HFC 5 Star Highly Recommended Award
I sent my book in for an editorial review and entry into the Historical Fiction Club Contest. I am excited to announce that From the Drop of Heaven won the coveted 2022 5 Star Highly Recommended Award of Excellence.
Winning the above award qualified From the Drop of Heaven to advance into the book of the year contest! I was blown away when my book made it to the semi-finals. I’m not sure how many entries there were, but to make the long list was more than I had ever expected for my first attempt at writing.
The Royal Palm Literary Award. Franky, I didn’t think the book was finished when someone from my writer’s group suggested I enter this contest. Nobody was more surprised than me when From the Drop of Heaven won the gold medal for previously unpublished historical fiction. Once I had that award in my pocket, Sunbury Press offered me a contract and the rest is history.
Historical Fiction at its best!
When the charge is superstition, what is the defense?
It’s 1582. A time when books are banned, and witches live next door. Citizens of the European principality of Salm pray the way they want. While Catholic and Protestant fanatics in surrounding towns believe theirs is the only truth. Everyone is a heretic to one side or the other.
Banned books in tow, Martin, an accused seditionist, seeks safety in Salm. He teaches Nicolas, the mayor’s son, to read. Though Nicolas knows Martin’s books are banned, he cannot resist them.
Catherine Cathillon and her family live in isolation. Though Catholic, her father’s mistrust of the church prevents her from joining the community. However, a chance meeting with Nicolas changes everything. He reads to Catherine. When she learns what life is like outside their farm, she begs him to teach her to read. But class differences force them to meet in secret. During the lessons, they fall in love, but their romance is exposed, and spurned lovers swear revenge.
Lovelorn vengeance is one thing, but when someone finds one of the banned books in Nicolas’s shop, Catherine realizes that her father was right. Their true enemy is the man charged with saving their souls, and he will stop at nothing to reinforce his position of power.
Genealogist Juliette Godot draws upon her own Renaissance-era family to bring you her award-winning debut novel.
From the Drop of Heaven is available now!