A great read - a very well written and compelling novel. You are transported to a different world!
by Mike H
It took me a while to get into this book, but once I did, it was difficult to put it down! Told in alternating times and voices, this is ultimately a story about family and finding your place in it. I loved reading about the characters and each of their adventures. I wish so much that was MORE - more about Luis, more about Elizabeth, and definitely more about Gabriel and his time in New France.
Once suggestion I would have, would be to include a family tree at the beginning of the book instead of just a list of characters.
I will definitely be looking for more books from this author!
I loved this book, from its stylish cover to the very last word. I was as keen as Elizabeth to find out about her parents' past and what secrets they may have kept from the family. And I was concerned about her nephew Gabriel who sets off to New France for adventure, supposedly for two years, but goes missing from the community where he's been working.
The historical aspect gave the story an extra dimension. We've all read about the Spanish Inquisition, probably in history lessons at school, but to hear about it through the trials of one of the novel's gentle characters made it more real to me.
The indigenous tribes in and around Quebec have cruel rituals that appear barbaric. But then the reader is reminded that in Europe people who didn't conform to the current religious regime could be burned alive. Who are the 'savages'?
The inclusion of real historical characters, such as Samuel Champlain and Etienne Brûlé, lend authenticity to Gabriel's adventures in Quebec. It is a harsh environment and he literally has to fight to survive.
Those are just threads of a story containing timeless themes of love and loss, skilfully woven across sixty years. Elizabeth's family history is revealed slowly while the reader knows more of Gabriel's fate than she does. I turned the pages faster to discover his ultimate destiny.
With so many discoveries in this accomplished novel, it has the perfect title.
by Moira Tayler
I loved this book. It was rich in well researched historical detail and I wanted to keep following all of the likeable characters to the end of their very different journeys. As I nearly finished it, I found myself compulsively picking it up and snatching a quick read in any spare moment I had, desperate to find out what happened!
by Charlotte Rose
What a marvellous read,this novel is! I particularly enjoyed the French sections with their beautiful evocative language and engaging characters.The author's research is painstaking and Margaret's journal is a'tour de force'. The plotting is intricate and for those readers who appreciate adventure, the Canadian parts of the novel are most appealing.
I look forward to Ms. Greig's subsequent novels.
I'd been waiting for Discovery as I'd loved the Secret Lives volumes that preceded it - and it didn't disappoint! Discovery draws you in, gives you a real sense of time and place. The characters old and new are appealing and real. Barbara Greig is especially good at dialogue - always a challenge for writers, and Barbara has it down to a fine art. The North American scenes are fascinating and the brutal realities of the times are described without sensationalism. I look forward to this author's next book.
by olwen Williams-thorpe
I was born in Sunderland and grew up in County Durham. After studying Ancient and Modern History at Sheffield University, I had a very fulfilling career teaching History and Classical Civilisation in sixth form colleges before leaving to concentrate on writing historical fiction. 'Discovery' is my second novel.
I am married with two grown-up children and now live in North Yorkshire. When not researching and writing, I enjoy travelling, hiking, and tribal dancing. Wherever possible I walk in the footsteps of my characters.