Reviewer: Amy Lignor
Title: A Prisoner of Versailles
Author: Golden Keyes Parsons
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: September 2009
Genre/Sub-genre: Inspirational Historical
Year/Setting: Versailles, The reign of King Louis XIV
Overall Rating: 3.5
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle/Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None/Mild
Violent Content Rating: Minimal/Moderate
Golden's Website: www.goldenkeyesparsons.com
Bodice rippers are not for me. Romance authors with names like Golden are usually never for me. But, I’m lucky. Yes, I meant lucky. I read Book I of the Darkness to Light Series a while back and loved it.
Unlike most of these books, where it’s all about the flirty, fru-fru women who seek their knights in shining armor, this has a female protagonist who’s sick and tired of being told what to do, where to be, and how to dress. Her name is Madeleine Clavell, and she knows how to play the game.
In the first novel, she’s married with children and their rescuer is, Pierre, who falls so deeply in love with Madeleine, and finds God in his soul, that he completely defies his orders to give her to the King. Instead, he saved the family and helped them with their plans to escape to America.
In the first pages of Book II, Madeleine’s husband falls ill and passes away. She and Pierre can be together and take the children to America as fast as they can. Unfortunately, the King sends more guards out to track her down and she’s taken back to Louis, anyway. Pierre, too, must return to the kingdom like nothing has ever happened, and bury the feelings he has for Madeleine deep - so that the King can not see the truth.
Madeleine is not some random woman, by the way. She and the King were in love when they were children - way before he took the throne - and Louis just can’t deal with the fact that Madeleine left him. She is his and he wants her by his side as his mistress. He will stop at nothing to have her. Madeleine, with Pierre’s help - as well as his best friend, Robert - must find a way to escape the world of Versailles, before her oldest son is taken in by the elegance and wealth of the Court.
Is this formulaic? Sure. But in a good way. The descriptions of Versailles are beautiful. The costumes, the flowers, the gardens, the monarchy - the author does her homework. I do remember Madeleine. She stands out, which makes this romance series a more than readable gift.
Until Next Time, Amy
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