Daughter of France follows the unpredictable journey of Anne-Marie de la Marche through a sweeping story of scandal and intrigue on the eve of the French Revolution.
When the beautiful Austrian Countess von Falkenstein meets an untimely death by poison, her illegitimate daughter, Anne-Marie, must begin a new life in a foreign country with an unknown father, the powerful and influential Duke de la Marche, Prince of the Blood through the Cond line and cousin to the King of France. Despite Anne-Maries heartfelt passion for a Cornish seaman named David Weston, her fathers ambitions will separate her from that love and plunge her headlong into the intrigues and decadence of the court of Versailles, as well as place her in position to steal the heart of Frances most dangerous nobleman, Louis Philippe, the Duke dOrlans.
But Anne-Marie has her own dangerous ambitions. While awaiting death, her mother had bequeathed to her an ancient and legendary diamond necklace that was denied her in the chaotic aftermath of her mothers passing. Anne-Marie believed the necklace lost, until she learns that it has found its way to France and been incorporated into the perilously expensive and gargantuan creation known as The Queens Necklace, designed for Marie Antoinette herself. However, she soon discovers that there are others plotting to steal the necklace for themselves, and that even the Queen herself might be involved. Enlisting the aid of the mysterious and prescient Count di Cagliostro to help her recover it for herself, Anne-Marie becomes inextricably enmeshed in the enigmatic and portentous Affair of the Diamond Necklace that brings the monarchy of France to its knees and places her own life in perpetual danger. What will be Anne-Maries ultimate fate? Only time will tell.
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"Exquisitely crafted rags-to-riches tale set in pre-Revolutionary France, encompassing the historical Affair of the Diamond Necklace . . . Forrest amazes and delights from the very first paragraph . . . An absolute must-read for fans of French history and intrigue." Kirkus Discoveries.
". . . a grand adventure, a sweeping story with lively, vividly portrayed characters solidly grounded in place and time. The historical figures as well as the fictional are fully rounded human beings that make their mark on the events of the day and on the readers memory. This novel is so engrossing . . ." -- Sally Darling, narrator for Talking Books and Recorded Books.
"Liz Forrest, like Thomas Carlyle, Alexander Dumas and Isaac Azimov before her, has fashioned irresistible fiction . . . A riveting read!" -- Chester Brigham, author of Gloucesters Bargain With the Sea and The Stream I Go A-Fishin In.
"Daughter Of France by Liz Forrest is a must read novel for any historical fiction enthusiast. I am a voracious reader and found this novel to be addicting. . ." -- Reviewer at Barnes and Noble on line.
"The characters are well developed and the story has enough romance, history, plots, scandals, twists and turns to satisfy anyone. If you like to park yourself in the great outdoors with a good book, you cant do better than this one. . ." -- Reviewer at aLibris on line.