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Victoire, a peasant girl raised in rural France, undergoes a series of tragedies—some while still in her village, others during a brief stay in Paris. As she comes into her own, the simmering unrest among the lower classes reaches its peak, and she is caught up in the French Revolution.
There are some lovely descriptive passages here, and the history is sound. I enjoyed exploring the revolution from a different perspective (a provincial peasant girl). The aristocratic characters seem no more than one-dimensionally evil and depraved, but Victoire's villagers and town friends emerge much more clearly, and a series of unexpected twists keep the story moving. All in all, a different take on a familiar tale, and well worth reading.