Until that Distant Day by Jill Stengl ~ Review

Until That Distant DayMy Review:

Colette DeMer is one of the eldest of the fifteen Giradeau, now widowed she works for the Doctor Hilliard and his daughter Leonie, during a time of great political upheaval in France. Colette and her brother Pascoe are close, and even though they differ at many points, their relationship is an unbreakable bond between them. As the unrest increases and Pascoe's spells become more frequent, he begins to push her to choose between her family and her responsibilities. What and who will Colette ultimately choose?

This is touching, yet subtle historical novel, rich in detail, as told through the eyes of Colette. This is a book that while subtle and steady in its telling has that special spark of life, that made it both compelling and real.

Colette and her brother have always been close despite their differences, and Pascoe's rash nature. Both seek to protect each other, as the winds of upheaval roar. This book explored many different relationships, and perhaps most interesting was Colette's relationship with her tempestuous brother, as she struggled to be both mother and sister to him, as she fought to hold on and let go.

I found this book to be everything I look for in a historical novel, rich setting, compelling story line, many diverse and deep characters, drama, and even a touch of romance!

Overall, a wonderfully engaging and compelling read, that I could never quite put down. The characters were so well developed and the subtleties said far more about them than any outright statements ever could. A fantastic historical novel!

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