My Brother’s Crown by Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould (review by Kristi)

My Brother's Crown

From Goodreads: From Christy award-winning authors Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould comes a brand-new sweeping family saga. Close-knit cousins are individually led on a redemptive journey as they follow the threads of their family’s mysterious past and discover how it impacts the future.

Renee Talbot, a director in her family’s 350-year-old paper company, is facing a huge problem: how to stay afloat in an increasingly paperless world. When her grandmother asks for her help in finding answers to some unsettling family-related questions, Renee’s search for truth takes her to Europe, where she learns the story of Catherine Gillette, an ancestor who lived in seventeenth-century France. Headstrong and independent, young Catherine’s brave actions saved the original paper company–and various members of the family–during a time when the French Huguenots were being persecuted by Louis XIV.

As Renee tries to save the company and her family’s legacy, she draws courage and wisdom from an ancestor who stood strong and faithful when life was at its most perilous and God seemed to expect more from her than she ever thought she could deliver.

My review: When I picked up this book I wasn’t sure what to expect. I like historical fiction, but I wasn’t sure if I would like a book that went all the way back to 1685 France. My concerns were quickly laid to rest as I became immersed in the stories of two women from very different time periods.

I really enjoyed all of the historical details in this book. They were woven into the story in such a way that I feel as if I received a history lesson without every being bored. In fact, there is no time to be bored reading this book. There are several plot twists that keep the reader engaged in the story.

Adding to the wonderful historical detail in this book is the character development. There are many characters in this book and each is well-developed and multi-faceted. Catherine was my favorite character in the book. I instantly liked her and could sympathize with her in her feelings about her relationships with her brother and boyfriend.

The authors did a fantastic job of weaving Catherine’s and Renee’s stories together. I loved how the story was told in both present-day Virginia and 1685 France. I usually shy away from books that are co-written as I think the story isn’t told as well. This is so not the case in this book. This book is so well written that is is easy to tell the authors are from one mind and one heart with this story. The writing is seamless and strong. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series!

If you like fiction wrapped in historical detail you will love this book. This book would be as equally enjoyable for anyone who enjoys good clean fiction. Happy reading!

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

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