In conjunction with our FB group, The Historical Fiction Club, we welcome Lindsay Bandy as she takes over the group to introduce us to her novel "Nemesis and the Swan".
Lindsay is a YA author and youth librarian in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She’s a music superfan, an art buff, and an avid upcycler who loves to find the story in history. Learn more at LindsayBandyBooks.com
"Nemesis and the Swan"
*Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award “Bandy’s debut features credible historical detail, an engaging narrator, and a sweet romance…A lush portrayal of personal and national struggles.”--Kirkus Reviews
From her prison cell in revolutionary Paris, nineteen-year-old aristocrat Helene d'Aubign recalls the events that led her to choose between following in her parents' unforgivable footsteps or abandoning the man she loves.
Despite her world of privilege, Helene is inspired early on by the radical ideas of her progressive governess. Though her family tries to intervene, the seeds of revolution have already been planted in Helene's heart, as are the seeds of love from an unlikely friendship with a young jeweler's apprentice. Helene's determination to find true love is as revolutionary as her attempt to unravel the truth behind a concealed murder that tore her family apart.
As violence erupts in Paris, Helene is forced into hiding with her estranged family, where the tangled secrets of their past become entwined with her own. When she finally returns to the blood-stained streets of Paris, she finds everything -- and everyone -- very much changed. In a city where alliances shift overnight, no one knows whom to trust.
Faced with looming war, the mystery of her family's past, and the man she loves near death, Helene will soon will find out if doing one wrong thing will make everything right, or if it will simply push her closer to the guillotine.