From Debbie Wiley Book Reviews
FICTION SUSPENSE & THRILLERS
In the Shadow of the
by Golden Keyes
The Huguenots have faced isolation and persecution during the reign of
King Louis XIV. Despite the Edict of Nantes, religious discrimination
is a part of everyday life. However, the Clavell family has enjoyed a
bit of protection due to the King’s youthful love of Madeleine Clavell
and his respect for her now deceased father. All that changes the day
the dragoons arrive at the Clavell home.
Madeleine and her husband, Francois, have prepared for such an event as
the arrival of the dragoons. Unfortunately, a series of choices are
about to put the Clavell family right in the King’s path and place
their entire family at risk. Madeleine and Francois will have to rely
on their faith in God to face the hardships ahead.
IN THE SHADOW OF THE SUN KING is a stunning portrait of the power of
faith. Madeleine and Francois endure challenges that would test the
faith of anyone and yet they persevere. Golden Keyes Parsons doesn’t
make her characters perfect saints, however. Her characters stumble
over the very same obstacles many face today. In fact, it is their
ability to overcome such obstacles and to face their own failings while
leaning on God that makes them so realistic.
Golden Keyes Parsons doesn’t hesitate to address some very weighty
issues. Readers should note that topics such as adultery and murder are
integral to the plot. Ms. Parsons pits her characters against the
frightening backdrop of the persecution of the Huguenots to provide an
insightful and terrifying picture of fanaticism and power gone amok.
IN THE SHADOW OF THE KING is not your typical Christian fiction story.
Golden Keyes Parsons doesn’t promise a happily-ever-after for any of
her characters but instead shows their struggles with life in the midst
of dangerous and violent turmoil. Sometimes the characters will make
you mad, other times you’ll weep for them. But without a doubt, IN THE
SHADOW OF THE KING makes a definite impact on the reader. History comes
alive in this phenomenal tale!
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (October
Other books in series: Darkness to Light Series (second
book is A PRISONER OF VERSAILLES)
by Debbie, Debbie Wiley Book Reviews