Friday, March 19, 2021



This is the first novel I have read by this author and I enjoyed it very much.  I really liked her writing style and the characters were well developed. 

Her whole life, Giselle dreamed of making beautiful dresses, but never did she dream of being chosen to attend to the elegant, queen of France, Marie Antoinette.  Giselle has to make sure that the queen is never outshined by those who attends the elegant parties at the castle. But, as the friendship develops between the queen and Giselle, the battles that the queen faces are heartbreaking.  Giselle faces here share of trials and tribulations, being torn between decisions she must make about her family, her homeland and her queen.  But on a trip home, Giselle is caught up in a violent riot, and is saved by the handsome Léon, a young man who she falls in love with.  She must return to the palace, but Léon doesn’t approve of the royal life, so Giselle has some life changing decisions to make. Continue to serve the queen, making the dresses she loves, or return home to be  with the man she loves.  The author’s detailed description of the beautiful gowns and the ballrooms at the palace are very vivid and are easy to picture in your mind’s eye. 

I enjoyed this book, and this historical fiction is a must read for anyone who is a fan of this time period of history, the French Revolution.   If you haven’t read this author yet, I highly recommend her, you won’t be disappointed.  Thank you Meghan Masterson for such a fabulous read.



Rating: 4 out of 4.

Author:  Meghan Masterson

Publisher:  Bookouture
Publication Date: March 19, 2021 
Pages: 303 
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One woman must choose between loyalty to her queen and the man she loves…

Giselle always dreamed of making beautiful dresses, but never thought she would be chosen to attend to the elegant, but troubled, queen of France, Marie Antoinette. Within the glittering, mirrored walls of the palace, Giselle ensures the queen shines brighter than anyone, with not a single feather or ruffle out of place, no matter how she might feel inside.

Being so close to the queen, Giselle is there for her most private and unguarded moments. As whispers spread through the court about the violent protests sweeping across the country and the growing threat to the royal family, Giselle sees the cracks in Marie Antoinette’s perfect image.

On a visit home to her family in Paris, Giselle experiences the troubles first-hand, getting caught up in a dangerous riot. When handsome Léon comes to her aid, she falls in love with this kind, clever young man. But Léon does not share her admiration for the royals, siding with those who believe they should no longer be in power.

Returning to the palace, Giselle is shocked to find the very lives of the royal family now at stake. Marie Antoinette appeals to her to help them escape France and Giselle faces a heart-wrenching choice. Will Giselle risk the guillotine herself to save the life of her beloved queen? And can she do so without betraying the man she loves?


Meghan Masterson graduated from the University of Calgary with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Communications Studies, and has worked several unrelated jobs while writing on the side. When not writing, Meghan can often be found reading at all hours (even at breakfast), practicing archery and roaming through the woods with her dog.

Meghan is represented by Carrie Pestritto of Laura Dail Literary Agency.

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