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Voices in the Mist by Susanne Dunlap
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VOICES IN THE MIST BY SUSANNE DUNLAP
Publication Date: September 21, 2021
Series: The Orphans of Tolosa, Book 3
Genre: Historical Fiction
Marry a Catholic stranger, or flee the only world she’s ever known: Headstrong Bruna de Gansard must choose one or the other to protect her Cathar family from the inquisitors.
Toulouse, 1229. The inquisitors have arrived to rid the city of Cathar heretics once and for all, and are putting all unmarried girls over the age of 12 to the question. After an incident in the town calls unwanted attention to 14-year-old Bruna, a young Catholic stranger who is sympathetic to the heretics warns her family about the looming danger, and volunteers to marry their daughter to save her from being questioned.
But Bruna doesn’t want to be forced into marriage, so she chooses flight—which lands her unexpectedly in the midst of a Catholic pilgrimage to Compostela, thrusting her into a life of deceit.
When her beauty and her voice bring her to the attention of the powerful Baron de Belascon, who owes fealty to the king of France, Bruna earns the enmity of the baron’s bitter and imperious mother and finds herself caught between her allegiance to her own people and the dangerous secret of her origins—a secret that can be revealed at any time after the arrival of a French knight who recognizes her.
The Orphans of Tolosa Trilogy comes to a dramatic end in this gripping story of loyalty and betrayal, set amidst the violence and peril of the Albigensian Crusades.
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Voices in the Mist is the third installment in Susanne Dunlap’s Orphans of Tolosa trilogy. Which happens to be prequel to the other books delightful book in the series, to Listen To The Wind and The Spirt Of The Fire.
In the year of 1229 southern France the far reaching hand of the Catholic inquisitors has reached the Tolosa [Toulouse].
The Cathars, who considered themselves the true Christians. Suffered persecution by the Holy Roman Catholic Pope, and all the Catholic Christians who sought to completely to destroy them. So they hid their beliefs as best as could, following their religious sects doctrines of living in modest homes and eating non-meat items, along with dressing without any adornments.
We follow a young girl Bruna de Gansard of a Cathar family, who’s older sister Azalaïs is the main protagonist from the first two books in this series. This tale grabs the reader immediately as the Catholic inquisitors knights are flooding the city of Tolosa.
Separated from her father and sister in the middle of the city. Bruna is rescued and returned to her father and sister by Alaman de Bousquet. Who is a kind and sympathetic, Catholic merchant. The brute military force of the Catholic Dominicans inquisition, seeks to eradicate all the religious sect the Cathars has arrived.
Their occupancy will set about a drastic change in Bruna life. When an offer of proposal comes, Bruna takes thing into her own hands. Not wanting to be wed to a Catholic stranger she plans an escape. Finding herself in enemy territory, amongst a Catholic noblewoman’s pilgrimage to Compostela. Bruna must keep up a grand facade without revealing who she really is, and her beliefs.
As things progress, Bruna’s beauty and voice draws the attention of a baron. Her life depends on her ability to keep up her pretense of being Catholic. She also find moments of peace filled with poetry and music as a baroness.
Susan Dunlap weaves vivid details, along with meticulously research to create a unforgettable book. The author uses precision and depth to creat a storyline that is both captivating and memorable. Told in dual narration, but focused more on our main heroine Bruna. Her struggles and strength along with the Cathars is wonderfully depicted. The character development and complex relationships, is impeccable.
But, there is a ever present darkness looming, as her mother-in-law will stop at nothing to ruin her marriage to her son. An arrival of a certain knight might be disastrous for Bruna.
Voices in the Mist catapults the reader into turbulent times of the thirteenth century France. Rich in period atmospheric imagery Susan Dunlap has written a stunning book.
The phenomenal setting and world building allows the reader to be fully immersed within the books setting. The author delivers a brisk paced, beautifully written historical fiction.
This book and the other two books in this series are beautifully written historical fiction, that you need to read! Make sure you grab your self a copy today!
About the Author
Susanne Dunlap is the author of nine works of historical fiction. A graduate of Smith College with a PhD in Music History from Yale University, Susanne grew up in Buffalo, New York and has lived in London, Brooklyn and Northampton, MA. She now lives in Northampton with her long-time partner, Charles, has two grown daughters, three granddaughters, a grandson, a stepson and a stepdaughter, five step-grandsons and one step-granddaughter—that’s a total of four children and eleven grandchildren!
For more information, please visit Susanne Dunlap’s website. You can follow author Susanne Dunlap on
In her spare time, she cycles in the beautiful Pioneer Valley.
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