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Bonne-Marie, a Tale of Normandy and Paris

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Bonne-Marie, a Tale of Normandy and Paris by Henry Gréville is a captivating novel that follows the life of a young girl named Bonne-Marie as she navigates the challenges of growing up in 19th century France. The author does a wonderful job of bringing the characters to life and painting a vivid picture of the society and culture of the time.

The story is filled with drama, romance, and intrigue, keeping the reader engaged from start to finish. Bonne-Marie is a strong and relatable protagonist, and her journey of self-discovery is both heartwarming and inspiring. The descriptions of the French countryside and the bustling streets of Paris are beautifully written, transporting the reader to another time and place.

Overall, Bonne-Marie, a Tale of Normandy and Paris is a beautifully written novel that is sure to captivate readers with its engaging plot and memorable characters. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction or stories of love, betrayal, and redemption.

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Bonne-Marie, Henry Gréville’s last work, will no doubt create a sensation, such is its freshness, beauty, and delicacy. It is the story of a young girl, the daughter of a smuggler in Normandy, on the coast of France. Having been educated in a Convent, at Cherbourg, she returns from school where her father had placed her, and struggles in spite of her discontent to do her duty in her humble home. She turns a deaf ear to a lover’s pleading, and when her father is killed in a fray with the Coast-Guard, she leaves her home and goes to Paris to seek her fortune. The tale of her struggles with poverty, of her debut as a singer in one of the celebrated Cafés – where, after a great success, she loses her heart to an artist, is simply, powerfully and most pathetically told. What happens after we must leave the readers of this charming volume to discover for themselves, all of which is beautifully sketched, and the story from beginning to end is pure, fresh and breezy. Mrs. Sherwood’s English in this translation is beyond all praise – it flows freely on from beginning to end. - Summary by the Publisher

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