Sunday, September 13, 2009
Prisoner of Versailles
Looking for a good book? I just finished reading Prisoner of Versailles by Golden Keyes Parsons. What a great read. I couldn't put the book down. I seriously was reading it every chance I could. Regardless of whether or not you have read the first book in the Darkness to Light Series, In the Shadow of the Sun King, you will enjoy this second book. 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. This 17th century story is fast paced and keeps you on the edge turning the pages.
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.
Read how God touches hearts, gives courage, changes lives, heals wounds, uses unlikely people, and meets them where they are.
King Louis XIV's burgeioning 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 SunKing and reach her true destiny and love in anouther country.