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Confessions of Marie Antoinette

(Marie Antoinette #3)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  991 ratings  ·  131 reviews
Confessions of Marie Antoinette, the riveting and sweeping final novel in Juliet Grey’s trilogy on the life of the legendary French queen, blends rich historical detail with searing drama, bringing to life the early years of the French Revolution and the doomed royal family’s final days.

Versailles, 1789. As the burgeoning rebellion reaches the palace gates, Marie Antoinett
Paperback, 445 pages
Published September 24th 2013 by Ballantine Books (first published 2013)
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Nov 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
The story of the lavish, splendor life of the most well known Queen of France ends with this tragic conclusion. If you already know how the story ends, you are well aware that there is no way around this ending. The nature of this ending makes this trilogy no less enjoyable. Be prepared to cry along with Marie Antoinette if you are a mother yourself. If you are looking for a wonderful biography of the life of Marie Antoinette and don't mind some small bits being embellished, then I would absolut ...more
Versailles, 1789.

The Confessions of Marie Antoinette is a deeply moving and emotional story, which provides new insights into the period during which the French royal family was held hostage and into the last moments of Marie Antoinette’s life. Juliet Grey’s story emphasizes real historical events and provides perceptive and haunting descriptions of the king and Queen’s demise. The story is told in Marie Antoinette’s point of view and Grey creates a convincing portrait of Marie and her devotion
Oct 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: really-liked
Update**** I spoke with the author about the name change and this was done at the publisher's request. She says that her book has nothing at all to do with Marie's diary, nor is it written in diary format. It was written as Last October Sky, and was only changed bc publisher requested that it be so. So, I am sure it will be as fabulous as the other two! A rose by any other name would smell as sweet, yes?

I agree, thought Last October Sky was a unique and lovely title. Confessions sounds li
Shannon Elizabeth Heffner
As Shakespeare wrote, "Heavy is the head that wears the crown." Juliet Grey has expanded on this thought in her new book "The Confessions of Marie Antoinette". Most of us know the basics of Marie's life. The young Austrian princess who became a queen while still a teenager. The woman who spent like she had a credit card with no limit, and, in the eyes of the French people, spent France into ruin. She was the epitome of the aristocracy that had held the people in a caste system for centuries, and ...more
Jun 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Here is the novel I waited two books to read. I held out hope and I was not disappointed. This was a gut wrenching, tissue grabbing, emotional wreck of a novel. Warning to the reader, unless I think it's absolutely necessary, I will not be using spoilers in my review as I think it's pretty common knowledge what becomes of Marie Antoinette and her husband Louis.

I found myself a little nervous at the beginning of this novel. For someone who meets such a tragic demise, Grey sure does a good job of
Christy English
Jul 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Review to follow...but for now let's just say I love this book.
Glen Stott
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history, biography
This final book of the trilogy picks up Marie Antoinette’s life at the beginning of the French Revolution.

1789: Mobs come to the castle at Versailles. The royal family is moved to the old Tuileries castle in Paris which hasn’t been used for 124 years. They are prisoners as the revolution begins stripping the King of his powers.

1790: The revolution outlaws religion. There is a revolution within the revolution as radical factions take over. The revolutionaries move the family to St Cloud, six mile
Anna  Gibson
"My mother liked to boast that her numerous daughters were 'sacrifices to politics.'"

The apt opening line from Becoming Marie Antoinette, the first novel in Juliet Grey's Marie Antoinette trilogy, is made all the more compelling by the final entry in the trilogy: Confessions of Marie Antoinette.

