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To Dance with Kings

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  • Posted January 19, 2011

    Loved it

    This is such a compelling novel. As you experience the lives of the four women, your heart aches and rejoices with them. Laker is one of my favorite authors because of the depth she gives both to her characters and to their surroundings. She paints the scenes beautifully. LOVE, LOVE LOVE it!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 5, 2009

    Great historical fiction

    I loved the book. The story line and characters were great and it was an easy read. Anyone who loves historical fiction will love this book!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 30, 2008

    brilliant....

    this book was absolutley amazing...words cannot fully express how much i enjoyed reading this.<BR/>Dancing With Kings touched on literally everything : love, hate, jealousy, battle, sex....<BR/>A must read! ^.^

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2012

    Love this author

    I found a tattered copy of "Golden Tulip" while deployed in the gulf 2003. I loved it and now I have read almost everything she has written. The stories take you in and you feel like you know the charcters. You have hope for them and cry with them. Truely a marvolous story teller. Beware though you may not beable to put them down!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2008

    Review by Mirella Patzer - Historical Fiction Author

    Jeanne Dremont lives in the shadow of the palace of Versailles. As she lays giving birth to her daughter, a group of drunken young noblemen make their way into her home and witness the birth of her daughter, Marguerite. One picks up the baby and promises to return to her one day. Jeanne believes this is pure destiny. She is certain that Marguerite will one day belong to him. When Marguerite comes of age, the young nobleman returns and Jeanne arranges for her to become his mistress. But the country is plagued by religious turmoil and he is forced to flee the country without Marguerite. Marguerite soon meets and marries Laurent, an architect to the King. She bears him a daughter named Jasmin. Laurent loves Jasmin, his only child, and there is nothing that he can deny her. Raised in the proximity to the palace, Jasmin ultimately meets the new young King of France. A mutual friendship develops between them. Their closeness comes to the attention of the Deputy Ruler. He forces her to marry a dishonored courtier named Sabatin. e two are banished from court and from Versaille to a secluded country home. Sabatin is a dark, morose, angry man who blames Jasmin. He is a cruel man who treats her badly and rapes her regularly. Even worse, he keeps her in seclusion, forbiddng any contact between Jasmin and her parents. Years pass and in desperation, Marguerite and Laurent send a painter to her home in the country. Love soon blossoms. The painter cannot stay forever, and he soon must part. Unbeknownst to him, Jasmin is pregnant. Fearful for the life of the baby she carries, she keeps the pregnancy secret from Sabatin. When Jasmin gives birth to a daughter, she sends the child to a a family who lives in the country a comfortable distance away. Violette grows into a beautiful young woman, angry at Jasmin for depriving her of a more prominent life. Sabatin dies and Jasmin rushes to reclaim her daughter, but Violette has run away from home. Jasmin seeks her daughter, but never finds her. Years thereafter, Jasmin¿s banishment is lifted and she is permitted to return to Versaille once more where she finally reunites with her lost daughter, now a woman grown. Violette has not led an easy life. After a trail of abuse, she became mistress to the king and bore him a child. The King arranged for her to marry an Austrian nobleman, but her new husband refused to accept her baby who she has named Rose. As a last resort, Violette seeks out her mother to hand the child over to her to raise. Under the loving care of her grandmother, Rose lives a contented life. At the tender age of sixteen, she is commanded to become lady-in-waiting to the new queen, Marie Antoinette. She learns that it was her late father who arranged this for her. When she learns the secret of her true parentage, she blames her grandmother. Four generations of women live and dance in the shadow of the palace of Versailles. It is an intricately told tale starting with the creation and splendors of the French court and culminating with the turbulence of the French Revolution. The novel is a testament to historical detail and a tribute to the brilliance of author, Rosalind Laker.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2008

    great historical fiction

    romantic and fast paced. highly recommend

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Great historical fiction

    In 1664 in the tiny village of Versailles, Jeanne Dremont, a peasant fan-maker, gives birth to her only child, whom she called Marguerite. Witnessing the birth is Augustin, a not quite twenty drunken aristocrat, who was actually coming to pay his respects along with his comrades like much of the French aristocracy to King Louis XIV. Excited by what he observed, he vows to come back for newborn Marguerite when she turns seventeen.--------------- The Sun King¿s court accepts Marguerite as one of them, which leads to her daughter Jasmin being raised in affluence and privilege as a favorite on the monarch. Her daughter Violette enjoys the wastrel lifestyle that proves the descendents of that fan maker have come a long way from their peasant mud. However, all of whatthese generations of women have achieved will implode when Violette¿s daughter Rose becomes a lady-in-waiting to Marie Antoinette. ---------------------- This historical saga follows four generations of women as each rises a bit higher from their peasant roots only to find everything gone once the Revolution began. The entreating sweeping storyline chronologically focuses on each of the femmes enabling the audience to obtain deep insight into a century and a quarter France prior to and during the Revolution. Historical fiction readers will want to dance with Rosalind Laker as she provides a compelling drama that vividly showcases late seventeenth and eighteenth France through a strong cast.------------------ Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2012

    Kp tx

    Absolutely wonderful. I throughly enjoyed the author's developement of each of the main characters. I found myself sad when the book ended. Definetly recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2012

    Nadia

    Was fantastic!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2012

    Page Turner

    I have read this book at least once a year since I purchased in hard back form. It is a tale of love, betrayal, rebirth and death. I have always enjoyed this story and will continue to reread it. You will experience a whole range of emotions reading this which makes it a great exercise for your imagination.

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  • Posted August 7, 2011

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    I liked it, but not sure why...

    Romantic historical fiction. Very entertaining for a light (yet sappy) read.

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  • Posted December 16, 2009

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    Vive la France. A great Book!

    Loved it as I always do love Rosalind Laker books. Having been to Versailles I fully appreciated the background and really enjoyed reading it.

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