The Enemies of Versailles | Book Review

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Author: Sally Christie

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Publishing Date: March 21, 2017

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Summary:

In the final installment of Sally Christie’s “tantalizing” (New York Daily News) Mistresses of Versailles trilogy, Jeanne Becu, a woman of astounding beauty but humble birth, works her way from the grimy back streets of Paris to the palace of Versailles, where the aging King Louis XV has become a jaded and bitter old philanderer. Jeanne bursts into his life and, as the Comtesse du Barry, quickly becomes his official mistress.

“That beastly bourgeois Pompadour was one thing; a common prostitute quite another kettle of fish.”

After decades suffering the King’s endless stream of Royal Favorites, the princesses of the Court have reached a breaking point. Horrified that he would bring the lowborn Comtesse du Barry into the hallowed halls of Versailles, Louis XV’s daughters, led by the indomitable Madame Adelaide, vow eternal enmity and enlist the young dauphiness Marie Antoinette in their fight against the new mistress. But as tensions rise and the French Revolution draws closer, a prostitute in the palace soon becomes the least of the nobility’s concerns.

Told in Christie’s witty and engaging style, the final book in The Mistresses of Versailles trilogy will delight and entrance fans as it once again brings to life the sumptuous and cruel world of eighteenth-century Versailles, and France as it approaches inevitable revolution.

Review:

Thank you so much to Simon & Schuster for sending me this book in exchange for my honest opinion. This is the first book in my 3-month long book blog tour, which revolves around the Victorian times (one of my favourite time periods). I am so excited to share everything with all of my lovely followers. And now, without further ado, the book review for this stunning book!

Being that I had reviewed the second book in this series, I was stoked to find out that I had the opportunity to review the last one in the series. Without a doubt, this has to have been the best book of the series!

Christie tells the story in such a way that you feel as if you are there on the sidelines, watching it all unfold. This is definitely a must-read for all historical fiction fans out there.

This book is the perfect blend of historical fiction, telling the story of the reign of Louis XV of France through the eyes of the multiple women who shared his bed and/or his heart. Instead of seeing history told through a male perspective, which it often is, readers get a different perspective. The perspective of life being told from a woman.

The world portrayed in the series is fascinating, enthralling, rich, decadent and strange. There are two sayings that seem to apply equally: “The past is another country, they do things differently there” and, to paraphrase just a bit, “the rich are very, very different from you and me”, which seems to be the ever-present theme in most historical books.

The Enemies of Versailles is a wonderful end to a brilliant series. I thoroughly enjoyed the second and third books, and this final installment was a fitting epitaph to a very sad time in history. Ending perfectly with revolution and beheading, it was a horrible end to such a perfect historical moment.

To read more from the rest of the bloggers in this fabulous blog tour, be sure to check out the Timeless Tour blog page 🙂

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