ABOUT THE BOOK:
Court intriguers are beginning to sense that young King Louis XV, after seven years of marriage, is tiring of his Polish wife. The race is on to find a mistress for the royal bed as various factions put their best foot – and women – forward. The King’s scheming ministers push Louise, the eldest of the aristocratic Nesle sisters, into the arms of the King. Over the following decade, the four sisters:sweet, naive Louise; ambitious Pauline; complacent Diane, and cunning Marie Anne, will conspire, betray, suffer, and triumph in a desperate fight for both love and power.
Sometimes truth really is stranger than fiction and the story of THE SISTERS OF VERSAILLES by Sally Christie is proof of that. There are five Nesle sisters and four of them become the lovers of King Louis XV. This novel that is chock-full of all the court intrigue, sex, and gossip you’d expect from this era. The story is told from five different first-person points-of-view, using letters, giving each sister a voice and, therefore, permitting the reader to gain a sense of each sister’s personality. Some sisters I liked better than others – some I hated more as the story went on.
With vivid descriptions that transported me to Versailles and gave me a front row seat to enjoy all the backstabbing associated with “Sororal love”, I give THE SISTERS OF VERSAILLES 4 stars ****.
*An e-copy of this book was sent to me from Atria Book via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review*