Sunday, November 23, 2008

In the Shadow of the Sun King by Golden Keyes Parsons

From the fertile fields of Grenoble to the luxurious Court of Louis the XIV, Golden Keyes Parsons brings the world of 17th century France to life. It is the story of Madeleine Clevell and her family, Huguenots, but with strong ties to the court. When dragoons descend on the Clevell estate, Madeline determines to save her family by calling on her youthful friendship with King Louis. Although her husband and mother try to dissuade her from her desire to go to Versailles, she insists believing the King will be the same infatuated suitor of her youth. It is a gamble that teaches Madeleine many things about the world and most of all about her self.

Parsons has created a fast paced adventure that weaves the historical details of the persecution of the Huguenots into the story of one woman's courage to save her family and remain true to her faith. This is a must-read novel for aficionados of historical fiction. If the subsequent novels in the series are of the same caliber, Parsons will have a superb series. -- Nancy Famolari, author of Summer's Story


  1. Sounds like a great read. I'm also a Huguenot descedant

    Jane Beckenham

  2. Jane, How interesting. I think you'd enjoy this book and apparently she plans a whole series on how her family came to the US eventually. Thanks for stopping by!