Eighteenth century France was in turmoil. Huguenots were persecuted and killed. Anyone professing that faith had to hide. The novel deals with various different denominations. The most important thing is not your denomination but that you serve God and live a godly life.
Faith is a major theme within the novel. Suzanne has her grandmother’s rosary. “Her rituals no longer soothed her.” Faith is not about rituals, it is about relationship with God. Faith is not something you can inherit from your parents. “You need your own faith. This you cannot borrow.” Faith is between you and God. You need to build your own relationship.
The novel examines the theme of trust. God can always be trusted. Humans are not so trustworthy. They may have ulterior motives.
Family is of utmost importance. Family may be flesh and blood but it can be much more than that. Family is people who open up their homes and hearts to others. People who will love and care for you.
This ties in with the theme of taking care of the widows and orphans. The old, the young and the vulnerable need protection and care,
The novel also deals with searching and loss. “This search to replace what she’d lost was absurd. God had already given her what she needed.” In a time of turmoil, Suzanne is searching to belong. She is searching to replace relationships, not realising that God has already taken care of her needs.
The difficult subject of child abuse and racial discrimination is tackled sensitively by Carrie Fancett Pagels. God created us all equal and the most important thing is the state of our hearts.
I enjoyed Saving The Marquise’s Granddaughter. It is the perfect read for a warm Summer’s afternoon read in the garden.
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