The last novel in the trilogy begins in the midst of the "October Days," when a large mob comprised mainly of Parisian women marched on the palace of Versailles. Their attack on the palace ultimately led
I didn't like this one as much as I liked the other two in the series, but that's probably because it doesn't have as much of the glitz and glamour that we associate with Marie Antoinette's life (which is honestly my favorite part to read about). It is actually a very vivid and pretty historically accurate portrait of the French Revolution; at times it was so gory and bleak that I actually found myself shocked. I know a lot about Marie Antoinette's life since she's one of my favorite historical ...more
Aug 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Prepare to be teary-eyed for this one. In this novel Marie Antoinette is cast very much in the role of Mother, and the novelist focuses upon this in order to procure sympathy for her protagonist. Truly, what she had to suffer not only as a mother but also as a wife was incredibly sad. Just to execute her was one thing, but to destroy every inch of her family beforehand was absolutely heart-breaking to read about. This novel truly touched a nerve for me, no doubt because I had come to have an und ...more
Jun 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It’s hard reading a book when you know how it’s going to end. I felt myself dreading the final chapters of this book at times while I read, but somehow, I felt the author was right there with me, almost holding my hand to help me through. It goes to show the amount of care and attention that goes into a book when you can feel the love of a book’s subject oozing off the pages.
I wish I could give this book more than 5 stars - 5 just doesn't do it justice... but alas...

Confessions of Marie Antoinet
4.5 stars

I've had a fascination with Marie Antoinette for years and have loved Juliet Grey's trilogy covering her life with exemplary attention to detail and meticulous research. What made Confessions of Marie Antoinette my favourite of the trilogy was the sense of intimacy and urgency.

Knowing the history and Marie Antoinette's unfortunate fate didn't lessen the impact, I was astounded by the vividly detailed account of the later years of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI. Striking detail and inte
Sep 27, 2013 rated it liked it
3.5 out of 5 stars - Thoroughly sympathetic first person historical fiction account depicts French Queen Marie Antoinette in her final years as consort to King Louis XVI in the 1790s.

This poignant and heartbreaking portrait of the last days of Marie Antoinette, held prisoner along with her family in one deplorable location after another, follows the other two books in a trilogy. Unfortunately for me, I had not read the previous ones and I believe that was a mistake. My heart broke for Marie Anto
Oct 28, 2013 marked it as didn-t-survive-the-60-page-rule  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I've been struggling trying to read this book so I've decided to just stop. The minutia in which the author discusses this period in the life of Marie Antoinette was just not enough to hold my interest.
A very misleading title as well.
Nov 10, 2017 rated it liked it
I REALLY wanted to like this trilogy, but I just couldn't get into it. This last book was so slow and dry for the entire first half that it took me forever to get through it. The POV would randomly shift between Marie Antoinette as first person narrator, a random sculptress named Louison as first person narrator, and third person narrator, which made everything choppy. The storyline just dragged on and on. The second half of the book revolved around multiple opportunities to escape, which the ki ...more
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
One of the few things I knew about Marie Antoinette before reading this series was how her life ended. It was very interesting to learn about the events that brought her to the guillotine - both the ones of her own making and the times and circumstances over which she had no control. I do feel somewhat sorry for her - especially for what they did to her son. No child or mother should have been treated like that. And yet it seems she did her best to remain kind, compassionate, and dignified to th ...more
Christine Cazeneuve
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely my favorite book on the final days of Marie Antoinette. I found this book at The Dollar Tree - obviously for a $1.00 - and what a find it was. I realized there were two other books in the series before this but I couldn't pass it up. I have read several other books on Antionette so I know the story fairly well. However, this book gives, in my opinion, the best recount, albeit historical fiction recount, of what life was like for her and her family from the time of the attack on Versai ...more
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So the name of this book is very misleading, I almost didn't read it due to the name. The tale is told by Marie Antoinette but is not written as diary or letter entries.

I had a hard time reading this knowing the ending and having become attached to her in the prior two books. So I needed Kleenex, quite a bit.

I found the book extremely good and couldn't bear to put it down, despite how sad it is, it covers the history very well.

