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The Sisters of Versailles: A Novel (The Mistresses of Versailles Trilogy) Paperback – September 1, 2015
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“Such an extraordinary tale makes for compelling reading and, as the lead book in a planned trilogy, will draw in readers who are interested in royal lives before the French Revolution….historical fiction fans, unfamiliar with the history of the Nesle sisters, will be intrigued.” (Library Journal)
"Sally Christie's The Sisters of Versailles is an intriguing romp through Louis XV's France. Filled with lush backdrops, rich detail, and colorful characters, fans of historical fiction will enjoy this glimpse into the lost golden era of the French monarchy." (Allison Pataki, author of THE ACCIDENTAL EMPRESS)
“A stunning breadth of period detail, offered in a fresh, contemporary voice.” (Juliet Grey, author of the acclaimed Marie Antoinette trilogy)
“Tantalizing descriptions and cliff-hangers will leave the reader rapidly turning the pages in anticipation… A wickedly delightful read.” (New York Daily News)
About the Author
Sally Christie is the author of The Sisters of Versailles and The Rivals of Versailles. She was born in England and grew up around the world, attending eight schools in three different languages. She spent most of her career working in international development and currently lives in Toronto. Visit SallyChristieAuthor.com to find out more about Sally and the Mistresses of Versailles trilogy.
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In the first installment, I found it a little too simple for my tastes. The plot was too fast paced and I kept wishing for more details devoted to this illustrious subject. Left wanting, but I will soldier on to book two. I have read biographies about Madame de Pompedour and Madame du Berry (the subjects of book two and three), so I plan to be more critical in my reading, since I know about the subjects. I like my fictional books depicting real historical figures to be highly accurate.
This first book I enjoyed very much. It starts off slow (probably because we start off with Louise as the first of the sisters to become a mistress, sorry Louise you are very sweet but also very boring) but then it picks up the pace once Pauline and the other sisters make their way to Versailles. The five sisters are all very different and felt very real to me. Louise, not the sharpest tool in the family, nevertheless had a beautiful innocence to her and my heart broke for her, although I feel like she found some redemption in the end. Pauline, while a bully and a bit of a ballbuster, was the most fascinating and saw through all the fairness and absurdity of Versailles. I do believe she probably was the best match for the King and if not for her untimely death she could have accomplished more.
At first I really liked the character of Marie Anne, with her love of books and travel and her curiosity about the natural world but once she takes her turn in the King's bed she turns into an entitled brat who only cares about herself. I guess I should have seen that coming with the way she treated her "pet mice" as a child.
Diane, while lazy and a bit of a slob, at least seemed to be a good person on the inside and I liked that she kind of did her own thing regardless of whether or not it was "proper".
And finally Hortense, the one sister who did not end up in the king's bed, seemed very judgemental of the other sisters but she was lucky in that she had a husband who cared about her and wasn't willing to share her with the King. If she hadn't married well I bet she would have gone the way of her sisters.
I loved all the letters between the sisters and laughed out loud more than once! I though the letters were the best part! Oh the lies they told to one another.
All in all a very good book. You get a real feeling of the time and place and some good descriptions of the fashions, food and decor that made up Versailles without bogging you down in detail and pulling you away from the story.
I'm very much looking forward to the next two books in this series as well as whatever this author writes next.
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