The City of Tears
This epic tale follows the Joubert family as they navigate the winds of change during the French Religious Wars of the sixteenth century. It opens with the family at their French estate in the Languedoc region, planing a trip to Paris to attend the wedding of King Henri IV to Marguerite de Valois. Once in Paris, violence breaks out between the Huguenots and the Catholic forces loyal to the Duke of Guise, which forces the family to flee. But, not before suffering an unbearable loss. Ending up in Amsterdam, Piet Joubert has been shadowed by his nemesis Cardinal Vidal who is determined to make sure Piet doesn't learn the truth about his heritage that would allow him to claim his rightful inheritance.
The City of Tears is filled with vivid characters and scenes from the past, making this a sweeping story full of drama with an underlying story of love and endurance. I think fans of historical fiction will enjoy this one. I was so enthralled; I couldn't put it down.
Thanks to Minotaur Books for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review.