A Prisoner of Versailles, From Darkness to Light Series #2   -     By: Golden Parsons
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A Prisoner of Versailles, From Darkness to Light Series #2

Thomas Nelson / 2009 / Paperback

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Having fled their homeland of France because of the persecution by Louis XIV, the Clavell family seeks refuge in Switzerland. However, the king is not about to let the recently widowed Madeleine, his childhood sweetheart, escape that easily. He sends musketeers to kidnap her and her oldest son, Philippe, holding them captive in his opulent palace. King Louis is suspicious that Philippe could be his son, and he's enraged by the growing affection of one of his courtiers for Madeleine. Will Madeleine escape the king with her life or lose everything that she's fought so hard to keep?

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Format: Paperback
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2009
ISBN: 1595546278
ISBN-13: 9781595546272
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Series: Darkness to Light

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Lavish and Luxurious Versailles

King Louis XIV's burgeoning palace is the place to be--and be seen. And the last place on earth Madeleine wants to be.

She's trapped there as a pampered prisoner. If she stays in France, she'll be forced to deny her faith. By escaping the King's long arm, she may find freedom--but it will cost her everything she holds dear.

Madeleine will need courage, hope, and total faith in God to outmaneuver the Sun King and reach her true destiny--and love--in another country.

Author Bio

Golden Keyes Parsons is the author of the highly acclaimed Darkness to Light series. She's been nominated for several awards, including the ACFW Book of the Year. She and her family live in Texas.

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A Prisoner of Versailles by Golden Keyes Parsons is the second book of a series called Darkness to Light. The protagonist, Madeleine Clavell, is on the run with her Huguenot family in seventeenth-century Switzerland after her estate has been burned and her husband taken prisoner by King Louis XIV, the staunchly Catholic monarch of France. But she is captured and taken to Versailles with her elder son, Philippe, soon after her husband Francois dies from consumption. Madeleine had had a brief affair with Louis as a teenager years earlier, and Louis suspected Phillipe to be his illegitimate son. Even if there are no blood ties, Louis is determined to keep mother and son at Versailles, as he is still in love with Madeleine and wants her as his courtesan.

[Spoiler Alert]A courtier, Pierre Bovee, helps Madeleine cope with her “imprisonment” at Versailles, although he is considered a traitor by the court and is soon whisked away to Bastille prison. With help of a good friend, he manages to escape and, in turn, secures Madeleine’s and Philippe’s escape from Versailles. They return to the cottage in Switzerland, and after a short marriage ceremony to each other, they begin their journey to Holland and, hopefully, to the New World. They know that King Louis’ troops are looking for them, and they must stay the course, hoping that the troops believe that they are heading for Spain.

This is a well-written, fast-paced historical romance that keeps the reader turning pages. It is particularly suitable for Christian women readers, as references to God are plentiful throughout the novel. Madeleine questions God during her stay with the king, and is challenged in her faith as she tries to “play the game” at the court, getting along with the array of people who surround King Louis. Scripture is quoted by Madeleine’s Uncle Jean at the Swiss cottage, giving hope and guidance when he wants to know what happened to her and to Philippe. Giving over to the Lord and what He will do with one’s life is the overall theme of this wonderful story. A Prisoner of Versailles is recommended for all readers, but especially women. – Anita Tiemeyer, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

