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Posted September 13, 2012
Lush and decative
When you pick up one of Karleen Koen's novels, be prepared to be immersed in rich storytelling, lush descriptions, and enthralling characters. BEFORE VERSAILLES is a novel about the rise of King Louis XIV of France with its decadent court, convoluted routines and traditions, and sumptuous surroundings.
Behind such a lush backdrop, life is not as easy as it seems. Civil war, ambitious men and women, and malicious dangers lurk in life and death power plays. True life characters such as Anne of Austria and Catherine of Monaco are brought to life with vivid depiction.
At the heart of the story is Louise de la Baume le Blanc who comes to court as a naive, shy maid of honor. Soon, she finds herself embroidered in court intrigues. When she accidently comes across a boy wearing an iron mask, she has no idea that her desire to uncover his identity will set her on a course that will shock the country and upset the royal court.
Rich descriptions of clothing and décor at the illustrious Fountainbleu provide a vivid feast as the reader progresses through the novel. There is a large cast of characters, and plenty of conflict to hold the reader’s interest. Musketeers, royal and noble persons, cardinals, drama, mystery, and love are blended together in this story of epic proportions that will keep readers highly entertained for hours.
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Posted December 29, 2012
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