The Sisters of Versailles

The Sisters of Versailles A sumptuous and sensual tale of power romance family and betrayal centered around four sisters and one King Carefully researched and ornately detailed The Sisters of Versailles is the first book i

  • Title: The Sisters of Versailles
  • Author: SallyChristie
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  • A sumptuous and sensual tale of power, romance, family, and betrayal centered around four sisters and one King Carefully researched and ornately detailed, The Sisters of Versailles is the first book in an exciting new historical fiction trilogy about King Louis XV, France s most well beloved monarch, and the women who shared his heart and his bed.Goodness, but sisters aA sumptuous and sensual tale of power, romance, family, and betrayal centered around four sisters and one King Carefully researched and ornately detailed, The Sisters of Versailles is the first book in an exciting new historical fiction trilogy about King Louis XV, France s most well beloved monarch, and the women who shared his heart and his bed.Goodness, but sisters are a thing to fear.Set against the lavish backdrop of the French Court in the early years of the 18th century, The Sisters of Versailles is the extraordinary tale of the five Nesle sisters Louise, Pauline, Diane, Hortense, and Marie Anne, four of whom became mistresses to King Louis XV Their scandalous story is stranger than fiction but true in every shocking, amusing, and heartbreaking detail.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.In the tradition of The Other Boleyn Girl, The Sisters of Versailles is a clever, intelligent, and absorbing novel that historical fiction fans will devour Based on meticulous research on a group of women never before written about in English, Sally Christie s stunning debut is a complex exploration of power and sisterhood of the admiration, competition, and even hatred that can coexist within a family when the stakes are high enough.

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    1. SallyChristie

      I m a life long history buff and I really wish time travel were a possibility I d be off to the eighteenth century in a flash Since I can t travel back in time yet , I have done plenty of global travel as a child I lived in England, Canada, Argentina, and Lesotho, and attended eight schools in three languages I continued my global wanderings with a career in international development, but now I m settled in Toronto and loving it.The Sisters of Versailles is my first novel, though I ve been writing since I could hold a pencil When I m not writing I m reading, reading, reading disappearing down various rabbit holes of historical research, and playing lots of tennis.


    1. There's a lot of juicy drama in the French court during the early years of the 18th century. "The Sisters of Versailles' is the first book of a trilogy - its a Historical fiction about King Louis XV, France's most well beloved monarch. and the five Nesle sisters:Louise, Pauline, Diane, Marie-Anne, and Hortense. Four of the five sisters became mistresses to King Louis XV. Hortense is the only sister who was never a mistress to the King. She was married -and the first sister to have a child. All t [...]

    2. I found myself wondering throughout this novel ' how in the world could this have really happened?'. Four out of five sisters mistresses to the same king. What? It was brilliantly told through the voices of each of the sisters which I think gave the reader a very solid look into their personalities and the dynamics between them. This story is a true testament to the saying 'reality can be stranger than fiction'.

    3. History, love and lust in alternating narratives and letters to each other by five sisters during the reign of France's Louis XV , four of whom become his mistresses. All along I kept thinking how could this be ? Did four of these five sisters really become mistresses of this King ? Of course I had to check into it and it's true ! So much for sisterly love when we encounter Pauline at court , but I guess you don't turn away from the King even if he's sleeping with your sister .This is a period o [...]

    4. I think the most amazing thing about this book is that is actually based on a true story about 4 out of 5 sisters that all became mistresses to King Louis XV. It sounds incredible, but it's really true, and I had no idea about it. I have never ever heard about these sisters before I read the book. The mistress that came after them, well she is well known, but the sweet Louise, the ambitious Pauline, the happy Diane and shrewd Marie-Anne are not as known as Madame du Pompadour.Anyway, I felt that [...]

    5. Yes! This book was marvellous! It was one of those stories that made me fear the end many pages before it actually ended, because I didn't want to part with these characters and this world! First of all, let me just say that even though I received this book for review, this is my honest opinion. I was blown away with how this was written, and I pretty much devoured its 400 pages in two days. This story is fiction based on facts. It's about France in the 1700s; more specifically the King Louis XV [...]

    6. 3.75 stars "Truth is stranger than fiction" This saying crossed my mind as I followed the story of 5 French sisters who mange to capture the eye of the French King and find their way to being his mistresses from the 1730's- 1740's. Honestly, if "The Other Boelyn Girl" shocked you, then The Sisters of Versailles" might just "knock the wind right out of you."The sisters-Louise, Pauline, Diane, Marie-Anne, and Hortense all take turns narrating the story which is a mixture of chapters and letters. S [...]

