Marci Jefferson s ENCHANTRESS OF PARIS just released from Thomas
Dunne BooksSt Martin s Press addresses a glaring need in the anoply of historical fiction novels set during the seventeenth BooksSt Martin s Press addresses a glaring need in the anoply of historical fiction novels set during the seventeenth and specifically in France The French Revolution and two World Wars draw the lion s share of interest from authors and readers interested in France huge swaths of fascinating history from earlier eras remain virtually untouched Tapping into this treasure trove Jefferson reanimates the Confronting Capitalism: Real Solutions for a Troubled Economic System personalities and intrigue of the court of Louis XIV the Sun King With an energetic skillful flair she examines the relationship between Marie Mancini the defiant niece of theowerful Cardinal Mazarin and young Louis who wishes despite all expectations to marry her Based on Marie s own memoirs Jefferson s captivating novel sparkles like the diamonds that grace the beautiful Mazarinette s neckOne of five daughters of Cardinal Mazarin s sister Marie has spent most of her life secluded in convents in order to The Dominican Intervention protect her family solitical and "social aspirations from the threat she embodies Born under an evil star " aspirations from the threat she embodies Born under an evil star is Elusive Equality: Women's Rights, Public Policy, and the Law predicted to disgrace her family in a way no woman had ever done before Summoned to thealace bid farewell to her dying mother Marie catches the eye of the serious young king whose face mirrors her own loneliness She wins Louis away from her sister Olympia his current mistress and by The Clairmont Correspondence: Letters of Claire Clairmont, Charles Clairmont, and Fanny Imlay Godwin, 1808-1879 promising to bend the king to her uncle s will gains her freedom from the convent Marie s fierce love inspires Louis with a confidence he has never felt she encourages him to escape his dependence on Mazarin and act as king in his own right Disgusted by Mazarin s brazen abuse ofower and threatened by his unrestrained hostility Marie searches for ways to thwart her uncle s designs Mazarin s American Physicians in the Nineteenth Century: From Sects to Science political hopes center on aeace treaty with Spain that reuires Louis to marry the Spanish Neighboring Lives princess Desperate to save her future Marie searches forroof of the long ago affair between Mazarin and the ueen mother that resulted in Louis s birth and turns to the very black arts that rophesied her downfall Will her efforts assure her marriage to the king or force her to forsake him Dare Louis ignore the needs of his nation to satisfy the desires of his heartAlthough at times the focus on the royal romance threatens to overwhelm the novel s lot the intriguingly unfamiliar history and strong characterizations counter this danger By examining the early years of Louis s reign Jefferson humanizes a king who later came to epitomize the absolute monarch revealing a tender vulnerability that succumbs to both Mazarin s control and Marie s influence By embracing the ossibility that Louis is in fact Mazarin s son a theory recently suggested by historians Jefferson rovides a motivation for Mazarin s scheming and the means for his undoing Finally by casting Marie as a Mazarinette one of the bevy of sisters and cousins the Cardinal exploits to further his own schemes Jefferson cleverly justifies Marie s audacious behavior Nieces of an exceptional man the Mazarinettes all exhibit extraordinary tendencies and lead unconventional lives Marie s boldness unusual in a young woman of that era rings true in the context of her family and her upbringing Forced to rely on no one but herself if she hopes to change her destiny Marie inspires Louis to look within for the courage he needs to transform from obedient son to authentic king and make her his bride in the rocessIn the vein of 2014 s GIRL ON THE GOLD COIN several of whose characters make cameo appearances here ENCHANTRESS OF PARIS spotlights a strong spirited woman who rebels against those who would sacrifice her for their own gain a woman who determined to direct the course of her own life stands to alter the course of a nation Shining light into the darkest corners of the Sun King s glittering court ENCHANTRESS OF PARIS examines whether love grit and will can indeed revise what is written in the stars Having read and loved Marci Jefferson s Girl on a Golden Coin I eagerly awaited the tale of Marie Mancini in her latest novel The Enchantress of Paris The court of Louis XIV is rife with intriguing ersonalities like Cardinal Mazarin and the king s many mistresses but I knew very little about Marie or her sisters And while none of the Manzini girls donned armor they did remind me of GOT s Sand Snakes from Dorne What I loved most throughout the story was the Jefferson wasn t afraid to follow history and really break Marie s heart and the reader s several times For history buffs this is a uniue look at Louis XIV just as he s beginning to become the Sun King moving out of the shadows of his mother and ministers before Versailles the red high heels and towering wigs Although he does dance the ballet as Apollo in true Louis fashionPS I also laughed aloud the reference to Frances Stuart the heroine of Girl on the Golden Coin toward the end Definitely a fun insider joke There s lots of historical fiction out there about women who sleep with kings Marci Jefferson is interested in women who turn kings down and it makes for such a refreshing change Her debut novel Girl on the Golden Coin a book I was very happy to blurb st. Fraught with conspiracy and assion the Sun King's opulent court is brought to vivid life in this captivating tale about a woman whose love was owerful than magicThe alignment of the stars at Marie Mancini's birth warned that although she would be gifted at divination she was destined to disgrace her family Ignoring the dark warnings of his sister and astrologers Cardinal Mazarin brings his niece to the French court where the forbidden occult. ,
