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The Sisters of Versailles (The Mistresses of Versailles Trilogy #1) ❮PDF / Epub❯ ★ The Sisters of Versailles (The Mistresses of Versailles Trilogy #1) Author Sally Christie – 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 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 are a thing to fearSet against the lavish backdrop of the French Court in the early years of the th century The The Sisters PDF/EPUB ² 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 detailCourt 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 sisterssweet naive Louise; ambitious Pauline; complacent Diane and cunning Marie Anne will conspire betray suffer and triumph in a desperate fight for both love and powerIn 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.

10 thoughts on “The Sisters of Versailles (The Mistresses of Versailles Trilogy #1)

  1. Elyse Walters Elyse Walters says:

    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 sistersLouise 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 the sisters marryMarie Anne's first husband has dieda year later she has eyes for a man who is married Louise is the first sister to 'be with the' Kinghis mistressfollowed by Pauline I couldn't help but think that with a sister like Pauline Who needs enemies? Every sister has different personalities ualities and characteristicsfrom physical bodies to moral thinking There is sooo much a reader could pick out to review about this bookbut what I most want to share is I absolutely loved it I enjoyed the storytelling many letters are passed back and forth from sister to sister to sister to sisterI was swept away into this worldin much in the same way when readingKen FollettPillars of The Earth World Without End Fall of Giants etc Knowing I was reading about 'real' sisters made my jaw drop a few times In many ways the sisters were very close entangled anyway yet the betrayal to one another could be vicious I'm completely hooked This is a dramatic family historical fiction page turning engaging bookfunny at times hard to believe these things could be true making for a fascinating 'historical' story I also wondered 'why' throughout this story and history during this time period that it was acceptable for a 'married' woman to have an affair with a King but never a 'single' one This story is so uniuereminding me that sometimes truth facts are unbelievably outrageous than any story you could make up I'm looking forward to book 2 Sweet salty bitter and deliciously savory Thank You Atria Publishing Netgalley and Sally Christie Wonderful new author to discover

  2. Lori Lori says:

    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. Angela M Angela M says:

    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 sisterThis is a period of history I didn't know anything about so it was interesting from that perspective and a uick diversion It will certainly be compared to Philippa Gregory and her stories of the Boleyns but it didn't uite hold the edge of the politics the intensity and intrigue that Gregory's books did for meA uick read a soap opera of sorts in 18th century France with great descriptions of the palace and the people and an insight into the times but felt like historical chick lit Upped to 3 stars since the author must have done a good bit of research and it held my interest enough to finish itThanks to Atria Books and NetGalley

  4. Helene Jeppesen Helene Jeppesen says:

    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; specifically the King Louis XV and his mistresses That might sound incredibly boring to you but not only were his four mistresses sisters this book is written in such a way that makes it anything but boring It's got wit it's got charm and it's got great observations on life Further it's got the most amazing characters the five Nesle sisters and these sisters are definitely what I love the most about this book The narrative voice shifts so that the story is told from all five's perspectives and their voices and personalities were impeccable So all in all with this book you get a great history lesson about the society of France in 1700s but it comes with one of the most intriguing stories and character descriptions I've encountered for a long time I loved it I hope you will as well

  5. Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede says:

    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 PompadourAnyway I felt that Sally Christie really captured both the time and the characters truly well A historical fiction is truly good when the characters and the setting come to life and it feels like you for a moment also are at Court with the sisters You live with them and you feel for them when something bad happens to them There were several times that I thought “thank God that I didn't live at that time” and also sometimes like when a woman carries her dog in her bag it feels like things haven't changed that much I would like to say that I liked a sister or two better than the other but I liked and disliked them all through the book They really didn't feel like blood sisters always with all the backstabbing For some of them being mistresses to the king was of a mission than real passion The one that loved him the most in my opinion Louise had to watch how her sisters one by one took over as the mistresses and for most of the time I was annoyed over how placid she was but in the end she seems to have finally found her call It's interesting that Hortense the one sister that was the most beautiful never ended up as the king's mistresses but then again she loved her husband and seemed to be the one with the happiest marriage with Diane coming secondI must admit that the character I found most intriguing in the book was not any of the sisters or the king It was Richelieu Alas his flirting with Marie Anne let unfortunately nowhereIt was a good book I enjoyed reading it Loved the letters between the sister that glossed over the truth a bit It was nice to get a history lesson and at the same time being entertained But I found the narrative with shifting between sisters not always to my liking probably because some of them were interesting than the other and not everything that happened was that interesting like Pauline and Diane at the convent Not that the story dragged out or anything I was just not always engrossed with it But I loved the ending the very emotional and sad ending Just the kind I like I received this copy from the Atria Books through Edelweiss in return for an honest review Thank you

  6. Erin Erin says:

    375 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 youThe sisters Louise Pauline Diane Marie Anne and Hortense all take turns narrating the story which is a mixture of chapters and letters Sometimes these letters came across as very juvenile and it boggled my mind how immature these women could become But I suppose if I had an ambitious mother that wanted me to seek the best marriage and outdo my siblings then I might get a little catty to keep the sovereign of the land for myself The book felt so finished and I am a bit surprised this is the first in a series Maybe I will check it out in the future but I strongly need to switch to a different era for the time being