    7. everyone knows the most important thing is to have the child, not who the father is.It seems I've developed a taste for historical fiction lately. The Sisters of Versailles is a nice, lovely book about the infamous five Mailly-Nesle sisters (Louise, Pauline, Diane, Hortense and Marie-Anne), four of whom were mistresses to King Louis XV. And it can be quite funny at times, too.Louise was the first Mailly-Nesle mistress (Louis XV had been a faithful husband until her). She is depicted as kind, but [...]

    8. Such a tantalizing story. As I turned the pages I felt as if I was a fly on the wall privy to intimate conversations and interactions. Christie’s layout of the book is in such a personal manner it emphasizes the drama along with tension without hesitation. I felt swept away for a moment in time, very well done.The four sisters varying personalities and of reading their individual experiences matched with perspectives of King Louis XV made for an inside glimpse feel. The letters exchanged betwe [...]

    9. I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Have you ever seen the movie Mean Girls? Did you find yourself wondering what would happen if Mean girls were set in 18th century France? Wonder know more! The Nesle sisters are here to answers all your questions! Seriously, this novel read just like Mean Girls set at the French court in the 18th century. The biggest difference between Mean Girls and The Sisters of Versailles? I liked Mean Girls. I still li [...]

    10. I am not familiar with French history because, frankly, I have a hard time keeping the rulers straight. There seems to a hundred King Louis. This book is about King Louis XV and his love affair with not one, not two but four sisters. Where is the girl code in that? It's a fun read. The sisters each tell their own story and they are very different people. They all tell what led up to them being the King's lover and, believe me, the rewards each got are vastly different. Hortense, the only one not [...]

    11. “When a man takes a mistress, he doesn't turn around and divorce his wife.”----Arthur GoldenSally Christie, an England-born Canadian author, has penned her enthralling debut historical fiction, The Sisters of Versailles that narrates the story of the five infamous Nesle sisters among whom four of them became the mistresses of King Louis XV of France. This story marks as the first book in The Mistresses of Versailles Trilogy and the story accounts the life of each and every sister till their [...]

    12. This was a great audio book. There were enough characters to keep you interested, but not too many, so it was never confusing. It was not too heavy on dates and details and thus easy to follow. The narrator did a brilliant job with the voices. The story was light and entertaining, but also informative and sometimes sad. I liked that the five sisters were so different, and it definitely allows for many discussions on who you liked/disliked and why. Although their characters were a bit stereotypic [...]

    13. (This book was provided to me, free, by the publisher. it has in no way impacted the content of this review.)- - -2 1/2 stars.The Sisters of Versailles hit the trifecta for me, in terms of interest: book one in a planned trilogy, the story of not one, but 4 Royal Mistresses, & centered in the French court of Louis XV (Louis le bien aimé). Add to that the fact that the mistresses in question had (to the best of my knowledge) never graced the pages of a historical fiction novel, and it easily [...]

    14. Four sisters all sharing one king…ally?! How does that happen? Well that’s exactly what I wanted to know and that’s why I picked up THE SISTERS OF VERSAILLES. King Louis XV tends to get skipped over in popular literature because there are just so many other King Louis’ that are way more memorable than him….but come on? Four sisters and you make them all your mistress? That sounds like memorable to me!This story is stranger than fiction! Which is why this book was so fun to read! While [...]

    15. This book set in the magnificient court of Louis XV is a wonderfully detailed, descriptive story.On the one side it deals with the actual happenings of the life and times of Louis XV in all its glory. This includes not just the history and happenings of the Court but the personality and character of Louis XV as a man. On the other side we have the saga of the Nesle family - starting with the children as infants and ending with them as women. It is hard to imagine the story of the Nesle sisters b [...]

    16. If you're a fan of Phillipa Gregory's or Alison Weir's novels, then you will love The Sisters of Versailles.Set in the time of Louis XV of France, we follow the story of the de Nesle sisters. Out of the five of them, four became mistresses to the king before the infamous Madame de Pompadour's time.Little is known about these sisters, at least in English, it's nice to hear a different story of this time. I felt the author really got each sister as they were:Louise - poor Louise, boring and naive. [...]

    17. 3/1 starsThe story begins with Hortense, the ONLY one of five sisters who did not become mistress to King Louis XV, and who frankly didn’t get a lot of mention in the overall story. Well perhaps because she didn’t really contribute to the juicy scandal upon juicy scandal that her sisters caused. Other than Hortense we have:Louise is the first at court and the first lover to the King. She is pretty, obedient and easily dominated by almost everyone. An easy mistress to push aside once you are [...]

