A rich and sweeping novel of courage, duty, sacrifice, and love set during the French Revolution from New York Times bestselling author Allison Pataki and her brother Owen Pataki
Allison Pataki is the author of bestselling novels Sisi, The Traitor's Wife and The Accidental Empress and the co-author of Where The Light Falls with her brother, Owen. Daughter of former New York State Governor George E. Pataki, Allison is the co-founder of the nonprofit organization, ReConnect Hungary. She graduated cum laude from Yale University and is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and FoxNews.com, and is a member of The Historical Novel Society. She lives in New York with her husband and daughter.
"Compulsively readable . . . a compelling tale of love, betrayal, sacrifice, and bravery . . . a sweeping romantic novel that takes readers to the heart of Paris and to the center of all the action of the French Revolution."--Bustle
"Succeeds in forcefully illustrating the lessons of the French Revolution for today's democratic movements."--Kirkus Reviews "Devotees of Alexandre Dumas and Victor Hugo will devour this tale of heroism, treachery, and adventure."--Library Journal "This is a story of the French Revolution that begins with your head in the slot watching how fast the blade of the guillotine is heading for your neck--and that's nothing compared to the pace and the drama of what follows."--Tom Wolfe "A beautiful novel that captures the spirit of the French Revolution and the timeless themes of love and truth."--Steven Pressfield "While not stinting on gorgeous detail, Allison and Owen Pataki know exactly how to write a gripping historical novel that concentrates on the intimate stories playing out against the epic background of the French Revolution."--Melanie Benjamin, author of The Swans of Fifth Avenue "For all those who didn't want Les Mis rables to end . . . take us past the pristine archives to the blood and bones of the French Revolution, commanding our attention and winning our hearts."--Sarah McCoy, author of The Mapmaker's Children "Delivers everything a reader hopes for in a great book: passion, intrigue, insights, and, above all, a story you won't soon forget."--Michelle Moran, author of Nefertiti "This luminous tale of love and betrayal in a world gone mad is as timely as it is timeless."--Juliet Grey, author of the Marie Antoinette trilogy Praise for Allison Pataki's Sisi: Empress on Her Own "Allison Pataki simply stuns me with each new book. I savor each page. Sisi is her best yet!"--Kathie Lee Gifford "Irresistible--completely impossible to put down . . . Allison Pataki reimagines the reign of the nineteenth-century Princess Diana in this stunning book."--Michelle Moran, bestselling author of Rebel Queen "Pataki brings richness and relevance to the story of the woman who worked tirelessly to protect the face of an empire."--Publishers Weekly "Vivid, sumptuous descriptions of the Habsburg Court."--Jennifer Chiaverini, bestselling author of Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker "A true tour de force."--Erika Robuck, bestselling author of Hemingway's Girl