But the French have arrived and things are changing, not least the lives of this powerful, arrogant and wealthy clan. While the conversations are stilted and a bit tedious to read, perhaps that’s how they talked back then. This look into a long-ago, exotic world might make a good book club read. A 3, but well worth your time, if only for the way the humble Ven manages to survive and ultimately find a life of her own.
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