Author: Juliet Grey
Published: Ballantine Books, 24 September 2013
This book was reviewed as a part of Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours.
While I've read through and reviewed the first two books in Juliet Grey's trilogy covering the life of Marie Antoinette, I knew it'd all come to this. The final book. The ending is never going to change, but I always hope it does. Let me just tell you now, in Confessions of Marie Antoinette the ending doesn't change and it's extremely heartbreaking. Get out the tissues.
The overall feel of the book is very bleak and leaves you with feelings of helplessness as it takes place in the midst of the Revolution and overturning of the monarchy. Marie and her husband King Louis are losing stability everyday. Their power has been stripped away and they are completely at the mercy of the French citizens attempting to create and control a new government. The majority of their family and friends have fled to the country - those who stay risk their lives in doing so. Even servants who seem to show to much kindness to the king and queen are arrested for fears of royalist sympathies. It's a disturbing and frightening time in France, yet Marie Antoinette but put on a brave face for her husband, her children, and her people. Yet through this, we still have tender, thoughtful, and clever moments that emphasizes what a close unit Louis, Marie, and their children were forced to become. You get the feeling that their family was the only reason they survived so long.
This book was originally titled something along the lines of The Last October Sky, which I thought was extremely beautiful. It correlated nicely with the last few pages of the book. I'm not sure why the change came about, but it sounds like it'd be written in diary form, which it's not. It's also strange because the whole point of the book was that Marie was innocent of all the slander thrown against her. She had nothing to confess. Throughout the journey of this trilogy you can tell that Marie Antoinette is a figure very near and dear to Juliet Grey's heart. She is written with such sympathy, detail, and care that it's hard not to become attached to her as a character throughout this journey.
Grey's Marie Antoinette will always be my favorite!
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