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In the year 1702 in New France, Emilie, a virtuous young woman is betrothed to Robert, the town's handsome miller. On the eve of her wedding, when Emilie spurns the attention of the town's wealthy seigneur, it sets off a catastrophic chain of events that turns her life, and that of her betrothed, into a desperate flight for their lives, sending them straight into the armsIn the year 1702 in New France, Emilie, a virtuous young woman is betrothed to Robert, the town's handsome miller. On the eve of her wedding, when Emilie spurns the attention of the town's wealthy seigneur, it sets off a catastrophic chain of events that turns her life, and that of her betrothed, into a desperate flight for their lives, sending them straight into the arms of peril.Seigneur Richard Tonnacour, the town's black-hearted and corrupt overlord, will stop at nothing to claim Emilie for himself. When his abduction attempt of Emilie goes awry, she and Robert are forced to flee their homes. Forcefully separated, the lovers each encounter new troubles including famine, a Quebec bread riot, a death sentence, and the small pox epidemic of 1703. Embroiled in a fateful chase, Emilie learns that not even the devious madness of her adversaries can destroy her love for Robert. Amid heartache and tragedy, Emilie and Robert struggle to overcome adversity until a turn of events reveals Robert's true identity. As destiny draws them back together, they learn the lessons of love, forgiveness, and family.The Blighted Troth is a compelling story of love and treachery, faith and loss, forgiveness and triumph, of a woman, who with extraordinary determination, labours to make her own way in life and love. With poignancy and meticulous research, the colour, detail, and excitement of the turbulent world of 18th century New France comes to life....

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  • Wendy Bertsch
    2019-04-27 23:12

    The Blighted Troth is a dramatic tale of blameless innocents and the gross and gratuitous abuse of power. It’s also a story of redemption and the forgiveness of unforgivable abuse.It is set in French Canada in the 18th Century—a fascinating place and era that is little represented in fiction—and is a faithful representation of the conditions that existed there and then, when the seigneur (overlord) wielded near absolute power and the village priest commanded respect, regardless of his personal deficiencies.As a Canadian, I can assure readers that Ms. Patzer has done a fine job of capturing the aura and timbre of her characters.

  • Tara Chevrestt
    2019-05-17 17:10

    This is a novel about forgiveness intertwined with jealousy, revenge, love, and the difficulty of keeping vows, be it because of everyone else's actions or your own inner turmoil.. The setting is New France and the time is the 18th century. Emilie and Robert are excited to be getting married finally. However, a wealthy land owner with a lot of clout has other ideas.. He wants Emilie for himself.... To read full review, click on the link below:

  • Aimee
    2019-04-28 20:19

    Brief Synopsis: This story is set in the early 1700's in New France. Robert, a miller, and Emilie are engaged to be married. Unfortunately, the sweet and innocent Emilie has attracted the attentions of Seigneur Richard Tonnaceur, a ruthless and wealthy young man who uses his influence to threaten the priest not to marry them. On the morning of their wedding, they realize there will be no wedding and learn that Emilie is in danger. Seigneur Richard will stop at nothing to have Emilie for his own. Blackmail, kidnapping, and other actions follow involving a cast of characters whose lives are hopelessly intertwined.The Good: The plot is so complex, with many twists and turns, that it is a rather quick read. Although I don't typically read books set in this time period (or locale), I very much enjoyed the story. The setting comes alive, and I wanted to cry during the smallpox epidemic. The young lovers find difficulty at every turn, and it's hard not to cheer for them and hope they will be reunited in the end. I very much enjoy the way the book alternates point of view. Although always told in the third person, the action shifts from character to character, revealing their innermost thoughts. This provides a well balanced portrayal of a timeless romance. (Think Romeo and Juliet, minus the tragic ending.) The author's writing style is easy and natural. She is a natural storyteller.The Bad: I'm hard-pressed to find much criticism in The Blighted Troth, but I did find myself utterly frustrated with graphic scenes involving La Bonne Soeur. Most readers possess an avid imagination and are capable of imagining her weaknesses without requiring such vivid scenes. In fact, it did not seem that they belonged in this novel at all, so different were they in tone from the rest of the book. Fortunately, they are minimal in comparison with the read as a whole.The Verdict: A solid 4.5 stars for crafting such an intriguing and romantic look at a difficult period in history. The ending is satisfying without feeling rushed or trite. At first, it seems the characters are type-cast but don't judge it too soon, because each character grows and changes during the story and gains a complexity that will have you remembering them long after you've turned the last page. (Well, with the exception of the "yellow" priest, that is. It's worth reading just for his character.)

