Marie Antoinette's final days were heartbreaking. Constantly watched, separated from those she loved, always in fear, hated by the French people, and the deaths and losses of loved ones were things Marie Antoinette had to endure on a daily basis. Marie Antoinette went from the glittering and fascinating dauphine and Queen of France to a heartbroken and tragic woman. In "Confessions of Marie Antoinette", the final novel in the Marie Antoinette trilogy by Juliet Grey, readers will be with Marie Antoinette through every heartbreaking experience and until the very end.
"Confessions of Marie Antoinette" follows the Queen of France's new life. The royal family, particularly Marie Antoinette are loathed by the French people and the French Revolution dooms the queen and those she loves. Locked up in old French castles and constantly watched by those of the new regime in France, Marie Antoinette experiences hatred, loss, and fear. Despite support from allies like her beloved Axel von Fersen, the queen and her family cannot escape their tragic endings. Losing her husband, the king; separated from her children; painted and portrayed as a vile, evil, and scheming woman; and eventually heading to the guillotine to lose her own life never stopped the strength and pride of Marie Antoinette. She came to France a young, pretty, and foolish girl who loved pretty dresses and balls, but left France and the world, a loyal, strong, and proud Queen of France. No one could take away how she developed as a person, not even the French Revolution. "Confessions of Marie Antoinette" is a look at the final chapter in the fascinating French queen's life.
Grey's Marie Antoinette trilogy has been a delight to read. There is not an author out there who portrays Marie Antoinette better than Grey. Grey looks beyond the stereotypical portrayal of the frivolous queen and creates a picture of a devoted wife, a loving mother, and a true friend. Grey especially portrays this in "Confessions of Marie Antoinette". The heartache, the fears, and the tragic end of Marie Antoinette is painstakingly portrayed. Readers' hearts will break as Marie Antoinette and her family's attempt to escape is foiled; when she loses her husband, King Louis to the guillotine; when she is taken from her children and accused of molesting her precious son; and when she finally takes that final walk to her death. This is a heartbreaking and tough read because you will feel Marie Antoinette's pain throughout the entire novel. Don't be surprised if you find yourself sobbing through the final chapters!
Another great part of the novel is Marie Antoinette's relationships with the people in her life from her children, her devoted friends, and most importantly, the two men she loved. Grey does an excellent job portraying the love Marie Antoinette had for her husband King Louis XVI and her lover Axel von Fersen. Grey's portrayal of the steadfast loyalty and protectiveness she had for Louis and the passionate and powerful love she had for Axel is beautiful. Both men were deeply loved by this woman. Grey truly brings both relationships to life in this novel. You'll understand Marie Antoinette's love for both of them.
"Confessions of Marie Antoinette" will be considered one of the best historical fiction novels of 2013 and certainly the best ever on Marie Antoinette. Grey's research, detail, beautiful writing style, and understanding, respect, and love of Marie Antoinette shines through in this novel. The Queen of France has never been given more respect and complexity. Grab a Kleenexl and prepare to disappear into those tragic final days of Marie Antoinette!
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