Hey guys! If you all follow me on Instagram (BritLitBibliophile) you have seen this book multiple times because I am obsessed with this book. I picked this up over my winter break from a thrift store on a whim because I thought it might be interesting and if it wasn’t I was only out 99 cents. This is 99 cents well spent.
I’m just going to give the synopsis from the back of the book because so much happens that I don’t want to give away in my own synopsis.
“On a May morning in 1664, in the small village of Versailles, as hundreds of young aristocrats are coming to pay court to King Louis XIV, a peasant fan-maker gives birth to her first and only child, Marguerite. Determined to give her daughter a better life than the one she herself has lived, the young mother vows to break the newborn’s bonds of poverty and ensure that she fulfills her destiny—to dance with kings. Purely by chance, a drunken nobleman witnesses the birth and makes a reckless promise to return for Marguerite in seventeen years. With those fateful words, events are set into motion that will span three monarchies, affecting the lives of four generations of women.
Marguerite becomes part of the royal court of the Sun King, but her fairy-tale existence is torn out from under her by a change of political winds. Jasmin, Marguerite’s daughter, is born to the life of privilege her grandmother dreamed of, but tempts fate by daring to catch the eye of the king. Violette, Marguerite’s granddaughter, is drawn to the nefarious side of life among the nobles at Versailles. And Rose, Violette’s daughter, becomes a lady-in-waiting and confidante to Marie Antoinette. Through Rose, a love lost generations before will come full circle, even as the ground beneath Versailles begins to rumble with the chaos of the coming revolution.”
Rosalind Laker has created some of the most well rounded women I have ever come across in “adult literature.” I was honestly expecting a lot of romance and sex with no character development but it had it all. Marguerite is a headstrong business woman who will not be told what to do by any man. Jasmin grows up from a spoiled child to a woman who has faced many hardships and has grown ten fold. Her story is the most tragic out of them all. Violette has a rather short story that ends abruptly but in her short part of the novel she becomes a different woman as well. Rose sees the most horror out of all the women but comes out on top. This is just a beautiful story and its so engaging.
DISCLAIMER: I will note that in Jasmin’s story she is brutually beaten and sexaully assaulted by her husband so if that is something you’re not interested in reading about at all, this might not be the book for you. The descriptions aren’t too graphic but it happens often so that’s why I’m putting the disclaimer.
So I loved this book and will be reading more of her work. Let me know if you’ve read any of her other books or this one. What did you think? Do you think you’ll give this a try?