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La Belle Christiane

(The first book in the Patriots & Seekers series)
A novel by

Can the beautiful daughter of a French courtesan find a love that will last a lifetime?

In the early 1770's, Christiane Pelletier, an extraordinarily beautiful young woman, is next in a line of courtesans who have been favorites at the French court during the reigns of two monarchs. Yet she longs to be the beloved wife of one man, not a lovely piece of human art passed from one noble to another. And the winds of change are sweeping Europe.

After her mother's violent murder, Christiane flees France with her renegade father. In the Canadian wilderness, she survives the shock of leaving a life of wealth and privilege. To escape frontier violence, she moves southward only to become involved in the burgeoning American Revolution. Daughter of a French courtesan to frontier wife to companion of Lady Washington, Christiane moves into the heart of the American rebel elite. But one man in her life can never be forgotten. Once he was her friend. Now he has become her enemy. Will he become her destiny? Only God knows.

Note to my readers:
About La Belle Christiane, my very first manuscript never published till now.
When I began writing my first manuscript, I literally ran after my two toddlers with a clipboard in my hand and wrote whenever they paused. GRIN.
Anyway I wrote that story without knowing anything about the market. In fact, I told myself just to write the book and then I'd think about marketing it. The thought of that was overwhelming at that time. It took me three years of writing to finish my first manuscript-1,000 handwritten pages. Whew!

Then I found out that while it garnered interest from agents and editors, it never found a publisher. I think that's because there are "unwritten" rules for inspirational and romance fiction and I didn't know them or follow them. I still think it's a good story and I didn't want it to sit ignored on my shelf forever.
So I've revised it and polished it till its quality matches what I write now.

However, I've grown as a writer and solidified my brand. I want you to know that Christiane is not my "expected" heroine. She comes from a background far different than say, my Quaker heroines and she is trying to find her way to the truth and true love. So if you want just my regular heroine, I suggest you try my novella, "Where Honor Began" and read my Quaker Brides series. Christiane is different and yet very much like my heroines now. But I wanted you to know she's flawed upfront. Thanks--Lyn

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Paperback Editions

October 2011 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: La Belle Christiane, Patriots & Seekers series, Book One (Patriots and Seekers)
Author(s): Lyn Cote
ISBN: 1-4662-1435-X / 978-1-4662-1435-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

October 2011 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: La Belle Christiane: Sweeping Historical Saga of Young America (Patriots and Seekers Book 1)
Author(s): Lyn Cote
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

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