Until That Distant Day

Until That Distant Day➹ [Read] ➵ Until That Distant Day By Jill Stengl ➼ – Bluevapours.co.uk When revolution reigns, can love survive A vibrant, activist widow living in Paris during the early days of France s new Republic can find limitless opportunities for success So says Pascoe, Colette s When revolution reigns, can love survive A vibrant, activist widow living in Paris during the early days of France s new Republic can find limitless Until That eBook × opportunities for success So says Pascoe, Colette s favorite brother and lifelong advisor, who urges her to quit her menial employment as housekeeper to prominent legislator Doctor Hilliard However, haunted by an abusive marriage, her baby s tragic death, and a recent disastrous romance, Colette dreads making poor choices She clings to her current position, where at least she finds purpose and respectSuddenly, Colette finds herself at odds with Pascoe and struggling to unite her fractured family against the lure of revolution Charged with protecting Doctor Hilliard s headstrong daughter and desperately afraid of losing one of her beloved brothers, Colette doesn t know where to turn or whom to trust as the bloodshed creeps ever closer to homeUntil That Distant Day when peace returns to France, can she find the strength to defend her loved ones even from one another.

Jill Stengl is the author of numerous romance novels including Inspirational Reader s Choice Award and Carol Award winning Faithful Traitor, and the bestselling novella, Until That eBook × Fresh Highland Heir She lives with her husband in the beautiful Northwoods of Wisconsin, where she enjoys her three cats, teaching a high school English Lit class, playing keyboard for her church family, and sipping coffee on the deck as she brainstorms for her next novelJill is is the mother to Anne Elisabeth Stengl.

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    Until That Distant Day Kindle ↠ Until That eBook her current position, where at least she finds purpose and respectSuddenly, Colette finds herself at odds with Pascoe and struggling to unite her fractured family against the lure of revolution Charged with protecting Doctor Hilliard s headstrong daughter and desperately afraid of losing one of her beloved brothers, Colette doesn t know where to turn or whom to trust as the bloodshed creeps ever closer to homeUntil That Distant Day when peace returns to France, can she find the strength to defend her loved ones even from one another."/>
  • Paperback
  • 356 pages
  • Until That Distant Day
  • Jill Stengl
  • 16 July 2017
  • 0989447839

10 thoughts on “Until That Distant Day

  1. Clara Thompson says:

    I m not much of a historical fiction reader, but when I started this book, I was hooked Until That Distant Day took me on an adventure during the French Revolution that I will not soon forget I now see why the amazing Jill Stengl is an award winning author Truly, the way she weaves fiction throughout history is amazing, addictive, and terribly fun to read Now I want to readof her books

  2. Anne Stengl says:

    I just had the opportunity to read the final draft of this manuscriptand let me tell you, it is fantastic Sometimes sad, sometimes frightening, full of suspense A great cast of dynamic characters caught up in family drama, political intrigue, and a surprising romance This story made me laugh out loud and it also made me cry The heroine s authentic and descriptive narrative voice painted vivid pictures in my head I could see, hear, and even smell Paris of 1792.And, along with Colette, I just had the opportunity to read the final draft of this manuscriptand let me tell you, it is fantastic Sometimes sad, sometimes frightening, full of suspense A great cast of dynamic characters caught up in family drama, political intrigue, and a surprising romance This story made me laugh out loud and it also made me cry The heroine s authentic and descriptive narrative voice painted vivid pictures in my head I could see, hear, and even smell Paris of 1792.And, along with Colette, I felt the lure of revolution, the longing of the people for a better life I felt her heartache as she watched inhumanity and terror overcome all the good such a revolution might have created I felt Colette s need for grace and loveand I admired her tremendous courage as she sought to protect her beloved brothers, often from their own foolish purposes.It s a great story A beautiful story I can hardly wait for the rest of you to read it