If you like historical novels, you will greatly enjoy this trilogy. I
Elizabeth Banks
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was an interesting read. Though it is the last of a trilogy, there is enough descriptive material that, in most cases, not reading the first two books will not be an impediment to enjoyment. The characters are well drawn and the descriptions are vivid enough to allow you to smell the "merde" stuck to the common shoes in the stews of Paris. Despite the fact we all know how the story ends, the finale is still compelling. The only negative is that there is a lot of French language used, and no ...more
Liana Mathias
Jul 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Some parts of this were slow, and I didn’t realize it was a trilogy so I only read this one. I lovehow the author depicted Marie Antoinette as misunderstood, but then inserts a detail to remind us just how out of touch with reality she was, like ordering new dresses when she’s imprisoned. Those kinds of details really emphasize the frivolity of the monarchy even while trying to depict the queen in a more human light. 3.5.
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Spectacular historical read

These three books were rely great reading. Although the reader was aware of the ending it was very fascinating to know details of Marie Antoinette. I found her to be rather frivolous but
expected of royalty. Understanding her .marriage
I was not surprised to find out she had an affair.
Feeling especially sorry for her as a mother when she had her children taken from her was difficult
for me as a mother.
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I highly recommend this series! It is three very long books, however I learned a lot about Marie Antoinette and really enjoyed them! The stories allow you to see that she was just a wife and mother and every bit human. Vive la Reine. Our trip to Paris this year will have new meaning as I see the many landmarks from her story.
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Marie Antoinette got a bad wrap. I loved hearing the story of her life in a different, and probably more accurate, light. I also learned a ton about the French Revolution which was a bonus. Totally recommend this book if you love France, historical fiction or have read everything about the English monarchy and need a new fix.
May 09, 2020 rated it liked it
It took a while to get into but I’m glad I persevered. It gives a very different view of Marie Antoinette. The depiction of her devotion as a mother and her views of her role is the wife of the King of France is probably much closer to the truth than the historical caricature of a spoiled haughty queen.
Tracy Hall
Feb 13, 2020 rated it did not like it
I have to admit (and I'm very sad about this) but I completely lost interest in finishing this series 1/2 way through the second back (Days of Splendor, Days of Sorrow) I actually only read through the first chapter and skimmed the rest of the book.
Dec 28, 2019 rated it did not like it
Awful, just awful. Badly written, massively over-romanticised soppy rubbish.
Audra (Unabridged Chick)
Marie Antoinette is one of those historical figures I will always be drawn to; I'm rather sympathetic toward her and feel she was treated unfairly by history. Grey's trilogy about the infamous queen is a welcome addition to the subgenre of royal historical fiction.

Her first book, Becoming Marie Antoinette, beautifully articulated the teenaged queen in an honest but appreciative light (many of the insults and crimes lobbed at Marie Antoinette, including the infamous 'Let them eat cake' quote, had
Oct 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
As the third novel in a trilogy the Confessions of Marie Antoinette concludes a series, but also must come to the expected tragic end to a woman this reader finds enchanting. I remember worrying over the young Marie in Grey's first of the series Becoming Marie Antoinette, and then feeling the heartbreak of her loveless marriage, the loss of her son and her happiness with Axel van Fersen of the trilogy's second installment, Days Of Splendor, Days of Sorrow. I could only do a woman I admire and re ...more
Oct 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I don’t know if I could have been more realistically thrown back in time to the French Revolution and the final days of Marie Antoinette as I was while reading Juliet Grey’s latest novel Confessions of Marie Antoinette. This is the final novel in an excellent trilogy with Becoming Marie Antoinette (my review) and Days of Splendor (my review) as the first two. This has been an excellent trilogy but I have to say that I think this final one may be my favorite. I don’t ever remember shedding a tear ...more
Oct 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is the final novel in Juliet Grey’s Marie Antoinette trilogy. The novel chronicles the last years of Marie Antoinette, beginning with the market women's march and revolt in Versailles to her execution by Madame Guillotine. The story tells of how Marie Antoinette manages to keeps her dignity and courage as her enemies try to break her spirit by separating her from all she holds dear. Yet, the story not only tells a tragedy about the fate of Marie Antoinette, but by a nation that is being tor ...more
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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.

Other books in the series

Marie Antoinette (3 books)
  • Becoming Marie Antoinette (Marie Antoinette, #1)
  • Days of Splendor, Days of Sorrow (Marie Antoinette, #2)

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