Saturday, June 04, 2011

Review: In the Shadow of the Sun King

Because I have French Huguenot ancestors, this story intrigued me. It was fascinating to get a glimpse into what life would have been like in such a difficult time (17th Century France). The author draws deft pictures of the palaces and France. And the complexities of the times and relationships are artfully drawn -- with traces of intrigue. The pace slowed a bit at times, but I'm glad I chose this book.  

More about the Story:

As Huguenots in 17th-Century France, Madeleine Clavell and her family defy French law daily. Though they live in comfort and happiness in the French countryside, their Protestant Christianity is considered traitorous. But they are wary. Persecution is surly at hand.

Then King Louis XIV's dragoons arrive, forcing the family from their country estate. Madeleine must gather her courage and seek out the king in his royal palace at Versailles.

Because Madeleine has a secret. Though years and a thousand choices have separated them, Madeleine and King Louis have a history together. One she feels certain he has not forgotten. She will risk everything to speak to him again. But will the impetuous king choose to save her...and her family? And if so, at what price?

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