Friday, October 26, 2012

Review: Days of Splendor, Days of Sorrow by Juliet Gray

A captivating novel of rich spectacle and royal scandal, Days of Splendor, Days of Sorrow spans fifteen years in the fateful reign of Marie Antoinette, France’s most legendary and notorious queen.

Paris, 1774. At the tender age of eighteen, Marie Antoinette ascends to the French throne alongside her husband, Louis XVI. But behind the extravagance of the young queen’s elaborate silk gowns and dizzyingly high coiffures, she harbors deeper fears for her future and that of the Bourbon dynasty.

From the early growing pains of marriage to the joy of conceiving a child, from her passion for Swedish military attaché Axel von Fersen to the devastating Affair of the Diamond Necklace, Marie Antoinette tries to rise above the gossip and rivalries that encircle her. But as revolution blossoms in America, a much larger threat looms beyond the gilded gates of Versailles—one that could sweep away the French monarchy forever.

Received for review.

While this was a beautifully written and faithfully reproduced the era and characters it really didn't do much for me. I'm all for Marie Antoinette books and movies but this really just tried to make her into a sympathetic character instead of the spoiled, petulant, delusional brat history has proven her to be. I was not thrilled by the poor little rich girl portrayal.

If you do find Marie Antoinette a sympathetic character you may find this intriguing, otherwise give this propaganda a pass.

☆☆☆ = Just Okay


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