The daughter of actors, Claudette has been playing different roles since she was a child. After settling in Paris, where her mother becomes a star, Claudette finds a position as personal assistant to AthEnaIs de Montespan, the highly influential mistress of Louis XIV, and France's "Shadow Queen." But amid the gilded opulence of the newly-constructed Versailles, she is shocked to discover that the Court's veneer of respectability and glamour conceals just as many plots and deceptions as the stage.
As she is caught up in AthEnaIs's paranoia and desperation to keep the King's attention, Claudette is forced to consider a move that will risk her own life--and that of the family she loves so dearly.
About the Author
SANDRA GULLAND was raised and educated in Berkeley, California, immigrating to Canada in 1970. She is the author of The Josephine B. Trilogy, which has sold over 75,000 copies in Canada and has been published worldwide to great success. Gulland spent many years researching Mistress of the Sun, and in the interest of perfecting the book's rich details, she acquired a library of over 200 books on the Louis XIV period, rode horseback for a week in France's Loire Valley (45 km a day) and spent a silent stay in a convent. Sandra Gulland and her husband live half the year near Killaloe, Ontario, and half in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.