These weeks, I seem to be reading French history backwards: after a book on the last months of Marie-Antoinette, I read a historical novel corresponding to the time she arrived in Versailles, and now one about Louis XIV! This historical mystery The Sun King Conspiracy reads like a saga.
The first pages open up with a secret meeting in Rome between six people, one of them being François d’Orbay, one on the key architects working on building Fouquet’s castle at Vaux. Powerful chief minister and Cardinal Mazarin (also Louis XIV’s godfather) is very sick, and this time seems perfect to implement something contained in a secret document.
But this group has enemies, and the secret ends up being stolen, with coded documents containing two other secrets, all three potential opportunities to start a major upheaval against monarchy, at least the way it has been lived so far. Will the group manage to recover the secret and put their plans into action for the sake of France?
= enjoying it, a few pages at a time The Sun King Conspiracy = great historical mystery set in 17th century France To Open’s One Heart
= by famous French Orthodox theologian Beyond The Wild River
= upcoming by Sarah Maine,
whose previous novel I really enjoyed
A Prodigal Saint:
Father John of Kronstadt and the Russian People
= scholarly biography of the most well known 19th century Russian saint,
quite an eye-opener! Paradise Lost
= enjoying it even more than I did decades ago,
because now I can see the connections/differences with the Divine Comedy. Marie-Antoinette’s Darkest Days
= for a book tour organized by France Book Tours The Enemies of Versailles
= awesome historical novel, for a tour organized by France Book Tours.
We still have a few ebooks available,
go right away if you want to reserve your spot!
= received for review.
I can’t remember why I said yes,
it’s better be good! The Sun King Conspiracy
= I couldn’t pass this offer! The Lottery
= Classic on my TBR and
read with Catching up on Classics La nuit sacrée
and to read with Travel the world with books (Morocco)
CURRENT AND NEXT AUDIOBOOKS
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
= my awesome audiobook project,
all Sherlock Holmes,
narrated by Simon Prebble The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
HAVE YOU READ OR ARE YOU PLANNING TO READ ANY OF THESE? WHAT ARE YOUR READING PLANS FOR MARCH?