Book Drunkard

“I am simply a 'book drunkard.' Books have the same irresistible temptation for me that liquor has for its devotee. I cannot withstand them.” L.M. Montgomery

Before Versailles: A Novel of Louis XIV by Karleen Koen – Review


Before Versailles is the first book I’ve read by Karleen Koen and may I just say ‘Oh my God’!  I am absolutely in love with her and this fabulous book.

Ahhh, The Sun King.  Wow, what a man!  I found myself falling completely head over heels for him.  If he was anything in real life like he is in this book, I’d have been hooked!  I love how she wrote him as a real person with faults and feelings, sometimes unsure but still strong.  And Louise – I love how she was just herself.  She was so unaffected by everything and everyone at court.  She was a refreshing character.

Speaking of which,  there really is nothing like the French court.  Karleen Koen writes it excellently with enough intrigue, secrets and lust to satisfy the hungriest of readers.  The pace of the book was perfect to me.  It didn’t lag and didn’t rush.  I liked that it not only told the love story of Louis and Louise, but also included side stories to keep me totally engrossed.  She definitely has another fan in me and I can’t wait to read her previous books and future ones, too!



4 thoughts on “Before Versailles: A Novel of Louis XIV by Karleen Koen – Review

  1. This was my first Koen, but I am definitely planning to read more now.

  2. Thanks for taking time to review me….Karleen Koen

  3. Hello:this is my first Karleen Koen book, I haven’t finished the book, but I am a totally fan of Koen, the book is wonderful…:)

  4. Hello, I finished the book in September but I was busy with family, I can tell you that the book is wonderful, I enjoy reading this book, for me was a refreshing book, after this book I read Finding Emilie, very good book.

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