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Nemesis and the Swan

Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Release Date: October 27th 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Historical, Fiction, France
From her prison cell in revolutionary Paris, nineteen-year-old aristocrat Hélène d’Aubign recalls the events that led her to choose between following in her parents’ unforgivable footsteps or abandoning the man she loves.
Despite her world of privilege, Hélène is inspired early on by the radical ideas of her progressive governess. Though her family tries to intervene, the seeds of revolution have already been planted in Hélène’s heart, as are the seeds of love from an unlikely friendship with a young jeweler’s apprentice. Hélène’s determination to find true love is as revolutionary as her attempt to unravel the truth behind a chilling set of eye-shaped brooches and the concealed murder that tore her family apart.
As violence erupts in Paris, Hélène is forced into hiding with her estranged family, where the tangled secrets of their past become entwined with her own. When she finally returns to the blood-stained streets of Paris, she finds everything-and everyone-very much changed. In a city where alliances shift overnight, no one knows who to trust.
Faced with looming war, the mystery of her family’s past, and the man she loves near death, Hélène will soon will find out if doing one wrong thing will make everything right, or if it will simply push her closer to the guillotine.


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This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

A compelling character driven story, that examines the turbulent times in France.

We follow Hélène d’Aubign as she recounts her life before prison and the dreaded guillotine. A daughter of a Marquis, Hélène is a part of the aristocracy that the revolution saw to take down. Hélène innocent voice is strong and her character depiction is perfect for this time in history.

We witness the mob mentality that was stirred by personal gains of some of the monarchy that used common peasants as way to gain power. In an unflinching narration the author gives you insight into this chaotic drama. Hélène see the need for change she is accused of being a spy and wrongly imprisoned. The storyline weaves back and forth from her reflection inside her prison cell, to the events leading up to her arrest.

This is a realistic tale of love and sacrifices. A riveting meticulous researched tale, that catapults the reader into the lives of a young adult woman. As her family is torn apart and fleeing for their lives and a heart wrenching tale of loss love. Family secrets that unravel as the reader is drawn deeper into the book. Lindsay Bandy writing was everything that I hoped it would be. Her historical details and well developed characters masterly come to life.

This is superbly, executed novel, and a powerful rewarding read. That I highly recommended.

-But every heart has dark corners

And everything looks different in the dark-

Lindsay Bandy writes historical and contemporary young adult fiction as well as poetry. She lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, with her husband, two daughters, and two cats, and currently serves as the co–regional advisor of the Eastern Pennsylvania region of Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

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