Don't forget to check out the schedule of stops below as well. We will have reviews on all four books in the series for you and an interview with author Michael Stolle.
The French Orphan (Book One) by Michael Stolle
Publication Date: June 12, 2012
eBook & Paperback; 388 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
The year is 1640, and Louis XIII is on the French throne. However, as far as you’re concerned, this is all pretty meaningless. After all, as a teenage orphan living in a monastery school in Reims, all you have to worry about is dodging the unpleasant advances of a few unsavoury monks and looking forward to a life of penniless and celibate servitude in a religious order.
After a childhood and adolescence plagued by a constant longing to know who he really is, orphan Pierre has not the slightest idea that his questions are about to be answered. But you know what they say – be careful what you wish for…
Suddenly finding out who you are can bring with it not only happiness and fortune, but danger, friendship and the sort of swift education that the monastery could never have provided! The discovery of who Pierre really is affects not only Pierre and his friends, but has ramifications for the French nobility, the English crown, and most dangerous of all, the machinations of Cardinal Richelieu and his fierce ambition for the Church and for himself.
The Secrets of Montrésor (Book Two) by Michael Stolle
Publication Date: November 12, 2012
eBook & Paperback; 298 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
The Secrets of Montrésor is the eagerly awaited sequel to The French Orphan, and continues the story of young Pierre de Beauvoir…
Coming into a fortune at any age brings huge responsibility, but when you’re an inexperienced teenager, it seems that surprises are waiting for you around every corner.
Pierre, former orphan and now Marquis de Beauvoir, may have claimed his inheritance, but life is never that simple. For a start, he needs to learn pretty quickly exactly who to trust and who to keep at arm’s length. For example, how do you work out (and survive….) the changing motives of the most powerful man in seventeenth-century France, Cardinal Richelieu? And then what do you do when the people you should be able to trust try to deliver you into the hands of your worst enemy? And then there’s the small matter of a sacred quest to Italy…
Fortunately for Pierre he has his best friend Armand to support him as he gets to know his chateau at Montrésor, its people and… its secrets. (Armand, of course, has his own agendas to pursue, usually involving a pretty face and a willing smile.)
Far from being certain, Pierre’s future has yet to be settled and Pierre will have to draw on his own innate talents as well as those of the people around him to ensure he survives, as his enemies are just waiting to seize their opportunity.
Under the Spell of The Serenissima (Book Three) by Michael Stolle
Publication Date: December 15, 2013
eBook & Paperback; 302 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
The third in the French Orphan series follows the exploits of Pierre, former penniless orphan who discovers he is heir to the de Beauvoir inheritance.
So far, Pierre has found friends in unexpected places, been surprised by love, learned the true meaning of friendship, discovered the extent of human cunning and depravity and dodged numerous attempts by his closest family member to despatch him to the next world.
In Under the Spell of the Serenissima Pierre’s search for the third Templar ring continues, but as ever, his path is not a smooth one. Pierre and Armand, along with Jean and Edoardo, are making for Venice, unaware that others too are racing towards the beautiful city, some intending to help, others with far more sinister motives.
As the various characters are drawn inexorably towards Venice, a conclusion will be played out that must decide Pierre’s fate, one way or another…
The Queen's Maid of Honour (Book Four) by Michael Stolle
Publication Date: March 31, 2016
eBook & Paperback; 300 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
The year is 1643. The scheming Cardinal Mazarin is now Prime Minister of France, but on the other side of the Channel, unrest in England grows daily, as civil war is erupting. As the political situation in England deteriorates, the royal court flees London for Oxford, and King Charles is desperate to secure both funding and troops to come to his aid.
Mazarin, every bit as devious as his predecessor, Richelieu, engages the services of François de Toucy to save the Queen of England, a former royal princess of France. François and his friends will set sail for England, in a quest to ensure the safety of the queen.
Whilst François is walking a diplomatic tightrope across the political cauldron of the royal court, his friend Armand falls desperately in love with the Queen’s Maid of Honour, a lady as beautiful as she is cunning.
Soon the friends find themselves deeply entangled in a deadly combination of cut-throat politics, disasters on the battlefield and bitter machinations at court over love and war and the struggle between Protestants and Catholics that threaten to spell only death and disaster.
He has been reading and writing about history for longer than he cares to recall...
Blog Tour ScheduleMonday, January 23
Blog Tour Kick Off at Passages to the Past
Tuesday, January 24
Review at Books, Dreams, Life (The French Orphan)
Wednesday, January 25
Spotlight at Just One More Chapter
Review at Svetlana's Reads and Views (The French Orphan)
Thursday, January 26
Review at Book Nerd (The Queen's Maid of Honour)
Friday, January 27
Spotlight at What Is That Book About
Review at Clarissa Reads It All (The French Orphan)
Monday, January 30
Review at Books, Dreams, Life (The Secrets of Montrésor)
Review at Svetlana's Reads and Views (The Secrets of Montrésor)
Tuesday, January 31
Spotlight at A Literary Vacation
Review at Clarissa Reads It All (The Secrets of Montrésor)
Wednesday, February 1
Review at 100 Pages a Day (The French Orphan)
Thursday, February 2
Spotlight at Broken Teepee
Review at Turning The Pages (The French Orphan)
Friday, February 3
Spotlight at A Bookaholic Swede
Review at Turning The Pages (The Secrets of Montrésor)
Sunday, February 5
Review at Books, Dreams, Life (Under the Spell of The Serenissima)
Review at Clarissa Reads It All (Under the Spell of The Serenissima)
Review at Svetlana's Reads and Views (Under the Spell of The Serenissima)
Monday, February 6
Review at 100 Pages a Day (The Secrets of Montrésor)
Tuesday, February 7
Spotlight at Kinx's Book Nook
Wednesday, February 8
Spotlight at CelticLady's Reviews
Review at Clarissa Reads It All (The Queen's Maid of Honour)
Thursday, February 9
Review at Turning The Pages (Under the Spell of The Serenissima)
Friday, February 10
Review at Turning The Pages (The Queen's Maid of Honour)
Review at Historical Fiction Obsession (The French Orphan)
Review at Svetlana's Reads and Views (The Queen's Maid of Honour)
Saturday, February 11
Review at Yelena Casale's Blog (The French Orphan)
Review at Books, Dreams, Life (The Queen's Maid of Honour)
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