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In a Gilded Cage

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  24 ratings  ·  10 reviews
This book has been honoured as a B.R.A.G. Medallion winner by IndieBrag. Elisabeth (Sisi) enjoyed a carefree lifestyle in the hills of Bavaria until she was chosen by Emperor Franz Josef of Austria to be his wife. At the age of sixteen, she moved into the imperial palaces of Vienna, where a hostile court despised her for her low birth and strict protocol ruled her every ac ...more
Published June 9th 2016 by Susan Appleyard
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Helen Hollick
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book has received a Discovering Diamonds Review:

'The use of language and descriptive detail is very pleasing and historically this is of great value, so the book will very much appeal to readers who seek the more accurate over the more 'speculative' side of history.'

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Judith Barrow
May 30, 2017 rated it liked it
This is the second novel I’ve read of Susan Appleyard’s; the first was Queen of Trial and Sorrow:

I like this author’s style of writing; In a Gilded Cage is a compact, detailed read that need a lot of concentration but is so worth it. And, as in Queen of Trial and Sorrow it is obvious that the author has research in great detail has preceded the writing of this book. It is an enthralling read of the time and the two countries.;the sense of the politics and machinations, thr
Carrie Westmoreland Kurtz
Oct 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I have come to love historical fictions and was so excited to read this one. I don't think I have read anything about the Austrian Royal family before so this was extremely interesting to me. Reading this has made me want to learn more about them!

I loved Sisi and my heart acjed for her lost childhood and innocence. I can't imagine being thrust into such a position after living a wonderful, carefree life. And, being a mother myself, my heart was broken when reading
Fred Fanning
Oct 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
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This is a good book with strong characters.
gj indieBRAG
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
We are proud to announce that IN A GILDED CAGE by Susan Appleyard is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!
Tony Parsons
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Timeline: 1853-1867
Lake Starnberg, Bavaria. Princess Elisabeth “Sisi” Amalie Eugenie (15, daughter, Duchess of Bavaria) enjoyed her royal carefree lifestyle roaming the hills with Bummerl (dog).
Duke Maximilian Josef (Bavaria, Sisi’s father), & Duchess Ludovika “Mimi” (Bavaria, Maximilian’s Sisi’s mother) were the parents.

The siblings are: Ludwig “Louis” Wilhelm (Sisi’s brother), Princess Helene “Nené” (Thurn/Taxis,
Sisi’s sister), Karl Theodor “Gackel” (Sisi’s brother), Queen Marie Sophie “
Billy Buttons
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was entered in the 2016 Wishing Shelf Book Awards. This is what our readers thought:

Title: In A Gilded Cage
Author: Susan Appleyard
Star Rating: 5 Stars
Number of Readers: 18
Editing: 9/10
Writing Style: 9/10
Content: 10/10
Cover: 9/10
Of the 18 readers:
18 would read another book by this author.
17 thought the cover was good or excellent.
18 felt it was easy to follow.
18 would recommend this story to another reader to try.
6 felt the author’s strongest skill was ‘plotting a story’.
12 felt th
Mary Jo
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really appreciated this book! For like the first time ever, a fictional novel has focused on Sisi as an actual person. So many times, authors get stuck on Sisi’s obsession with her beauty and the fact that many claim she was “eccentric” and “mentally unstable.” This book actually focused more on Sisi’s humanitarian works and desire to help Franz rule his empire (rather than the role given to her of just being a beautiful arm accessory). It was refreshing and allowed the readers to see the real ...more
Emily Johnson
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At 16 Sisi was chosen to marry the Emperor of the great Hapsburg empire. Sisi was a shy, sensitive girl who loved nature and fantasy, all of which would make her life as the Empress nearly unbearable. I felt bad for Sisi, even as I enjoyed the feeling of living vicariously through her in the twilight of the empire. The biography is told as a story, with equal insight into Sisi's private thoughts, her relationship with the man who became her husband, and the political turmoil of Europe at the tim ...more
Elaine Milks
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing

In a Gilded Cage by Susan Appleyard 5 stars
A historical romance about the Austrian Royalty in the 1800's. The customs of the times in Austria were difficult for young women. Arranged marriages, little or no independence. Women everywhere had difficult lives and very little power over their circumstances, but there were ways for an intelligent independent female to get her way. A very interesting view of the lives of women who influenced history. Enjoyable read for all.
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