The Daughters of New France (Book 1)
In her illuminating debut, Aimie K. Runyan masterfully blends fact and fiction to explore the founding of New France through the experiences of three young women who, in 1667, answer Louis XIV’s call and journey to the Canadian colony. Known as filles du roi, or “King’s Daughters,” they leave prosperous France for uncertain futures across the Atlantic.
In Book 1: Once in Quebec, Elisabeth quickly accepts baker Gilbert Beaumont, who wants a business partner as well as a wife. Nicole, a farmer’s daughter from Rouen, marries a charming officer who promises comfort and security. Scarred by her traumatic past, Rose decides to take holy vows rather than marry. Yet no matter how carefully she chooses, each will be tested by hardship and heartbreaking loss — and sustained by the strength found in their uncommon friendship, and the precarious freedom offered by their new home.