A New York Times bestseller, The Accidental Empress is the “captivating, absorbing, and beautifully told” (Kathleen Grissom) love story of “Sisi” the Austro-Hungarian empress and wife of Emperor Franz Joseph.
The year is 1853, and the Habsburgs are Europe’s most powerful ruling family. With his empire stretching from Austria to Russia, from Germany to Italy, Emperor Franz Joseph is young, rich, and ready to marry.
Fifteen-year-old Elisabeth, “Sisi,” Duchess of Bavaria, travels to the Habsburg Court with her older sister, who is betrothed to the young emperor. But shortly after her arrival at court, Sisi finds herself in an unexpected dilemma: she has inadvertently fallen for and won the heart of her sister’s groom. Franz Joseph reneges on his earlier proposal and declares his intention to marry Sisi instead.
Thrust onto the throne of Europe’s most treacherous imperial court, Sisi upsets political and familial loyalties in her quest to win, and keep, the love of her emperor, her people, and of the world.
With Pataki’s rich period detail and cast of complex, bewitching characters, The Accidental Empress offers “another absolutely compelling story” (Mary Higgins Clark) with this glimpse into one of history’s most intriguing royal families, shedding new light on the glittering Hapsburg Empire and its most mesmerizing, most beloved “Fairy Queen.”
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Yay Sisi !
A quick and engaging read, well developed stories and characters. I loved learning about the daily life then. Historically very accurate and enlightening. Makes me think about our lives today on different levels. I wish the words were more beautifully crafted.
Well written, great read!
In looking for the perfect "vacation read" I unwittingly stumbled upon this lovely historical novel. It seemed incredibly well researched yet was such a page-turner - I couldn't put it down. It was refreshing to read a period novel about a complex female heroine that is both poignantly emotional and narratively riveting. Downloading the sequel now!
If you like historical fiction with romance and deceit…this is great!