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  1. Make War of Make Love??

    The following review was not anyway influence by the manner that I received the copy. I am not a proof reader or editor. I judge the book on whether I like it or didn’t like it.

    I just finished reading a book entitled “The Displaced.” I found it quite an interesting because of intertwining of the history of the King George’s War and a struggling romance. I wouldn’t say I was glued to the book by choice. It was more like the book snared me and held me close to its bosom.

    The two main characters, Pierre and Marie, grew up together and fell in love. However, as usually the case, the two young lovers find themselves caught up in and separated several times by the ebb and flow of the war.

    Even if you know in your own mind that this romance will win out over the war, you will find that you must turn the page to get the answer only to find out you need turn several more pages to get to the answer.

    Finally, the book may force you to do some additional reading to understand the war that our two lovers are caught up in. However in the end I think you will find this strong Four Star book to be an enjoyable read as I did. I am going to recommend to my friends as a captivating read.

    1. I found it described, vividly, a portion of history that I was woefully ignorant of, like most, I am aware of Wolfe’s successful “heights of Abraham” assault of Quebec and James Cook’s part in charting the St Lawrence, which contributed to the victory, but had never really given the run up to this, much thought. This novel has provided a huge amount of background, and I know that I am better informed for having read it. I am awaiting the sequel eagerly.
      Thank you.

  2. Review of the Displaced: This writer richly describes the environment in and around the New France area where her novel takes place and uses proper French terms to further enhance the location and the time period. The book has a nice pace and story flow which makes for an enjoyable read where the plot keeps the reader’s attention, and, in my opinion, is well written. I think this writer is among the best I have read in some time. She manages to describe the fascinating fauna/flora surroundings in vivid detail without bogging down the strong, page-turning plot narrative. The characters are authentic and well-developed. The plot is well-managed and all loose ends seem to be finished and well cared for. This book naturally will have possible follow ups to this “family saga” since this one was so enjoyable but it ended too soon. I look forward to her next book. JPP

  3. I thought the displaced was a very good book. I loved all the twist and turns that it had. I would highly recommend this book to anyone.

  4. I received the book from the author for an honest review.

    At first I struggled to get into this book, not sure what this was about or where it was going. It felt more like a documentary than a story but as I continued to read I became interested in the life-story of Marie and Pierre, and their life on the Island of Louisburg. As children they were full of daily sports but as they grew older life changed.
    The story started in 1744 and continued on after the second siege under British rule. These were the times that shaped them as adults and the influences of others were noticeably changing them.
    Survival became the critical thread when food were scarce and life were fragile.
    With an uncle that tried to keep them apart all they had was the overpowering believe of their love. Not sure if they would have any future together. Few people acknowledged the feelings of these two and they faced a lot of resentment from family and friends. For a single woman still dependent on an uncle it was difficult to follow her heart but her backbone finally came through when he tried to force her into an unwanted marriage.
    It was a love that began at the tender age of thirteen, growing amidst adversary, lies and the continued fear of war. When Pierre ends up in Montreal as a deserter and convict the story really started to touch my heart. This was where you truly could sense a turn and you become aware of Pierre and Marie’s struggles under the dictatorship of her uncle. Nic, her twin brother also tried to kept them apart, protecting her in his own odd way.
    Each supportive character’s role was detrimental to the outcome of the plot, a love-hate relationship that evoked all kinds of emotions within. Annette and Augustus for instance were silent spectators but yet very important to the turn of events.
    The author’s clever way of writing helped with the guessing work and only at the end you could really put everything together.
    It is a touching story, written with empathy and sincerity that takes you back to a time when life was hard but still simple enough to understand the ebs and flows it has to offer.
    Thanks for the opportunity.

  5. This is an amazing story. I actually felt like I was living in part of it. The author has written in such detail and with so much feeling I could not put the book down. I read it in 1and 1/2’days. The battle scenes are vivid, and the love and emotions stirred by the characters is incredible. I can’t wait for the second volume. I’m hoping some of the lost characters will reappear, but if not, that too is acceptable due to wars and the times given. On a scale of 1-10 this is a 15 in my book.

  6. Page-turner! The author captured the times and events so well. Nova Scotia has been on my bucket list, as my German ancestors settled in Lunenburg around this same time frame, then some moved to Prince Edward Island. Truly romantic place and I look forward to the next book!

    1. Thanks for your nice comments. Nova Scotia, Louisbourg, the Cabot trail, and Newfoundland are all wonderful to see. It’s a great place to vacation and see the sights and the culture.

  7. Wow, fantastic. What a great story. I learned so much and hated to see the end. I can’t wait for the followup. Thank you.

