Rebecca Rosenberg, the author of “Madame Pommery,” has written an intriguing and captivating Historical Fiction Novel. I love how the author vividly describes her scenery, landscape, characters, and plot. The timeline is around 1860 and goes to the past and future regarding the characters and events. The author describes her colorful and dramatic characters as complex and complicated. There is evidence of images of beauty and tragic devastation caused by war. There are betrayals, danger, secrets, and death.
The female protagonist, Madame Pommery, proves to be both courageous and ambitious. Madame Pommery has been left a widow with two children and has to find a way to provide support. She has been an etiquette teacher and is involved in the local orphanage. During this time in history, it is very difficult for women to own land and business, but Madame Pommery is determined to make a dry champagne that will be memorable.
Madame Pommery faces many setbacks. The men are sent to fight in the Franco-Prussian war. Napoleon caused many problems for France. The bank is a constant source of worry. Making and storing the champagne is difficult. Other champagne makers don’t want to help or share.
Madame Pommery has to decide to stay with her business or marry. Rebecca Rosenberg has written a memorable novel about a strongwilled woman, who makes her own path, and doesn’t take “No” for an answer. I highly recommend this thought-provoking and riveting novel.