from Sunbury Press
FROM THE DROP OF HEAVEN
RENAISSANCE HISTORICAL FICTION
The 2021 Royal Palm Literary Awards Gold Medal Winner for unpublished historical fiction.
Renaissance Historical Fiction at its best!
From the Drop of Heaven
What defense is there to superstition?
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.
Martin, an accused seditionist, seeks safety in Salm, and 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. A chance meeting with Nicolas changes everything. He reads to Catherine, and 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 vengeance.
Lovelorn revenge is one thing, but when one of the banned books is found in Nicolas’s shop, Catherine learns 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.
Based on real people and events, genealogist Juliette Godot draws upon her own Renaissance-era family to bring you her debut novel From the Drop of Heaven.
A 2021 Royal Palm Literary Award Gold Medal Winner, From the Drop of Heaven from Sunbury Press is Renaissance Historical Fiction at its best.