Sunday, April 29, 2018

The Displaced Review

The Displaced

by Frieda Watt

Marie Levesque is a young woman growing up on the shores of Ile Royale as the French Empire collapses on the battlefields. Britain and France are once again at war. The conflict has spilled over into the North America of 1744.

With the threat of war looming on the horizon, Marie struggles to find her place. As a young woman, her life is just beginning. Her friendship with Pierre promises of something more. But the British promise not only to defeat them but annihilate their very way of life.

As empires collide, Marie and Pierre are catapulted into a world they do not understand – a world of spies, treason, and revenge.

Not only must they fight to survive the war, but they must also fight to stay together despite the forces that threaten to tear them apart forever.

I don't normally read historical romances, but I must admit to enjoying this one. The Displaced offers a look into the daily lives of Marie and Pierre as they grow up and learn to survive through the atrocities of war and other torments that I won't spoil here in this review. I honestly didn't mind the slow paced scenes that were scattered throughout the story, never really finding them to be too drawn out. There were a few times where I felt some areas in time jumps could be expanded further upon, but it wasn't enough to distance me from the story at all. I felt the author gave a good look into what life was like. Unnecessary action wasn't forced on us all the time. It was quite a nice break from the fantasy and urban fantasy stories I generally read. And the details in everything from the attacks and treatments of injuries were quite good in my opinion.

There were several times I worried for Marie and Pierre as well as times I wanted to reach into the story and help them deal justice against certain other characters. I grew attached to Marie's brother Nic as the story progressed. At the end of the story, I truly wanted to see how they thrived with their new lives. Maybe one day I will be delighted with a look into how everything turned out for them, perhaps from the perspective of someone close to them. All in all, I enjoyed the book.