October 24, 2020

#BookReview: Nemesis and the Swan by @Lindsay_Bandy @BlackstoneAudio

Synopsis: From her prison cell in revolutionary Paris, nineteen-year-old aristocrat Hélène 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, Hélène 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 Hélène's heart, as are the seeds of love from an unlikely friendship with a young jeweler's apprentice. Hélène's determination to find true love is as revolutionary as her attempt to unravel the truth behind a chilling set of eye-shaped brooches and the concealed murder that tore her family apart.

As violence erupts in Paris, Hélène 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 who to trust.

Faced with looming war, the mystery of her family's past, and the man she loves near death, Hélène 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.


Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
My Review: This story was amazing!! It really gave me The Count of Monte Cristo vibes which was great because its one of my favorites.  It was a page turner that I could not put down.  I finished this in just over 5 hours and I would pick it up again in a heartbeat.  It's a powerful story in a time that women weren't supposed to be asking questions.  As well as one spectacular love triangle!! I loved the flow and feel of the story as it transported me to that time.  I think those who love this time period or historical romances in general will fall hard for this one.  This is one story that once you start it you won't want to be freed until the very last page. 


''Bandy's debut features credible historical detail, an engaging narrator, and a sweet romance ... A lush portrayal of personal and national struggles.'' --Kirkus Reviews

''Lindsay Bandy's Nemesis and the Swan is a brilliantly written coming-of-age story set in Paris during the French Revolution. Readers will enter the world of the aristocratic Helene d'Aubign, just as it crumbles into one where no one can be trusted, and love is a dangerous choice.'' --Tracey Enerson Wood, author of The Engineer's Wife

''An intriguing tale, full of lush historical detail and with an unforgettable heroine.'' --Tracy Barrett, award-winning author of Anna of Byzantium and Freefall Summer

''A lush tale of hope and heartbreak, Nemesis and the Swan spins a delicate web that readers will never want to escape.'' --Sharon Cameron, New York Times bestselling author of The Forgetting

''This stunning debut novel held me in its thrall from the first page until the last. This felt like reading Les Misérables crossed with The Bronze Horseman. What an amazing gem. I rooted for Héléne and Theo and felt their connection every second, even while the more pressing matters of war and fear of imprisonment closed in.'' --Natasha Boyd, author of The Indigo Girl

''An expertly crafted, paced, and detailed coming-of-age novel that fans of the French Revolution will easily lose themselves in.'' --Jenni L. Walsh, author of Becoming Bonnie

''Bandy weaves a lush tale of Parisian history, romance, and family intrigue. A stellar debut.'' --Jennie K. Brown, award-winning author

''Mesmerizing and poetic, this book captures the mind and the heart. It will haunt your thoughts during the day, and show up in your dreams at night. An evocative and powerful work.'' --Linda Oatman High, award-winning author, playwright, and journalist

About the Author

Lindsay Bandy writes historical and contemporary young adult fiction as well as poetry. She lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, with her husband, two daughters, and two cats, and currently serves as the co-regional advisor of the Eastern Pennsylvania region of Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.

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