Three Came to Ville Marie
|Three Came to Ville Marie
|Oxford University Press
|Canada, fiction, historical, romance
|Three came to Ville Marie is probably Canadian author Alan Sullivan’s best known novel – it won the Governor General’s Award for English language fiction in 1941. As well as being a romantic tale, it vividly captures the hardship of early settlers’ lives in Canada. It tells the story of a wealthy young French couple in the time of Louis XIV, Paul and Jacqueline, whose engagement is broken up by the arrival of the dashing Jules, who sweeps Jacqueline off her feet. Broken-hearted, Paul sets out for the wild frontier of New France, where the early colonists are embroiled in conflict with the local tribes people. However, an indiscretion involving Jacqueline and the King leads to the now married Jules and Jacqueline also heading for Canada and back into Paul’s life, leading to struggles of an altogether different kind.
Author Bio for Sullivan, Alan:
Alan Sullivan (1868-1947) was a Canadian writer. Born in Montreal, Quebec, he studied engineering at the University of Toronto and started working for the Canadian Pacific Railway. When he was nearly 50 years old, he enlisted with the Royal Air Force and flew planes during World War I. He authored over 40 novels and many short stories. His most successful books featured Canadian settings. His book, Three Came to Ville Marie, won the Governor General’s Award for English language fiction in 1941. (Macmillan Dictionary of Canadian Biography)