Arred Frances Stuart a woman who turned down not just one but several kings and Enchantress of Paris continues the theme with Marie Mancini a beauty of the French court who it could be argued turned a young Louis XIV into the owerhouse monarch he became later in life Marie makes a refreshing heroine unwilling as she is to sacrifice independence or self respect even for the love of a king and her little band of beautiful occult minded sisters are all interesting enough to star in books of their own Recommended This review was written for The Review DiariesYou can read the full review hereHuge thanks to Netgalley and St Martin s PressThomas Dunne Books for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest reviewI love a well written historical novel that allows me to immerse myself in another country or time but sadly they can often be a little bit hit and miss with historical accuracy language or detailing so I m always hesitant when starting a new historical novel as
to what I might actually get Luckily Enchantress of Paris waswhat I might actually get Luckily Enchantress of Paris was of those rare stunningly written and researched novels that swept me up and away into the early days of the court of the Sun King Louis XIVThis novel was a sumptuous treat offering a Iwo Jima: Legacy of Valor peep hole into France in the mid 1600s The food the balls the clothes the revelry and scandal it s all there bea This novel was wonderful I have read Marci Jefferson s other novel and fell in love with her writing style This book was full of romanceower struggles and of course rich historic details I felt like I was actually in the French court seeing all the beautiful dresses and dancesI loved Marieshe started out a little naive but not annoyingly so and grew into this smart strong intelligent cunning woman I thought she made the best choice that she could in the end and it was the Pharmacology Success: A QA Review Applying Critical Thinking to Test Taking perfect way to end their love storyThe King was charming and easily likable as the romantic interest I thought he was appropriately idealistic and hopeful that he would actually get a choice in his life but when met with reality his character responded appropriatelyTheir relationship I d been dying to get my hands on this book solely because I adored Jefferson s debut novel Girl on the Golden Coin And while I loved that book I think I might love this one It has another charming convincing heroine whose voice sealed my adoration from the firstage evocative historical details and a dramatic Mencari Bening Mata Air plot that made me race to the lastageSet during the reign of the young Louis XIV the titular enchantress is Marie Mancini an Italian noblewoman and niece of the The Anatomy of Monsters: Volume I powerful Cardinal Mazarin She and her beautiful sisters are better known as the Mazarinettes for their obedience to their ambitious uncle who is the closeersonal adviser to King LouisMazarin has no ualms about throwing his nieces into the king s arms to keep the monarch s attention and Marie s older "Sister Olympia Is Louis Current Mistress But " Olympia is Louis current mistress But and Louis have an immediate intense connection and Mazarin doesn t hesitate to encourage Marie s relationship with Louis when Olympia becomes This Difficult Individual Ezra Pound pregnant But Mazarin doesn t count on the trueassion between Marie and Louis nor Marie s intense desire to free the young monarch from her uncle s clutchesAs with Jefferson s debut it s the heroine that so seduces me and in this case Marie clever smitten and conflicted won me immediately She s from an intensely ambitious family and has no delusions about the expectations of herself and her sisters yet in Jefferson s hands Marie manages to hold onto youthful wistfulness optimism and naivete I was so caught up in Marie s dream that found myself hoping Jefferson managed to change history to give Marie her happy endingThere s a complicated swirl of Handling Nerves - A Presentation Skills Toolkit (Aspire Leadership Toolkit) plot surrounding Marie and Louis war with Spain the Mancini s family connection to witchcraft and astrology marriage contracts and other noble concerns and Jefferson manages to make these elements effortlessly connect without bogging down the story and narrative flow And even with the strong romantic thread in the novel Marie s story is really that of freedom from her uncle s tyranny from imprisonment in a convent or a forced marriage and coming of age when one s value was assigned not seenThis is a Top Ten of 2015 read for me and cinches my status as a Marci Jefferson fangirl Francophiles and fans of royal hist fic get this immediately For anyone wanting a splashy summer read enjoy this one on the beacherhaps with a few macarons Find this and other reviews at got excited about Marci Jefferson s Enchantress of Paris the moment I learned its release date I d fallen in love with Girl on the Golden Coin A Novel of Frances Stuart in 2013 and had high hopes for the author s sopho release I knew nothing about Marie Mancini or Cardinal Mazarin but I was excited at the Kokuhaku Confession prospect and eagerly anticipated watching the unfamiliar story unfold under Jefferson senDid the book live up to my expectations Yes and no There were a lot of things I loved about the story but I d be lying if I didn t admit the time I spent with this Roula Rouge: Roman particular narrative left mixed impressions in its wakeLike many of my fellow reviewers I fell for Jefferson s heroine Marie is intell. Arts thrive in secret In France Marie learns her uncle has become theower behind the throne by using her sister Olympia to hold the Sun King Louis XIV in thrallDesperate to avoid her mother's dying wish that she spend her life in a convent Marie burns her grimoire trading Italian superstitions for Jimsy: The Christmas Kid (1915) polite sophistication But as her star rises King Louis becomes enchanted by Marie's charm Sensing a chance to grasp even greater glory Cardinal Maz. Igentassionate romantic and tenacious but my favorite aspect of her being is
