About the book:
The year is 1789. France is reeling under the impact of a civil war between its social classes. When a secret agent from Rome joins forces with a vindictive politician bent on revenge, the stage is set for an explosive outcome that will shake the country to its core.
Meanwhile, Queen Marie-Antoinette engages the help of her lady-in-waiting, Viviane de Lussan, in a desperate battle to keep her throne… and her head. But how can she win a struggle she seems fated to lose?
Amid the chaos of the revolution, Viviane’s heart is torn between a nobleman who sacrifices everything for her and a peasant who promises true freedom.
Bride Tree is a completely different take on the seeds and the growth of the French Revolution than I’ve ever read before. Robinson took some of the most influential people of the Revolution and gave them new life, new stories, new intrigues. The tale is rife with fascinating detail and brimming with a wealth of characters.
However, this was one of those reads that seemed to me to go on forever…and not in a good way. It was tough for me to get behind any of the many characters and cheer them on or really want to know how things turn out for them, because I couldn’t seem to drum up enough sympathy for any of them. Things do, though, come together in the end, so I was glad that I stuck it out.
Bride Tree was an interesting read, but I just can’t call it a great one. If you really like historical fiction, give it a go. If you’re a student of French history, though, you might actually want to skip this one, since he takes a lot of libertés with the truth (it is, after all, fiction). Or you may enjoy picking out all of the ways he changed history to fit his plot 🙂
I did receive a digital copy of this novel from the author for review purposes. I was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my very own! 🙂