The diamond keeper

Jeannie Mobley

Book - 2021

After the Army of the Republic destroys her father's inn in Brittany, nineteen-year-old Claudie Durand agrees to carry out a dangerous mission for the Legion--she must smuggle a diamond into England and use it to gain military support for the counterrevolutionaries.

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Published
New York : Viking 2021.
Language
English
Physical Description
pages cm
Audience
Ages 12 and up.
Grades 7-9.
ISBN
9781984837448
1984837443
Main Author
Jeannie Mobley (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Claudie resigned herself to a life running her father's inn a long time ago, knowing her younger sister was the one who would attract the suitors. When Paris is thrown into revolution, she doubts it will come to her small community. So when the uprising, and all the violence and destruction that come with it, does reach her, she must make quick decisions about how to keep her sister safe, where her loyalties lie, and what to make of her attraction towards a stranger who came into her life at the moment her world was turned upside down. The Diamond Keeper is an interesting look at the French Revolution through the eyes of counterrevolutionaries. Claudie is a compelling protagonist because she can understand the motivations driving different sides of the revolution while still puzzling out which side speaks to her. This pulse-pounding piece of historical fiction will appeal to fans of adventure and romance. Pair this with Madame Tussaud's Apprentice (2014), by Kathleen Benner Duble, for another nuanced look at the French Revolution. Grades 8-11. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Set in the volatile early years of the French revolution, Mobley's (Bobby Lee Claremont and the Criminal Element) YA debut is a well-paced historical adventure featuring plenty of romance and valor among its cued-white cast. Since her mother abandoned the family to become a nun, "solid, useful" Claudie Durand, 19, has become caretaker to her volatile father, pretty younger sister Mathilde, and the travelers who stop by their small inn in Brittany. Lately, she's had her hands full keeping her sister's flirtations with the dashing town messenger in check as well as trying to quell the town's fears that the violent revolution in Paris might reach the countryside. When revolutionary soldiers destroy their entire village, the sisters are unwittingly thrust into a dangerous mission to deliver a valuable stolen jewel to the French resistance's handsome leader. Against her better judgment, Claudie finds herself drawn to this mysterious man—and the cause for which he and so many seem willing to die. Claudie is a worthy heroine whose clearly wrought insecurities pair well with her fierce loyalty, appealing wit, and admirable self-reliance. Alongside a swoony if predictable romance, Mobley pairs heart-stopping danger and valiant heroism with a stark portrayal of war's far-reaching costs. Ages 12–up. Agent: Jennifer Weltz, Jean V. Naggar Literary. (Nov.) Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Set in the volatile early years of the French revolution, Mobley's (Bobby Lee Claremont and the Criminal Element) YA debut is a well-paced historical adventure featuring plenty of romance and valor among its cued-white cast. Since her mother abandoned the family to become a nun, "solid, useful" Claudie Durand, 19, has become caretaker to her volatile father, pretty younger sister Mathilde, and the travelers who stop by their small inn in Brittany. Lately, she's had her hands full keeping her sister's flirtations with the dashing town messenger in check as well as trying to quell the town's fears that the violent revolution in Paris might reach the countryside. When revolutionary soldiers destroy their entire village, the sisters are unwittingly thrust into a dangerous mission to deliver a valuable stolen jewel to the French resistance's handsome leader. Against her better judgment, Claudie finds herself drawn to this mysterious man—and the cause for which he and so many seem willing to die. Claudie is a worthy heroine whose clearly wrought insecurities pair well with her fierce loyalty, appealing wit, and admirable self-reliance. Alongside a swoony if predictable romance, Mobley pairs heart-stopping danger and valiant heroism with a stark portrayal of war's far-reaching costs. Ages 12–up. Agent: Jennifer Weltz, Jean V. Naggar Literary. (Nov.) Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 9 Up—Mobley's latest work of historical fiction centers on a perilous adventure during the French Revolution. At 19, Claudie feels trapped by a tedious, white, working-class destiny, laboring in her father's inn. Abandoned by her mother and abused by her father, she sees herself as unmarriageable—a plain, "sturdy" girl, unlike her pretty little sister Mathilde. However, everything changes for Claudie when she and her sister find themselves in the middle of a scheme to steal the crown jewels from the leaders of the French Revolution. Readers will appreciate Claudie; she's a strong character who gradually grows in confidence even as she falls in love with Yannig, a staunch royalist. This well-researched story offers a unique glimpse of the French Revolution from the perspective of the women who acted as spies, messengers, and planners behind the scenes. By reimagining the theft of the French crown jewels, this book brings to life an often unseen side of the revolution outside of Paris. VERDICT Recommended for readers of historical fiction who appreciate strong female leads and stories with elements of adventure, spy craft, and romance.—Talea Anderson, Washington State Univ., Pullman Copyright 2021 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

After the Army of the Republic destroys her town, Claudie and her sister agree to a mission to deliver a valuable stolen jewel to the resistance's leader and Claudia finds herself irresistibly drawn to the man and his cause.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

When the Army of the Republic seizes their town, 18-year-old Claudie flees her sheltered life to work for the resistance and becomes torn between returning to her lonely existence and the desire to carve out a new future. Simultaneous eBook.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

A thrilling tale of the elusive Hope Diamond's journey across Europe during the French Revolution, with gorgeous, absorbing writing from Jeannie Mobley!Eighteen-year-old Claudie Durand's future is planned. She'll take over the family inn, watch her much prettier younger sister, Mathilde, married off to the butcher's son, and live out her days alone, without the hope of finding a love of her own. Her mother ran off to the cloister when she was young, and her gruff, abusive father has deemed her unmarriageable, a nuisance, and only good for hard labor.But outside their small village in Brittany, a revolution is brewing. When the Army of the Republic seizes their town, and Claudie finds herself at the center of the conspiracy, she and Mathilde must flee their sheltered life and take up a cause that, up till now, had always seemed like a distant conflict. As the sisters carry out a dangerous mission for the resistance: delivering a precious item to the mysterious Rooster of Rennes--Claudie's conscience is torn between the longing to return to her predictable, lonely existence and the desire to carve out a new future, reaching for the life--and love--she never dared dream of but knew deep down she truly deserved.