Review and Giveaway! "Before Versailles"

"Before Versailles"
by Karleen Koen

Publisher: Crown
Release Date: June 28, 2011 
Source: sent by publisher and TLC Book Tours

My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Summary from

New York Times bestselling author Karleen Koen offers another delightful historical novel that will transport you to another time and place.

Before Versailles is the luscious, sweeping story of the young Louis XIV in his first year as king of France. Told in the alternating perspectives of the young king and his first love, the woman who would become his mistress, Karleen Koen's newest weaves a portrait of court and country in turmoil with the legends of this colorful period in history, including that of the mysterious man in the iron mask.

My Review:

There is a lot going on in this book! There's almost not enough time to even grasp everything. I can see this being the next historical series on cable. There's enough scandal and drama in this book for at least three or four seasons.

I really liked Louise from the start. She was so genuinely caring. I might have enjoyed the book more if it had really narrowed its focus down to Louise at court. But there were so many other storylines going on as well, I found myself waiting until Louise showed up again.

I was so intrigued by the bits and pieces of story about the man (boy) in the iron mask. I've always been interested in that story, but again, I didn't feel like there was really enough about his story. I was anxiously reading page after page awaiting the next bit of his story to develop.

I liked that the book was scandalous but it never took things too far. The scandal never got too graphic. The descriptions of court and the exquisite fashions were described in great detail.

Main Characters: 4/5
Supporting Characters: 4/5

Setting: 4/5

Romance: 3/5

Uniqueness: 4/5
Cover: 3/5
Writing: 4/5

Bottom Line: This is a very interesting book if you have the time and energy to invest in so many different stories at once.


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  1. I've been dying to read this. Karleen Koen is one of my favorite historical fiction authors. Thanks for the review!

  2. Great review.
    I'm curious about the drama now :)
    (not an entry)

  3. I so want to read this!! Thanks for the giveaway!


  4. I would love to read it, it sounds really good.
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  5. Have you googled what happens next? poor Louise :(

  6. This one sounds like a must-read.

  7. Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. Fab review. I am curious about the man in the iron mask.

    Thanks for the giveaway!


  9. I just started getting into more historical reads, this sounds right up my alley

  10. I could definitely see this one as a cable drama - you are so right on that!

    Thanks for being a part of the tour.

  11. gfc follower
    love historical fiction

  12. Oooh! I like that special attention was given to fashion. I love dresses from this time period!


  13. This is on my wishlist, would love to read it!!!!

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  16. I cannot wait to read this book! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity. I am a GFC follower (Colleen Turner).

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  18. great giveaway
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  19. I would love to receive this book!! I have been wanting to read it!

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  21. Thanks for the giveaway! I've been looking forward to this one for several weeks now and would love to get a chance to read it!

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  25. This one sounds great! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  27. I cannot wait to read this book! I am a GFC follower (Colleen Turner).


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