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Before Versailles by Karleen Koen
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Aug 13, 2012

it was amazing

Houston Chronicle picked BEFORE VERSAILLES for their 2011 Texas Titles List!

“Rich with detail and action...History tells us Louis took mistresses and became the textbook example of an absolute monarch, but getting there is marvelous great fun...With a handsome ruler as charismatic as Britain’s Henry Tudor, this focused retelling of the emergence of the Sun King will attract fans of the English king as well as Francophiles.” --Library Journal, starred review, named one of Best Historical Fiction Books for 2011

“Before Versailles is a feast for the senses. Readers will be swept back to the 1660’s. The atmosphere is electrifying, the liaisons are exhilarating, and the conversations and friendships are endlessly entertaining. I was absorbed into the story on page one and couldn’t put it down. I found myself skimming ahead just to see what happened next as well as researching online to see what happened to the characters in real life!” --San Francisco Book Review

“Following solidly in the footsteps of Dumas, Koen reveals independent-spirited Louise to be a modern heroine in period costume...[Koen] finds the era ripe for intrigue and romance, not to mention possible sequels.” --Publishers Weekly

“Period detail and costumes abound throughout this lively royal romp.” --Booklist

“Koen has created an intricately researched novel with brilliantly written historical figures...In the midst of tawdry affairs and political turmoil, Before Versailles delivers a beautifully written romance.
“I absolutely adored the ending.” --Burton Book Review Blog

“In this magnificently written and researched novel, Karleen Koen brings to vibrant life the early years and loves of the future Sun King.” --Jean M. Auel, New York Times bestselling author of The Clan of the Cave Bear and The Land of Painted Caves

"Before Versailles captivated me from start to finish! With exquisite finesse, Karleen Koen weaves history and myth into a sumptuous portrait of young Louis XIV, his intrigue-laden court, and the passionate, ambitious, often dangerous women who loved him." --C.W. Gortner, author of The Confessions of Catherine de Medici

“A cornucopia spilling over with intrigue, passion, jealousy, ambition, and rich historical detail, Before Versailles offers a glittering glimpse of the crucial months that shaped Louis XIV into Europe's most powerful monarch.” --Eleanor Herman, author of Mistress of the Vatican

“Before Versailles presents a grand yet intimate glimpse into the lifestyles of the rich and royal at the court of the young, virile King Louis XIV. Words to describe the cast of characters cannot do them justice: moral yet decadent; powerful yet endangered; larger than life yet completely human. But there is an apt word to describe Karleen Koen's latest novel: Brilliant!” --Karen Harper, author of The Irish Princess
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