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"First Law: In the absence of a contravening force, an object in motion will remain in motion and an object at rest will remain at rest. Second Law: An object's momentum equals its mass times its velocity. Third Law: For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction."
- Sir Isaac Newton, Principia
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Finding Emilie: Guest Blogs and Reviews


April 26, 2011 - What Would Marie Antoinette Do?:
Teenage Dangerous Liasions
April 26, 2011 - Stephanie Cowell:
A guest blog from my friend Laurel Corona about FINDING EMILIE.

April 16, 2011 - Sharon Kay Penman:
Interview with Laurel Corona

April 15, 2011 - historically Obsessed:
The Adventures of Meadowlark and Tom
April 12, 2011 - Susan Coventry: Dress and Politics in Enlightenment France
April 11, 2011 - The Page 69 Test: Finding Emilie
April 7, 2011 - Historical Tapestry: Why I Love Emilie du Châtelet by Laurel Corona
April 7, 2010 - Passages to the Past: Emilie & Voltaire
April 5, 2011 - Historical Fiction Connection: Finding Emilie by Laurel Corona


"Readers, however, may find themselves more intrigued by the scandalous Emilie du Chatelet, a multilingual diamond-adoring card shark as well as a proponent of kinetic energy. In the novel’s prologue, we learn the soon-dead 43-year-old scientist (who it turns out was pregnant from a torrid affair with a younger poet) considered “learning, gambling and greed” the only pleasures left in life for someone of her age. Indeed, a woman ahead of her times."

"Verdict: Corona's marvelous scenes of the French Enlightenment in progress will appeal to readers who long for times when anyone of any intellectual claim could dabble in new ideas. Fans of Tracy Chevalier's Remarkable Creatures will also enjoy."

~Mary Kay Bird-Guilliams, Wichita P.L., KS, The Library Journal

"Finding Emilie is full of insights into the lonely and difficult existence of a woman in that era, especially when the woman is intelligent and unwilling to settle for a normal, shallow existence."

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"The perfectly blended tale of history and fiction make for an enjoyable read."

"I loved feeling like I was whisked away to another time, as author Laurel Corona captured the essence of her characters with exquisite detail, making me feel like I had lost a friend when I concluded the novel."

"Although the work is fiction, Corona achieves her goal of entertaining and educating readers about the lives that women led in 18th Century France."

~ Donald H. Harrison, San Diego Jewish World

" telling the marquise's story along with her daughter, Lili's, Corona brings a changing world, peopled with fascinating historical figures like Diderot and Voltaire, to vibrant life"

"Finding Emilie is a terrific Louis monarchy French historical in which the three femmes are terrific fully developed characters."

"Readers will relish this deep look at eighteenth century France..."

"If you enjoy a good historical novel with facts on historical people,historical times and a great story than you will enjoy this one"

"Corona's book is a wonderful mix of science, history and romance that shows how the three are connected in more ways than many of us think. Every one of the novel's characters are charming, particularly Lili. Corona does a wonderful job of portraying the stringency of pre-revolutionary French society and the repercussions that could develop from breaking social rules. Don't be surprised if you find yourself scowling or laughing out loud while reading, or if you're enticed to pick up the author's other books. Enjoy this great read!"

"...choosing to read and review Finding Emilie by Laurel Corona was a no-brainer for me..."

"I really loved Finding Emilie. 18th century France came beautifully alive. Lili was a fascinating character. I loved how she thought for herself and took control of her own life."

"This was a very satisfying read combining both the realities and restrictions of the times with the courage and convictions of a smart, strong-willed young woman who is ultimately encouraged and allowed to thrive."

"The writing is so fluid and draws you into time and place so that you don't want to leave. The character of Lili is pure fiction but you forget that as you are pulled along in her story. You believe it could have happened. You want it to have happened. Lili is such an engaging young woman that you want to stay in her company."

"Laurel Corona has found a way to bring not only Emilie to life but also to imagine a life for her daughter Lili, who is thought to have died in childhood."

Library Journal, Jane Henriksen Baird, Anchorage P.L., AK

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