Simonetta Carr’s book Marie Durand (Christian Biographies for Young Readers) is the true story of Marie Durand, a 19-year-old Christian woman who was arrested in France in 1730 because her brother was a Protestant preacher. Refusing to recant her faith, Durand spent 38 years imprisoned in the Tower of Constance. Though this book is geared towards 7 to 12 year olds, as an adult I found it very interesting and informative. Durand’s story of faith and perseverance is truly inspiring, and the book also functions as an important lesson in history.
The text is set against beautiful pages, and the book features charming illustrations, as well as photographs of landmarks referenced in the book. Carr also includes several other helpful pages, including a timeline of events, a proununciation key, and a “Did You Know?” section, which provides additional information about the time period when Durand lived. If you’re a parent of homeschoolers, this would be a great book to add to your child’s curriculum.
I was so happy to receive this book from Cross Focused Reviews! It is a true gem, and I am glad to have it on my bookshelf. You can find Marie Durand here on Amazon.