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A Prisoner of Versailles

(Darkness to Light #2)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  196 ratings  ·  29 reviews
Lavish and Luxurious Versailles

King Louis XIV's burgeoning palace is the place to be--and be seen. And the last place on earth Madeleine wants to be.

She's trapped there as a pampered prisoner. If she stays in France, she'll be forced to deny her faith. By escaping the King's long arm, she may find freedom--but it will cost her everything she holds dear.
Paperback, 370 pages
Published August 31st 2009 by Thomas Nelson (first published February 29th 2000)
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Jennifer Taylor
Sep 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
A Prison her Versailles is enchanting story, full of historical information woven into romance, faith and suspense. The characters possess integrity, strength and perseverance. This is the first historical Christian book I've read that was set in France, and I must say, it was refreshing. While I enjoy American prairie romances and always will, it is nice to read something different. It has just enough flavor of the French language to give it a French flair, but not overwhelm someone who doesn't ...more
Janna Ryan
Nov 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
The French Hugenots are a piece of history that most people don't know about. During the time of King Louis the XIV, he believed that everyone should be Catholic and the Hugenots were persecuted for their faith. Prisoner of Versilles is the sequel to Shadow of the Sun King and is even more gripping than the first one. Golden Keyes Parsons has created a family that is so real you will feel like you on going on their journey with them. Madeline grew up with the King and they once loved each other, ...more
Dina Sleiman
Aug 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
There’s something about the writing of Golden Keyes Parsons that speaks deep to my soul. Her journeys through history never fail to leave me in a cathartic pool of tears. Her new release, Prisoner of Versailles, was certainly no exception.

Prisoner of Versailles is the second in the Darkness to Light trilogy, and like its predecessor, In the Shadow of the Sun King, takes place in the majestic court of Louis XIV. I have to admit, I love all things French. I had the pleasure of visiting Versailles
Oct 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
A Prisoner of Versailles is the second book in the "Darkness to Light" Series by Golden Keyes Parsons, from Thomas Nelson Publishers.

I was pleasantly surprised with Prisoner. Although I enjoyed the first book (In the Shadow of the Sun King), this book was even better. The story was fast-moving, the heroine was more sympathetic, and there were lots of "King Louis" scenes, which to me make up some of this author's best writing. There was more of a romance, which is always enjoyable, an
Christy Lockstein
Nov 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing

A Prisoner of Versailles by Golden Keyes Parsons is the second book in the Darkness to Light saga about the reign of Louis XIV. Madeleine Clavell and her family thought they had escaped the long arm of the king, until their whereabouts in Geneva are disclosed, and Madeleine and eldest son Philippe are captured and forced to return to Versailles and Louis' control. Pierre Bovee's aid to the Clavell family has also been discovered, placing him in the Bastille and unable to rescue Madeleine. I was
Sep 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Great story of 1400s France. A plot-driven tale rather than character-driven. It kept me up till the wee hours to see how it would end. I wish I'd read the first in the series. Am planning on reading the last one. Fascinating to think it's based on a real story. Very well-woven faith theme into the story without being preachy. It shows what the Huguenots of France were up against during the reign of Louis XIV. Loved the heroine and her faithful friend, Pierre.
Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms)
The sequel to In the Shadow of the Sun King and I liked this second book even better than the first. My daughter in law and granddaughter (16) also loved these books. A great story of faith and hope and love with plenty of adventure and danger thrown in at the court of King Louis XIV in seventeenth century France. Good compelling read and especially if you love Christian novels.
Jan 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
A continuation of Book 1 - In the Shadow of the Sun King, Golden kept me interested to the end. Good plots, twists, and turns.
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In The Shadow Of The Sun King, the first book in the Darkness To Light Series, made a deep impression on me when I read it in 2013. For a while, I had the rest of the trilogy in my “To Be Read” pile. Just this year, I read the second book in the series, A Prisoner Of Versailles, and found the writing of Golden Keyes Parsons just as deep, inspiring and challenging.

In A Prisoner Of Versailles, the story of how Madeleine and her family continues as they try to escape King Louis XIV in the Huguenot
Sep 24, 2019 rated it did not like it
The author is clearly anti-Catholic, which is VERY ironic considering the genre is Christian Fiction.... Catholics are also Christians. I think this is one of my problems when reading Christian Fiction as I believe the best is when authors chose to write from a non-denominational perspective since the readers are able to identify the characters from their own faith. In regards to the historical context, religious persecution was HORRIBLE and carried out by many different faiths to exert their po ...more
Kathy Filardo
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I found this book as good as the previous one, with lots of intrigue, danger, action, and romance. The danger here was more spiritual than physical for the most part, as Louis tries to seduce Madeleine and her son into living at Versailles and becoming his courtiers and Madeleine his mistress. There also is some derring do parts with Pierre and a touching resolution with his father, who ends up being a hero after all. That I must say was unexpected. But I liked it.

