Saturday, April 9, 2011

Stay tuned for my first guest blogger -- Author Laurel Corona!

I recently had the pleasure of reading Penelope's Daughter by Laurel Corona and discovered a new writer of historical fiction to follow and admire. So, when I had the opportunity to read and review her latest release, Finding Emilie, I jumped at the chance. Especially because Laurel also agree to be a guest blogger here at Reading World and tell us a little more about the history behind the book.

It is already attracting attention among historical fiction fans. And although not marketed as a YA book, I think it should appeal to older YA fiction fans since the issues faced by the protagonist are in many ways timeless ones for young women. But wait--I'll post my review on Monday.

Laurel will guest blog on Tuesday on: Dress and Politics in Enlightenment France

Until then, here's the jacket blurb:

Lili du Chatelet yearns to know more about her mother, the brilliant French mathematician Emilie. But the shrouded details of Emilie's unconventional life -- and her sudden death -- are elusive.
     Caught between the confines of a convent upbringing and the intrigues of the Versailles court, Lili blossoms under the care of a Parisian salonniere as she absorbs the excitement of the Enlightenment, even as the scandalous shadow of her mother's past haunts her and puts her on her own path of self-discovery.
     Laurel Corona's breathtaking new novel, set on the eve of the French Revolution, vividly illuminates the tensions of the time, and the dangerous dance between the need to conform and the desire to chart one's own destiny and journey of the heart.

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