Blog Tour & Giveaway: “The Enemies of Versailles” by Sally Christie

The Enemies of Versailles is the third book in Sally Christie’s Mistresses of Versailles trilogy. But don’t worry–you don’t have to read either of the previous books to be able to understand this one. Each book in the series focuses on a different mistress of Louis XV of France, and their stories are fascinating. The EnemiesRead more

“Masks and Shadows” by Stephanie Burgis

Masks and Shadows is a historical fantasy novel set in Hungary in the 1770s.  The Hapsburgs currently reign, but there is constant court intrigue as scheming courtiers try to shift the balance of power.  The novel opens as Charlotte von Steinbeck, the newly widowed sister of Prince Nikolaus’ mistress, arrives at Eszterhaza.  Charlotte is prim andRead more

“The Rivals of Versailles” by Sally Christie

It’s 1745, right after the events of The Sisters of Versailles, and Louis XV is in need of a new mistress. Jeanette Poisson, much later known as Madame Pompadour, is a young girl, and a gypsy fortune-teller promises that she will one day be lover to a king.  Although her mother tries to prepare her forRead more

Review and Giveaway: “Mistress of the Court” by Laura Purcell

Mistress of the Court by Laura Purcell is a historical fiction novel about the Hanoverian monarchy.  The protagonist, Henrietta Howard, is trapped in an abusive marriage, and sees entering court as a way to escape her tyrannical husband.  She sells her few possessions for a ticket to Hanover, where she is accepted into princess Caroline’sRead more

“Lenin’s Mistress: The Life of Inessa Armand” by Michael Pearson

Inessa Armand is a fascinating historical figure.  She is most famous for her role as Lenin’s mistress, but was quite remarkable in her own right.  She lived during the late 1800s-early 1900s, at a time when women had few rights and little social mobility.  However, instead of living with that role, Inessa had an openRead more