Bride of New France
A Canadian bestseller, this richly imagined novel is about a young French woman sent to settle in the New World.
Transporting readers from
cosmopolitan seventeenth-century Paris to the Canadian frontier, this vibrant
debut tells of the struggle to survive in a brutal time and place. Laure
Beausejour has been taken from her destitute family and raised in an infamous orphanage
to be trained as a lace maker. Striking and willful, she dreams of becoming a
seamstress and catching the eye of a nobleman. But after complaining about her
living conditions, she is sent to Canada as a fille du roi, expected to marry a French farmer there. Laure is
shocked by the primitive state of the colony and the mingling of the settlers
with the native tribes. When her ill-matched husband leaves her alone in their
derelict hut for the winter, she must rely on her wits and her clandestine relationship
with an Iroquois man for survival.
- August 2012
- 6.5 × 9.6 in
/ 304 pages
- Territory Rights: Worldwide excluding Canada and the British Commonwealth.
Endorsements & Reviews
“Bride of New France is a haunting story of a courageous young woman, shipped over from France to the wilderness of Canada in the 17th century. Beautifully written, Suzanne Desrochers uses the rich detail of the time period to tell us of Laure’s remarkable bravery and determination and to remind us again of the resilience of our forbearers.” — Kathleen Grissom , author of The Kitchen House