The Art of Rebellion by Brenda Joyce Leahy Review
I would first like to thank Chapter by Chapter Blog Tours for providing me with a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review and including me in the blog tour for this novel! This novel takes place in Paris, 1900 and follows the story of a young girl named Gabrielle as she takes her life into her own hands and makes a name for herself in the City of Lights. I would have to say that this is not the regular type of novel that I read, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the tale of Gabrielle and the people that she encountered. The writing is absolutely beautiful, Brenda does such an amazing job creating this historical world that we are exposed to throughout the novel. The French phrases and words that are thrown into the dialogue and descriptions really allowed myself as a reader to immerse myself into the story and understand the time that the novel took place. As a person who truly appreciates the French culture and language, it really struck a place in my heart as well as in my brain. There were so many interesting people that our main character was introduced to as we dove further into the story, and I began to enjoy their presence the more that they were written into Gabrielle's life. I highly recommend this novel to fans of historical fiction novels as well as any type of literature that focuses around Paris and the Parisian lifestyle in the 1900s.
The Art of Rebellion by Brenda Joyce Leahy
Publication Date: June 15, 2016
Publisher: Rebelight Publishing
Art is Gabrielle's passion, but her parents have other plans for her future-marriage to a man three times her age who holds nothing but disdain for art. Gabrielle is determined to escape life as the baron's trophy wife and the confinement of traditional roles. She flees her privileged home in the French countryside for Paris and the grandmother who understands her passion. When she cannot locate her grandmother, Gabrielle is left on her own in the City of Lights. The art world of Paris, 1900, brims with excitement, opportunity, and risk. Should Gabrielle trust her new friends, or will they take advantage of her hopes and dreams?
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Brenda Joyce Leahy has travelled to France five times but finds there’s always more explorations awaiting her. She loves historical fiction and thinks she was born a century too late but can’t imagine her life without computers or cell phones. So, perhaps, she arrived in the world at just the right moment to tell this story.
She grew up on a farm near Taber, Alberta but now lives with her family near the Rocky Mountains in Calgary, Alberta. After over 20 years practicing law, she has returned to her first love of writing fiction. She is a member of several writing organizations, including the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI): her profile there is http://www.scbwi.org/members-public/brenda- johnson-2. The Art of Rebellion is also profiled on the Humber School of Writers’ website at http://creativearts.humber.ca/programs/school-writers/published- books. Brenda is also a member of the Historical Novel Society: http://www.historicalnovelsociety.org, and leads a YA/MG writers’ critique group in Calgary.
The Art of Rebellion is her first Young Adult novel, published by Rebelight Publishing, spring 2016.
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