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
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Publisher's Summary

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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Interesting, what struggles

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. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily left this unbiased review. Please feel free to comment on whether you found my review helpful.

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Interesting

It’s an interesting tale Some of the detail is a bit much about the battles, etc. I thought the ending was a little abrupt

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Great story

Found this book very interesting and flowed well. Had enough suspense to keep me interested. Was somewhat disappointed with how it ended. But all in all found the books enjoyable.

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This is awful

I have made it to chapter 10 and this is terrible! I can’t go any further!

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First Paul CR Monk book:. Thumbs Up

Not Bernard Cornwell-caliber historical fiction but definitely worth the time and money. Filled in gaps I had in that period of European history.

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Enjoyable historical fiction

At first I didn't know if I would enjoy the books. But as I got to know the characters and the story progressed, I enjoyed it. I judge everything against the outlander series so it is difficult for me to say this was excellent. However it does deserve 5 stars.

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Major problems with download. Had to redownload many times Very predictable and. melodramatic. Disappointed overall.

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I really enjoyed this series but I wish that the narrator had actually been French and not English.

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  • Vanjazzle
  • 12-08-19

Loved this trilogy

I really enjoyed this book it was an easy one to listen to and was great to pick up and put down as and when I needed to the detail was great it was an exciting story and I really enjoyed hearing about the adventures of the main characters thank you

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  • Noctus
  • 11-26-19

To exraordinary to be beliveable. Badly read.

It was only possible to listen to the slow slow reading if it was set to 1.25 time. The characters managed to explore every single extraordinary adventure possible in the shortest possible time. From being dispossessed to galley slaves to deportation and even piracy. It is just not believable that they would have survived.

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  • Mrs. Sandra Brown
  • 08-02-20

What’s the noise ?

Brilliant story but spoilt by the noise in between chapters in the last book I will miss these characters greatly

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  • Dr. C. Kay
  • 05-30-20

An excellent read.

Very well researched and beautifully written. Well worth a read. The account is informative, engaging and heartwarming at the same time despite the injustices described. So glad I came across this author and will be reading more books from him.

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  • Mrs S.
  • 08-11-20

Great story spanning history of religious beliefs

I thought I would not enjoy this book, finding the idea of a family losing everything rather than give up their religious beliefs intolerable. However the trials and tribulations of the family captured me and I could not stop listening. The narration was excellent and truly bought the characters alive, an epic trilogy.

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  • jmoll
  • 08-08-20

book 3

loved all three books the characters the plot the vivid discription of the time and the countries one criticism the ending of book 3 disappointing to say the least

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  • mrsid
  • 03-25-20

Overly romantic

I gave up toward the end of book 2 , I enjoy the stories of religious persecution but this missed the mark by far

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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.