    18. Thank you Mysteries & Crime Thrillers & Atria Books for providing me a copy for review."One is almost forgotten, Another almost dust,The third is on her way,While the fourth is waitingTo make way for the fifth.Loving an entire familyIs that faithlessness or fidelity?"Set in early 18th century French court, The Sisters of Versailles is centered around four of the five Nesle sisters that become mistresses to King Louis XV over a span of 15 years. These sisters experience love, lust, betray [...]

    19. The Sisters of Versailles by Sally Christie is a 2015 Atria publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I have grown to love historical fiction more and more over time and have been looking forward to reading this one. I didn't know a lot about the Nesle sisters and, of course, found it interesting, to say the least, that four of the five sisters wound up being the mistress to King Louis the XV. Talk about sibling rivalry! The [...]

    20. 3.5 stars. "The Sisters of Versailles" takes place during the reign of France's King Louis XV. As much as I read about French and French royalty I really don't know too much about this Louis. Usually, it seems that Louis XIV and Louis XVI seem to be favored subjects for historical fiction. This book talks about a set of sisters where four out of the five sisters become mistresses to Louis XV. The book is told through the perspective of all five of the sisters as well as letters that they write b [...]

    21. Siblings can be tough sometimes. Who am I kidding? ALL THE TIME. LOL. Sisters of Versailles dressed a beautiful portrait of five sisters who will have to fight for a place in the court of Versailles. Temptation, cheating, gossip, backstabbing, pretentious dialogues, lies, you will find it all in this book. I think one of the biggest forte of this book, is Sally Christie’s writing. The Versailles descriptions are simply beautiful, great vocabulary and a great style with grace. I can feel that s [...]

    22. I just read a very serious and emotional book. It wasn't Sisters of Versaillesbut the one I read right before it. I'm guessing that is a pre-requisite for reading this because after such a serious, hard hitting emotional rideI didn't mind the shallow, scheming, Melrose Place-ness of the Mailly-Nesle sisters. As much. That saidGads! Louise is a doormat, Pauline is a unfeeling Bitch , Hortense needs the stick removed from her arse, Diane is literally the stupidest character I've ever encountered a [...]

    23. Very much in the vein of Philippa Gregory's type of historical fiction but I liked this. I didn't really care for most of the characters themselves, but I was totally involved in their stories! Review to come.

    24. Another terrific book about the checkered love life of Louis the XV. Sally Christie writes of early years of Louis' marriage. Seven years into the relationship, the courtiers search to find the perfect mistress to keep the king busy and meet their demands. They find a great match with the eldest of the Nesle sisters, Louise. Naive and devoted, she embarks on a love affair that last several years. She is the perfect foil, ready to selflessly serve the king and ask nothing in return. As his ardor [...]

    25. 3,5 starsI haven’t read much about Louis XV, or about French history in general, and I hadn’t heard about the Nesle sisters before. I’ve heard of Madame de Pompadour and Madame du Barry but that’s about it.The chapters alternate between the five sisters and it starts with old Hortense remembering what happened in the past. It’s rather surprising how much I enjoyed this book despite the fact that I didn’t like any of the characters. I hated both Pauline and Mary-Anne, I felt bad for L [...]

    26. I had trouble putting this one down. Written with an exuberant style, very witty. One of my favourites this year.

    27. I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I also took part in the official blog tour, hosted by TLC Book Tours. Also posted on my blog, Rinn Reads.I’m pretty picky about the blog tours I take part in nowadays, and will only sign up if I know I’m going to enjoy the book. So of course I knew I would enjoy The Sisters of Versailles – whilst I’m not a fan of romance novels, I do enjoy a bit of steamy historical fiction – but I didn’t rea [...]

    28. Giveaway @ Let Them Read Books!Louis XV is a king that tends to get skipped over somewhat in fiction between the larger-than-life figures of Louis XIV and XVI, and when I saw that this book was about four sisters who were all his mistresses, I had to read it. I was not disappointed!The story begins with Hortense, the only one of five sisters who did not become mistress to the king, as she reflects back on a lifetime of memories. Through her, we get a glimpse of what's to come before moving on to [...]

    29. Originally posted on Small ReviewHere's the thing about mistress books: I'm not really a fan. Mistresses aren't usually very exciting since their main claim to fame generally begins and ends at sleeping with a king. And since that's their thing, the books about them are often pretty romance heavy and not much else.Plus, yeah, I get that the times were different and all and these marriages weren't all romance and love, but it's hard for me to get behind a home-wreaker. Maybe I've read too many bo [...]

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