Days of Splendor, Days of Sorrow by Juliet Grey

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11 Critic Reviews

...there were some flaws, mainly that there were some excruciatingly slow parts in the story.
-Onyx Book Chateau

Synopsis

A captivating novel of rich spectacle and royal scandal, Days of Splendor, Days of Sorrow spans fifteen years in the fateful reign of Marie Antoinette, France’s most legendary and notorious queen.

Paris, 1774. At the tender age of eighteen, Marie Antoinette ascends to the French throne alongside her husband, Louis XVI. But behind the extravagance of the young queen’s elaborate silk gowns and dizzyingly high coiffures, she harbors deeper fears for her future and that of the Bourbon dynasty.

From the early growing pains of marriage to the joy of conceiving a child, from her passion for Swedish military attaché Axel von Fersen to the devastating Affair of the Diamond Necklace, Marie Antoinette tries to rise above the gossip and rivalries that encircle her. But as revolution blossoms in America, a much larger threat looms beyond the gilded gates of Versailles—one that could sweep away the French monarchy forever.
 

About Juliet Grey

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Juliet Grey is the author of Becoming Marie Antoinette. She has extensively researched European royalty and is a particular devotee of Marie Antoinette, as well as a classically trained professional actress with numerous portrayals of virgins, vixens, and villainesses to her credit. She and her husband divide their time between New York City and southern Vermont.
 
Published May 15, 2012 by Ballantine Books. 450 pages
Genres: History, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Days of Splendor, Days of Sorrow
All: 11 | Positive: 9 | Negative: 2

Peeking Between the Pages

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Reviewed by Darlene on Oct 02 2012

I was fascinated with Marie Antoinette’s life when I read the first book in the trilogy and Days of Splendor, Days of Sorrow solidified that fascination and I can’t wait to read more in the next book!

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The Eclectic Reader

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Reviewed by Sheree on May 29 2012

Another meticulously researched installment and the extensive bibliography and author's notes detailing fact from fiction were much appreciated by this reader.

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So Many Books, So Little Time

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Reviewed by Denise on May 31 2012

The prologue is so well-written...Unfortunately, the rest of the book fell flat...slow at times and at other times hard to follow.

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Historical Novel Review

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May 28 2012

Juliet Grey has done a marvellous job of showing us her faults and errors, as well as her naïveté and inexperience in a non-judgmental way.

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Diary of a Book Addict

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Reviewed by Amanda on Sep 20 2012

Grey has done an incredible amount of historical research, and it shines through in every luscious detail.

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Romantic Historical Lovers

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Reviewed by Caz on Aug 03 2012

Grey has done an excellent job on pitching Antoinette’s voice; it’s immature and guileless while still managing to convey – between the lines – how poor her decisions are and how those she regards as friends are really just in it for what they can get; and I think that’s the real strength of this book.

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Holly

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Reviewed by Holly on May 22 2012

Juliet Grey does a wonderful job of crafting the world of this much maligned queen. This is the second in a trilogy and I think by time I finish the third one there will not be one thing that I don't know about Marie Antoinette. We all know the tragic end in store for Marie and Louis. I am anxiously awaiting the third book to see this author...

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Historical-Fiction.com

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Reviewed by Arleigh on Sep 14 2012

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.

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Book Drunkard

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Reviewed by Martina on Jun 11 2012

Juliet Grey is an absolutely master at bringing 1700′s Versailles alive. Her descriptions of the palace, people, clothes, etc., are rich with details.

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Onyx Book Chateau

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Reviewed by Kyrsta on Aug 10 2012

...there were some flaws, mainly that there were some excruciatingly slow parts in the story.

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Reading Treasure

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Reviewed by Anna Amber on May 23 2012

...a solid entry in her Marie Antoinette trilogy and I recommend it for fans of the first book or readers interested in a newer fictional take on Marie Antoinette's life.

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