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The Secret Diary of a Princess: a novel of Marie Antoinette [Kindle Edition]

Melanie Clegg
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)

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Book Description

'Melanie Clegg writes with a refreshing, unpretentious style and an eye to detail that shows her familiarity and expertise with the subject material and giving us a glimpse into the world of a much-misunderstood woman.'

'A wonderful first offering. Unputdownable – the passion of the author for her subject material is compelling and touching, and makes for an emotional read. It completely drew me in and I read it in one sitting.’

'The story drew me in from the start, with the atmosphere of the Imperial court at Schonbrunn drawn so vividly that I could smell the hot chocolate and violet perfume.'

'What does it feel like to grow up in a royal palace, to be forever aware that so much is expected of you, to be married at 14 years old to a boy prince, potential King of France, whom you've never even met? Melanie Clegg's book answers these questions and so many more by creating in her Marie Antoinette a solid, engaging and entirely believable character.'

'A page turner.'

'It really made me realise that being a Princess was not such a fairy tale...'

The dramatic and often tragic years of Marie Antoinette’s early life, told in her own words. This book for young adult readers follows her privileged childhood and adolescence in the beautiful palaces of Vienna as the youngest and least important of the daughters of the all powerful Empress Maria Theresa of Austria and invites the reader to share the long journey, both emotional and physical that ended with her marriage to the Dauphin Louis of France at Versailles.

This is the unforgettable story of a charming, fun loving and frivolous young girl, destined for greatness, coming to age in one of the most magnificent and opulent courts that the world has ever seen.


Product Details

  • File Size: 511 KB
  • Print Length: 250 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Madame Guillotine (January 20, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004R1Q9PI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,814 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautifully written and wonderful book May 16, 2011
By LSchild
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
An avid reader, I am always a little bit wary of Kindle books that are greatly reduced in price because they often end up being poorly written. This book was a complete steal for the price and it's now one of my favorite all time books. I loved every minute of it. I couldn't put it down but didn't want it to end either.

I lived in Vienna for many years and it is not only historically very accurate, I loved how the author brings all aspects of life as a Royal in the 1700's to you as if you are there right along side Marie Antoinette. I hope the author is either working on a part two or another similar book because I have just become a big fan and would love to read more of her work!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good August 28, 2011
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Before she was Marie Antoinette, she was Maria Antonia, daughter of Empress Maria Theresa of Austria and Emperor Francis I. As the title suggests, young Maria Antonia keeps a secret diary which gives the reader an intimate look at her thoughts, her family relationships and the daily life of an archduchess and the duties and responsibilities that go with it. I really liked Maria's voice and loved her impish sense of humor,

"Consequently, I did not learn very much today."

"It was I who put salt in the Countess Brandeis' hot chocolate. I am very sorry."

"It was I who put a grasshopper down the back of Countess Brandeis' dress during the concert. I am not sorry."

Princesses must grow up and marry where they are told, and the book continues through Maria Antonia's betrothal to the dauphin of France, the transformation required to bring her up to snuff with the French (including wearing braces to straighten her teeth), and then leaving her old life behind to begin the long formal journey to France to join her new husband and the French court.

"Every single item about my person was to be removed and replaced in an act that symbolised my domestic transformation from Austrian Archduchess to French Dauphine."

I really enjoyed this, despite the diary format (admittedly not a favorite of mine). Clegg does a good job of setting the scene and giving the reader a good sense of time and place without clubbing you over the head with heavily detailed descriptions of every last button, shoe and petticoat. Recommended for those interested in the early days of Marie Antoinette, and would also be suitable for young adult readers. Don't quote me, but I believe The Secret Diary of a Princess is only available as an e-book at this time. 4/5 stars.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Engaging and Charming March 21, 2012
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I know some reviewers will inevitably pick at the amateurish writing, or the fact that the book appears to have been published without having first been proofread. In spite of those small deficiencies, it is an engaging imagining of the early life of the notorious, much maligned Queen of France. The story is about a young girl's awakening to her duties and obligations, and her transformation from a child to a cultured and gracious young woman able to represent her home and adopted countries with dignity and charm. There is no foreshadowing of the many tragedies to come, no real international intrigue or sociopolitical strife (and no "let them eat cake") - just a simple story of a young girl growing up. It's enjoyable just as it is, and you will not really miss the rest of the story.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Secret Diary of a Princess, by Melaine Clegg August 21, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Let me begin by saying that I am so glad Melanie Clegg (Erzibet) wrote this novel about the young Marie Antoinette. The reason I say this is because it's not often that we get such a tender look at what lay at the basis of this martyred queen. Marie Antoinette is probably one of the most maligned queens in history and perhaps by looking into her young life we can get a better sense of what she was really all about.

