Girls of Many Lands; Cecile Gates of Gold
Amazon Book Review
Cecile and her father live in a peasant village in France in the early 1700s. Out in the forest one day, she rescues a noble woman who was injured in a fall from her horse. The woman, known as Madame, is the sister-in-law of King Louis XIV and rewards Cecile with a position at court caring for her dogs. The 12-year-old soon discovers that life at Versailles is more than gilded halls and magnificent parties. She must learn the strict court etiquette, not make any enemies, and ignore the gossip and intrigue. However, the girl finds that staying in favor at court is a delicate balancing act. Readers are introduced to the royal family through her eyes. The action builds steadily and will sustain readers' interest. A short history of France in the early 1700s and a glossary of French words are included. "American Girl" fans will be charmed by Cecile and her regal life.
I wasn’t entirely sure I was going to like this book at first. As while I thought the book about Minuk was decent, I wasn’t entirely in love with it. I did enjoy Kathleen’s book however so I wanted to give this one a go. I was not dissapointed. Cecile’s book is brilliantly written and Mary Casanova seems to be able to capture the French courts very well. I am not going to go into too much detail about this book. I will leave that for the reader. However for anyone who loves Marie Antoinette, American Girls or the Court Life, I would highly recommend this book.