Author Christian Laborie
April 6-15, 2015
(fiction / saga)
Release date: May 5, 2015 at Open Road Integrated Media
A juicy entertaining family saga spanning from the late 1800’s to 1930’s set in France focusing on two families the Rocheforts and the Rouvières. The former a family of wealth and station, prosperous in the textile industry, the later an able, sufficient, simplistic farming family.
The two families are joined by marriage as well business purposes. Various dramas play out as a level of mystery ignites the reading adventure, revealing itself towards the end of the saga.
Pre WWI, Russian Revolution, post WWI and the market crash serve as historical references demonstrating their toll on the two families. As trials continue to test the family members their true characters emerge. A family divided, another united as choices and actions unfold. An education on denim plays heavily in the narrative satisfying a point of interest.
Plenty of drama, debauchery and strong characters, dark secrets, betrayal. Heavy on theatrics keeping your focus as both families, each dealing with their share of dysfunctionality singularly and plurally. A hardcore earlier version of Dynasty and Dallas. Both J.R. Ewing and Anselme Rochefort equally shrewd and self-serving, thirsting for power yet never satiated.
Enjoyable read allowing the peruser to escape reality, your own personal problems pale in comparison to the plethora of predicaments with the varying degrees of colorful personalities as these two clans face and create their present state while contemplating their futures.
Two very different families are bonded by scandal in this sweeping story of love, greed, and betrayal.
Anselme Rochefort has built an empire manufacturing serge de Nîmes, or denim. His biggest client? Levi Strauss. As the craze for blue jeans begins to sweep the globe, Rochefort Industries seems poised for untold success. But Anselme can be as cruel and ruthless with his family as he is in business.
The Rocheforts’ neighbor Donatien Rouvière has one of the region’s most prosperous farms and is desperate for a son to carry on his legacy. After the births of three daughters, the Rouvières adopt an orphan from the Sisters of Charity convent and raise him as their own.
When Anselme suggests uniting the two families by arranging for their children to marry, it seems like the perfect match. But as the lives of the two clans grow increasingly intertwined, dark secrets come to light, including the mysterious circumstances of the death of Anselme’s eldest daughter.
With The Rocheforts, Christian Laborie weaves a captivating tale of deceit, intrigue, and the dynamic tension between industrialization and a way of life rooted in the land.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
was born in the North of France
but has lived in the southern region of Cévennes
for more than twenty years.
The Rocheforts is his first novel to be published in English.
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