Advance reader reviews of The Queen's Lover by Francine du Plessix Gray.

The Queen's Lover

A Novel

By Francine du Plessix Gray

The Queen's Lover
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  • Published in USA  Jun 2012,
    304 pages.

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  • Esther L. (Newtown, Pa)

    I have to start this review by saying that I am an avid reader not a writer. This is my first review for Book Browse.
    Although written as historical fiction The Queen's Lover by Francine Du Plessix Gray reads like a rather dull history text book. Every so often gratuitous sexual descriptions are added to the narrative in a failed attempt to add life to the story.
    French is continually used but with no English translation. Frustration and boredom are not a good combination.
    The story is about the love affair between Swedish aristocrat Axel Von Fersen and Marie Antoinette.The affair begins in friendship and devotion to the future King and Queen.
    I always finish any book that I start to read but was sorely tempted to stop this one soon after Marie Antoinette meets the guillotine.
  • Constance C. (Manchester, New Hampshire)

    The Queen/s Lover
    This historical novel is based on the untold love story of Marie Antoinette and Count Axel von Fersen. Due to the excess amount of details I can only rate it as good. Some of the descriptions are very interesting. I did not care for the main character. Count Alex. But found myself sympathetic to the royal family, their reputations have not been very good thru the years. This pictures them as loving parents, and much nicer individuals. The book is beautifully written, and researched with a different vision of the French Revolution. That said, I found myself losing interest due to the excess details.
  • Laurie F. (Brookline, MA)

    Lot's of talk - no action
    I tried to give this book a chance plugging through the first 70 plus pages. Though there is a fair effort to develop the characters, timelines are disjointed and relationships between people and time periods messy. Not my cup of tea!
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