Apr 18, 2013

Book Review: The Bastard

One man's quest for his destiny leads him to the New World and into the heart of the American Revolution.
Meet Phillipe Charboneau: the illegitimate son and unrecognized heir of the Duke of Kentland. Upon the Duke's death, Phillipe is denied his birthright and left to build a life of his own. Seeking all that the New World promises, he leaves London for America, shedding his past and preparing for the future by changing his name to Philip Kent. He arrives at the brink of the American Revolution, which tests his allegiances in ways he never imagined. The first volume of John Jakes's wildly successful and highly addictive Kent Family Chronicles, The Bastard is a triumph of historical fiction. 

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I first was introduced to the Kent Family Chronicles when I was back in high school and fell absolutely in love.  I hated history classes but I managed to pick up quite a bit of it by reading historical fiction.  History became so personal when seeing it through the eyes of those that had lived it.  Anyways enough of my history let's move forward thirty years...when I saw that THE BASTARD was being released again I jumped at the chance to see if it was as good as my memory made it out to be.

I am very happy to say that it is even better!  Being an adult and having lived through some of my own trials and tribulations, I found that I was able to really relate to Philip Kent and what he went through with his life choices.  I don't want to give away any of the story but if you want to experience our nation's birth through the eyes of someone that was there I highly recommend this book.  I give this book a 4.4.

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.

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