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A Versailles Christmas-Tide   By: (-1937)

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A Versailles Christmas-Tide by Mary Stuart Boyd is a delightful historical fiction novel set in 18th century France. The story takes place during the holiday season at the enchanting Palace of Versailles, where the lives of the aristocracy and servants intertwine in unexpected ways.

The author paints a vivid picture of the opulent palace, capturing its grandeur and the lavish celebrations that take place. The reader is transported to a time when Versailles was at the height of its glory, and the Christmas decorations and festivities add an extra layer of charm to the narrative.

Boyd's characters are richly developed and bring the story to life. From the scheming courtiers to the hardworking servants, each character has a distinct personality and plays a crucial role in the plot. The protagonist, a young maid named Anne-Marie, is particularly endearing. Her determination to navigate the complex social hierarchy of Versailles while holding onto her integrity is truly inspiring.

The plot itself is engaging and full of surprises. There are twists and turns that keep the reader guessing and invested in the outcome. The juxtaposition between the ostentatious lives of the nobility and the struggles of the lower class is thought-provoking and adds depth to the story. Additionally, the exploration of themes such as love, loyalty, and the power dynamics of the time period adds a layer of complexity to the narrative.

Boyd's writing style is elegant and evocative. Her descriptions of the palace and its inhabitants transport the reader to another time and place. The attention to detail is impressive, ensuring that every aspect of the setting feels authentic and immersive.

One of the highlights of this novel is the exploration of the Christmas traditions at Versailles. The author expertly merges historical facts with the fictional narrative, creating a vivid and festive backdrop for the story. From sumptuous feasts to ornate decorations, the holiday spirit is palpable throughout the book.

Overall, A Versailles Christmas-Tide is a captivating novel that brings the splendor of Versailles to life during the holiday season. Mary Stuart Boyd's impeccable research, well-crafted characters, and engaging plot make for an enjoyable reading experience. Whether you are a fan of historical fiction or simply appreciate a beautifully crafted story, this book is a must-read.

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Mary Stuart Boyd

With Fifty three Illustrations by A.S. Boyd



I. The Unexpected Happens II. Ogams III. The Town IV. Our Arbre de Noël V. Le Jour de l'Année VI. Ice bound VII. The Haunted Château VIII. Marie Antoinette IX. The Prisoners Released


The Summons Storm Warning Treasure Trove The Red Cross in the Window Enter M. le Docteur Perpetual Motion Ursa Major Meal Considerations The Two Colonels The Young and Brave Malcontent The Aristocrat Papa, Mama, et Bébé Juvenile Progress Automoblesse oblige Sable Garb A Football Team Mistress and Maid Sage and Onions Marketing Private Boxes A Foraging Party A Thriving Merchant Chestnuts in the Avenue The Tree Vendor The Tree Bearer Rosine Alms and the Lady Adoration Thankfulness One of the Devout De l'eau Chaude The Mill The Presbytery To the Place of Rest While the Frost Holds The Postman's Wrap A Lapful of Warmth The Daily Round Three Babes and a Bonne Snow in the Park A Veteran of the Château Un, Deux, Trois Bedchamber of Louis XIV Marie Leczinska Madame Adelaide Louis Quatorze Where the Queen Played Marie Antoinette The Secret Stair Madame sans Tête Illumination L'Envoi



[Illustration: The Summons]

No project could have been less foreseen than was ours of wintering in France, though it must be confessed that for several months our thoughts had constantly strayed across the Channel... Continue reading book >>

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