  8. I simply enjoyed the book. It had a good blend of adventure and romance so I think it can please anyone. My family tree involves many parts of French Canada as well as France, and as a student of history, especially of North America and early discovery and colonialization, it was great. My tree also gives accounts of ‘adventures’ the early folks had with opposing armies and the Native peoples. Great read!

  9. Fantastic first book. I read a lot of novels and yours was truly something different and memorable. I really appreciate the Canadian content and felt immersed in the setting. Like other readers I am just sorry that I have to wait for the next book.

  10. Ms Watt- I just finished your first book and can not wait for Vol 2! I am an Iowan who winters in South Texas and am anxious to tell all my Texas/Canadian friends there about you and the book!

    1. Hi Craig,

      Thank you for the positive feedback. I’m happy you enjoyed it and thanks for helping to share it with others.

      Frieda

  11. This story really captured me. The author is so very thorough about details of the surroundings and emotions in this book. Yes, I did get a slow start, but it captured me in a way no book has ever done. I usually don’t give very descriptive reviews about reading a historical romance because I read so many. This book was so different and so thorough in all aspects that it gripped me, emotionally and also gripped me with the historical context of the story. Thank you for such an amazing book! I absolutely loved it.

  12. I was drawn to reading the book because of the title. In the autumn of 2015 I spent 3 weeks on holiday in Nova Scotia and visited the Louisbourg Fort site. In 2016 I returned to visit Quebec and Montreal. The novel really brings those experiences to life and augments the cultural experience of these visits for me. The attention to historical details is impressive but the story puts flesh on the bare bones of history and opens a window into the life experience of the characters you portray. I found the story gripping and very enjoyable. The plot keeps you on the edge of your seat and the conclusion left me eagerly anticipating the next instalment. Thank you for a most enjoyable and challenging reading experience. Keep me posted.

  13. I loved this book. I have visited Louisbourg many times and read many books on the history of this place. I also lived in Quebec for 9years so your book brought all this history alive for me. I look forward to the next one

  14. One of the best historical novels I have read in awhile. Well written, with excellent cast of characters. One feels a part of the story and with the writers excellent descriptions and gets carried along with the main characters. Very original story, lots of twists and turns, and excellent writing of the siege of the fortress and the carnage that resulted. The escape of Marie and Pierre was exceptionally well crafted and believable events occurring to them. I look forward to the sequel.

  15. I really liked this novel as I once lived near Alberta and knew little about early history of Canada. It was most interesting how main characters were so well depicted in such natural way. It was an easy read and really kept me “hooked.

  16. I love historical fiction and found this book a wonderful read. So much history of France and Britian. I was devastated to learn I have to wait till book 2 comes out. I just wanted to keep reading this story forever.

    1. Hi Jude,

      Thanks for the review. I’m glad you enjoyed it and book two is almost here. Would you please take the time to leave a review on Amazon as well?

      Thank you

  17. Hi Frieda, I purchased your book two weeks ago, and am halfway through. I find it a very interesting take on Louisbourg and what happened during those turbulent times. I grew up approx. 40 miles from the fortress and as teenagers we would go there in summer and play in the ruins; before it was restored. I have a Masters in Atlantic Canada Studies from Saint Mary’s. My first book is ‘The Citadel on Stage’ – 2015, and my second is ‘From 14th Colony to Confederation’ – 2017. New World Publishing, Halifax. My third ‘The Evolution of the Middle-Class in Nova Scotia’ will be out in October. I’m also studying how to write historical fiction, that is why I’m enjoying your book so much. Cheers – Alex

    1. Hi Alex, thanks for sharing. I’m glad you are enjoying the book. The second book in the series is almost ready. Congrats on your books. It’s great to see authors writing about Canadian history.

  18. So happy to have the opportunity to leave a review! Just finished your book and cannot believe it is your first! I am a senior and have been reading historical fiction for over 50 years- am fortunate to often be able to actually visit the places I walk through in books.

    My very favourite series is Diana Gabaldon’s “Outlander” and I have read all eight volumes twice. Your writing really reminds me of hers; so well researched, imagined characters that come to life and a writing style that draws you in and won’t let you stop to eat or go to sleep!

    The book also put me in mind of Pierre Berton’s wonderful stories of Canada.

    So looking forward to the second and third books. Thank you for this engaging look into early French Canadian life.

    1. Hi Georgina,

      I’m glad you enjoyed the book. I viewed your website. It is great work that you do, working with and enriching the lives of seniors.

      Book 2 is complete, just formatting and working on the cover. Cheers, Frieda

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