  • Lucy
    2019-05-13 19:14

    Love against all odds- that’s definitely what Mirella Patzer’s historical novel, The Blighted Troth is mostly about. This treasure of a book is set in 17th c. New France (yes a book set in my very own beloved Quebec!!) And I especially wanted to read it because of this. I know this history very well and was interested in seeing how it would be adapted into an historical fiction read- especially with the details of the time that I am very familiar with. I am happy to say that for me The Blighted Troth passed the test on all levels! The historical details are exact and true to the times and written accordingly so. What a treat for me!Emilie and Robert, the main characters of this novel, are doomed from the very beginning. A wedding that should have taken place, is replaced by the couple being faced with obstacle after obstacle of the very worst kind; including abductions, threats, illness, treachery, deception, religious vows and so much more. The story involves so many interesting characters that bring the setting to life. From locals (les habitants), tavern and inn keepers, tyrants and lords, aunts and nephews, priests and bishops, nuns, vow takers and a fille du roi, plus, plus, plus...a whole community to set the stage for this beautiful tale of love and endurance in the 17th c. Every one of the characters was specifically entwined into the plot; giving each their own specific role in bringing forth the story. Beautifully written with a touch of old history spirituality, true to Quebec’s Christian origin, made the story feel real and indeed very possible. I could so picture all of this happen! I was completely enthralled by Mirella Patzer’s story development.For those of you who have read and enjoyed I Promessi Sposi- The Blighted Troth is based on this Italian classic (except much shorter and so much easier to read!) You will definitely enjoy the similarities of good vs evil in a battle where love conquers all. Mirella Paltzer weaves a tale that brings you beyond your imagination. Everytime I thought I could predict the next scene, I was transported to yet another surprising twist. Beautifully written and historically detailed, The Blighted Troth is a book you will want to read.Loved it!

  • Wendy Laharnar
    2019-04-24 15:04

    From the dramatic opening scene in The Blighted Troth, Ms Patzer draws us into the early 18th century with the skill of a classic artist and keeps us there, hooked on history. In 1702, beautiful Emilie Basseaux and Robert Lanzille, the miller, are in love and about to marry, but their selfish, egotistical overload, Seigneur Richard Tonnacour, decides otherwise. Fearing the lord will kill Robert and seize Emilie for himself, the lovers are forced to leave their cosy community of Pointe-du-Lac, New France, to take refuge in monasteries in Quebec. Here, they are meant to wait for help to arrive from a trusted bishop. However, powerful people in the landed gentry and the Church ensure this sanctuary and help are denied them. The lovers are separated, both to face their own dangerous future while seeking the means to be reunited. In this age of power and intrigue, it is not surprising that, by their trust and innocence, Emilie and Robert exacerbate their plight.Historically, we experience the early 1700s; its agricultural life dominated by the nobility and influenced by the Church. We are swept up in the riots brought on by famine, and suffer the horrors of the plague with its victims in homes, in the streets and in the hospitals. Ms Patzer’s knowledge of the setting and her well-researched era enrich the story.She takes us into taverns, monasteries, manor houses and ordinary homes and compels us to explore the themes of Cowardice and Honour; Trust and Betrayal; Faith, Love and Loss, at all levels of society. Characters the innocent lovers encounter are, like themselves, tainted by circumstance: some tragic, some sinful, some wicked but all in need of love and forgiveness. Issues they face still have relevance today.The quote in the front of the book, by Charlotte Bronte, begins “Forgiveness is the mightiest sword…” The Blighted Troth made me question this. Should there be degrees of forgiveness, or is Forgiveness the essence of itself? When you read this beautifully written literary novel, you can be the judge.

