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Days of Splendor, Days of Sorrow (Marie Antoinette #2)

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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 elabor
Paperback, 400 pages
Published May 15th 2012 by Random House Digital, Inc. (first published 2012)
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May 05, 2013 Jane rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, signed
Where I got the book: purchased from author. Signed.

I was pretty enthusiastic about the first book in this series, Becoming Marie Antoinette , so I'm kind of sorry to report I didn't like this one nearly as much. Days of Splendor, Days of Sorrow covers the story of Marie Antoinette from the first days of Louis XVI's reign to the beginning of the French Revolution, so from 1774 to 1789.

Except that it didn't stick to just Marie Antoinette. I think my problem with Days by contrast to Becoming is t
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
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Another solidly impressive journey into the life of Marie Antoinette, Grey again proves, with her second novel in a planned trilogy, that she is a skilled writer, able to evoke time, place, and characters with equal vivacity. Beginning two weeks after the first novel, Becoming Marie Antoinette, ended, Grey immediately relaunches herself and the reader into an opulent, turbulent world with he
Christy English
Oct 08, 2012 Christy English rated it it was amazing
DAYS OF SPLENDOR, DAYS OF SORROW tells the story of Marie Antoinette’s time as Queen of France. In this novel, Marie Antoinette works hard to advise her husband as wisely as she can, reaching for the reigns of power, only to have Louis slap her hands away. She comes from Austria, where her mother co-rules an empire with her eldest brother, Emperor Joseph, and Marie Antoinette thinks that she should have at least an advisory role with her husband the king. But she is not in Austria. The Queens of ...more
I’ve always been intrigued with Marie Antoinette. she was such a complex women, I wanted to shake her at one moment, then hug her the next. She bore a tremendous amount on her shoulders and yet at the same time made very bad decisions. Out of all the books I’ve read about her, I would say that I have really enjoyed Juliet Grey’s two novels, Becoming Marie Antoinette and Day’s of Splendor, Day’s of Sorrow the most. But keep in mind this is Historical Fiction but I believe Grey stayed true to the ...more
I would give it 3.5 stars. The beginning and the end were very interesting and made for easy reading. However most of the middle portion was a little too far fetched and exaggerated. Marie Antionette was quite annoying during the marjority of her reign. However, she really showed maturity once she bore her first child.
Jun 25, 2012 Lucy rated it really liked it
This second book of Juliet Grey’s Marie Antoinette trilogy exceeded- by far, all my expectations. In the author’s first book, Becoming Marie Antoinette, we read about Antonia and how she, at a very young age becomes Queen of France- a most delightful read from beginning to end - So much so that I named it my favourite read of 2011. So how was Days of Splendor, Days of Sorrow, going to compare, or better yet; give me more to get excited about?

Detailed to perfection at what is now customary Juliet
Jun 26, 2012 Angie rated it really liked it
I would give this book 3.5 stars if I could...

I have done extensive reading on Marie Antointette (though it was several years ago) and found her such an enticing person to read about. I "bonded" somehow with her persona in the books I previously read. I recently had the good fortune to visit Versailles, and so my obsession with her has reawakened. When I saw this new book about her, I was so excited to read it! (I found out later that it is bk#2 of the trilogy). I think because of the quality of
Karen Stinneford
Jan 24, 2013 Karen Stinneford rated it it was ok
I read this book because I thoroughly enjoyed its prequel, "Becoming Marie Antoinette." THAT book offered great insight into the thoughts of a young girl whose life was not her own -- whose birthright belonged to the state, and who had to completely make herself over to meet ridiculous standards set by the country and rulers to which she would devote herself. Reading about 18th century orthodontists made me thank my lucky stars for modern medicine.

THAT book was revealing and interesting.

Sep 14, 2012 Arleigh rated it it was amazing
Juliet Grey, along with Amanda Elyot, is a pen name belonging to the lovely and talented Leslie Carroll—one of my favorite historical novelists. Having read seven of her books thus far, fiction and non-fiction, I much enjoy her smart writing style and her ability to write a perfectly balanced and intriguing story. All for Love, a fictional biography on the 18th century actress, Mary Robinson, remains one of my favorites, while this new trilogy on Marie Antoinette has been added to the list.

