Savage Lands

Savage Lands

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It is 1704 and, while the Sun King Louis XIV rules France from the splendour of Versailles, Louisiana, the new and vast colony named in his honour, is home to fewer than two hundred souls. When a demand is sent requesting wives be dispatched for the struggling settlers, Elisabeth is among the twenty-three girls who set sail from France to be married to men of whom they know absolutely nothing. Educated and skeptical, Elisabeth has little hope for happiness in her new life. It is to her astonishment that she, alone among the brides, finds herself passionately in love with her new husband, Jean-Claude, a charismatic and ruthlessly ambitious soldier.

Auguste, a poor cabin boy from Rochefort, must also adjust to a startlingly unexpected future. Abandoned in a remote native village, he is charged by the colony’s governor with mastering the tribe’s strange language while reporting back on their activities. It is there that he is befriended by Elisabeth’s husband as he begins the slow process of assimilation back into life among the French.

The love Elisabeth and Auguste share for Jean-Claude changes both of their lives irrevocably. When in time he betrays them both, they find themselves bound together in ways they never anticipated.

With the same compelling prose and vividly realized characters that won her widespread acclaim for THE GREAT STINK and THE NATURE OF MONSTERS, Clare Clark takes us deep into the heart of colonial French Louisiana.


A journey into the wilds of French Louisiana, where a woman shipped from France as a bride and a boy raised by natives are joined by their love of a ruthless soldier, in the latest historical novel from Clare Clark.


Baker & Taylor
Dispatched to early 18th-century Louisiana as a mail-order bride, Elisabeth unexpectedly falls in love with her charismatic soldier husband; while cabin boy Auguste, abandoned in a remote village, is directed to learn the local language to spy on native activities.

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& Taylor

Dispatched to early 18th-century Louisiana as a mail-order bride, Elisabeth unexpectedly falls in love with her charismatic soldier husband; while cabin boy Auguste, abandoned in a remote village, is directed to learn the local language to spy on native activities. By the author of The Nature of Monsters.
In 1704 the French colony of Louisiana needs wives for the struggling settlers and Elisabeth and twenty-three other girls are dispatched to satisfy the request. The skeptical bride soon falls in love with her charismatic and ruthlessly ambitious soldier-husband, Jean-Claude, a passion which is shared by an abandoned cabin boy, Auguste, who has also fallen under the spell of the dashing Jean-Claude. When in time Jean-Claude betrays them both, the two find themselves bound together in ways they never anticipated.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, c2010
ISBN: 9780151014736
Branch Call Number: FIC CLA
Characteristics: 406 p. :,map ;,24 cm.

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Miranda5
May 12, 2010

I make it a point to finish reading every book I start, no matter how bad it is, but this one, I just refuse to suffer through.

I really enjoy books of that involve settlers in the New World, but the prose, the descriptions.. it was all too much. To me, this book is painful to read.

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