Julie Salinas's Reviews > Before Versailles: Before the History You Know...a Novel of Louis XIV

Before Versailles by Karleen Koen
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Aug 29, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: won-book

What little girl doesn't dream of a prince finding her and making her a princess, or a queen? Karleen Koen has woven a tapestry of court lives, intreque, lust, love, and lies as intricate as the tapestries in French royal palaces. The events are supposed, but are based on real people in history. While it is easy to feel for the common people who struggled for every day needs, you must also have a kind of compassion for characters who on the surfacehave their needs catered to in almost every way, but walk a tightrope among people in power, trying to keep power, or gaining power. It is complicated, but made easy to follow in this wonderful tale. I am so glad I received this as a goodreads giveaway although it was already on my TBR list. I you like historical history/romance stories, get this one.

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