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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Enchantress of Paris by Marci Jefferson

(The very beautiful Marie Mancini)

This fast-paced novel about the engaging Marie Mancini kept me captivated until the end. Well-researched with interesting characters, this was an excellent historical novel. Marci Jefferson also evokes the splendour and glamour of the era, while contrasting the competitive and ruthless nature of the court.

Marie has to contend with her controlling and manipulative uncle who throws her at the Sun King and her determined sister Olympia who wants him all to herself. This makes Marie tougher and more devious, but she is in love with the enigmatic Louis, and sometimes love makes the heart rule the mind...

The main flaws in this book were the suggestion that the Cardinal could be Louis XIIII's father, and Marie's rather calculating nature, I thought. I read Antonia Fraser's wonderful biography a long time ago so I could be wrong, but Louis's mother seemed too pious to sleep with Cardinal Mazarin and Marie was rather an innocent character in real life.

I received this free ebook from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

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