My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Shana Galen’s Sons of the Revolution trilogy begins with The Making of a Duchess. From the very beginning it is filled with mystery and intrigue that surrounds the intelligence world of the French Revolution and the following war between England and France.
Julien Harcout, duc de Valére, and his mother fled France during the Revolution to his mother’s family in England. The death of his father at the guillotine left a bitter taste in his mouth. When the aristocratic French daughter of his parent’s friends is presented to him, Julien plots that there is no better way to break the backs of the French peasants than for him to marry and have aristocratic children. Nothing more than another one of his successful business ventures. But then Julien meets Mademoiselle Serafina Artois, daughter of the comte de Guyenne, and nothing is as it seems.
Galen has created two very strong lead characters who even in their insecurities keep their chin up and move forward. Regardless of what life throws at them Julien and Serafina play the cards dealt them. Certainly one of the most interesting is the fiery passion that ignites between them. Galen can both touch your heart and flame your passion. There are some amazing supporting characters as well. I hope that Galen will write more than just the three son’s stories. There is potential for other breakout series and I’ll be not so patiently waiting to read.