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5 Star Review

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Editorial Book Review:

Francisca Hardenberg, a 16-year-old girl with dreams as vast as the horizon, embarks on a journey to meet her noble relatives at the castle. Brimming with anticipation yet plagued by apprehension, she envisions a warm embrace awaiting her arrival, only to be haunted by the fear of committing social faux pas. Brigitte Novalis intricately weaves a tale of dreams, disappointments, and the resilience of the human spirit in her enthralling romantic novel, Francisca.

As Francisca travels by stagecoach, her imagination runs wild with visions of grandeur and acceptance, mirroring the hopes of any young girl stepping into a world unknown. However, her Cinderella-like fantasy is shattered when a beautiful stranger steals the limelight, leaving Francisca feeling like an outsider in her own story. Brigitte Novalis skilfully captures the complexities of social dynamics, painting a vivid picture of Francisca's struggles to find her place in the upscale society of her noble relatives.

Despite her best efforts to assimilate, Francisca finds herself ensnared in a web of embarrassment and longing. Her infatuation with her handsome cousin is tainted by her repulsion towards his scarred brother, highlighting the harsh realities of superficial judgments and societal expectations. Amidst the turmoil, Francisca's journey takes unexpected turns as she forms unlikely friendships and discovers solace in the company of Icelandic horses. Brigitte Novalis masterfully juxtaposes moments of despair with glimpses of hope, showcasing Francisca's resilience in the face of adversity.

However, just as Francisca begins to find her footing, fate delivers a devastating blow that leaves her at a crossroads between joy and heartbreak. Brigitte Novalis skilfully navigates the emotional landscape of her protagonist, inviting readers to empathize with Francisca's inner turmoil and wrestle with the universal themes of love, loss, and self-discovery.

Francisca is not merely a love story but a testament to the human capacity for resilience and courage in the face of life's greatest challenges. The author seamlessly blends elements of romance, friendship, and personal growth, offering readers a compelling narrative that transcends the boundaries of genre. Whether you are drawn to tales of romance or stories of inner strength, Francisca promises to captivate and inspire readers of all ages.

In conclusion, Brigitte Novalis's Francisca is a poignant exploration of love, loss, and the indomitable spirit of youth. With its richly drawn characters and intricate plot twists, this novel is sure to resonate with readers who appreciate a well-crafted tale of great expectations and heartache. Whether you seek solace in the bonds of friendship or yearn for the thrill of a sweeping love story, Francisca offers an immersive reading experience that will linger in your heart long after the final page.

About the Author

Brigitte Novalis

Boston-based therapist, Reiki Master and award-winning author Brigitte Novalis inspires readers across the world to live their best life (The Life You Want) and to find joy through their magical connection with nature (The Magic of Inner Silence).

Her beautifully illustrated fairy tales enchant both children and grown-ups.

Brigitte loves her family, her dogs and cats, Dvorak’s Slavonic Dances, and good stories (both reading and writing them!).

In Brigitte’ science fantasy series, you will follow Anna to the Quentin Academy of Magical Arts and Sciences (Anna and the Missing Child, Anna and the Mysterious Twins, Anna and the Mongolian Princess, Anna and the African Chief) and enter a new world where living is magical and a joy.

Brigitte’s novel Francisca transports you to the year 1850 where 16-year-old lovable and imaginative Francisca travels by stagecoach to her relatives in the castle with great expectations.


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