Review-Where the Light Falls-A Novel of the French Revolution by Allison and Owen Pataki AND a Giveaway! 

By now you should be ready for another summer read, I know I am. My lounge chair in the yard hasn’t seen much action since we enclosed our porch, it’s where you can find me most of the time I’m at home. I use the term “we” very loosely, since my contribution was saying, “Hey, we should enclose this porch.” Ashley and I arrived home from our women’s retreat (here’s the book list) to find our husbands had done the job in less than a weekend! It’s my favorite reading/crocheting/coloring spot in the house, what’s yours? 

I’m ready for a new read because I just finished Where the Light Falls by Allison and Owen Pataki. The Pataki’s are brother and sister, this is Allison’s third novel and her brothers first. Yep, a novel, right here on Three Ladies of Lit! We haven’t shared many novels and I can’t imagine why, but here you go, and it’s a worthy read. I’m really happy to say that, because this book came to me as a launch team invite prior to its release, and I have to tell you, I’ve been on launch teams where I couldn’t recommend the book. This is NOT one of those times. 

Set in France after the fall of the Bastille, the story follows three very different characters as they navigate the upheaval of the French Revolution. Jean-Luc is a young lawyer who with his wife and infant son move to Paris to work for the developing government. Idealistic and enthusiastic for the cause, it takes a turn he never would have expected. Andre’ is a young military man of noble birth which puts him at risk of death just because of his name. He encounters a powerful enemy where He least expects it, and in the process meets Sophie, a young widow also of noble birth. The weaving together of their stories in the setting of the revolution made for a read I couldn’t put down. Okay, I sort of hate that line, so cliché, but it’s true. I was telling people about this book before I got a quarter of the way in.  While it’s not the finest piece of literature I’ve ever read, I found the story interesting enough, the writing good enough to finish it in a couple days. 

The authors took some liberties with history, primarily the time line, which they explain in an author’s note at the books conclusion. I was a little surprised at this, and frankly thought it could have been handled differently. It’s a novel, not a history book, if you want that kind of accuracy or know a lot about the French revolution, you might be disappointed-I wasn’t. They also reveal who are historical characters, fictional characters based on real people and a brief history of the revolution. Long before I reached this point though, I was googling names and places and realizing how much world history I had forgotten in the million years since high school. While the story was a good read, the history was the real hook for me. In fact, some of the conversations that took place by those characters who were influencing the revolution proved once again that there is nothing new under the sun. It was insightful and disturbing all at the same time, knowing the outcome for France.

This is a secular book, and if you are concerned about language, there are a few (very few, I was surprised how few) profanities and a couple crass comments in keeping with the characters speaking them. If you watch network t.v. or have been to a movie in the last 10 years you won’t be shocked. 

Where the Light Falls hasn’t been released yet, it comes out on July 11, 2017 but you can pre-order through our Amazon affiliate link here. If you’re feeling like taking a risk, subscribe to the blog (scroll down to the bottom of the page to do that) for a chance to win a copy-and this is no cheesy paperback advanced reader copy, this is a real deal hardback that retails for $28.00! We’ll let you know on release day who gets the book. 

 

Read well, copains! (That’s friends in case you don’t speak French