  3. H.S.J. Williams says:

    After a long absence, Jill Stengl returns to Authorhood, and she heralds a tale of the French Revolution with a clear, unique voice and excellent plotting that transports us straight into the era It is a journey of a woman s search for good in a time where all good things seemed to have been rejected And it was a journey for me as well, and my opinion of the tale progressed with the page.I ll admit, the first third of the book was not amazing for me Certainly, the writing was excellent and sh After a long absence, Jill Stengl returns to Authorhood, and she heralds a tale of the French Revolution with a clear, unique voice and excellent plotting that transports us straight into the era It is a journey of a woman s search for good in a time where all good things seemed to have been rejected And it was a journey for me as well, and my opinion of the tale progressed with the page.I ll admit, the first third of the book was not amazing for me Certainly, the writing was excellent and she dropped me right into the world without error That was part of the problem Um 1792 Paris Who would want to be there Okay, maybe there are some people, but I wasn t one of them Sure, I d read and enjoyed another French Revolution novel, The Tale of Two Cites, but it was different Until That Distant Day plants you living in this city, amongst the crowds, along the streets, inside the families And it didn t take long before I concluded that almost all men there were disgusting, faith was nearly non existent, and man kind was basically selfish A pretty accurate truth, I guess.But I also had a problem of not liking many of the characters at first Two out of three of our heroine s brothers I despised, one a charming cad, the other a hot headed brat The one brother I did like a quiet, religious young man didn t show up nearly enough for the first third There was a mysterious doctor and his cold daughter who I thought might be likeable, but there were too many mysteries about them to be sure As for our main character, Colette, she s a tough, experienced woman with a scandalized past and a determination to do things right from now on I liked her but I didn t quite connect with her at first And what about the romantic interest I knew there was one in here somewhere, but there didn t seem to be a decent man around I wasn t expecting Monsieur Perfection, but a good man at least As I went into the second third, Colette became as disgusted and disillusioned with her culture as I was, and we suddenly became friends And I was inspired as she started seeking out God, taking her stand, and determining to love no matter what The brother who I did like came up as a main character More was revealed about the Doctor and his daughter A sweet side romance began And the man for Colette Oh well, it turns out he d been under my nose the entire time Very sneaky, Mrs Stengl, very sneaky And then WOOMPH Guess what sort of events started The last third of the book had me absolutely glued to the page, desperate for the characters who had indeed become my friends, delighting in their triumphs, mourning with their sorrows Mrs Stengl is a master story teller she knows just what strings to pull I was sitting there, author mode, thinking, If this was my story, I d do this The next moment I d switched to reader mode, gasping, AUGH SHE DID IT NOoo, please let it turn out all right There were also twists I never saw coming And I even found some forgiveness in me for the person I d rounded up as the despicable villain Around here, there was a change in character that I found a bit convenient, but hey, who am I to judge the workings of a tormented soul It worked out great for the story, anyway These were people real raw imperfect, selfish, proud, foolish But people beloved of God.The suspense, the humor, the joy, the sorrow, the love it all wound up into a triumphant conclusion that left me with one available conclusion about the book.I loved it.Violence French Revolution, folks Blood Happily, Jill Stengl really doesn t get into gory descriptions There is a mention of a head on a pike, but most of the really awful violence stayed off page.Sexual Paris The culture is morally loose Our heroine has had two affairs in her past she s not proud of them There are two young women with child outside of marriage Men and women are flirty One of Colette s brothers actually encourages her to take up the job of a mistress But there was really no scenes or descriptions to provoke any problems for the reader You know the bad is there, but it s not bad for you And the romance is so sweet and clean Our heroine s romance is unromantic in the most romantic way possible Did that not make any sense Read the book to understand.Language Plenty of profanity is said to be said, but we never see it on the page.If you are interested in the French Revolution era, reading this book is not merely a suggestion, but an order If you enjoy historical novels, you should definitely read this And even if historical novels aren t your genre of choice, you should still give this a try if you like good writing and real characters.It s a difficult tale, an emotional tale, where all the story threads and characters are woven together with superb mastery and heart Bravo, Mrs Stengl