  7. Raven Haired Girl Raven Haired Girl says:

    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 doneThe 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 between the four detailed the behind the scenes drama of what was happening emotionally romantically and mentally As sisters turn competitive envy jealousy hatred and betrayal divide the sisters destroying sisterly bonds Each sisters predicament and motive adds plenty of intrigue and interest Strain and heartbreak leave their mark such a shame a family was torn to shreds over one powerful man few would denyCan’t say I was a fan of King Louis XV and seeing him through the Nesle sisters eyes made him loathsome You learn just enough of him to understand his motives and overindulgent narcissistic behavior He failed to redeem himself in any way despite the smallest of efforts A selfish man drunk on his own power and status with no regards to others Tragic the Nesle sisters were part of his carnal webChristie creates an intelligent fascinatingly juicy story historical fiction fans will devour Extremely well done anxious for the next installmentVisit Raven Haired Girl for reviews and giveaways

  8. Alex ☣ Deranged KittyCat ☣ Alex ☣ Deranged KittyCat ☣ says:

    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 uite funny at times tooLouise was the first Mailly Nesle mistress Louis XV had been a faithful husband until her She is depicted as kind but less experienced in the art of seduction and court intrigue At first she is Louis's secret lover but once she becomes the official mistress the pressure at court is too great and she invites her sister Pauline to stay with her for a whilePauline appears driven only by ambition and she is determined to steal the king from her sister As she succeeds she tolerates Louise at court But the king develops his taste for adultery and he soon dreams about a menage a trois with them and why not even ? The king raises his goblet To my favorite sisters All so different yet all so charming Would that we could be together like this every evening But Pauline is harmless next to the cunning Marie Anne who in a scene remembering of Philippa Gregory's The Other Boleyn Girl has the king banish Louise from Versailles before coming to his bedThe ever cheerful Diane is the fourth sister to visit Louis's bed She is also the most funny of the five I lie on the bed and cry and wait for God to strike me down Then I realize He cannot strike me down if I am already lying down so I stand up but my knees are too weak and I end up on the floor terrified I really enjoyed The Sisters of Versailles and can't wait for the other two books in the Versailles trilogy

  9. Karina Karina says:

    I enjoyed this first book in the series of 3 It was a fast read full of drama in Versailles France circa mid to late 18th century I LOVE historical fiction and really enjoyed reading this mostly true story account on the four sisters that ended up sleeping with King Louis XV Not one not three but FOUR out of five Imagine all the diseases and immorality floating around in court Yuck Louise the eldest and first to grab the King's attention away from his Polish wife Pauline ambitious and strategic yet the ugliest Diane happy go lucky and optimistic Marie Anne the horrible wretched one that banishes her own sister And Hortense the pious and the most beautiful one that won't let herself be seduced The King is enad with all the Mailly Nesly sisters as he gets bored of each and every one of them He is a cunning man child slut I can just imagine the #METOO campaign surrounding this time SOOO much utter chaos The chapters are each of the sisters speaking their point of view It did have lots of characters so I had to remind myself who was who I learned a lot of this time time period like the woman must be married first before she can start an affair and having a male heir is the only way to keep a house and possessions such as a dowry if the husband were to die suddenly Very fun read Felt like I was reading a rag mag on the Royal French Court

  10. Gretchen Gretchen says:

    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 The Nesle sisters are here to answers all your uestions 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 like Mean GirlsThe story begins with Louise who much like Mean Girls' Cady Heron is horribly naive when it comes to the ways of the French aristocracy as well as the world Louise is dull She has no voice of her own and is perfectly content being pushed around by people with their own agendas Catty princesses and courtiers are constantly calling her names behind her back and to her face Her own sisters are constantly scheming against her The whole time she just accepts it as the way the world works I'm not saying that people like Louise don't really exist It's just that people like Louise make poor heroines Pauline is Versailles' Regina George without the amazing hair She is in charge and does not care who she has to step on including her sisters to get to the top I could not stand Pauline It took incredible amounts of willpower for me not to throw things or skip anything from Pauline's point of view The letters from Pauline at the start of the novel were unbearable It's not that I don't love a good villain like Kate uinn's Lepida in Mistress of Rome but Pauline was just too much Pauline's story arch by itself took two stars away from this reviewSister Diane provided Versailles with its own Karen Smith There were points where Diane made Karen Smith look like Einstein I was hopeful Diane might develop some brains after spending sometime at court Not so much There were points where I felt Diane was actually growing dumber as the novel progressedHortense much like Gretchen Wieners was just there to be another pretty face Hortense just sort of sat there and watched everything going on around her She thought her opinions were important than they actually were Much like Gretchen Wieners nobody really listened to Hortense I hardly even listened to HortenseTo round out the sisters Marie Anne filled a Janis Ian type role Her past made her bitter Marie Anne felt scorned and her sole purpose was revenge By the time Marie Anne's story became the center of the novel I was so fed up with reading I hardly paid attention As hard as she tried not to be like Pauline Marie Anne ended up being a destructive version of Pauline I was leery of this book from chapter one At the start of the novel the reader is presented with five teenage girls I was a teenage girl once I have no desire as an adult to read books told from the perspective of a teenage girl I pushed through the first few chapters of the book hoping the girls would develop and mature as they aged Nope Never happened At several points it was painfully obvious this novel was being told by girls aged 15 18 years of age There was little development Much like Peter Pan these girls never grew up

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