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The Back of the Book:  This enthralling confection of a novel, the first in a new trilogy, follows the transformation of a coddled Austrian archduchess into the reckless, powerful, beautiful queen Marie Antoinette.

Why must it be me? I wondered. When I am so clearly inadequate to my destiny?

Raised alongside her numerous brothers and sisters by the formidable empress of Austria, ten-year-old Maria Antonia knew that her idyllic existence would one day be sacrificed to her mother’s political ambitions. What she never anticipated was that the day in question would come so soon.

Before she can journey from sunlit picnics with her sisters in Vienna to the glitter, glamour, and gossip of Versailles, Antonia must change everything about herself in order to be accepted as dauphine of France and the wife of the awkward teenage boy who will one day be Louis XVI. Yet nothing can prepare her for the ingenuity and influence it will take to become queen.

Filled with smart history, treacherous rivalries, lavish clothes, and sparkling jewels, Becoming Marie Antoinette will utterly captivate fiction and history lovers alike.

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NotJustLaura’s Review:  I’m so glad this book is the first in  a trilogy!  It was a pleasure to read and as the end drew near I found I really didn’t want to leave Marie Antoinette behind.  The reader first meets her as she plays with her sister and governess in the grounds of an Austrian palace.  She’s summoned to see her mother, the Austrian Empress, and suddenly everything changes.  Marie Antoinette is to marry the heir to the throne of France where, one day, she will be Queen.  Before this can happen, however, there are many challenges ahead for the young Princess and Ms Grey allows the reader to accompany her every step of the way.

The historical detail in this book is extensive and a reader might argue that telling Marie Antoinette’s story is really just a way for Ms Grey to display her impressive knowledge about the period.  I found the history fascinating and really enjoyed the way she has woven the historical and fictional narratives together to form a fiction based firmly on facts.

I requested my (digital) copy of the book from NetGalley but I will happily pay for the second and third in the series when they become available!


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