  4. Allison Ruvidich says:

    The year is 1792 From the noblest courts to the lowest, most desperate slums, Paris hangs poised It whispers resolution or revolution Madame Colette deMare, among Paris s lower class, knows the answer to this question implicitly She will stand by the side of her brother Pascoe, an influential leader who calls for change But as Colette finds her life increasingly entangled with those of Doctor Hilliard, a wealthy politician, and his family, she no longer finds herself so sure When the long a The year is 1792 From the noblest courts to the lowest, most desperate slums, Paris hangs poised It whispers resolution or revolution Madame Colette deMare, among Paris s lower class, knows the answer to this question implicitly She will stand by the side of her brother Pascoe, an influential leader who calls for change But as Colette finds her life increasingly entangled with those of Doctor Hilliard, a wealthy politician, and his family, she no longer finds herself so sure When the long awaited change finally breaks out, the violence and recklessness of it shocks her With her loved ones on increasingly distant sides of the conflict, Colette tries desperately to protect them and begins to fear that she cannot.I loved this book Really But so as not to leave a bad taste in your mouth at the end of the review, I shall say what I didn t like first, which is really only two things.When an author seeks to make an audience love loathe a character, they walk a very fine line As Colette finds herself distanced from her increasingly violent and careless brother, I erred on the side of loathing the charismatic Pascoe Although he came full circle back into my good books by the end, I spent the majority of this novel wishing Colette would make good on her threats to shoot him with her husband s fowling piece The same can be said for Colette s other brother, Claude, only I started off disliking him and finished that way, too Although a shred of pity colors my feelings for him My second complaint is that, although the cast of this book is not small, it covers only one social class the poor I understand that Doctor Hilliard and, indeed, Colette and Pascoe are intended to be comparatively wealthy, with new clothes, education, and a steady supply of food, but I would have liked to have a Victor Hugo esque look at the poor or even the rich, for that matter to giveof a contrast.Now that the complaints are out of the way, let me tell you why you should read this novel.Colette is undoubtedly the greatest part of this book Her presence of mind and force of will are so great that it is a bit shocking to think her name rhymes with Cosette She spends the majority of the book running around, getting things done, doing good, and threatening people with her fowling piece She puts Lucie and Cosette to shame for French Revolution heroines.But Colette has a vulnerable side as well The oldest of fifteen children, with her parents far away in America, her life revolves around her brothers It pains her to realize they have grown and no longer cherish her as they once did Her hurt at their lack of respect rings true.Most of the romance in Until that Distant Day takes place before the book begins If you like romance, then sorry you ll just have to enjoy the character growth instead But for me, this book was perfect because it had a love story I was not forced to witness firsthand.The characters grew massively in this book, particularly Colette, Pascoe, and Leonie So much so that upon finishing I returned to read the first chapter and said, Oh Um Hello again Was this book good Yes Should you read it YesIs it going on my favorites shelf, and will I order a copyYes Did I give it four stars Well Yes.I loved this book I really did If I could only pick out two things that I didn t like, then congratulations, Mrs Stengl, you have written a fantastic book But I m reviewing it I received an ARC copy, and I have to be hard on it harder than if I was solely reading it to enjoy a wonderful book Note There s a distinct possibility that later down the road I ll say, Oh, forget it and change my rating to five stars If you are reading this and that seems to be the case, then you should still read this bookTo reiterate Until that Distant Day has characters both lovable and loathsome, I adored it, and it will keep you on the edge of your seat until you finish it So go ahead Pick up the book

