Confessions of Marie Antoinette, the riveting and sweeping final novel in Juliet Grey’s trilogy on the life of the legendary French queen, blends rich historical detail with searing drama, bringing to life the early years of the French Revolution and the doomed royal family’s final days.
Versailles, 1789. As the burgeoning rebellion reaches the palace gates, Marie Antoinette finds her privileged and peaceful life swiftly upended by violence. Once her loyal subjects, the people of France now seek to overthrow the crown, placing the heirs of the Bourbon dynasty in mortal peril.
Displaced to the Tuileries Palace in Paris, the royal family is propelled into the heart of the Revolution. There, despite a few staunch allies, they are surrounded by cunning spies and vicious enemies. Yet despite the political and personal threats against her, Marie Antoinette remains above all a devoted wife and mother, standing steadfastly by her husband, Louis XVI, and protecting their young son and daughter. And though the queen and her family try to flee, and she secretly attempts to arrange their rescue from the clutches of the Revolution, they cannot outrun the dangers encircling them, or escape their shocking fate.
It’s hard reading a book when you know how it’s going to end. I felt myself dreading the final chapters of this book at times while I read, but somehow, I felt the author was right there with me, almost holding my hand to help me through. It goes to show the amount of care and attention that goes into a book when you can feel the love of a book’s subject oozing off the pages.
Confessions of Marie Antoinette is the third book in Juliet Grey’s trilogy and is the best of the three, in my opinion. I loved them all, but this one really spoke to me the entire time. Perhaps it was seeing Antoinette’s story come full circle. Being able to watch her progression from child to queen to captive and see her character take shape, was pure joy (mixed with sadness, of course). All the people in the book are brought to wonderful, full colour, life at the hands of a wonderful author. From Marie all the way down to the lowliest peasant, they are all given the same attention to detail which adds to much to the story.
I can’t imagine anyone being able to write the story of Marie Antoinette’s life better than Juliet Grey. She has obviously done her research as it shows in every word. But the historical accuracy is woven so well into the story that it still reads like fiction and doesn’t weigh it down. I appreciate that so much because not all authors have mastered that aspect of Historical Fiction. It’s an art Juliet has in spades! Bravo to her!
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