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author interview: Juliet Grey

Inspired by her latest novel, DAYS OF SPLENDOR, DAYS OF SORROW, I posed these questions to the author, Juliet Grey, on writing and the French Revolution. If you haven’t picked up this novel yet, I highly recommend it (along with the first novel in the series, BECOMING MARIE ANTOINETTE). Did you find the writing easier, harder or much the same between Becoming Marie Antoinette and Days of Splendor, Days of Sorrow? BECOMING MARIE ANTOINETTE had a more straightforward plot than DAYS OF SPLENDOR, DAYS OF SORROW. It was a coming of age story, which spanned fewer years in the life of Marie Antoinette. DAYS OF SPLENDOR, DAYS OF SORROW covered fifteen years of her reign and highlighted many seminal events that she was either not…

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review: Days of Splendor, Days of Sorrow

Days of Splendor, Days of Sorrow by Juliet Grey Juliet Grey, along with Amanda Elyot, is a pen name belonging to the lovely and talented Leslie Carroll—one of my favorite historical novelists. Having read seven of her books thus far, fiction and non-fiction, I much enjoy her smart writing style and her ability to write a perfectly balanced and intriguing story. All for Love, a fictional biography on the 18th century actress, Mary Robinson, remains one of my favorites, while this new trilogy on Marie Antoinette has been added to the list. Days of Splendor, Days of Sorrow is the middle book of a trilogy based on the life of Marie Antoinette. While the first installment, Becoming Marie Antoinette, explores the early life and four-year…

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review: Confessions of Marie Antoinette

Confessions of Marie Antoinette by Juliet Grey Anyone well-versed in French Revolution history will know the final four years of Marie Antoinette’s life (1789-1793) was utterly heartbreaking and miserable for the monarch and her family. Despite the anguish and despair the novel would obviously cover, I thoroughly enjoyed the first two installments – Becoming Marie Antoinette & Days of Splendor, Days of Sorrow – and looked forward to wrapping up this trilogy. With brilliant attention to detail, Marie Antoinette’s last days are enumerated from her own perspective and that of a young sculptress, representing a revolutionary view, though on the sympathetic side. As people came and went quickly with the new government, there are a lot of names to keep track of and a constant…

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review: Becoming Marie Antoinette

Becoming Marie Antoinette by Juliet Grey The first in a trilogy, this is a rare look at Marie Antoinette’s early years, and is told in her unaffected and refreshingly naive perspective. Growing up in the Austrian court of the formidable Empress Maria Theresa, young Antonia was the spirited, though dutiful youngest daughter of a brood of sixteen. Through butterflies and braces, history lessons and dance instruction, Antonia keeps her buoyant attitude and never fails to charm everyone around her. But pleasing her mother takes all she has and much she simply cannot live up to. Even after she is dispatched to France her mother’s advice and admonitions come swiftly and frequently through one of the few connections she left with her homeland–Austrian diplomat, the Comte…

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