Review of Confessions of Marie Antoinette

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5 Stars

From the first page, Juliet Grey breathes new life into historical fact, making Marie Antoinette live again even as she approaches her death. Of course, the lovely queen does not realize that she is doomed, as the reader does, and she fights for her life from one disaster to another, as she watches as the world she has built, the world she has inherited, slips away.

This novel is less a re-telling of the events leading up to Marie Antoinette’s death than it is a tribute to her life. Juliet Grey honors the dead in these pages, and gives the lost French queen a voice. It is a moving novel, filled with loss and love in equal measure. A novel well worth reading, one that will linger with you long after you have put it down, as you gaze with Marie Antoinette into that blue October sky.

 Confessions of Marie Antoinette

Novel Description:

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.


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About the Author

Juliet Grey is the author of Becoming Marie Antoinette and Days of Splendor, Days of Sorrow. She has extensively researched European royalty and is a particular devotee of Marie Antoinette, as well as a classically trained professional actress with numerous portrayals of virgins, vixens, and villainesses to her credit. She and her husband divide their time between New York City and southern Vermont.

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