In "The Crown," a story that mixes a battle between good and evil, author Nancy Bilyeau manages to create an action-filled, suspenseful historical tale that literally keeps the reader on the edges of their seat throughout the book.
Bilyeau's cast of characters, featuring the young, but dynamic novice Sister Joanna and gifted healer Brother Edmund in the lead roles, are personable as well as accurate for the time-period, yet they are as fascinating as any modern-day heroes and heroines.
When one critic called "The Crown" a great mix between Phillipa Gregory and Dan Brown, they had the description exactly right. I throughly enjoyed the fast-paced adventures, and more than a little sad to see the story come to an end. Perhaps a sequel might be in the future, one would hope?
I highly recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys historical fiction with a goodly amount of twists and turns to keep it lively!
About The Author:
Nancy Bilyeau has worked on the staffs of Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, and Good Housekeeping. Most recently, she served as deputy editor at InStyle magazine. Her screenplays have placed in several prominent industry competitions. Two scripts reached the semi-finalist round of the Nicholl Fellowships of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. Her screenplay "Loving Marys" reached the finalist stage with Page International Screenwriting Awards and Scriptapalooza. A native of the Midwest, she earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan. The Crown is her first novel.
Some earlier milestones: In 1661, Nancy's ancestor, Pierre Billiou, emigrated from France to what was then New Amsterdam when he and his family sailed on the St. Jean de Baptiste to escape persecution for their Protestant beliefs. Pierre built the first stone house on Staten Island and is considered the borough's founder. His little white house is on the national register of historic homes and is still standing to this day.
Nancy lives in New York City with her husband and two children.
Nancy Bilyeau's Website: http://www.nancybilyeau.com
Nancy Bilyeau on Twitter: @TudorScribe
My Thanks to Amy Bruno of HF Virtual Book Tours for inviting me to be a part of this tour, and to Touchstone Books for the review copy of the book. I was not compensated for my opinion.
For more information on Nancy's Blog tour - check out these links!
Tour Schedule: http://hfvirtualbooktours.blogspot.com/2011/12/nancy-bilyeau-on-tour-for-crown-january.html
Tour Event Twitter Hashtag: #TheCrownVirtualBookTour