*that she is *she is This is a seventeenth century woman but the flaws Jefferson incorporated in her characterization make Louis mistress empathetic engaging and relatable I ve not spent much time on fictional accounts of the Sun King but I thought Jefferson s interpretation of Louis XIV eually noteworthy Young and idealistic he is DEAD ASTERN portrayed as a monarch still growing into the duties and responsibilities of hisosition He is unsure of himself and easily manipulated but his growing confidence endears him to the reader and gives them reason to overlook or at least accept his Our Land Before We Die personal shortcomingsI enjoyed theolitics Jefferson folded into the narrative as well as the social drama experienced
by her cast I felt the multiple allegiances rivalries and ambitions depicted within these ages authentically convoluted and appreciated theher cast I felt the multiple allegiances rivalries and ambitions depicted within these ages authentically convoluted and appreciated the that
went into crafting such a tangled web ofinto crafting such a tangled web of and Hummingbird purpose I also thought the novel convincingly atmospheric and savored the descriptive details scattered throughout Marie s storyThat said there were several elements I thought might have been stronger if they d been fully developed I liked the ambiguity of the magic depicted within theseages but I was disappointed at how thoroughly the theme faded as the story Beyond Identity Politics: Feminism, Power and Politics progressed Marie s maid Morena fascinated me but her character arc ultimately felt incomplete unfinished and fragmentary in my eyesOlympia Hortense and Marianne boasted similarotential but despite their fascinating and controversial legacies the trials of Marie s sisters go virtually unacknowledged Don t misunderstand I truly adore the story as written but I couldn t help wishing she d spotlighted the girls as Perinot did Marguerite and Eleanor in Sister ueens or uinn did Cornelia Lollia Diana and Marcella in Daughters of RomeDo I regret the time I spent on Enchantress of Paris Hardly Jefferson is a gifted storyteller and I adore the fiction she crafted I believe could have been done with the material but I ve no complaints of what appears within these ages and look forward to her next release Although I ve certainly read about Louis XIV s other mistresses I had no idea that the young king had once been so enad of The Mancini sisters nieces to owerful Cardinal Mazarin were brought from Italy to France to marry advantageously They were known at the court of Sun King Louis XIV as the Mazarinettes Some historians believe she Marie Mancini was the one true love of his Sun King life This is their love storyMarie Mancini inherits her Das alte Haus passion for astrology from her father She composes her own healing spells records her father s magical uses for herbs studies how to summon angels That s the kind of knowledge she shouldn tossess especially when having a cardinal for an uncleParis 1656 With her father long gone and now with her mother near death Marie is told she needs to go back to convent and become a nun due to her being headstrong and having gift for divination That s not the news she welcomesMeanwhile she catches the king s eyeShe becomes loyal and honest to one La Folle de Chaillot person only The story isropelled by Cardinal Mazarin s manipulations of the young king by using his nieces to secure alliances that would bring France Ducking for Apples peace new lands and riches And above all make himowerful and rich The theory that Cardinal Mazarin was the Sun King s biological father is debated by historians He conspired with the ueen motherCardinal s Safe Enough to Soar portrayal is very vivid He is clever and cunning His skill at exploitation is boundless He bestows favors with self seeking motives Louis XIV became king at young age His mother became Regent of France nominating Cardinal Mazarin as her chief minister Louis needed help in ruling thus he leaned heavily on cardinal s recommendations whose goal was torove to the French How to Think Like a Great Graphic Designer people that King Louis was strong in all ways He must keep their admiration and faith Marie represents a strong woman who takes destiny into her own hands When making her own she had to consider between bringingeace to the French Caravaggio. people or the turmoil of wars and suffering as a result And in her relationship with the king she didn t want to degrade herself eitherAll Mancini sisters became inspiration for other women throughout Europe defending and liberating themselves A touchingortrayal of a love story and what Cases in Marketing Management perhaps stood between them the difference in bloodlines him being of royal blood and her being of noble blood Her being seen by some as too low born for the king But above allrobably the biggest Handgestenerkennung im Interaktionsszenario problem was the king being so outmaneuvered that at the end he was not able to make his own decision This story is woven with beautifulrose bringing historical figures who inspire us with their stories Stories which are vividly The Emperor's Club presented in this novel Novel of intrigue and love After thoroughly enjoying Marci Jefferson s debut Girl on the Golden Coin A Novel of Frances Stuart I couldn t wait to get my hands on Enchantress of Paris I ve read a few novels about the Sun King s court but they all tooklace a bit later in his life after Marie Mancini was out of the Petain: Verdun to Vichy picture so I knew nothing abo. Arinits the sisters against each other showering Marie with diamonds and silks in exchange for bending King Louis to his willDisgusted by Mazarin's ruthlessness Marie rebels She sacrifices everything but exposing Mazarin's deepest secret threatens to tear France apart When even King Louis's love fails to Písně Vrbovýho proutku protect Marie she must summon her forbiddenowers of divination to shield her family Factory of Tears protect France and help the Sun King fulfill his desti.