On a May morning in 1664, Jeanne Dremont gave birth to her only child- and to a bold plan to break her newborn daughter's bond of poverity. For on that fateful day in the humble little village of Versailles, hundreds of resplendent noblemen coverged on the simple hunting lodge of young King Louis XIV. Purely by chance, one drunken young musketeer witnessed the peasant's birth and made a reckless promise that Jeanne determined would come true. Though at the moment it might have seemed as improbable as a hunting lodge expanding into a gilded palace, Jeanne vowed that her peasant daughter would grow up to dance with kings.
Thus begins the saga spanning the reigns of France's most spectacular Bourbon kings. Alive with all the sparkle and scandal of the royal courts, To Dance with Kings tells the stories of four passionate and determined women whose fates are bound to the palace and the politics of Versailles.
This book was utterly fantastic. I didn't want it to end! It is the family saga of generations of women-starting with Marguerite, who was born to a peasant family, to her daughter, Jasmin. The story continues on with Jasmin's daughter, Violette, finally ending full circle with Violette's daughter, Rose, lady in waiting to Marie Antoinette. The book is set during the reign of Louis the Sun King (1660s) and ends with Marie Antoinette and the French Revolution (late 1700s). This book is action packed all the way to the end, with lots of great details about Versailles. I learned alot while enjoying a great story. I will definitely check out more of this author's books!