Nov 26, 2012 Elmira rated it really liked it
This was a well researched and engaging story. This is a work of fiction, so the author can explore possible actions and thoughts through her characters that the real person might or might not have done or thought. What makes this an excellent work of historical fiction is the care that the author takes to be sure that the actions and thoughts of the characters are entirely consistent with the factual record, as well as with the likely motivations he/she was likely to feel.

Throughout the entire
Allison  Macias
Oct 26, 2012 Allison Macias rated it it was amazing
Juliet Grey continues the saga of Marie Antoinette in her second volume. Covering the years between her ascent to the throne and the beginning of the French Revolution. Spanning fifteen years, readers explore the French Court through the eyes of its infamous queen. Grey focuses the full life of Marie Antoinette, from her everyday life to the momentous events that shaped the Queen and the Court.

Days of Splendor, Days of Sorrow really captures the spirit of Marie Antoinette. The author does a grea
Jun 23, 2012 Amanda rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-releases
I was a little worried about this one. Not only are "middle" books in a trilogy always a little tough, but it seemed like keeping the "middle" of Marie Antoinette's life could be even more difficult. I mean, you can't get to the Revolution until the third book, and the first book introduced readers to the heroine and her struggles -so what is there to talk about in the "middle" book?

It turns out there's a lot.

In Days of Splendor, Days of Sorrow, Marie Antoinette's tale continues, taking up not
Jessica Jewett
Apr 18, 2015 Jessica Jewett rated it really liked it
This is the second novel in Grey’s Marie Antoinette trilogy, which follows the Queen of France from the beginning of her reign through the dark days of the French Revolution. (The third and final novel, The Last October Sky, is due out in September 2013.) I found this novel to not quite be as fluid as the first. I don’t hold the author entirely at fault for this because I’m in the process of writing my own novel at this period of French history and untangling the truth from the spiderweb is incr ...more
Aug 17, 2012 Sandy rated it really liked it
It seems to me that the world around 1800 was ready for a change and it truly didn't matter who was on the throne. Combine some long-rooted animosity against Austria and a weak monarch and you have a recipe for revolution. It occurs to me that Marie Antoinette really suffered from a lack of a decent PR department!

The book was very interesting, I like the view that Marie Antoinette was not the heinous person history alludes that she was. I had no idea about her frustrations about not being a mot
The second book in this series is much better than the first one. I enjoyed it more. Marie Antoinette comes into her own and finally has her children. She also meets Axel Von Fersen. It ends on the eve of the French Revolution and we have to wait for the next book to come out which isn't yet out.
Knowing the inevitable end, I am not sure I want to read the next book. I never thought Marie Antoinette was responsible for the revolution. This book just convicts me even more. If only her husband had
I was not particularly fond of the first book, but I do have a bad habit of feeling compelled to finish a series once I’ve started it. This book suffers from many of the same flaws as the first one - the writing style tends to be bland, there’s a lot of repetition, and the Marie Antoinette just doesn’t come across as that likable.

