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Crown of Desire

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  3 ratings  ·  2 reviews
As Paris became a battleground for the crowned heads of Europe, beautiful Daphne de Monceau, daughter of one of the most powerful families in Napoleon's faltering Second Empire, was caught up in a struggle that would change her world forever.

Pledged to another, Daphne fell helplessly in love with a handsome Algerian cavalry captain. Though she feared she would never be per...more
Paperback, 702 pages
Published February 1st 1983 by Tower & Leisure Sales Co (first published 1983)
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Despite the cover, this book isn't a bodice ripper and not really a romance. Today it'd be published in trade pb with a "proper" cover full of austere dignity, most likely using a close-up of some well-dressed damsel in a portrait from a totally unrelated era.

And I wish it would be republished, because it totally deserves to be. DeBoer did her research on the twilight of the Second Empire, the Franco-Prussian War, and the political upheavals that rocked Paris throughout a long and grueling siege...more
Jun 26, 2012 Misfit rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Misfit by: Karla (Mossy Love Grotto)
Despite the cover, the blurb and the fact that this is from Leisure, this is not a romance. Daphne and Adrien do add a romantic element to the story, but that is not the main focus, and the sex scenes that are here are very tame. This is at heart a historical novel, and recommended for those interested in the latter years of the Second French Empire and its downfall and the The Paris Commune (or Fourth French Revolution) might want to check this book out.

I think Karla has summed this book up pe...more
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