Melanie Clegg's novel is written (as the title suggests) in diary format and is a delight to read. From the very first page you get the sense of how genuine Maria Antonia (as she was then called) comes forth. There is such a tenderness, refreshing naiveté and true wanting to please in this young archduchess.

Her diary entries are filled with her love of family, her light mischievousness and free-spirited attitude. As you read this enchanting novel you sense how kind Maria Antonia genuinely was. She is always looking on the positive side and being hopeful for something better.

It is also refreshing to read about her in this light since it brings about a realization that the young royal was not brought up to be pompous, wanting and forever spoiled. Quite the contrary, Maria Antonia was seemingly raised for the ultimate sacrifice of self-Always doing for others, and as she was expected. This is probably something that is difficult to imagine for a member of the Hapsburg family and yet it was simplicity, obedience and piety that, for the greater part, shaped the young Maria Antonia.

Although I would classify this primarily as a YA novel, I am certain that both young and older can enjoy and revel in the dreaminess of this book. Notably, the historical details pertaining to both people and surroundings are impeccable.

Loved it!
The Secret diary of a Princess is in Kindle format.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Abrupt ending March 2, 2013
By Suzyq
Format:Kindle Edition
Although interesting and enjoyable to read, it ended as soon as she got to Versailles. The story kept leading the reader to anticipate the drama of how the French people did not like her, then once we were there, the story ends with no resolution. Also, there is no resolution to all her preparations, or to Karl's storyline. It just seems incomplete.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars best book in a while
While it definitely reads as perhaps the writers first novel it was good enough to get me hooked and I absolutely loved it.
Published 4 days ago by Eric
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
I was enthralled by this, the first story of Marie Antoinette that I have read which is about her childhood. I was flummoxed that it ended as it did, leaving me craving more!! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Janet A. Staniec
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice, easy read.
If you're looking for a history book, this is not for you. However, if you're in search of a lighter story with a little touch of history mixed in, give this a shot.
Published 2 months ago by Stacey Snyder
2.0 out of 5 stars Never finished it
Never finished it
Published 2 months ago by Maggie
5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this book
I really enjoyed this book! It made me stay up late reading so I was tired at work the next day; that's how good it was... ;-)
Published 3 months ago by Auroramyst
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really enjoyed this approach to looking at the life of a princess.
Published 3 months ago by M. J. Hollister
5.0 out of 5 stars A new look at a princess.
Extremely well written and nicely thought out story of a long misunderstood person of history. I found this author and this book very compelling. I really enjoyed it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by B. Appling
3.0 out of 5 stars Boring
Ehh only ok. It got pretty boring. Well written and all but just a snoozer. I recommend choosing something else.
Published 5 months ago by shizaam80
3.0 out of 5 stars Loved the converational style of this book
Would love a follow up to this book.
Any recommendations?
This book ended at their wedding. Would love to know about the events leading to her death.
Published 5 months ago by Katie L. Walters
5.0 out of 5 stars It needs a part two
It was well written, interesting and historically spot on, but it stops just when things are going to get good!!!!
Published 5 months ago by Princess Malia
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More About the Author

Melanie Clegg is a pink haired art history graduate, casual historian, GIN taster, lapsed goth, failed Parisienne, Versailles obsessive, proud Ripperologist, Georgette Heyer fanatic and Victorian Prostitute re-enactor who lives in deepest darkest Somerset with her family but would rather be in either Whitechapel or Paris.

You can find out more by visiting Melanie's popular art, history and writing blog at www.madameguillotine.org.uk.

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