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The Huguenot Chronicles, Books 1 - 3

Merchants of Virtue, Voyage of Malice, Land of Hope
Narrated by: David Pickering
Series: The Huguenot Chronicles, Book 1-3
Length: 20 hrs and 49 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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A family torn apart. A king with an iron fist. Will their faith be strong enough to survive persecution and reunite?

Three books full of harrowing, historical adventure! 

Jeanne is the wife of a wealthy merchant, but now she risks losing everything. Louis XIV's soldiers will stop at nothing to forcibly convert the country's Protestants to the "true" faith. The men ransack Jeanne's belongings and threaten her children. 

If Jeanne and Jacob can't find a way to evade the soldiers' clutches, their family will face a fate far worse than poverty and imprisonment. They may never see each other again....

The Huguenot Chronicles is a gripping historical drama that spans continents, from King Louis’ France to the Caribbean, and from London to colonial New York. If you like fast-paced adventure, vivid depictions of the past, and heartfelt tales of love and loyalty, then you'll love Paul C.R. Monk's emotional epic. 

Buy The Huguenot Chronicles trilogy to start a compelling, cross-continental journey through the 17th century today! 

©2018 Paul C.R. Monk (P)2019 Paul C.R. Monk

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This is the first to third books I’ve read/listened to by this author and I would listen to another.
These books had some interesting, historical points in them. I now have a clearer understanding of the persecution of the Huguenots. This is a story of persecution, struggles, personal growth and perseverance.
Book 1: Deciding to stay in their home rather than leave like some of their acquaintances, the family comes under persecution. They’re forced to leave their home and become separated.
Jeanne comes into her own, showing resilience and fortitude.
Book 2 continues as the father is indentured on a plantation in the Caribbean. Jeanne is in Geneva, having established herself as a weaver. Her son now with her, her heart is lighter, but their trials are not over.
Book 3 Jacob and Jeanne continue to deal with their circumstances all the while trying to make their way to London to reconnect. As war erupts again, their journeys become that much more difficult.

This is the first to third books I’ve listened to by this narrator ( David Pickering) and I would listen to another. He did well with the character voices- kids, women and men alike. He has a comfortable cadence and pleasant tone.

There are no explicit sex scenes, excessive violence or swearing.

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  • Mary Carnegie
  • 06-12-19

Interesting stories, less explored in English.

Reasonable historical fiction. Some anachronisms (French republican tricoleur in Bourbon times, Spain’s papal approval for S American colonisation not being shared with Portugal) suggesting inadequate basic historical education. It addresses subjects less popular in anglophone literature, visits places less explored, reminds us that the difficulties of refugees are not new. Louis XIV impoverished French economy and culture by persecuting and expelling Huguenots. A large number of migrants challenges even the most tolerant nation. Migrants may accept great danger and hardship to escape unacceptable conditions, but can prove resilient and adaptable, beneficial to the country which accepts them. There’s much resonance with Jewish history.