Book review and giveaway: The Enemies of Versailles

Sally Christie

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March 20-31



The Enemies of Versailles

(historical fiction)

Release date: March 21, 2017
at Atria Books/Simon & Schuster

416 pages

ISBN: 978-1501103025

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I recently reviewed Marie-Antoinette’s Darkest Days, focusing on Marie-Antoinette’s last months in prison. Now with The Enemies of Versailles, we are looking at an earlier period, coinciding with Marie-Antoinette’s arrival in France, as a young 14 year old. But this historical novel is far more than that, it’s a large fresco on the end of Louis XV’s reign as well as the end of an era.

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Book review and giveaway: The Sisters of Versailles – I love France #162

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The Sisters of Versailles

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The Sisters of Versailles

by Sally Christie

historical fiction

 Release date: September 1, 2015
at Atria Book/Simon & Schuster

432  pages

ISBN: 978-1501102967

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British royalty could well be one of the most common current topics of historical fiction.
Little by little however, Anglophone writers start to pay more attention to the other side of the pond. The French court has definitely its share of fascinating characters and intrigues to satisfy all readers fond of the genre. Imagine for instance a king having four sisters of the same family as his mistresses! Ah, ze French! Yes, King XV (1710-1774) did it, before bedding even more famous women (to come in Sally Christie’s next two books!).
In 1935, French author Émile Henriot wrote some invented dialogs featuring these De Mailly-Nesle sisters (Portraits de femmes). But it seems Sally Christie has the honor of being the first English speaking author to tackle this extraordinary feat. The Sisters of Versailles is the masterful retelling of how this came to be.
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Bitter Greens

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Bitter Greens
Kate Forsyth
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Release Date: September 23, 2014 

ISBN10: 1250047536
Pages: 496

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 The amazing power and truth of the Rapunzel fairy tale comes alive for the first time in this breathtaking tale of desire, black magic and the redemptive power of love.

French novelist Charlotte-Rose de la Force has been banished from the court of Versailles by the Sun King, Louis XIV, after a series of scandalous love affairs. At the convent, she is comforted by an old nun, Sœur Seraphina, who tells her the tale of a young girl who, a hundred years earlier, is sold by her parents for a handful of bitter greens…
After Margherita’s father steals parsley from the walled garden of the courtesan Selena Leonelli, he is threatened with having both hands cut off, unless he and his wife relinquish their precious little girl. Selena is the famous red-haired muse of the artist Tiziano, first painted by him in 1512 and still inspiring him at the time of his death. She is at the center of Renaissance life in Venice, a world of beauty and danger, seduction and betrayal, love and superstition.
Locked away in a tower, Margherita sings in the hope that someone will hear her. One day, a young man does.
Award-winning author Kate Forsyth braids together the stories of Margherita, Selena, and Charlotte-Rose, the woman who penned Rapunzel as we now know it, to create what is a sumptuous historical novel, an enchanting fairy tale retelling, and a loving tribute to the imagination of one remarkable woman.  [provided by HFVBT]