The Wardrobe Mistress
A Novel of Marie Antoinette
An RT Book Reviews Top Pick and 2017 RT Reviewers' Choice Best Book Nominee:
THE WARDROBE MISTRESS is Meghan Masterson's fascinating and visceral debut, an inside look at Marie Antoinette's luxurious life in Versailles remarkably juxtaposed against life in third estate as the French Revolution gains strength. A propulsive exploration of love, loyalty, danger, and intrigue...not to be missed.
It's Giselle Aubry's first time at court in Versailles. At sixteen, she is one of Marie Antoinette's newest wardrobe ladies, in awe of the glamorous queen and her opulent life. As a budding designer, it's a dream come true to work with the beautiful fabrics and jewels in the queen's wardrobe. But every few weeks she returns home to Paris, where rumors of revolution are growing.
From her position in the royal household, Giselle is poised to see both sides of the tensions erupting throughout France. When her uncle, a retired spy for King Louis XV, suggests that she casually report on the Queen as a game, she leaps at the chance. Spying seems like an exciting adventure, and a secret way to support Léon Gauvain, the handsome and idealistic revolutionary who courts her.
Violence escalates as the uprising continues to gain momentum. Giselle grows closer to the Queen as her trusted servant, but finds herself dangerously torn. She must choose where her true loyalty truly lies, or risk losing everything...maybe even her head.
Praise For The Wardrobe Mistress: A Novel of Marie Antoinette…
"Fast-paced...a satisfying view of the Revolution from the perspective of the Third Estate." —historicalnovelsociety.org
"Meghan Masterson does a brilliant job of bringing to life many of the cataclysmic events of those years...The Wardrobe Mistress is perfect for anyone who is intrigued by the French Revolution and wants a fast-paced and romantic tale set during its tumultuous era." — Kate Forsyth, Booktopia Review
"In this debut novel by Meghan Masterson, the characters practically leap off the page, taking you by the hand through the streets of revolutionary Paris and the glittering halls of Marie Antoinette's Versailles. I particularly loved the character of young Giselle Aubry. A highly entertaining read! Not to be missed!"—Michelle Moran, internationally bestselling author of Nefertiti and Madame Tussaud
"An entertaining read in the best tradition of the historical novel...THE WARDROBE MISTRESS is intriguing and well researched, set during one of my favourite periods of history, the French Revolution. We see the Reign of Terror through the eyes of Giselle, an engaging young ‘undertirewoman’ or wardrobe mistress, who finds herself torn between her affection and compassion for the Queen and her loyalty to her class and family."—Roberta Rich, internationally bestselling author of The Midwife of Venice
"Revolutionary fervor, royal politics, and high fashion are stitched together like a couture ballgown in Meghan Masterson's THE WARDROBE MISTRESS...Giselle makes a smart, likable heroine, torn between her affection for the queen and her growing love for a firebrand suitor, and the revolution's relentless advance toward the guillotine made for breathless reading. A charming debut!" —Kate Quinn, author of The Empress of Rome Saga and The Borgia Chronicles
"In THE WARDROBE MISTRESS, Masterson deftly captures the tumult of the French Revolution and the tragic unmaking of history’s most infamous queen—Marie Antoinette—through the eyes of clever and likable dressmaker Giselle Aubry...I grew impatient to return to the book each night. By turns sexy, absorbing, and suspenseful, this story sweeps you along to its riveting conclusion."—Heather Webb, author of Becoming Josephine and Last Christmas in Paris
"A charming portrait of Marie Antoinette’s inner circle and the intimate connections between politics and fashion." —Jennifer Laam, author of The Secret Daughter of the Tsar
"Silk isn’t the only thing whispering through the halls of the royal palaces in Meghan Masterson's captivating debut...THE WARDROBE MISTRESS is a romantic, tension-filled coming of age story set in a time of dangerous and uncertain revolution. You will root for Giselle; you will applaud her; and you will also fear for her." —Sophie Perinot, author of Médici's Daughter
St. Martin's Griffin, 9781250126665, 320pp.
Publication Date: August 15, 2017