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The Sisters of Versailles: A Novel (The Mistresses of Versailles Trilogy) by [Christie, Sally]
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"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

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“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)

“Tantalizing descriptions and cliff-hangers will leave the reader rapidly turning the pages in anticipation…A wickedly delightful read.” (New York Daily News)


Goodness, but sisters are a thing to fear.

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 feet—and women—forward. The King’s scheming ministers push sweet, naïve Louise, the eldest of the aristocratic Nesle sisters, into the arms of the King. Over the following decade, she and three of her younger sisters—ambitious Pauline; complacent Diane, and cunning Marie Anne—will conspire, betray, suffer, and triumph in a desperate fight for both love and power as each becomes the king’s favorite for a time.

In the tradition of The Other Boleyn Girl, The Sisters of Versailles is a clever, intelligent, and absorbing novel that historical fiction fans will devour. Based on meticulous research on a group of women never before written about in English, Sally Christie’s stunning debut is a complex exploration of power and sisterhood—of the admiration, competition, and even hatred that can coexist within a family when the stakes are high enough.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5548 KB
  • Print Length: 433 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books (Sept. 1 2015)
  • Sold by: Simon & Schuster Canada, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00UDCI430
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
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The five Mailly-Nesle sisters lived in early 18th century France. After their mother passed away, the sisters were separated. Louise, the eldest had just gotten married and was a lady-in-waiting to the queen. Pauline and Diane had been sent to a convent, but they dreamt of living in Versailles. Hortense and Marie-Anne stayed with their aunt in a pious and quiet environment. Eventually, four of the five sisters would successively become mistresses of King Louis XV. This is their incredible story, full of intrigue and heartbreak.

The Sisters of Versailles is the first book in the Versailles trilogy about the mistresses of Louis XV. The author wanted at first to write a non-fiction about the Mailly-Nesle sisters, but decided on fiction instead, as there was little information available when she conducted her research. Sally Christie has an entertaining and humorous writing style. I especially enjoyed the excuses Pauline invents for the reasons why Diane rarely writes to Louise. Moreover, each sister has a distinct personality. Diane, a clumsy and candid young woman, was my favorite as she was a good person and lacked the artifice of the courtiers. However, the dialogues were sometimes too contemporary for a historical fiction. In addition, I would have liked to know more about their father and what happened to him. On the whole though, this was a fascinating novel, and I can’t wait for the second book in the series, The Rivals of Versailles, that will tell the story of Madame de Pompadour.

The Sisters of Versailles was sent to me for free in exchange for an honest review.
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Siblings can be tough sometimes. Who am I kidding? ALL THE TIME. LOL. Sisters of Versailles dressed a beautiful portrait of five sisters who will have to fight for a place in the court of Versailles. Temptation, cheating, gossip, backstabbing, pretentious dialogues, lies, you will find it all in this book. I think one of the biggest forte of this book, is Sally Christie’s writing. The Versailles descriptions are simply beautiful, great vocabulary and a great style with grace. I can feel that she put a lot of research and work in order to write this book. The historical facts are well-put, subtle and help lift up the story to a more interesting level. It makes a great historical fiction. On a more personal note, I have always loved that period in time, with glorious dresses, cute bows, fancy places where ball happens and cupcakes all day, everyday (Marie-Antoinette vibe). So reading about it is even more captivating and intriguing.
But why not a 5 stars ? For those of you familiar with my reviews, I’m really picky with my 5-stars books hahah (more info here). First, the book got a little bit boring towards the end when you realize the pattern of the story and where it’s going. The action scenes in between are great but it was kind of slow to my liking. It lacks that spark for a 5 star rating since the plot didn’t stand out that much and didn’t make me emotionally connected to the sisters.
It is still a good story, I really enjoyed it and I would recommend it to anyone who loves a good drama combined with history fiction. It reminds me of Mean Girls with that Parisian twist. ;)
Big Thank You to the author for the free signed copy !
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I've never really been interested in the French court, could it be that most of the Kings are named Louis and that just confuses me?. With all the scandal at the English court maybe I just figured they were the only ones with all the juicy gossip. These days I am learning such is not the case with the French.

You just have to read the outline above to know this is going to be an interesting book. Having never heard of the Nesle sisters or even that 4 of the 5 sisters becoming mistress to the same king, one can't help wondering if this is actually fact or fiction.

With the story weaving between each of the sisters it wasn't hard to get to know them, to see what motivates them and to feel the sibling rivalry that happens between sisters. There were also letters between each other, further supporting their feelings for each other. I was quite entertained learning about these girls, how they interacted with each other and their unique personalities.

King Louis XV is one I knew nothing about previously, and what I have learned through this book is that he is easily controlled by those around him except when it came to his mistresses - when he wanted something (someone) nothing got in his way.

I liked the authors writing style, the different chapter pov's kept me engaged and eager to keep reading. The Sisters of Versailles is the first of a planned trilogy, which I look forward to reading.

"But through it all, through the good, the bad, the sin and the scandal, the heartbreak and the joy, the exiles and the deaths, through it all, they were my sisters. And now I am all that is left. I sit in my darkened rooms, an old woman, passing my days rustling through their letters and my memories. If I am careful, and still, I can hear their voices once again."
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The Sisters of Versailles is a biographical fiction novel about the five Nesle sisters, four of which became the mistresses of King Louis XV. They are Louise, Pauline, Adelaide, Hortense, and Marie Anne. The novelist did an excellent job of recreating the grandeur of the 18th century French court of the "Sun King". She aptly describes the lush glittering palaces, luxurious gowns, the cruel and painful intrigues, and disturbing cramped living conditions some of the lesser members of the court endured. The novel is written in the first person point of view of the sisters, which clearly brought to life their personalities and differences. The characters each developed uniquely, brilliantly, and in sometimes unpredictable ways.

As with all biographical novels, there are times when the pace slows a bit, but in this case, the interest in court life kept me reading with keeness. This is the introductory book of a planned trilogy about these fascinating sisters, and I'm definitely looking forward to the next two installments, which swill bring to life some of the king's more notorious mistresses.

Thank you to the author and publisher. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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