Thursday, March 12, 2015
Allison Pataki's The Accidental Empress
She was never meant to be the Empress of the Austrian Empire.
That was the role intended for her elder sister Helene.
At 15, Elisabeth, a beauty already, was only to travel with Helene
to Austria and serve as her lady-in-waiting.
"You must always make Helene look good," their mother explained.
But it was not Helene who Franz Joseph, the Habsburg Emperor, fell in love with.
This love story, Pataki's second novel, is a true story, fiction woven with fact in a way that left me turning the pages, enthralled. I didn't expect that. I normally like my fiction separated from biography. But I liked this book so much that I immediately ordered Pataki's first novel, The Traitor's Wife, about the wife of Benedict Arnold.
Have any of you read either of Allison Pataki's novels? How did you like them?