GUEST POST: The Perilous Journey of the Not-So-Innocuous Girl by Leigh Statham (things the readers doesn’t know about the novel)
Expected publication: March 17th 2015 by Month9Books
YA > SciFi | Steampunk
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Lady Marguerite lives a life most 17th century French girls can only dream of: money, designer dresses, suitors and a secure future. Except she suspects she may be falling for her best friend Claude, a common smithie in the family’s steam forge.
When Claude leaves for New France in search of a better life, Marguerite decides to follow him and test her suspicions of love. But the trip proves more harrowing than she had anticipated, revealing secrets and testing her strength as well as her heart. Love, adventure and restitution await her in Canada, but only if she can survive the voyage.
I’m so excited to have Leigh on the Blog today! Don’t you just love that cover? Gorgeous and absolutely intriguing. I cannot wait to get my hands on it! But before we lost ourselves to Margeruite’s world, Leigh shares stuff that readers (we) doesn’t know about the novel!! Scroll on!
Things the readers doesn’t know about the novel
Most readers probably won’t realize until they get to the very end of the book that this is a true story. Ok, so it’s not entirely true, but it’s based on the true story of one of my ancestors.
While they didn’t have solar powered robots or flying ships in 17th century France, they did have a lot of the other things I wrote about. Including strawberry trees, still growing on the western coast, sea ports filled with tradesmen and nobles, balls, arranged marriages, strict social rules and classes, navy men on the hunt for a wife, and most importantly, “Les filles du roi”, or Daughters of the King.
Louis the XIV realized that something needed to be done if he wanted to hold onto his land in New France (Canada). So he came up with a plan. He recruited single women, ages 12 to 25 to travel alone as his wards to New France where they would be given a dowry and trousseau and a husband. The new family would then be given a land grant on which to start their own settlement. Sounds like a great deal if you are a street urchin or orphan, right? But Louis didn’t want riff raff, he wanted the best of the best. But how to convince the upper class ladies of France to leave the comfort of their estates and head into the great unknown?
This is where the real genius starts. Louis arranged for the girls to sail together on some of his best ships and once in the new world, they stayed at nunneries and churches. The game then became one of ladies choice. That’s right, Louis let the ladies pick who they wanted to marry.
Most of history is ruled by men. They are the movers and the shakers, but this is one case when the women were put in charge and the plan was a raging success. It even encouraged women to immigrate using their own means later in the century, something that was relatively unheard of before.
My hat is off to these brave ladies. They gave New France the solid foundation it needed to become modern day Quebec. I hope you enjoy the book and I hope it inspires you to make your own life a story of bravery and daring that leads to a better world.
Thank you Leigh for sharing and.. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway!
Leigh Statham was raised in the wilds of rural Idaho, but found her heart in New York City. She worked as a waitress, maid, artist, math teacher, nurse, web designer, art director, thirty-foot inflatable pig and mule wrangler before she settled down in the semi-quiet role of wife, mother and writer. She resides in North Carolina with her husband, four children, five chickens and two suspected serial killer cats. If the air is cool and the sun is just coming up over the horizon, you can find her running the streets of her small town, plotting her next novel with the sort of intensity that will one day get her hit by a car.
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