When Emilie du Chatelet dies only days after giving birth to a daughter, the child becomes the ward of Julie de Bercy. Lili is the same age as Julie’s own young daughter and the two grow up together as sisters and best friends for life even though she and Delphine are nearly complete opposites.
As Lili grows, she has questions about her mother whom people say she takes after not only in looks, but in brains. She sets out to find out the truth about the mysterious, scholarly and tantalizing Emilie.
Finding Emilie is partly fictionalized. In real life, Lili died at about eighteen months of age. It is stated in the intro to the book and also that the author writes a tale of how she thinks Emilie would have wanted her daughter’s life to be. I’m not sure what other liberties Laurel Corona took with the story, nor do I care. I devoured this book hungrily like a greedy little bibliophile! I’ve read many books set during the time of Marie Antoinette and the French Revolution, but this story is told in the years before that.
Speaking of the story being told, I enjoyed the fact that certain chapters were told from Lili’s point of view and others from Emilie’s. It really drew me into their lives being able to see things from both of their points of view. They are more alike and more different than one might think. Another part of the story I absolutely adored is Lili’s story of Meadowlark and Tom – which can be found at the end of the book in it’s entirety. What a lovely addition to an already wonderful book.
Finding Emilie is the perfect work of historical fiction and Laurel should be applauded for her exceptional offering to the genre. I luxuriated in every word and was sad to see it end. Many thanks to Laurel for allowing me to read and review her wonderful book.
You can read my review of Laurel’s previous book, Penelope’s Daughter, HERE.