The Myrtle Wand
by Margaret Porter
Publication Date: October 11, 2022
Genre: Historical Fiction
The Myrtle Wand, a retelling and a continuation of the traditional ballet Giselle, restores unique story components to rework a story of blighted romances and betrayals right into a quest for redemption and restorative love.
Princess Bathilde de Sevreau, her college good friend Myrte, and the peasant woman Giselle have heard the legend of the vilis, ghostly maidens who rise from their graves by evening to roam the forest, in search of revenge on faithless lovers. Each will concern being ensnared by that spectral sisterhood…
Bathilde, destined for a wedding of comfort with Albin, Duc de Rozel, leaves her ancestral château for the Sun King’s subtle and scandalous court docket. As contributors in royal ceremonies and entertainments, the princess and the soldier step by step acknowledge their deep emotions for one another, in addition to mutual hopes for a contented and satisfying union. But the tragic penalties of Albin’s transient masquerade as a commoner and the amorous Louis XIV’s quest for a mistress divide the betrothed couple. Together and individually, they have to overcome conflicting duties and surprising risks to find out their destiny.
“An absorbing and touching tale . . . a fully realized, moving portrait of the storied court of Louis XIV.” ~ Kirkus Reviews
“Lushly atmospheric . . .rich with historical detail. Porter imagines the story behind the iconic Giselle, transporting us to France during the early reign of the Sun King.” ~ Leslie Carroll, creator of Royal Romances
About the Author
MARGARET PORTER is award-winning, bestselling creator of The Myrtle Wand (October 2022), The Limits of Limelight (September 2021), Beautiful Invention: A Novel of Hedy Lamarr, and twelve different historic novels. After finding out British historical past within the U.Ok., she labored professionally in theatre, movie, and tv. A historian and avid traveler, Margaret returns to Great Britain and Europe for analysis. She lives in New England with husband and canine, dividing her time between an architecturally distinctive book-filled home in a small metropolis and a waterfront cottage on one of many area’s largest lakes.