  5. Shantelle says:

    Seeing the gorgeous cover and realizing it was written by Anne Elisabeth Stengl s mom, Jill Stengl, I was quite excited to read Until That Distant Day Happily, I was not disappointed in this fascinating historical set in the country of France French history always interests me Centered on a young widow and her brothers during the perilous French Revolution, we journey along with Colette as she struggles to find where her loyalties lie and what is righteous and true in the violent setting Seeing the gorgeous cover and realizing it was written by Anne Elisabeth Stengl s mom, Jill Stengl, I was quite excited to read Until That Distant Day Happily, I was not disappointed in this fascinating historical set in the country of France French history always interests me Centered on a young widow and her brothers during the perilous French Revolution, we journey along with Colette as she struggles to find where her loyalties lie and what is righteous and true in the violent setting of rebellion Also, love whispers, and secrets are unveiled In the end, who will survive And will Colette and Pascoe keep their close relationship or be torn apart by politics All in all, a vivid historical tale Raw, real, and deep, Until That Distant Day explored and revealed a devastating and changing time in France s history From the destitute to thewealthy, we see this precarious world through Colette s eyes It could make you think of the movie Les Miserables which I will clarify that I had some issues with the latest version, but it still was an intriguing story Love the French words scattered throughout this book And the subtle romance was just grand I had an inkling pretty early on that they might end up together, but just wasn t sure It really made it sweet in the end though Lovely characters, Colette and her man I just really felt Colette sometimes felt her pain, her fear, her confusion, her longing, her guilt There were times I connected, and that s really great when you can do that with a character Pascoe got on my nerves a bit And also the young mother that Colette helps out she was hard to like at times But they certainly added a lot to the story, and you saw their outlook of life and came to understand themin the end The doctor and his daughter were splendid characters And I really enjoyed Colette s brother, Etienne A really great array of characters overall And each with such unique, clear personalities Wonderful job, Mrs Stengl I found the overall story in Until That Distant Day epic and deserving of five stars But, it was a bit hard to read some of the scenes It was a brutal time in history Lots of fear Much unneeded, insensitive violence The mass slaughtering scene in particular was awful But I do appreciate the history Just a heads up that there s some slightly graphic violence in this book caution to younger readers But really an amazing, unusual novel in the end I was surprised by I don t know just plain surprised It was different In a really good way, I like to find novels that have the kind of depth and feeling that Until That Distant Day had Interested in big historical events The history of France A story of redemption, pain, pasts, and ultimately, joy Give this one a try I look forward to readingby Jill Stengl

  6. Passacaglia says:

    In her latest novel, Mrs Stengl creates a magnificent portrait of the early French Republic, weaving her delightful cast of characters both in amid the fray and out into the daily life of Paris What a delight I have not found a well researched and yet compelling historical romance for many years, but this is a breath of fresh air to a genre too often cliched The strength of the character relationships brother sister, father daughter gives an honesty to the historical action and a resonanc In her latest novel, Mrs Stengl creates a magnificent portrait of the early French Republic, weaving her delightful cast of characters both in amid the fray and out into the daily life of Paris What a delight I have not found a well researched and yet compelling historical romance for many years, but this is a breath of fresh air to a genre too often cliched The strength of the character relationships brother sister, father daughter gives an honesty to the historical action and a resonance to the realities of all kinds of love Mrs Stengl raises the historical romance to a new height in this fantastic tale

