Welcome to my stop in THE PERILOUS JOURNEY OF THE NOT-SO-INNOCUOUS GIRL by Leigh Statham Blog Tour hosted by Chapter By Chapter Blog Tours. Today on my stop we have a Guest Post + a Tour-Wide Giveaway!!!
The Perilous Journey
THE PERILOUS JOURNEY OF THE NOT-SO-INNOCUOUS GIRL
Published: March 17th, 2015
Genre: YA, Steampunk, Historical
Lady Marguerite lives a life most 17th century French girls can only dream of: money, designer dresses, suitors and a secure future. Except she suspects she may be falling for her best friend Claude, a common smithie in the family's steam forge.
When Claude leaves for New France in search of a better life, Marguerite decides to follow him and test her suspicions of love. But the trip proves more harrowing than she had anticipated, revealing secrets and testing her strength as well as her heart. Love, adventure and restitution await her in Canada, but only if she can survive the voyage.
CHARACHTER PROFILE: MARGUERITE
Marguerite is your typical 17th century spoiled rich girl. Her mother is dead and her father has spoiled her to the point that she's more of a pet than a child to him. But the child is growing up and her father realizes it's time to take her in hand and find her a suitable husband. Only, anyone who's ever worked with animals knows the longer you let them run wild, the harder it is to tame them in the end. The same is true for our Lady Marguerite. She doesn't take kindly to being bossed around suddenly after sixteen years of independence, and she's not going to go quietly into the future her father has planned.
She's a smart girl. She enjoys reading and studying. She's had various tutors, but has taught herself almost everything she knows. She enjoys spending time outside. She frequently goes shooting and exploring in the woods around her family estate. She spends most of her time with the servants and her best friend, Claude, the family smithie who is her age and her father's ward.
Marguerite doesn't really have a love interest. She doesn't love anyone as much as she loves herself. But all this talk of love and getting married forces her to start thinking about it and what she wants for her future. She ends up talking herself into a relationship and a few other things before she realizes she's in way over her head and probably headed down the wrong road.
Marguerite loves all things new and fanciful. She collects contraptions and gadgets and her father is happy to support this habit. He collects weapons and armor. Their estate is filled with strange objects from strange lands, some automated, some not. They are both kind people, if not a bit dysfunctional and disconnected from the real world.
Even though Marguerite is spoiled and has no real grasp on what life is all about, the best part about her is that she has a truly good heart. She doesn't wish ill on anyone who isn't bothering her, and she rarely ever plots to actually hurt someone on purpose. As the story goes on, I hope that readers can see her transformation and understand why it's so hard for her. We all come from different backgrounds and whether that is one of poverty or riches, it's not easy to overcome the mental obstacles that prevent us from seeing life as it is and experiencing it to the fullest.
I would love to see Marguerite be the next Disney Princess. It's been a long time since Disney did a kick butt french heroine. I think Belle was the last one? But if I had to pick a living actress to play Marguerite, I'd love to see Shailene Woodley do the part. I think she would do an excellent job of giving Marguerite the depth of character she eventually develops. Plus, it would be fun to see her in a big ball gown acting like a brat.
Thank you for having me on your blog! I hope you enjoy the book.
Leigh Statham was raised in the wilds of rural Idaho, but found her heart in New York City. She worked as a waitress, maid, artist, math teacher, nurse, web designer, art director, thirty-foot inflatable pig and mule wrangler before she settled down in the semi-quiet role of wife, mother and writer. She resides in North Carolina with her husband, four children, five chickens and two suspected serial killer cats. If the air is cool and the sun is just coming up over the horizon, you can find her running the streets of her small town, plotting her next novel with the sort of intensity that will one day get her hit by a car.
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