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  1. Jennifer @ Quiverfullfamily.com
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    September 22, 2010
    Jennifer @ Quiverfullfamily.com
    After being rather disappointed with the debut novel In the Shadow of the Sun King in the Darkness to Light series by Golden Keyes Parson I wasnt in a terrible rush to read the second novel in the trilogy A Prisoner of Versailles. However, I had it on hand, and decided to read my way through the continuing adventures of Madeline Clavell.In many ways, Prisoner offers readers of historical romance more of the same; King Louis XIV is still obsessed with the sassy yet vulnerable (and apparently irresistible) Madeline and will stop at nothing to have her. Its back to Versailles for her as shes torn from her family by force, this time taking her oldest son with her (whom Louis suspects is his own child.)This book is better written than the first, with fewer modernisms interjected into the text (though I did still spot some) and there are even some moments which are genuinely moving emotionally during the first portion of the novel. While there was nothing terribly original here by way of plot, it was still a read that kept me moving through the pages at a fairly good clip as I followed the story line and many adventurous episodes encountered by the Clavells.In any case, I wont be finishing out the trilogy, as I suspect it will be more of the same: a two-dimensional Louis trying to seek out vengeance on the Clavells. Honestly, Ive had enough of that story line, and I dont feel deeply enough for the characters to see them through to the end. Farewell Clavell family!
  2. Linore Rose Burkard
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    April 2, 2010
    Linore Rose Burkard
    Prisoner of Versailles is the second book in the "Darkness to Light" Series by Golden Keyes Parsons, from Thomas Nelson Publishers.I was pleasantly surprised with Prisoner. Although I enjoyed the first book (In the Shadow of the Sun King), this book was better. The story was fast-moving, the heroine was more sympathetic, and there were lots of "King Louis" scenes, which to me make up some of this author's best writing. There was more of a romance, which is always enjoyable, and a bit more character-development of the key players. (The author still has room to grow, here, but it's nice to see how she's already improving.)I have to admit that I'd enjoy more authentic-sounding dialogue, and costume description of the ladies, including the hair styles; not in every word or sentence but a bit more to keep me in the time period. But anyone who enjoys a good historical setting with lots of action (derring-do, musketeers, royal courtiers!) will want to read this book. I was happy to return to it whenever I got the chance, and it has a satisfying ending--along with (happily) the promise of another sequel, which I look forward to.Thanks to Thomas Nelson for providing me with a review copy.
  3. Janna Ryan
    North Platte, NE
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    November 13, 2009
    Janna Ryan
    North Platte, NE
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    The French Hugenots are a piece of history that most people don't know about. During the time of King Louis the XIV, he believed that everyone should be Catholic and the Hugenots were persecuted for their faith. Prisoner of Versilles is the sequel to Shadow of the Sun King and is even more gripping than the first one. Golden Keyes Parsons has created a family that is so real you will feel like you on going on their journey with them. Madeline grew up with the King and they once loved each other, now he wants her back even if its by force. With no regard for her family or home. In book one she travels to Versailles to beg for her family and home in the name of the old days. The King is not convinced and she must flee.Now we follow Madeline as she tries to get her family out of the country and away from the King's reach. She is thwarted and is taken back to Versailles, against her will and with her oldest son. Can she be like Esther and save her family at the cost of herself? Is her son really the heir to the throne?I was completely swept away by this story. The only good thing about this book ending is that I know there will be a third book to come out and I can't wait. Step back into history and walk the pathway of the past as you read this book and fall in love with Madeline's story!
  4. Christy Lockstein
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    November 12, 2009
    Christy Lockstein
    A Prisoner of Versailles by Golden Keyes Parsons is the second book in the Darkness to Light saga about the reign of Louis XIV. Madeleine Clavell and her family thought they had escaped the long arm of the king, until their whereabouts in Geneva are disclosed, and Madeleine and eldest son Philippe are captured and forced to return to Versailles and Louis' control. Pierre Bovee's aid to the Clavell family has also been discovered, placing him in the Bastille and unable to rescue Madeleine. I was thrilled when I first heard about this exciting series that captures the opulent lifestyle of the Sun King along with his persecution of the Hugenots. I am descended from Hugenots (one who served as a bodyguard to Louis' queen and escaped with her help) with the last name of Du Puy, so characters with that name were a bonus for me. Parsons portrays the suffocating voluptuousness of the French court along with its machinations and the need for constant wariness. Madeleine and Pierre's love story is beautifully rendered along with their battle to align their newfound faith with living under the king's thumb. Filled with romance, action, faith, and rich history, this is a terrifically enjoyable read.
  5. Terese Kraus
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    October 16, 2009
    Terese Kraus
    Rich, well-researched historical detail, a compelling plot that keeps you turning the pages, great character development, romance, an inspiring spiritual messagewhat more could you ask for in a historical Christian novel? Golden Keyes Parsons delivers all this and more in her newest release, A PRISONER OF VERSAILLES, which continues to follow the life of Madeleine Clavell and her unique relationship with King Louis XIV of France. Readers were introduced to the saga in N THE SHADOW OF THE SUN KING, and the unpredictable story continues to enchant in this book. Because Parsons is descended from the French Huguenots around whose history the story evolves, the writing is heartfelt and laced with heroes who fled France to avoid religious persecution. This is a strong novel of faith, hope, love and courage under the most difficult of circumstances. Be prepared to be captivated and swept away into the world of 17th century France.
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