Title: The Displaced – Fall of a Fortress
Author: Freida Watts
Genre: Historical Fiction
Setting: mid-18th Century French Canada
Set in Louisburg, in mid-18th century, the book follows the life of Marie Levesque and her family and friends as they survive amidst class barriers and the British-French wars.
A nice engaging read of life in mid-18th century Canada, which is the new front of exploitation of the colonial powers. Wars have no meaning in the larger sense of life, but life does go on. Wars are futile, yet common people keep getting dragged in them.
It is also a coming of age tale of a group of teenagers, from their adventurous pursuits of youths to the maturity as workers and soldiers living in turbulent times.
The book also provides a glimpse of the class battles. For many bloodlines are more important than money. Lots of money will still not get the same societal status as lineage.
Overall, a good depiction of the times it is set in.
The book is the first part of a planned trilogy. Lets see what the author has in store for us in the later two parts. There are a few loose ends to be tied, and of course, life keeps moving on!
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