Book Review: The Rivals of Versailles by Sally Christie
I devoured the first book in this series, The Sisters of Versailles, in one weekend so I was eager to get my mitts on the second, The Rivals of Versailles. This book picks up where we left off in the first, with the departure of all the Nesle sisters in Louis XV’s court.
I was particularly interested in this book because it focuses largely on the Marquise de Pompadour and her influence on both King and Country. In a time period where women weren’t in control of much, this woman managed to exert huge amounts of influence. Because of her (through her financial and political support) we have the Encyclopedia, Voltaire’s writings, and of course the Pompadour. The list is much longer, and even more impressive because she lived until she was only 42. (Incidentally she died on Easter Sunday, which is the day I happen to finish reading the book…which I just found kinda crazy.)
I enjoyed the book immensely and would definitely put it on your summer vacation reading list. It’s filled with intrigue, sadness, humour, and a good dose of histroy and #girlpower.
Sally Christie’s book recommendation for your summer reading list:
“Emma Donoghue is my favourite historical fiction writer, and I especially love her collections of short stories. She takes snippets and little lines from history, and makes the story live again. Her collections of short stories The Woman Who Gave Birth to Rabbits and Astray are among my all-time favourites.” – Sally Christie, Author
Disclosure: Being a Simon & Schuster Advance Reader means I receive uncorrected advance reader proof copies of books every so often. And every so often I really enjoy one of those books, so I decide to write a review post. I’m not asked to do so, and I don’t get paid. I do it because we should all read more:)…and it’s my website and I can do what I want:)