This book should have been more interesting than the first, as there’s a lot more going on - you’ve got the American Revolution going on in the background, the Affair
Dec 19, 2014 Lia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Palais de Justice, 21 giugno 1786. «All’inizio, le voci della marmaglia si sollevano distintamente, maledicendo l’Autrichienne: la puttana austriaca. In pochi attimi aumentano di intensità. “È Maria Antonietta la vera voleuse! È l’avida regina che avrebbe dovuto patire un tale destino! Monsieur le bourreau, perché non marchiate a fuoco lei?”». L’ostilità sta crescendo. Maria Antonietta lo sa: l’affare della collana di diamanti è un segnale, qualsiasi cosa potrà scaturire dal clima d’odio. Dodici ...more
Jun 14, 2015 Shadoshard rated it really liked it
This books picks up from the 'Becoming Marie Antoinette' and for the most part does a fine job - with a bit of tinkering with some of the events. It is mostly believable and does not over simplify the life of a woman who was a tragedy before she ever stepped foot on French soil. It grants a realistic view and a frustrating one as the reader experiences the life and times of a much maligned woman. This is not to say that she was completely innocent, but given the history leading up to the end of ...more
Jun 10, 2012 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't like this one as much as the first novel in the trilogy, but then I didn't feel as sympathetic towards Marie Antoinette as I did in the first novel. In the early part of her life (the first novel), she was not left with many choice, but in this part of her life (second novel) she is making choices that lead her to become that tragic figure we know so well.
Laura Jelenkovich
Traduzione ingannevole. Quando ho acquistato il libro mi sono lasciata incuriosire dal titolo: il diario perduto di Maria Antonietta. Credevo si trattasse di un romanzo storico con una parte fantastica che riguardasse appunto un fantomatico diario della regina, che raccontasse segreti e misteri di Versailles. Non è così, e' la storia della sovrana raccontata in prima persona, con alcune licenze clamorose. Il titolo originale e' giorni di splendore, giorni di tristezza. Quando si tratta di Maria ...more
Aug 17, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it
"I imagined I heard a slow, steady drumbeat wherever I went." -- the character of Marie Antoinette in Days of Splendor, Days of Sorrow as things begin to deteriorate. What. A fabulous. Line.
Jun 17, 2014 Marilyn rated it really liked it
Days of Splendor, Days of Sorrow was the middle book in the Marie Antoinette trilogy by Juliet Grey. I think a "middle" book is always a conundrum because you likely have to be so careful not to divulge too much so that you can have a final book with some triumph. But...the author, Juliet Grey does this skillfully and with ease. This book covers the 15-year period when Antoinette and Louis ascend to the French throne. After 7 years of marriage their relationship is still not consummated and Anto ...more
Aug 27, 2013 Frankie rated it really liked it
Although written in the first person, Marie Antoinette still comes across as hedonistic and self-centered. Interesting concept. You get the feeling she almost begs for her own demise.
Audra (Unabridged Chick)
Aug 29, 2013 Audra (Unabridged Chick) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review-needed
Another awesome novel from Grey. This might be my favorite book about Marie Antoinette. Review to come.
Aug 25, 2015 Dely♥ rated it it was amazing
Marie Antoinette's story continues on its unescapable way.

I found really interesting how Juliet Grey portrayed the first scene of this second book. It starts in medias res with Jeanne de Lamotte-Valois execution and then it goes back to 12 years earlier.

It's great how everything changes in this part of the story. Starting with all the contrasts. At first french people love the queen, but then she finds herself more hated than ever. Second of all, she is fragile and naive, but then she becomes sl
Though I wasn’t massively impressed with the first book in the series, I intended to see things out to the end. Unfortunately, Juliet Grey’s juvenile purple prose made me roll my eyes and cringe.
“Like a caterpillar bursting from its chrysalis, I emerged into the Salon d’Hercule, with its soaring pilasters topped with gilded acanthus leaves, and glided airily through the State Apartments, appraising them with the keen eyes of ownership, nothing immediately which wall coverings and upholstery wer
I wasn't impressed with the first novel in Juliet Grey's trilogy about Marie Antoinette. So why then did I decide to continue on to the second? I figured since Marie Antoinette's life became more interesting once she became Queen of France, the novel focusing on the same time period would become more interesting. I wasn't entirely wrong but I was far from right.

French is not my first language. Thanks to an episode of Friends I understand what Lady Marmalade is really about. Thanks to my children
I definitely preferred Days of Splendor, Days of Sorrow to the first book in the series (Becoming Marie Antoinette). My only real gripe is with the nebulous point of view in this book. The story often abruptly switched from Marie Antoinette's voice to an omniscient narrator, which I found confusing at times.

Overall, though, I really appreciated the amount of historical detail packed into this book. The author's blurb at the end explains what exactly was fictionalized and what really happened, w
Apr 16, 2015 Renee rated it it was ok
I had a mildly difficult time choosing between the 2 and 3 star ratings for this novel, but I'll go with goodreads' instructions as this second installation of the Marie Antoinnete series was indeed "just okay."

My main criticism of this book (other than it suffering from the inevitable middle book syndrome) was that it covered too much time too quickly. The book ambitiously spans the time frame from when MA becomes queen to the storming of the Bastille. Handled in a more delicate fashion, this
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Escritora especializada em realeza, Juliet Grey divide o tempo entre a escrita e decorar textos para aos inúmeros papéis que representa enquanto actriz de teatro clássico, sejam virgens, feiticeiras ou vilãs. Apaixonada pela vida da última rainha de França, Maria Antonieta, não é de espantar que seja sobre ela a sua primeira trilogia, que iniciou em 2011. Vive entre Nova Iorque e Washington D.C..
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Juliet Grey has extensively researched European royal history and is a particular devotee of Marie Antoinette. She and her husband divide their time between New York City and Washington DC.
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