board the great exploring ships of the 1790's, the hardships, discoveries and politics.
Highly recommended. Thank you to the Librarian at Eltham branch of @yprlibrary who recommended this great story.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-02-18

Great.

Brilliant book. Had to keep listening every chance I had. Well written. Highly recommend this.