Title: Where the Light Falls
Author: Allison Pataki and Owen Pataki
Genre: Historical Fiction
Published: July 11, 2017
Source: Random House
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Four individuals make their way through the changing landscape of Paris during the time of the Revolution and its aftermath. Jean-Luc and his wife Marie move to the city from southern France hoping to become involved in the new government focused on liberty, equality and fraternity. Disillusionment threatens to overcome them as the new leaders embrace the guillotine as an alternative to true justice. André denounces his noble birthright and joins the revolutionary army to avoid the same fate of other nobility. He promises to defend his new country from outside enemies who would return the king to the throne. And Sophie, the widow of a nobleman finds herself trapped under the so-called protection of her uncle, which becomes an even bigger problem when she meets André.
Heavily focused on the perspectives of Jean-Luc and André, I found Where the Light Falls to be an engrossing historical fiction novel. The authors weave the story well, combining the history of this time when the people of France struggled to build a new nation, and the personal stories of these characters. I haven't read much about the French Revolution so I found the novel to be both educational and entertaining. The authors do a wonderful job setting the scene and giving the reader a real sense of what people would see and feel around Paris and on the battlefield.
If you enjoy historical fiction, I highly recommend Where the Light Falls. It will bring you back to the time of the revolution with characters that you will care about ~ and you may learn something about the way things were back then too!
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