Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Emilie's Voice by Susanne Dunlap

Emilie's Voice is a novel set in Paris France in the oppulent court of King Louis XIV. Emilie is a young girl on the verge of womanhood, the daughter of a poor violin maker and his very conservative wife. One day, Emilie sings and the beauty of her voice and talent are discovered. Because of her talent, she ends up in the palace of Versailles and finds herself a victim, drawn into dark intrigues and the tyrannical manipulations of those in power.

Susanne Dunlap has written an endearing tale lost innocence amid the scandals of the king's court. The characters are all unique and memorable and ever-evolving. One twist after another keeps the reader spellbound until the very last page. The intense ending leaves the reader breathless and restless. It's a little book that packs a great deal of punch. For an easy, pleasant, and interesting read, I highly recommend it.

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