Reader Review: The second book in the "Cheney Sisters" trilogy, and I think this one is my favorite! Gabriel is beautiful, headstrong and determined, but is also blaming herself for her long lost loves death. Set in Paris during the time of Catherine de Medici, the "Dark Queen", Gabriel's story of love, loss and betrayal will capture your attention and draw you into the Cheney sisters world of magic. A stunning read!
Skilled in passion, artful in deception, and driven by betrayal, she is the glittering center of the royal court–but the most desired woman of Renaissance France will draw the wrath of a dangerous adversary.
Paris, 1575. The consort of some of Europe’s most influential men, Gabrielle Cheney is determined to secure her future by winning the heart of Henry, the Huguenot king of Navarre. As his mistress, Gabrielle hopes she might one day become the power behind the French throne. But her plans are jeopardized by Captain Nicolas Rémy, a devoted warrior whose love Gabrielle desires–and fears–above all. She will also incur the malevolence of the Dark Queen, Catherine de’ Medici, whose spies and witch-hunters are legion, and who will summon the black arts to maintain her authority. With the lives of those she loves in peril, Gabrielle must rebel against her queen to fulfill a glorious destiny she has sacrificed everything to gain.
Alive with vivid period detail and characters as vibrant as they are memorable, The Courtesan is a sweeping historical tale of dangerous intrigues, deep treachery, and one woman’s unshakable resolve to honor her heart.
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|Title of Suspense & Thrillers eBook: The Courtesan||Series: Cheney Sisters, , #2|
|Release Date: 07-26-2005|
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|Publisher: Random House Publishing Group||Store Sales Rank: 3797|
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Gabrielle Cheney peered through the slits of her mask, picking her way carefully along the path overgrown with weeds. The courtyard of the Maison d’ Esprit was silent as a ceme- tery and twice as eerie. The moon cast a pale light over moss- blackened fountains and broken statuary. Some headless saint presided over the withered remains of a rose garden. The flowers were long gone, but the thorns were not, one branch catching at the hem of Gabrielle’s cloak.
As she bent to free herself, she was beset by the troubling sensation that had afflicted her all evening. The feeling that she was being followed. Straightening, she curled her fingers over the hilt of the sword hidden beneath her cloak and whirled around. The iron gate and stone wall were nothing more than vague outlines in the fog-bound night. But as she stared, another figure took shape, that of a tall proud warrior.
Her hand fell away from the sword and she uttered a soft choked cry. Not of fear, but more of despair because she had seen the silhouette of this man far too many times in her dreams. She took a step forward only to check the motion, knowing it would do her no good. There would be no smile to greet her, no strong arms to welcome her because he didn’t exist, this phantom man. All she would find was empty space and silence.
Ghosts left no footfalls and memories cast no shadows, except perhaps on the human heart. She watched the figure of the man evaporate into the mist as he always did. Gabrielle had never once seen his face, but she knew beyond certainty who he was.
Nicolas Remy, the captain from Navarre. Whether it was his ghost she kept seeing or only
Title: The Courtesan
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The second book in the "Cheney Sisters" trilogy, a
July 16, 2008
Reviewer: A reader from Aaronsburg, PA US
The second book in the "Cheney Sisters" trilogy, and I think this one is my favorite!
Gabriel is beautiful, headstrong and determined, but is also blaming herself for her long lost loves death. Set in Paris during the time of Catherine de Medici, the "Dark Queen", Gabriel's story of love, loss and betrayal will capture your attention and draw you into the Cheney sisters world of magic.
A stunning read!
August 22, 2012
Reviewer: A reader from LAWTON, OK USA
This was a good, easy read that I would recommend to anyone interested in historical fiction. However, even though the book is titled "The Courtesan," there is actually not a lot in the book about her being a courtesan, more like she was from a family of witches that was a courtesan until she met the main character. There was a lot about sorcery, which I didn't mind but I was not expecting it at all. All in all though, not a bad book.
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