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Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2009
Series: Darkness to Light
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.
[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 Madeleines and Philippes 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 Madeleines 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 ones 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