Sisi: Empress on Her Own: A Novel

By | November 24, 2017
Sisi: Empress on Her Own: A Novel Author Allison Pataki
ISBN-10 0812989333
ISBN-13 9780812989335
Year 2017-02-07
Pages 480
Language English
Publisher Random House Trade Paperbacks
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER For readers of Philippa Gregory Paula McLain and Daisy Goodwin comes a sweeping and powerful novel byAllison Pataki Sisi tells the little known story of Empress Elisabeth of Austria Hungary the Princess Diana of her time in an enthralling work of historical fiction that is also a gripping page turner Married to Emperor Franz Joseph Elisabethfondly known as Sisicaptures the hearts of her people as their fairy queen but beneath that dazzling persona lives a far more complex figure In mid nineteenth century Vienna the halls of the Hofburg Palace buzz not only with imperial waltzes and champagne but with temptations rivals and cutthroat intrigue Feeling stifled by strict protocols and a turbulent marriage Sisi grows restless A free spirited wanderer she finds solace at her estate outside Budapest There she rides her beloved horses and enjoys visits from the Hungarian statesman Count Andrssy the man with whom shes unwittingly fallen in love But tragic news brings Sisi out of her fragile seclusion forcing her to return to her capital and a world of gossip envy and sorrow where a dangerous fate lurks in the shadows Through love affairs and loss dedication and defiance Sisi struggles against conflicting desires to keep her family together or to flee amid the collapse of her suffocating marriage and the gathering tumult of the First World War In an age of crumbling monarchies Sisi fights to assert her right to the throne beside her husband to win the love of her people and the world and to save an empire But in the end can she save herself Featuring larger than life historic figures such as Bavarias Mad King Ludwig and the tragic Crown Prince Rudolf and set against many of Europes grandest sitesfrom Germanys storied Neuschwanstein Castle to Englands lush shiresSisi brings to life an extraordinary woman and the romantic volatile era over which she presided Praise for SisiPataki successfully juggles numerous political and personal plot lines while maintaining her focus on a fascinating central character Readers of Patakis first book will want to know the rest of Sisis story but this novel stands on its own for historical fiction fans Library Journal A deeply moving book about a complex character BookPage A satisfying saga of the late Habsburg period Kirkus Reviews Pataki brings richness and relevance to the story of the woman who worked tirelessly to protect the face of an empire Publishers Weekly Pataki simply stuns me with each new book I savor each page Sisi is her best yet Kathie Lee Gifford Readers will enjoy the glorious dilemma of whether to turn the pages swiftly breathlessly following Empress Sisi from one astonishing heartbreaking adventure to the next or to linger and luxuriate in Patakis vivid sumptuous descriptions of the Habsburg court Jennifer Chiaverini New York Times bestselling author of Mrs Lincolns Dressmaker This entire novel is irresistiblecompletely impossible to put down Pataki reimagines the reign of the nineteenth century Princess Diana in this stunning book Michelle Moran internationally bestselling author of Rebel Queen Emotional exuberant masterly Sisi swept me into the glittering treacherous world of the waning Habsburg empire A must read Lynn Cullen bestselling author of Mrs PoeFrom the Hardcover edition

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