  7. Melanie says:

    This is a fantastic book It was a slow read for me because there was a lot to digest and I wanted to make sure I knew who everyone was I enjoyed reading about all the relationships Colette had in this book She lives with her brothers, Pascoe, Etienne and Claude Etienne was the easiest brother for me to like, but Pascoe and Claude had their charming moments as well I also enjoyed her relationship with Dr Hilliard and his daughter, Leonie Colette is the doctor s housekeeper and has decision This is a fantastic book It was a slow read for me because there was a lot to digest and I wanted to make sure I knew who everyone was I enjoyed reading about all the relationships Colette had in this book She lives with her brothers, Pascoe, Etienne and Claude Etienne was the easiest brother for me to like, but Pascoe and Claude had their charming moments as well I also enjoyed her relationship with Dr Hilliard and his daughter, Leonie Colette is the doctor s housekeeper and has decisions to make as two of her brothers and the doctor are on different sides of the uprising Her relationship with her brother Pascoe is particularly complex I disliked him through most of the book, but at the end, my opinion toward him softened and I was able to seeof what she saw in him.There are others that Colette helps throughout the story and I loved her compassion for each of them, no matter what their circumstances were She showed that she loved and cared about each of them Colette has her flaws and has made some mistakes in her past, but she is determined to live a better life and is very likable.There is some romance, but not much as the revolution is the major focus of this story This does not seem like an easy topic to take on and I thought Mrs Stengl did a fantastic job I felt like I was there and felt their victories and sorrows with them There was a lot going on towards the end and I thought the ending was perfect I haven t read any of Mrs Stengl s other books, but was surprised to learn that she s used to writing only romance and this is the first time she s taken on a book like this I hope she writesIf you enjoy relationship oriented historical fiction, then this is the book for you This book is clean but since it deals with revolution, there are some violent parts nothing too descriptive, though I received a copy of this book to review My opinion is 100% my own.Mel s Shelves

  8. mrs. b says:

    Oh my, I loved this story the story with the perfect title that called out to me, Read me, read me So I did, and it beautifully reflects a major theme in the story The main character is so very sweet and caring in a big sister, motherly type of way It feels like I m talking with her in her garden, or walking quickly with her through the streets of Paris as she shares her love and concern for those around her, especially her brothers It s all so very personal and realparticularly the wa Oh my, I loved this story the story with the perfect title that called out to me, Read me, read me So I did, and it beautifully reflects a major theme in the story The main character is so very sweet and caring in a big sister, motherly type of way It feels like I m talking with her in her garden, or walking quickly with her through the streets of Paris as she shares her love and concern for those around her, especially her brothers It s all so very personal and realparticularly the way the worst of the revolution is almost sneaking up on many of the characters Mrs Stengl puts hearts in and faces on the masses of the French Revolution people with dreams of a better life people whose failures produce tragic consequences people desperately in need of love, hope, and forgiveness and people who need to grant the same to others Powerful, tragic, hopeful, beautifulI will read it again and again A perfect book for high school and above to read while studying the French Revolution

  9. Suzannah says:

    A really lovely, moving story of a family pulled various ways by revolution The only thing that didn t work for me was the heroine s relationship with her brother Pascoe I had to take it on trust that she saw something lovable in him Fortunately the book is positively dense with complex, poignant relationships, enough to make up for the one that doesn t quite work I thoroughly enjoyed it Thanks, Mrs Stengl

