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Reviewed by Jennifer Ibiam for Readers' Favorite
Isabelle was a French Protestant persecuted by the Catholic church. They wiped out her family and subjected her comrades in faith to torture. Isabelle eventually converted to Catholicism and married a soldier but remained a Protestant at heart. She bides her time while leading a double life, sucking state secrets from her husband, and plotting to free her people. She also learns how to fight to aid her cause. When her husband joins forces with an enemy to imprison her people in a quest for power, Isabelle must thwart the plan through deception. She lives in fear of discovery until another persecuted Protestant appears, Charlotte, who also has a personal vendetta against the Catholics. With her comrades and unlikely allies, she must return to France and fight for freedom in Daughter of the Shadows by Kerry Chaput.
Daughter of the Shadows by Kerry Chaput is set in the 17th century when the Protestants suffered persecution. The story incorporates deception, courage, loyalty, politics, the dark arts, and a blend of fact and fiction, which I enjoyed. The development, storyline, and characters were captivating and had depth. I love heroines, and Isabelle was worthy to be called one because she showed that nothing is impossible, even if you are a woman. Isabelle was brave, however, Naira appealed to me even more. She was resourceful, resilient, and well-balanced. Charlotte was also a formidable character, even though she was impulsive; I hope she gets a stand-alone story. Henry and Andre were distinguished men, but I couldn’t stand James for his greed and power-mongering. Chaput is a talented writer, and I hope to read her next installment.