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Ady to marryFifteen 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 Duchess Elizabeth or Sisi is the second daughter of a Duke of Bavaria given little education in court etiuette or book subjects When her older sister Helene is invited to the Hapsburg court to meet their cousin Frank Sisi tags along and steals the show and his heartThe stage is set for a fairy tale romance except for a few factors Sophie his overbearing mother; the constant demands of the Hapsburg kingdom; and a bit of philandering Sisi's heart is broken and she spends time away from court where she falls for the Hungarian count Andrassy Pataki obviously spent time researching Empress Elizabeth's life Most of what occurs down to speech is accurate Very impressive I look forward to the seuel if it's as rich in court intrigue romance and beauty

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New York Times bestselling author Allison Pataki follows up on her critically acclaimed debut novel The Traitor’s Wife with the little known and tumultuous love story of “Sisi” the Austro Hungarian Empress and captivating wife of Emperor Franz JosephThe 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 re Find this and other reviews at NOTE This review contains spoilers Please take heed and proceed at your own risk An ARC of Alison Pataki’s The Accidental Empress sat on my kindle for nearly two years Howard Books granted me a copy sometime before the novel was released in February 2015 but the first chapter of the book left such a bad taste in my mouth that despite multiple attempts I was unable to reach chapter two I’ll grant that Maximilian was a womanizer but I felt Pataki’s depiction of the man as drunk and slovenly boob clashed with the historic record which evidences him as a cultured patron of the arts I was flat out appalled by the author’s illustration of Karl calling his sisters whores but it was Duchess Ludovika’s declaration that she’d “never allowed herself to hope” that one of daughters might marry the emperor that caused my jaw to clenchIt’s of little conseuence to the average reader but long story short this line drew the author’s research into uestion and led me to abandon the novel several times over Excuse me for pointing it out but records show there were than thirty marriages between the Hapsburgs and the Bavarian Wittlesbachs It’s a pretty significant trend when looking at the family histories so the idea that Ludovika hasn’t considered the prospect is pretty preposterous I found eually difficult to believe this fact could have been overlooked as the conseuences of these marriages are pretty significant In my mind the research either wasn’t done or the facts were being ignored and I wasn’t entirely comfortable with either explanation Similar instances throughout the book gave me reason to pause and I found it an uphill battle to ignore the inconsistencies I recognized during my readingI also struggled with the novel’s structure The reader is aware that something isn’t right from the get go as Andrassy is introduce in the prologue but Pataki dedicates the next eighty percent of the story to developing Elisabeth and Franz as a couple building up their romance and slowing tearing it apart I get the idea but I honestly felt she was beating a dead horse The affair was already established and spending so much time on the circumstances that gave rise to it seemed moot I didn’t want to know how they got there they were there and I wanted to know what happened next but it seems that is a story of another day and is not chronicled between these pagesCharacter development was another issue for me as I found Pataki built Elisabeth up by dumbing everyone else down The presentation also struck me as inconsistent and I often found myself wondering how Elisabeth got from Point A to Point B For the sake of example there is a moment where Elisabeth declares she will take back her household and be mother to her children but paragraphs later she pulls a one eighty her fervor vanishes and she is seen abandoning the family out of jealousy and spite Instances like this were common and made a significant impression on my opinions of both the primary and supporting castI freely admit that much of my difficulty has roots in the passion I have for the material but that aside I was unconvinced by the style and tone of this telling and would have great difficulty recommending The Accidental Empress to other readers It's an interesting idea but the book hit all the wrong notes and lacked the charisma and dramatic appeal I expected when I reuested it for review

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Most treacherous imperial court Sisi upsets political and familial loyalties in her uest to win and keep the love of her emperor her people and of the worldWith Pataki’s rich period detail and cast of complex bewitching characters The Accidental Empress offers a captivating 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 ueen The drama that unfolded in Empress Elisabeth’s life kept me interested until the last word Pataki’s writing is magnificent weaving in uotes from Shakespeare and Goethe the details were extraordinary I could picture the castles hills gowns and jewels from the vivid imagery provided by the authorThe best historical fiction versions I have read about this fascinating woman’s life Full review on my blog


About the Author: Allison Pataki

ALLISON PATAKI is the NYTimes Bestselling author of THE TRAITOR'S WIFE THE ACCIDENTAL EMPRESS SISIEMPRESS ON HER OWN WHERE THE LIGHT FALLS and the memoir BEAUTY IN THE BROKEN PLACES Her work has been translated into than a dozen languages has been featured on The TODAY Show The NY Times The Huffington Post USA Today FOX News Morning Joe and Visit AllisonPatakicom to connec