  10. Joy C. says:

    A while ago, Anne Elisabeth Stengl emailed me about reading and reviewing an e copy of her mother s latest novel, and I immediately jumped at the opportunity I love Anne Elisabeth s novels so I placed my bets her mother must be pretty good too, I am a lover of historical fiction in general, and a novel set during the French Revolution sounded deliciously fascinating YES PLEASE Howweeverrr I confess that I was hard pressed to find time to read the PDF review copy once I received it, due A while ago, Anne Elisabeth Stengl emailed me about reading and reviewing an e copy of her mother s latest novel, and I immediately jumped at the opportunity I love Anne Elisabeth s novels so I placed my bets her mother must be pretty good too, I am a lover of historical fiction in general, and a novel set during the French Revolution sounded deliciously fascinating YES PLEASE Howweeverrr I confess that I was hard pressed to find time to read the PDF review copy once I received it, due mostly to the awkwardness of reading a rich historical French Revolution saga of a sprawling 400 page length on the tiny screen of my phone in tricksy pdf format I procrastinated, sweated and left it to the last minute Then last week, in a pinch of panic, I pulled up my laptop, curled up into a ball by the living room couch, opened the pdf, and decided to plow through it no matter the cost By early Wednesday morning, having stayed up past midnight the night before to finish it, my eyes remained breathlessly glued to the screen till that last page My thought musings for this book comes quite overdue, but the saying is that late is better than never For summoning up my thoughts, I find myself in a bit of a quandary, for I both loved this book fiercely for its uniqueness and realistic story telling, while at the same time I also felt that there was a lotpotential and hinted possibilities especially character wise for this book than was explored by the author In the end, I probably enjoyed this novel farthan I anticipated, and I definitely got thrilled at every new twist and turn of Stengl s pen she is truly a wonderful storyteller, with a deft hand at weaving characters and plots that seem unrelated, drawing their threads together suddenly and delightfully to a climax quite a Dickens trademark And the theme of fallen humanity during such an immoral era, and God s grace, His peace given to His children in a dark, troubled world, rang beautifully throughout the story s pages Until That Distant Day starts off in a slightly un characteristic fashion to the average historical novel, in the fact that Colette, the main character, talks to us through the story, telling us the things that happen and her thoughts in what I felt was the emotions of hindsight It was very unique way, and I got interested in Colette s point of view and her quiet but strong and thoughtful interests quite from the start She says, in opening, I was born believing that the world was unfair and I was the person to set it right That line pretty accurately sums up her disillusioned view of her city, the people she lives among, and her own stained past, while still caring about things, the people and places she knows, and desiring to better and change them to help others and in so doing, redeem and heal her past wrong doings and hurts Colette is a strong heroine, with her own voice shining through she drew me in as an endearing, faithful sort of woman with her strengths, flaws and heartaches She has a caring heart, and serving hands and I related with her desire to watch out for all her many younger brothers, protecting them, scolding them soundly just like a mother hen and holding them close to her heart, even when they did not fully appreciate her love That was very special and relatable Set in the thick of things of Paris during 1792, I have to applaud Jill Stengl s deftness in writing a historical drama It is in the small details, the language, the culture and in the very nitty gritty descriptions of attire, food, weapons and furniture the very air itself through which an author best depicts the era he she is writing in With Until That Distant Day, I was instantly pulled into the world of the French Revolution, thanks to those special details the garden of the doctor which Colette tends faithfully and fondly, the safe haven of the kitchen she works in with Leonie, the slums where she serves and gives food to slave girls like Telly It was fascinating The addition of French lines in the character s conversations added a excellent spice Having always wished to add bits of Latin into the dialogue of my own Ancient Roman novel, I enjoyed this feature very much Mais oui As for the politics, I probably am not as well informed about the history of the French Republic as I should be, and at first I was slightly confused when I read about the sans culottes, and how the Republican assembly seemed in control of Paris, even though the King was still on the throne I toddled off to my wonderful historian sister, Sarah, who explained the background of things for me all proper, so I learnt a thing or twoabout the Revolution through Until That Distant Day in the mix One of the things I love about historical fiction is that you learn about the past through the threads of a good story Perhaps the most stirring historical element was the massacre of the priests, and how Colette and her brothers were affected by that That left me quite sad You know how I mentioned Stengl s cast of characters reminded me of Dickens a bit Well, I will talk about the characters now, because I think they deserve a good paragraph As one reviewer said, this novel is totally character driven in some ways I think that the plot suffers a bit in balance, and that sometimes means that some characters, who seem like main characters, play their roles in the background of things often, you wish to know what this character is thinking or reacting over in the situation But on the upside, following this story closely amidst a huge cast through Colette s eyes, you realize it is the same in real life How often do