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!
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.
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!
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.