A sumptuous and sensual tale of power, romance, family, and betrayal centered around four sisters and one King. Carefully researched and ornately detailed, The Sisters of Versailles is the first book in an exciting new historical fiction trilogy about King Louis XV, France's most "well-beloved" monarch, and the women who shared his heart and his bed.
Goodness, but sisters are a thing to fear.
Set against the lavish backdrop of the French Court in the early years of the 18th century, The Sisters of Versailles is the extraordinary tale of the five Nesle sisters: Louise, Pauline, Diane, Hortense, and Marie-Anne, four of whom became mistresses to King Louis XV. Their scandalous story is stranger than fiction but true in every shocking, amusing, and heartbreaking detail.
Court intriguers are beginning to sense that young King Louis XV, after seven years of marriage, is tiring of his Polish wife. The race is on to find a mistress for the royal bed as various factions put their best foot - and women - forward. The King's scheming ministers push Louise, the eldest of the aristocratic Nesle sisters, into the arms of the King. Over the following decade, the four sisters:sweet, naive Louise; ambitious Pauline; complacent Diane, and cunning Marie Anne, will conspire, betray, suffer, and triumph in a desperate fight for both love and power.
This novel was interesting because I do like historical fiction, plus this was a time period with which I wasn't familiar. It was definitely on the racy side, but I had never read about this king or the court lifestyle. Otherwise, I didn't find the book that interesting.
While the book wasn't poorly written and the characters were well imagined, it felt like a lot of other historical novels. There was a ton of backstabbing and bickering among the sisters. I guess it was probably true to the time period and kings with ambitious mistresses, but a person can only read so many of those novels.
So, overall, the only thing that made this stand out was the fact that it took place in the French court with a king that I hadn't read about before. So, if you are looking for something new this could be the novel for you. The novel, which was told from the view points of several narrators, covered the girls' lifespans, so I am interested to see what the rest of the trilogy could possibly cover.
I wasn't impressed with the novel, as a whole, but I did finish it. I am not looking forward to reading the rest of the trilogy... in fact, I will probably only read the synopsis to see how the author even makes it a trilogy.
Thanks to Netgalley for providing me a copy of the novel to review.
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