Set against the lavish backdrop of the French Court in the early years of the 18th century, The Sisters of Versailles is the extraordinary tale of the five Nesle sisters-Louise, Pauline, Diane, Hortense, and Marie-Anne-four of whom became mistresses to King Louis XV. Their scandalous story is stranger than fiction but true in every shocking, amusing, and heartbreaking detail. Court intriguers are beginning to sense that young King Louis XV, after seven years of marriage, is tiring of his Polish wife. The race is on to find a mistress for the royal bed as various factions put their best foot-and women-forward. The King's scheming ministers push Louise, the eldest of the aristocratic Nesle sisters, into the arms of the King. Over the following decade, the four sisters-sweet, na ve Louise; ambitious Pauline; complacent Diane, and cunning Marie Anne-will conspire, betray, suffer, and triumph in a desperate fight for both love and power. In the tradition of The Other Boleyn Girl, The Sisters of Versailles is a clever, intelligent, and absorbing novel that historical fiction fans will devour. Based on meticulous research on a group of women never before written about in English, Sally Christie's stunning debut is a complex exploration of power and sisterhood-of the admiration, competition, and even hatred that can coexist within a family when the stakes are high enough.
Sally Christie received her undergraduate degree in anthropology from McGill University in Montreal and an MBA from the Wharton School in Philadelphia. She grew up in England, Canada, Argentina, and Lesotho. Sally spent most of her career working in international development and currently lives in Toronto, Canada.
Elizabeth Wiley is a seasoned narrator, director, actor, and dialect coach as well as a recipient of an Earphones Award. With over thirty years of acting and voiceover experience, she has traveled the United States performing on and off camera. Born in Minnesota, she currently resides in Williamsburg, Virginia.
"Filled with lush backdrops, rich detail, and colorful characters, fans of historical fiction will enjoy this glimpse into the lost golden era of the French monarchy." ---Allison Pataki, author of The Accidental Empress