The descriptions in
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
In dit tweede deel geraakt Madeleine Clavell helemaal verstrengeld in het web van Louis XIV. Zij en haar oudste zoon moeten verplicht in Versailles blijven en Madeleine zal offers moeten maken om haar andere kinderen, haar dochter Eline wordt ernstig ziek, weer te zien. Of is er toch nog een andere uitweg?

Ik ben door dit boek gevlogen. De focus ligt echt op de actie en de relaties tussen de verschillende personages nu en het historische verhaal gaat wat naar de achtergrond. Niettemin
Jul 07, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Preferred the first one

I remember the first book to be more exciting than this one. Overall, a basic adventure into the illusions of the court of Versailles. The intrigue was down, and the religious speeches were up from the last one. Not sure if I want to take on the third book.
Aug 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is another great installment in the Darkness to Light series. There were a lot of great elements: death, heartbreak, betrayal, surprise attacks, escapes, mind games, and a happy ending. Again I really enjoyed the world she weaved for Madeleine and the tension between Catholics and Huguenots. I don't think this book was as strong as the first one, and my reasons involve a lot of spoilers. (view spoiler) ...more
May 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
Author: Golden Keyes Parsons
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
ISBN: 978-1-59554-627-2
Genre: Inspirational/historical

Madeline Clavell, her husband, and their three children have fled from France to Switzerland, hoping to escape the long arm of King Louis XIV. Madeline’s family has plans to flee to the New World, but before they are able to go, her beloved husband dies, and Madeline is left to make new plans. She doesn’t want to le
A PRISONER OF VERSAILLES is an improvement over the first in the series, In the Shadow of the Sun King, but still only an okay read. Readers who are interested in the series would benefit from reading the previous entry beforehand, as this does not standalone.

I don't generally read Christian fiction and would not have gotten this had I known ahead of time that it was an Inspirational novel (and the second in a series besides). Since that is partly my fault, I still decided to give it a fa
Oct 28, 2010 rated it did not like it
To sum it up, in A Prisoner of Versailles, part two of the Darkness to Light series, we follow the story of Madeleine, forced to flee France because of her Huguenot beliefs. However, the "Sun King" pursues and imprisons her because he mistakenly believes that that her eldest son, Phillipe, might be his. While she is trapped at Versailles, she reunites with her new love, Pierre who she hopes can help her gain freedom. Caught in a velvet prison with the welfare of her children at stake, Madeleine ...more
Janalyn Voigt
Jun 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
In A Prisoner of Versailles, part two of the Darkness to Light series, we follow the story of Madeleine, forced to flee France because of her Huguenot beliefs. The "Sun King" pursues and imprisons her, however. Can the man she loves help her gain freedom? Caught in a velvet prison and with the welfare of her children at stake, Madeleine is forced to decide whether she will hold true to her faith or give in to a vain and seductive lifestyle.

Golden Keyes Parsons' vivid writing style brings the Co
Jul 14, 2012 rated it liked it
I did not like this book as well as the first one in the series. I am starting to dislike the main character, Madeleine (she is not sticking to her convictions)which colors my whole impression of the book. It seemed like there wasn't as much action as the first book which made it boring. I think the series could have been written as one book instead of three. I will read the third book just to see how it ends, but I'm hoping it's more enjoyable than A Prisoner of Versailles.
Dec 24, 2010 rated it it was ok
Perhaps researched well, however not a solid story. I do not like it when books pull you directly into a character's family in a way that is so forced. And introductions written in a way that seem wooden. The hardships are not believable and the tone of the book is sometimes not up to time period. The over all writing is mediocre.
Nov 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
A second part of the story, a Huegnot in France who needs to escape from King Louis. Her husband dies, and she is taken to the palace because King Louis thinks that her oldest son, Phillipe, might be his. While she is there, she reunites with her new love, Pierre. They end up escaping together and start towards the new world. Uplifting story set in a historical time.
Jun 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is actually based on my husband's ancestors --- the Clavells. Golden Keyes Parsons is a distant cousin. I really enjoyed this series and am looking forward to book #4 to be released late this year in Nov 2011.
Oct 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Book 2 in the Darkness to Light series.
Sep 05, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: did-not-finish
I cannot finish this. It is much too preachy and overbearing. Mediocre writing as well.
Oct 28, 2010 rated it it was ok
Better than the first book. There still needs to be more tension in the plot, but its a nice easy read.
Trish Boese
Mar 22, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, christian
2* A sequel, much the same as the first book. I'll never read it again.
Apr 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Very interesting! I think I liked it more than the first one. Looking forward to reading the last one to wrap up the trilogy, then I'll share my thoughts.
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Golden Keyes Parsons is a popular retreat and conference speaker, author of historical novels and an ordained pastor.

Her book, "In The Shadow Of The Sun King," (Thomas Nelson Publishing), first in a four-book series based on her family genealogy, released Fall 2008, and was named a finalist in the ACFW's Book of the Year Debut Author category. The book chronicles the saga of the Clavel

Other books in the series

Darkness to Light (3 books)
  • In the Shadow of the Sun King (Darkness to Light, #1)
  • Where Hearts Are Free (Darkness to Light #3)