Where the Light Falls by Allison Pataki

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Read Where the Light Falls Online Free - Set in Revolutionary Paris, a rich and sweeping novel about courage, duty, sacrifice, and love by the bestselling author of Sisi, Allison Pataki, and her brother, Owen Pataki.

From the courtrooms to the battlefields to the alleyways of Paris, with cameos from infamous figures in French history, the Patakis have crafted an epic, action-packed novel of the French Revolution as it has never been seen before. Three years after the storming of the Bastille, Paris is enlivened with the ideals of liberty, equality, and fraternity. The monarchy has been dismantled and a new nation, for the people, is rising up in its place. Jean-Luc, a young optimistic lawyer, moves his wife, Marie, and their son to Paris, inspired by a sense of duty to contribute to the new order. André, the son of a former nobleman, flees his privileged past to fight in the unified French Army with his roguish brother. Sophie, a beautiful young aristocratic widow and niece of a powerful, vindictive uncle, embarks on her own fight for independence.

Underneath the glimmer of hope and freedom, chaos threatens to undo all the progress of the revolution and the lives of these compatriots become inextricably linked. As the demand for justice breeds instability, creates enemies out of compatriots, and fuels a constant thirst for blood in the streets, Jean-Luc, Andre, and Sophie are forced to question the sacrifices made for the revolution. Liberty proves a fragile, fleeting ideal, and survival seems less and less likely—both for these unforgettable individuals, and indeed for the new nation itself.

Title : Where the Light Falls
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ISBN : 0399591680
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 384 pages


Angela M rated it ★★★★☆

June 28, 2017

I don't know very much about the French Revolution or really very much about this time in French history at all. While I was interested in the historical aspects of this book, my choice to read it was mostly based on the descriptions of the characters in the book blurb which appealed to me, as we...

Liz rated it ★★★★☆

July 01, 2017

Winter, 1792. What an amazing beginning! This book starts off with a bang. Or should I say a swoosh? From there, we go back in time a few months as Jean Luc St. Clair works for the new government cataloging the properties and goods that formerly belonged to the nobility. He is caught up in the ne...

Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader rated it ★★★★☆

June 25, 2017

Thanks to Goodreads, the authors, and the publisher for the early copy of Where the Light Falls. If you remember anything about the French Revolution from history class, you remember The Terror; and that is vividly depicted in this book. There was clearly a great deal of research to write this no...

Marialyce rated it ★★★★☆

August 14, 2017

If anyone tries to tell you that our American Revolution was just like the one carried on in France, all you need to do is to point them in the direction of this novel to disabuse them of that concept. The French Revolution was a bloody horrible time in which men women, and children were wantonly...

Erin rated it ★★★★☆

July 07, 2017

Thanks to NETGALLEY for an uncorrected proof in exchange for an honest review. Superb! Fantastic! The historical fiction of the summer that will sweep readers back to revolutionary France. This book was AMAZING and really made me feel as if I was present during the Reign of Terror. I loved the c...

Cindy (Thoughts From a Page) rated it ★★★★☆

July 09, 2017

Where the Light Falls appealed to me because I have not read much about the French Revolution. Allison Pataki and her brother Owen tackle the subject matter with finesse and detail providing me with the opportunity to feel as if I was there experiencing the trials and tribulations of the revoluti...

Angie rated it ★★★★☆

July 10, 2017

Great historical fiction about the French Revolution! This was such a readable book. From the very first chapter I was pulled into the drama, the hate, and the desperation that was France at that time. The characters, both historical and fictional, were well-drawn, interesting, and easy to connec...

Staci rated it ★★★★☆

July 15, 2017

What I treasure most about historical fiction is when a novel is educational. Where the Light Falls delivers on this front in a large way. Through the pages of Where the Light Falls and two separate story lines, I visited Paris during the French Revolution. The novel spans from 1792 to 1798. I wa...

Jocelyn rated it ★★★★☆

July 17, 2017

The amount of research the authors must have done for this novel is staggering. I think they did a very admirable job weaving the history and fictional characters and plotlines together. I especially appreciated that they showed both the positive ideals of the French Revolution as well as the cha...

Jen rated it ★★★★☆

May 22, 2017

The era of the French Revolution is not my normal choice for historical fiction, so this book definitely took me by surprise! Thank you to Andrea over at Great Thoughts, Great Readers and NetGalley for the pleasure of getting to read this advanced copy. The groundwork and research that went into...

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