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Friday, April 11, 2014

Friday 56 #18


This is a fun meme to do hosted by Freda's Voice If you'd like to join on the fun go to The Friday 56 

 Rules:
 
 *Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
*Find any sentence that grabs you.
*Post it.
*Link it.
 
The Shadow Queen: A Novel
 
Summary:
 
From the author of the beloved Josephine B. Trilogy, comes a spellbinding novel inspired by the true story of a young woman who rises from poverty to become confidante to the most powerful, provocative and dangerous woman in the 17th century French court: the mistress of the charismatic Sun King.

1660, Paris

Claudette’s life is like an ever-revolving stage set. From an impoverished childhood wandering the French countryside with her family’s acting troupe, Claudette finally witnesses her mother's astonishing rise to stardom in Parisian theaters. Working with playwrights Corneille, Molière and Racine, Claudette’s life is culturally rich, but like all in the theatrical world at the time, she's socially scorned.

A series of chance encounters gradually pull Claudette into the alluring orbit of Athénaïs de Montespan, mistress to Louis XIV and reigning "Shadow Queen." Needing someone to safeguard her secrets, Athénaïs offers to hire Claudette as her personal attendant.

Enticed by the promise of riches and respectability, Claudette leaves the world of the theater only to find that court is very much like a stage, with outward shows of loyalty masking more devious intentions. This parallel is not lost on Athénaïs, who fears political enemies are plotting her ruin as young courtesans angle to take the coveted spot in the king's bed.

Indeed, Claudette's "reputable" new position is marked by spying, illicit trysts and titanic power struggles. As Athénaïs, becomes ever more desperate to hold onto the King's favor, innocent love charms move into the realm of deadly Black Magic, and Claudette is forced to consider a move that will put her own life—and the family she loves so dearly—at risk.

Set against the gilded opulence of a newly-constructed Versailles and the War of Theaters, THE SHADOW QUEEN is a seductive, gripping novel about the lure of wealth, the illusion of power, and the increasingly uneasy relationship between two strong-willed women whose actions could shape the future of France.
Summary & Cover taken from Goodreads.com
Length: 336 pages (Hardcover)
Publication Date: April 8th 2014 by Doubleday (first published March 1st 2014)            
 
My 56:
 
Days later, I woke to bells ringing. I fumbled open the shutters. The morning light was bright,
 the air cutting and cold. And there, far below, was the street, it's cobbles dislodged.
A muddy boat sat stranded.
 

 
What's Your Friday 56?
 
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4 comments:

  1. Leave a lot to the imagination!!
    Happy weekend!

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  2. Very open ended that 56. And that cover makes you go HMM!

    Kris@IMR

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  3. Wonderful 56! It sounds good to me!

    Here is my post!

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  4. Is this book based on a real person that existed? i am intrigued. Here are my Friday 56 and Book Beginning quotes: Anne@My Head is Full of Books

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