High Towers is a bodice-ripping historical novel about a lovely lass who becomes one of the early settlers of New Orleans.
Felicite’s father dies on the voyage to Montreal in 1697. Her mother returns to France, leaving the child to be brought up in the new world.
Felicite is adopted by Montreal’s leader, Charles le Moyne. Le Moyne arranges a marriage for Felicite with a rich Frenchman and ships her to New Orleans to marry him.
Felicite is already in love with a poor carpenter who has preceded her to New Orleans, but she’s willing to sacrifice herself for the good of the French colonies. Her new husband turns out to be too much of a brute even for Felicite’s patriotism.
Thomas B. Costain takes his plot and characters straight from the shelf with nary a variation on the standard pot-boiler romance.
The only novelty here is the historical setting. The le Moynes were a real family of 10 French-Canadian brothers who played a major role in keeping America from falling under Spanish domination.
Costain tries to weave all 10 brothers into this novel. The result is a forgettable novel about an almost forgotten period in American history.High Towers By Thomas B. Costain Doubleday, 1949 403 pages 1949 Bestseller #7 My Grade: C+