  • ILoveBooks
    2019-05-15 22:04

    It must be hard to live in the year 1702. A great historical novel filled with romance, intrigue, action, and excitement, I was so happy I won this novel in a Library Thing giveaway :) The main character is a strong, determined woman named Emilie. Emilie is betrothed to Robert, a handsome miller. On the eve of her marriage, Emilie angers a wealthy, arrogant, seigneur. Forced to run for her life, Emilie and Robert take off in an attempt to keep Emilie from the evil seigneur's arms. However, the seigneur will stop at nothing to have Emilie; he even plans a botched abduction. The lovers are forced to separate and endure perils of their own. Emilie runs into famine, a Quebec bread riot, a death sentence, and a small pox epidemic. A lot to handle for a young girl on the run. Emilie is incessantly brave, she strives to reunite with Robert. Things are not always as they seem, in this novel, Robert has a secret past that reveals itself later in the book much to the delight of the reader. Will Emilie and Robert remain together? The lessons of family, love, and forgiveness are hard to ignore in this book; even the reader will come out with something learned. The reader will love the unique flavor is this book, the intricate plot, the exciting escapes, etc...The characters face seemingly impossible challenges throughout the novel. Will Emilie and Robert survive to love each other again?I would recommend this novel to young adult/adult readers who enjoy intrigue and action combined with history.

  • Audra (Unabridged Chick)
    2019-05-17 18:21

    This deliciously readable historical has the feel of a great Gothic: an unrepentant villain, a virginal heroine, nefarious doings with nuns and priests, daring escapes, and the promise of true love. Set in 1702 in the Saint Lawrence River-area of New France, it follows the beautiful Emilie and her betrothed, Robert the miller, whose plan to marry is derailed when the evil seigneur, Richard Tonnacour, decides he wants Emilie for himself. The story unfolds at a breakneck pace, full of intrigue and adventure, and I was literally delighted with every turn of the page.The novel felt a bit like a book from the 18th century: the story had a kind of unapologetic romantic melodrama not often found in modern novels and I loved it. I literally raced through this book, eager for the next turn of the story, and I loved the characters and plot twists. The writing is clear and straightforward, the characters distinct and vibrant. I anticipated some of the story's developments which actually heightened my anticipation because I was so looking forward to seeing how Patzer would tie up everything. This is a perfect escapist historical novel, easy to dip in and out of or read in a few long sittings. I can't rave enough about it (ask my coworkers!) and I'm now an eager Patzer fan.

  • Jill
    2019-04-26 23:21

    In 18th century Canada, Overlord Seigneur Richard Tonnacour plots to satisfy his lust and take shy Emilie’s virginity through any means possible.*** Set in the Saint Lawrence River area of New France during the 17th century, when women were only as valuable as their pedigree, this is a scenic twist on the “love conquers all” romance genre. It is an adult tale of depravity and blackmail that finds a shy but beautiful virgin separated from her finance as she flees Overlord Tonnacour’s unrelenting pursuit. Graphic sex, uncontrolled violence, kidnapping, blackmail, a small pox plague and religious enlightenment are just a few of the twists used to show who the characters are, how they think and how they react. There are numerous peaks and valleys in the action as the Emilie and Robert move from one unpleasant incident to another before finally marrying in an ultimately predictable outcome.

  • Sarah
    2019-04-30 15:26

    This is a good diversionary and a fast paced read. There are a couple really good characters, but the others, including the main characters could use a little something more so they aren't tending toward the stereotypical roles. But in all fairness, the characters fit the time they are placed in. It is set in New France (Canada) right before the 1702-03 small pox epidemic, and is a nice alternative to ones set in colonial America. While it has good bones, the story is lacking a little something extra to make it a really good story for me. 3.5-4 starsI recieved this from the author for review.

  • Grace Elliot
    2019-05-07 15:18

    This book is a revelation! It takes me back to my teenage years and discovering the joy of reading Dumas' 'Lady of the Camellias' and Flaubert's 'Madame Bovary.' I had no idea authors still had the skill and imagination to write such works. The Blighted Troth is historical fiction in a classic sense - beautifully written, the language spare yet evocative and a sweeping story of love, evil, famine, disease, redemption and resolution skillfully told in an effortlessly understated manner. As a reader you have the comfortable feeling of being in the hands of a master. I feel truly excited by this book and feel sure Ms Patzer has a great literary future ahead of her.

  • Kitty Chatfou
    2019-04-29 15:29

    MIRELLA SICHIROLLO PATZER'S "THE BLIGHTED TROTH" (A REVIEW)This book was exciting! The story of Emilie Basseaux in 1700's France and her betrothal to Robert Lanzille, a miller of Pointe-du-Lac whose impending nuptials seem to be doomed when she catches the eye and interest of Seigner Richard Tonnacour. This romantic piece of historical literature is a definite must read. Mirella Sichirollo Patzer writes with passion and fire. I'll definitely be on the lookout for more of this author's work. -Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud Book Club

  • Aimee
    2019-05-03 16:01

    Being a fan of history, I absolutely enjoyed reading this book more for its historical content. It really gave me a glimpse of how life was during this time in reference to thinking, traveling, disease and promises. I know this is a fictional read but I was completely transported into another era with a beautiful story and rich characters. I would love to read more books like these.

