In 1788, eleven-year-old Isabelle, living with her lacemaker grandmother and mother near the palace of Versailles, becomes close friends with Marie Antoinette's daughter, Princess Therese, and finds their relationship complicated not only by their different social class but by the growing political unrest and resentment of the French people.
France - History
Isabelle’s naivete really shows, she’s happy to be a playmate of the Princess and
I had no sympathies for the Grandmother, she was mean and although it’s true that earning money was the main focus and priority, she belittled Isabelle and her mother and didn’t treat them so nice. To me, she was just a bitter old woman who needed an attitude adjustment.
The plot was well written and an easy read. I liked the relationship between the Princess and Isabelle. The Princess does shed a few secrets of her own, mostly on how she feels about her mother, the Queen (Marie Antoinette). Although she might act like a typical Princess, spoiled, selfish, and self centered. She’s also a young girl who just needs a bit of love, care, and decent friends who are not friends with her just because of her title and status. I thought Isabelle was a good friend, who not only was supportive and caring but also gave the Princess an eye opener or two about how life was really like out there outside of the palace.
Overall, it’s a great novel for younger readers to introduce them to this aspect of history. Those who love historical fiction will also enjoy reading this quick read.
One day, as Isabella is delivering lace to the palace, Queen Marie Antoinette sees her and takes a liking to her. She arranges for Isabella to be a playmate for her
Three quarters of the book are focused on the story of the difficulties of Isabella's family, and her curious friendship with Princess Therese. The last quarter merges this with a good deal of French history, as the nobles are overthrown in the French Revolution. A little uneven, but a well told tale all the same.
The queen, Marie Antoinette, is portrayed a bit differently than I have always imagined her. But Bradley did her research well. She portrays the queen as she was... flaws and strengths together.