Review and @Giveaway: The Enemies of Versailles by Sally Christie


The Enemies of Versailles
by Sally Christie

Publication Date: March 21, 2017
Atria Books
eBook & Paperback; 416 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
Series: The Mistresses of Versailles, Book Three

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In the final installment of Sally Christie’s “tantalizing” (New York Daily News) Mistresses of Versailles trilogy, Jeanne Becu, a woman of astounding beauty but humble birth, works her way from the grimy back streets of Paris to the palace of Versailles, where the aging King Louis XV has become a jaded and bitter old philanderer. Jeanne bursts into his life and, as the Comtesse du Barry, quickly becomes his official mistress.

“That beastly bourgeois Pompadour was one thing; a common prostitute is quite another kettle of fish.”

After decades of suffering the King's endless stream of Royal Favorites, the princesses of the Court have reached a breaking point. Horrified that he would bring the lowborn Comtesse du Barry into the hallowed halls of Versailles, Louis XV’s daughters, led by the indomitable Madame Adelaide, vow eternal enmity and enlist the young dauphiness Marie Antoinette in their fight against the new mistress. But as tensions rise and the French Revolution draws closer, a prostitute in the palace soon becomes the least of the nobility’s concerns.

Told in Christie’s witty and engaging style, the final book in The Mistresses of Versailles trilogy will delight and entrance fans as it once again brings to life the sumptuous and cruel world of eighteenth century Versailles, and France as it approaches irrevocable change.

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My Thoughts

The Enemies of Versailles by Sally Christie is the third book in the Mistresses on Versailles trilogy. The trilogy focuses on the lovers of King Louis XV. The first book, The Sisters of Versailles, explores King Louis relationships with the sisters: Louise, Pauline, Diane, Hortense, and Marie-Anne. The second book, The Rivals of Versailles, Marie-Anne is threatened when the king is enamored by Marquise de Pompadour. And, of course, court life is never easy with all the scheming politicians and social climbers. Trying to keep the king interested is a full-time job.

I was anxious yet excited to read the third book in this series after coming such a long way with King Louis XV. King Louis is saddened after the death of Madame Pompadour. He's lonely and in want of company. Jeanne Becu is thrown into his path, and he's quickly overcome by her beauty. Jeanne becomes the king's lover, but she has a dubious past as a prostitute. The king's daughter, Adelaide, with the help of her sisters tries to persuade the king not to pollute the palace with a common prostitute. They even enlist the help of their nephew's new bride, Marie Antoinette, to help them.

The Enemies of Versailles follows Jeanne Becu's life from childhood all the way to the French Revolution. While she really doesn't even compare to the Pompadour, she has a sort of innocence and naivety that appeal to the king. The characters in this book are as fascinating as the turbulent historical time period in which it takes place. The Mistresses of Versailles is historical fiction at its best. 

Praise for The Sisters of Versailles

“Such an extraordinary tale makes for compelling reading and, as the lead book in a planned trilogy, will draw in readers who are interested in royal lives before the French Revolution….historical fiction fans, unfamiliar with the history of the Nesle sisters, will be intrigued.” (Library Journal)

"Sally Christie's The Sisters of Versailles is an intriguing romp through Louis XV's France. Filled with lush backdrops, rich detail, and colorful characters, fans of historical fiction will enjoy this glimpse into the lost golden era of the French monarchy." (Allison Pataki, author of THE ACCIDENTAL EMPRESS )

“A stunning breadth of period detail, offered in a fresh, contemporary voice.” (Juliet Grey, author of the acclaimed Marie Antoinette trilogy )

“Tantalizing descriptions and cliff-hangers will leave the reader rapidly turning the pages in anticipation… A wickedly delightful read.” (New York Daily News)

03_sally-christie_authorAbout the Author

Sally Christie is the author of The Sisters of Versailles and The Rivals of Versailles. She was born in England and grew up around the world, attending eight schools in three different languages. She spent most of her career working in international development and currently lives in Toronto.

Visit to find out more about Sally and the Mistresses of Versailles trilogy.

You can also find her on Facebook, Goodreads, and Amazon.

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