you know the truth of things about other people, or what has been happening to them You learn and understand through little bits and pieces about others even about Colette herself, and you must be patient to get into the thick, exciting happenings of her life in time And exciting things do happen Colette has many brothers, but we just get to know three of them Pascoe, tienne, and Claude Pascoe and she are very close but as the Revolution begins to unravel and become bloody, and Pascoeanda figure and leader of the Revolution, she and Pascoe drift apart Could his resentment of Doctor Hillard, for whom Colette works as housekeeper, have a good enough reason For his sake, could she give up a position she is truly happy in Pascoe was at times very hard to like If he is confident, charismatic, and full of charm he is also a dissolute, rebellious and bitter, has a mistress, gets into duels, is bitterly sardonic of faith, and is all round a typical political hero in public, and a rascal in private life Colette loves him deeply, but her loyalties to the Doctor, and her desire to do what is right, bring that conflict to the fray I enjoyed reading the relationship of the two, as siblings, both how close they were, and how conflicted they were but how they loved each other deep down in the end And so yes, I am glad I did not quite give up hope for Pascoe, because, even for such a one as he, grace may yet be found Claude I think his character could have been explored what I glimpsed of him was not particularly endearing, but there were little glints of vulnerability to him that helped keep him real and interesting for the fleeting bits that we meet him tienne was my favourite of the brothers, though, he was the last I actually took the time to notice, in the same way Colette did He is deeply religious, reticent and shy and also distant from the political whirlwind surrounding his siblings, but he cares a lot, and works hard at the blacksmith I was cheering him along all the way Leonie Hillard the doctor s daughter , was a mystery for both Colette and me from the start, but I enjoyed coming to know her, and even grew fond of her in time Leonie s childhood playmate, Adrienne, and her husband Arnaud , was my favourite she did wrong, and I was grieved to read about that, but her vulnerability and fears were so heart wrending, she was so young, you cannot help but feel a shred of pity for her As for Doctor Hillard, he was evenmysterious and elusive than his daughter Out of all the characters, he was probably the hardest nut to crack If only he hadspace in the story to get to know him , I think I would have come to appreciate him better While Until That Distant Day is a historical romance, there is surprisingly little romance to this novel definitely not the lovey dopey mushy sort , and as you all know, that was a winning point for me This novel s focus wason relationships besides the romantic kind, on loving your neighbor, forgiving your brother, etc, elements that are usually pushed aside in most novels these days for the Big Love Plot What romance was there was sweet and appropriate, and totally fit the maturity of the characters I did feel that the romantic arc for Colette in the novel was a little rushed, but other than that I had nothing to complain for the romance of this novel The other side of the coin, however, is that this story deals with some detail on the moral situation in Paris during the Revolution that prevailed at the time a truly immoral and godless age Colette herself had a few unhappy affairs in her past for which she is both ashamed and grieved by those are mentioned only briefly, in passing conversations , and onthan one occasion Pascoe urges her to take on the occupation of a mistress I thought that appalling for a brother to do, but I admired Colette s staunch desire to do what is upright, and her encouragement of other young ladies in the mire of immorality I especially appreciated her kindness to Adrienne, in whom she saw much of her unhappy past Though there is much reference to the immorality surrounding the Republic, none of them were given in any details I would however recommend this book for older readers 16 and up , due to the mature themes.My favourite part of this story was when Colette started to seek God and turned to Him The faith elements of this story were really well done, but one of the things I especially appreciated in the novel was the realistic depiction of the manner in which Colette found her faithStengl does not try to convert her to an Evangelical Christianity, in a forced sort of way Some authors would insist that their characters be somehow exposed to a certain theology, the perfect spiritual environment involving the character praying The Sinner s Prayer , and so forth I don t mean to say that an author ought to throw his her beliefs to the wind for the mere sake of expediency But I found it very natural and right that Colette in the setting, culture and era she is in finds Christ in attending the liturgies and Mass, hearing about the Good Shepherd from the words of the priest, and crying out to God to protect her loved ones Well done, Ms Stengl In conclusion to this rather lengthy review, I must say I really enjoyed this book The climax was gripping, both emotional and sad, but at the same time beautiful and right The ending probably could have been stronger, and where certain plot elements weren t explored as much as I wished, I am inclined to stick to the 4 star rating But this is a lovely book Where I expected a typical, half churned out historical novel, I instead found a memorable tale of a woman s longings to do what is right, protect her loved ones and follow in Christ s ways In its very looseness of plot, in the small realities of Colette s life within the very big realities of the French Revolution, I found much to love and appreciate, both story and character wise, as well as in themes and hope, from Until That Distant Day I received a free e copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review

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