(Review) The Enemies of Versailles by Sally Christie


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Enemies of Versailles

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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.
You can also find her on Facebook, Goodreads, and Amazon.

Praise for The Sisters of Versailles:

“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)


Publication Date: March 21, 2017
Publisher: Atria Books, Simon and Schuster
Genre: Historical Fiction, French History, French Revolution, Louis XV
Edition: Paperback
Pages: 413
Source: Free copy from Atria Books
Rating: Good

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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 is quite another kettle of fish.”
After decades of 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 irrevocable change.

My Thoughts:
I enjoyed the beginning of the story and the conclusion of the story more than the middle part.
The beginning of the story is Jeanne's early years with her mother, and living in a convent until of age. An emphasis throughout the book is on Jeanne's beauty, especially her luxurious hair. More often, Jeanne is praised for her beauty, but at other times she is judged. She takes a job where she is adored. This job leads to her life career as a courtesan.
In reading about her life, I am reminded that all the lovely clothing she wore, the attention given her, and her plush life, did not give her the true and faithful love she wanted. True and faithful love is not in material possessions or pretty words from men, but in honor, kindness, gentleness, and selflessness.
I can understand why she became attracted to admirers. I can understand not wanting to live in poverty. I can understand wanting security in life by her position. But in the end, she lost it all...in the literal sense. 
One of my favorite parts of the story is the later half. The French Revolution and its affects on the royal house and on Jeanne. I would have loved additional chapters on this history and its affects on the characters.
I feel the middle part of the story snagged. It did not hold my attention.
A positive element in The Enemies of Versailles is King Louis XV's daughters. What stood out the most is they idolized their father. He was their entire world. Every thought seemed to be centered on him. What a different world they lived in compared to the common people living in France who focused on their daily bread. This is a strong comparison between the two groups of people. One group who lived in luxury and the other group who suffered for daily necessities.


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