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...

Fran rated it ★★★★★

October 05, 2017

1792, Paris. Three years after the beginning of The French Revolution, more than half the population of Paris was still starving. Hunger, anger, and hatred created bloodlust on execution day at La Place de la Revolution. Based upon The Law of Suspects, "a mere rumor of a man's royalist leanings.....

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...

Rita rated it ★★★☆☆

December 21, 2017

I'm giving the last of my 4 giveaways a 2.5 stars rating because I had a hard time forcing myself to read it. I felt like there was something wrong with me because I did not like this book. I love historical fiction. I had taken a history class in college called The French Revolution and Napoleon...

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 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...

The Just-About-Average Ms M rated it ★☆☆☆☆

October 09, 2017

As promised, the Detailed Review: All righty then… after several better than average reads and a couple of excellent reads, it is time for me to return to the cellar where the truly abysmal books are shelved, in the dark, out of sight, and with any luck and fairness, out of anyone’s recollection....

BAM rated it ★★★☆☆

September 15, 2017

Many thanks to Allison Pataki, Owen Pataki, Random House, and Netgalley for the free copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. This is the trailer park version of A Tale of Two Cities and Les Mis . Set during the French Revolution it involves the values of fraternity and equality, but...

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