Theres something about the writing of Golden Keyes Parsons that speaks deep to my soul. Her journeys through history never fail to leave me in a cathartic pool of tears. Her new release, Prisoner of Versailles, was certainly no exception. Prisoner of Versailles is the second in the Darkness to Light trilogy, and like its predecessor, In the Shadow of the Sun King, takes place in the majestic court of Louis XIV. I have to admit, I love all things French. I had the pleasure of visiting Versailles last year, and these books sweep me right back to the grandeur and elegance of the palace. In this second installment the beautiful Madeleine and her eldest son, Phillipe, are imprisoned within the glamorous walls of Versailles. Outmaneuvered my the magnificent sun king who wants her for his own, and convinced that God has abandoned her, Madeline feels she has no option but to turn to her own plans and save her family. This story is filled with dashing heroes, intriguing history, and thrilling adventure.The book is also rich in spiritual depth. Perhaps the most important message is that even when we give up on God, He still never gives up on us. I adored the way Gods mercy and grace chased after Madeleine. I look forward to the next novel of the Darkness to Light saga coming next year.
Between the compelling premise--a woman pursued by the King of France, the vivid descriptions, and the intriguing plot, I found A Prisoner of Versailles an even better read than the first book in the series, In The Shadow Of A Sun King which is up for Book Of The Year! To me, the back cover copy captured the essence of this book--Will Madeleine escape the king with her life, or will she lose everything that she's fought to keep? This is a must read for every historical reader.
Prisoner of Versailles is a great read. I couldn't put the book down. I seriously was reading it every chance I could. Golden does a fabulous job of bringing you to the court of Louis XIV and the city of Versailles. You feel as if you are experiencing the exciting court life full of courtiers, double talk, glamour and glitter.Madeleine is finally safe and happy. With Pierre's daring rescue of Francois, she is reunited with her husband and out of France and in the safety of Switzerland. But not for long. King Louis XIV's long arm extends all the way to Geneva and she and her oldest son, Philippe, are kidnapped and brought back to the glitter of court life and the king.King Louis suspects that Philippe is his son. Madeleine must play the game in court life and convince the King that he is not Philippe's father so that he will let them go. Anyone can look at the boy and know that Francois is his father. But Louis isn't interested in the truth about Madeleine's son. He has other ideas and longs to have the same relationship with Madeleine that they had as youths and he'll use everything he can to get that. Including her son.With his new found faith, Pierre knows court life is no longer for him. The appeal is gone. He comes back to make amends with his father and say a few good-byes. Unfortunately, someone has gone to the king and told him that Pierre has betrayed him by reuniting the Clavell family. That went against the kings orders and he is labeled a traitor. Louis XIV has Pierre thrown in prison. Pierre, still in love with Madeleine, fears he will not be able to rescue her this time.Madeleine finds out that Pierre is in prison. She loses her faith in God. She has lost her husband, Pierre is in prison, her little girl is sick, and she and her son are prisoners. It's obvious that God doesn't care, so Madeleine takes things into her own hands.
I HAVE ENJOYED THIS BOOK AND THE PREVIOUS ONE IN THE SERIES. I LOVE FICTION AND ESPECIALLY HISTORICAL FICTION. I GOT A NEW UNDERSTANDING OF THE PERSECUTION OF PROTESTANT CHRISTIANS PREVALENT DURING THIS PERIOD IN FRANCE