Book Review: The Last Lord of Paradise by Vivian LeMay




The Last Lord of Paradise
Generation Four: Isidore and Josette
Generation Five: Conrad and Perrine
Generation Six: Julie
Genre: Historical Fiction
 By: Vivian LeMay
Publisher: Vivian LeMay Publishing
Publication Dates: 2012
 * I received copies from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Generation Four Synopsis:

 Their fields were fertile, their animals multiplied. With muskrat and fish from the Rivière Secrète, and wild grapes for wine, the habitants of Paradis lived oblivious to the world beyond the Marais Foncé. Marry, have babes, eat and drink well, and dance before a bonfire--These were the goals of Paradis.
But every generation has a dream and Isidore Reno, fourth Seigneur of Paradis, dreamed of escaping Paradis.
 
Generation Five Synopsis:
 
He was surprised to see a last remaining farm on the outskirts of Paradis. Amid acres of corn bristling in the breeze, a mossy roof peaked above a screen of pines and willows. North of the farm, across the railroad track, slender oak trees rose from a strip of swampland that protected the town from the industry and railroads spreading out from Detroit.


Everything ended suddenly at Lilac Ridge. Up there nestled in the lilacs, a limestone mansion with a fine green lawn stood veiled in the morning mist, as if its inhabitants lived in a heaven all their own. His gaze dropped to the old man frowning at his job application. Mr. Gunther Fredriks lived on Lilac Ridge. 
 
Generation Six Synopsis:
 
Anton Gauchere would have been proud of his habitants. They kept their vow to remain isolated peaceful and French as long as they could. After the railroad shattered their seclusion, it brought a thousand strangers. Workers for the Fredriks factory trampled their French language. And on April 6, 1917 a bold headline in the Paradis Weekly News destroyed their peace. It read, 'WAR WITH GERMANY'. 
 
My Thoughts:
In these books the outside world has finally come to Paradise, bringing change and more complications for the Reno family. They once again weave a little bit of the supernatural and history together for an intriguing combo. I've enjoyed reading this entertaining family saga. So, I'm giving it:
 
Anton Gauchere would have been proud of his habitants. They kept their vow to remain isolated peaceful and French as long as they could. After the railroad shattered their seclusion, it brought a thousand strangers. Workers for the Fredriks factory trampled their French language. And on April 6, 1917 a bold headline in the Paradis Weekly News destroyed their peace. It read, 'WAR WITH GERMANY'.





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