  • Brighid
    2019-05-12 21:19

    Oh I loved it! It's a love story with lots of intrigue, drama, history, and suspense and a good combination of all of that with a nice twist at the ending which I did not expect. I don't usually go for love stories as some are just so "fluffy" But Mirella Patzer is not a fluffy writer. She weaves in lots of other stuff to make it real.

  • Suzanne
    2019-05-15 18:26

    Set in the early 18th century in Quebec, The Blighted Troth is a work of historical fiction. At the outset, Emilie, a virtuous young woman, is betrothed to Robert, the town's goodhearted miller. In New France, a quasi-feudal system exists, with most people living on land owned by powerful private landholders or the Catholic Church. Unfortunately, for the Emilie, the local landowner, Richard, is determined to have her for himself, and will do anything to make that happen. What follows is a gripping tale of two lovers trying desperately to overcome the powerful forces that are working against them.The story itself was based on an Italian classic, The Betrothed by Alexandro Manzoni. While I haven't read the original, it appears that the author kept the basic story line intact, while transferring the location to Quebec circa 1700. This action enabled her to incorporate some real events, like the Quebec bread riots and a deadly smallpox epidemic.The great thing about historical fiction is learning about some piece of history that had previously been unknown to you. The Blighted Troth definitely did that for me. The story was good, but not great. However, I did enjoy it and learned a thing or two!

  • Zoe Saadia
    2019-05-08 20:16

    "The Betrothal" is a beautiful love story set in New France, a story of loyalty and decent intentions confronted by treachery and deceive. My heart was with Emily and Robert all along as they struggled to make their marriage possible, facing dangerous unscrupulous men and later on the upheavals in the colony, and even the plague. The setting was delightfully real, obviously well researched, with plenty of wonderful tidbits of the 18th century Colonial France's daily life, commoners and aristocracy alike. From the small taverns to the huge mansions, from hunger-haunted, angry poor of Quebec to the well-fed bishops and convents, this novel has it all, mixing drama and history, introducing lively characters, reminding us that people were always people, with their basic needs and desires, now and centuries ago. This is a great read I highly recommend "The Betrothal", to enjoy the story and to learn along the way.

  • Sue
    2019-05-17 19:04

    This had a lot of plot twists and turns. I enjoyed that part of it. Some of the traditions were interesting and some I just were not interested in whatsoever. I have no idea how I ended up with this book....except that I try to broaden my reading horizons now and then. As jill mentioned in her review the graphic sexual content and wanton violence were horrible. I had a hard time finishing this book and I skipped several parts when the sadistic behavior was just too much. (If I could recall the chapters or pages at the moment I'd mention that as well.) As others have said the smallpox epidemic was heart rending and that's one of the only reasons I finished the novel. I deleted this book from my kindle immediately and I wouldn't recommend reading it to any of my friends or associates. I gave this a two because the author's talent is undeniable. It's just the coverage of the topic and some scenes grossly outweighed the talent in my opinion.

  • Shyleen Frost
    2019-05-13 15:20

    I don't know if I just didn't read the description or what but this book is so far off of what I normally read. I had no idea what I was getting into so it was a bit slow at first (like the first 10%) Once I got into the story a bit more it became a lot easier to get through. Of course the gratuitousness sex scenes helped to keep my interest, but in seriousness there were plot twists galore, and I enjoyed the majority of them. I liked the historical aspect of it, the inclusion of that era's responsibilities and problems. A few of the turns and twists I very much enjoyed, others were way more predicable, but over-all I enjoyed the experience. The only thing I disliked occurred in the last few pages, in an attempt to wrap everything up in a nice little package I feel like there was just one too many strong coincidences. It's a book, it's fiction, I get it.... but it seemed like it could have been real and believable up until that point.

  • Melissa
    2019-04-28 17:06

    This book was a little long, but I found it very entertaining. Whenever I read these historical books it chills me how much "common" people had no authority and were totally at the mercy of the priest, the overlord, the government, the system -- one little mistake or comment and you could wind up dead or in prison. This book, however, was about true love and about overcoming everything in the endeavor of that love and not giving up. It was sweet and uplifting, funny, a charming read.

  • Mirella
    2019-05-07 23:25