Becoming Marie Antoinette is the 1st in the trilogy starting with the early Childhood of Marie Antoinette the Austrian Archduchess and the early years of her marriage to Louis Auguste. Published by Random House and I have reviewed it via NetGalley.
Raised in a very large family to her now widowed Mother. Her life is simple and rather idyllic but her Mother has grand plans for her with a union with France for Political gain.
To be fit to be th future Queen of France in Versailles, Maire has to undergo a huge transformation in appearance, attitude and understandings. So much is expected of her as she enters as Madame la Dauphine as just a young teenage girl and marry the very awkward teenage boy who will one day be Louis XVI.
“Why must it be me? I wondered. When I am so clearly inadequate to my destiny?”
Juliet has written a fantastic and fascinating insight into the early year for Marie Antoinette and Louis. Knowing very little about them both, I was amazed that she wasn’t the spoilt silly socialite that i thought she was. Juliet really captures the relationship between Louis and Marie Antoinette as well as the deep bond she had with her siblings.
Beautifully written and packed full of true historical facts that Juliet explains more about at the end of the novel. Very descriptive as well that you can really believe that you can smell what is going on etc! I certainly will be reading the other two in the series as they are released. If you love history or even love stories, this is for you!