In the year 1702 in New France, Emilie, a virtuous young woman is betrothed to Robert, the town’s handsome miller. On the eve of her wedding, when Emilie spurns the attention of the town’s wealthy seigneur, it sets off a catastrophic chain of events that turns her life, and that of her betrothed, into a desperate flight for their lives, sending them straight into the arms of peril.
Seigneur Richard Tonnacour, the town’s black-hearted and corrupt overlord, will stop at nothing to claim Emilie for himself. When his abduction attempt of Emilie goes awry, she and Robert are forced to flee their homes. Forcefully separated, the lovers each encounter new troubles including famine, a Quebec bread riot, a death sentence, and the small pox epidemic of 1703. Embroiled in a fateful chase, Emilie learns that not even the devious madness of her adversaries can destroy her love for Robert. Amid heartache and tragedy, Emilie and Robert struggle to overcome adversity until a turn of events reveals Robert’s true identity. As destiny draws them back together, they learn the lessons of love, forgiveness, and family.
The Blighted Troth is a compelling story of love and treachery, faith and loss, forgiveness and triumph, of a woman, who with extraordinary determination, labours to make her own way in life and love. With poignancy and meticulous research, the colour, detail, and excitement of the turbulent world of 18th century New France comes to life.