Aimie K. Runyan has written a wonderful debut novel about the early settlers in Quebec, Canada. “Promised to the Crown” tells the story of three young ladies who have been selected, due to different circumstances, to travel to Canada to be wives to the settlers. France has determined that this new world’s first French citizens need to be encouraged to stay, farm, marry and raise a family. Each young woman’s sole purpose is to marry and have as many children as possible to colonize this new territory. The novel takes place in 1667 and combines fact and fiction to produce a very readable and likable novel. The hardships that these colonists endured are many, and each woman has her own problems. However, the friendship among the three, Elizabeth, Rose and Nicole adds to the courage each one finds in her own self.
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