The Queen's Lover by Francine Du Plessix Gray
The Queen’s Lover begins at a masquerade ball in Paris in 1774, when the dashing Swedish nobleman Count Axel Von Fersen first meets the mesmerizing nineteen-year old Dauphine Marie Antoinette, wife of the shy, reclusive prince who will soon become Louis XVI. This electric encounter launches a life-long romance that will span the course of the French Revolution.
The affair begins in friendship, however, and Fersen quickly becomes a devoted companion to the entire royal family. As he roams through the halls of Versailles and visits the private haven of Petit Trianon, Fersen discovers the deepest secrets of the court, even learning about the startling erotic details of Marie-Antoinette’s marriage to Louis XVI. But the events of the American Revolution tear Fersen away. Moved by the colonists’ fight for freedom, he is one of the very first to enlist in the French contingent of troops that will fight for America’s independence.
I'm a huge Historical Fiction fan. Oh my, anything I can get my hands on in this genre, has been read or is currently on my TBR Pile.
When given the opportunity to review this one, I obviously said yes immediately.
Just reading through the summary was enough to convince me that this would be a great read and immensely entertaining.
The name itself conjures up visions of a young beautiful Queen. Of crazy stories based on truth and of some based on rumors and gossip. I admit to having a preconceived notion of what I thought of Marie Antoinette, but the author gives me so much more than what I had already read and seen in the movies.
The story is told from the perspective of Count Axel von Fersten, through letters and recorded facts. He takes us into the court life, their secrets and goings on and we also get a much better understanding of the Queen herself and what she went through, I found myself feeling sorry for her at times and kind of getting why she did the things she did.
For this being my first book by Francine Du Plessix Gray, I have to say that I really enjoyed it. It was right up my alley.
Thumbs up for sure :)
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