When a book announcement reminds you of an important book in your life: One For All by Lillie Lainoff & The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas 💭📝


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Hello everyone!

There are books that create such clear memories in your mind. Books that highlight a certain time in your life, creating a thread binding memories together. I love these books. I have a few of them in my life, books that left such a distinct mark on my life I could never forget them. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas is one such book for me. 

It all started in 2015 when I moved to England for work. I was a language teaching assistant, and where I lived was an hour long commute to where I worked. I read a lot during that commute, to the point where I actually missed my stop once, in a dark winter evening because I was so focused on my reading. Not one of the best experiences I’ve had if I’m being honest, but that became a funny one.


Strangely enough however, the journey I started with The Three Musketeers did not start with a book. It started with a TV show on the BBC, also named The Three Musketeers, an adaptation of the novel. I absolutely LOVED that series, and I cried quite a bit when I watched the last season. I missed these characters and universe so much, I decided to pick up the novel. I was just not ready to say goodbye to this story. I had not read a french novel in a long time, despite the fact that I am indeed french (but that’s a whole different story) and I have to admit it was strange at first. I had so much fun reading it however; I can still picture myself sitting on the train or the tram on my way to work, lost in the words on the page. I loved seeing different sides to the characters, seeing a different version of the story that was, at its core, still very similar. I found the things I loved about the show in the book, and for once, I do not regret seeing a TV adaptation before reading the book. I think I would not have picked up the novel if not for it.


Like I said, I was in England at the time, and reading in French reminded me of home. Reading this book was a comfort in a sense, and part of the reason why it made such an impact on me. For a couple of months, I thought about this story so much. I thought about the friendships, how attached I was to these characters, because characters and relationships are so central to this story. It has held a special place in my heart since then. 


So when, five years later, I saw the announcement for One For All by Lillie Lainoff, I could not have been more excited. Genuinely, when I read what this novel was about, all those feelings I had reading and watching the story of The Three Musketeers came back. Why? Because One For All is a retelling of The Three Musketeers, but that’s not all: it’s a genderbent retelling, which in itself is incredibly exciting but it also has an #OwnVoices main character with Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia syndrome. I am sure this representation will matter to so many people, and it is so important that it will exist. Lillie Lainoff says it best in a tweet: 

one for all

And do you know that feeling when you hear about a book, and you simply go “YES”, and you just know you have to read that novel? It was me with One For All. But why do I think I will love this novel? Aside from the fact that I love The Three Musketeers’ original story, I believe a huge part of The Three Musketeers story is the friendship between the four main characters, and I think friendships are so very important in novels, always, and it seems like they will be central in One For All as well. The author described the novel as having a “fierce sisterhood” and I cannot wait to read about it. The idea of having a lot of action with the fencing, while keeping a huge emotional element makes it sound like a brilliant novel to me.

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I cannot wait to see Lillie Lainoff’s take on a story that has a special place in my heart. I cannot wait to meet these new characters. I am terribly excited for this novel, and I wanted to tell you all about it. 

Is there a retelling you particularly love? Or a retelling of a story you would love to read in the future? Any books coming out in 2021/2022 you’re waiting for impatiently? I’d love to chat with you!

Until next time, signature

One thought on “When a book announcement reminds you of an important book in your life: One For All by Lillie Lainoff & The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas 💭📝

  1. Ohh this is such a lovely post. I love to hear that some books have such an impact on our lives, it’s so incredible to see how reading some books at some particular times help us, bring us home, in some way. I’m really really curious about One for All now, thank you so, so much for putting it on my radar! 😀


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