Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Tuesday Intros -- The Rivals of Versailles

Every Tuesday, Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea posts the first paragraph of her current read. Anyone can join in. Go to Diane's website for the image and share the first paragraph of the current book you are reading.

I'm reviewing The Rivals of Versailles by Sally Christie for FranceBookTours in April, just a few days after the book debuts on April 6. I previously reviewed The Sisters of Versailles, about five sisters who all became the mistress of King Louis XV. Here's my review for that one.
I'm only about a third of the way into this second book of the trilogy, but this one is even more gripping. Here's the intro:
The gypsy's hair is as red as blood, I think in astonishment. She catches me staring and starts, rabbit-like, as though she recognizes me. But she does not, and I certainly don't know anyone quite so dirty.
"I please you not to touch me," I say as she comes toward me, but still there is something familiar abut her. My mother bustles over, carrying a pastry in the shape of a  pig, and pulls me back from the grimy woman.
"Just look at those perfect eyes," says the woman. She takes my hand, a coarse brown mitt over my own, and I smell a mix of smoke and sweat. "A heart-shaped face. She is as pretty as a miracle, though no wonder with such a handsome mother. I'll you her fortune."
Hope you're reading something wonderful  too.

9 comments:

Kay said...

Five sisters who all become mistresses of the King? Wow. Wow. Competition anyone? LOL

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Beautiful description in the opening. I'm wondering if the point-of-view character is a little girl or a young woman. I'd keep reading to find out if she has her fortune told and, if she does, what the fortune teller has to say.
My Tuesday post features a contemporary romance: GRIFF MONTGOMERY, QUARTERBACK.

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Gorgeous excerpt....and I love your new blog header! Thanks for visiting my blog today...and I hope you enjoy Interior Designs.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

I like that intro - I'd read more.

Vicki said...

I'd keep reading a bit more to make up my mind. I love your blog header!

JoAnn said...

Sounds good, but I'd definitely need to start with the first book.

Roz . Russell said...

Now I am in no way a book reader but that first snippet has me wanting to know more for sure, Thank you for visiting my blog at http://france-ourlifeinfrance.blogspot.fr/and leaving a comment very much appreciated

Nise' said...

Can't imagine how the sisters got along. I would keep reading.

Literary Feline said...

I am glad you are enjoying this one! It does sound good.

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