Danielle Steel proves, once again, why she is the master of the romance novel with THE BALL AT VERSAILLES.
In 1958 Amelia, Felicity, Caroline and Samantha are among a select few of Americans invited to present in the first debutant ball at Versailles. After family pressure, each of them reluctantly agree to go. All four girls are going for different reason of their own while their families hope that they will meet others in the upper echelons of society both here and abroad.
Amelia, whose father passed away when she was only nine years old initially agrees to go because her mother, Jane thinks it will be a good experience for her. Rather than the promotion she expected at work, she was let go through no fault of her own. Reeling from that betrayal, Jane is determined to get Amelia to the ball.
Felicity, brainy, overweight and always in her older, beautiful sister’s shadow, agrees to go only to appease her rich, parents. She is not looking for a mate and can’t be bothered to lose the weight her mother is pressuring her to lose before the event so she can be presented in a favorable light. Her older sister, Araminta, believes that SHE should have been the one invited.
Caroline, daughter of Hollywood royalty has been in a clandestine relationship for about a year. When she finds him sleeping with another woman, their relationship is over and she goes to Paris in the hopes of repairing her broken heart. Her single father, Robert, has been over-protective since she was involved in an accident at age five that killed her mother and brother and left her with balance problems.
All four girls and their families arrive in Paris with different expectations and all leave with much more than they bargained for.
A timely tale of young love, second chances and the romance of Paris. I very much enjoyed the writing style as it moved smoothly between scenes and preparations for the ball. And the ending, as with all Steel novels was so sweet and simple that the smile on my face just continued to shine. I haven’t read Steel in quite a while as it’s not my usual genre but maybe I need to return to her writing.
Thank you to Netgalley and Penguin Random House for this ARC opportunity. All opinions are my own and given voluntarily.
Four beautiful young women, Amelia, Felicity, Caroline, and Samantha are cordially invited to a Debutante Ball in Versailles. They are all very different women, each with a past that they want to overcome and each of the seeking an opportunity of a lifetime. The book is set in 1959, and there is a lot to unpack with that era of our time. But the author does a great job with the story, the characters are amazing and it's an enjoyable story overall. Women who are determined to live their lives the way they want and in a time, when social norms wants them to follow the rules. A rebellious spirit cannot be untamed.
Dislcaimer: Thank you NetGalley and Random House for this review copy and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
Classic Danielle Steel love story! 4 young American socialites are invited to the debutante ball at Versailles. Although hesitate to go, they each navigate it with grace and a few end up lucky in love. I complexity enjoyed this love story and the characters of the young women. Fun enjoyable read!
Thank you NetGalley, Penguin Random House and Danielle Steel for a digital ARC of this book. Fans, both long time and more recent, are in for a treat with The Ball at Versailles. This book is historical fiction and based on the first debutante ball for both French and American debutantes, which was held at the Palace of Versailles in July 1958. The ball was held to promote positive relations between France and the United States and as a fundraiser for the restoration of Versailles. The story follows four diverse young American college girls who are invited to the ball. All are reluctant to attend but one night at Versailles changes their lives in ways they would never have imagined. Changes are in store for some of their parents also. The Ball at Versailles is well written and flows smoothly. The very likable characters grow and evolve throughout the book. This is a very enjoyable read for anyone looking for a romantic escape with happy endings. I can definitely see sequels to this book, which would also be an excellent film adaptation.
This story was a delight for me with all the storybook elegance a ball in Paris could contain. Taking place in the 1950’s , forty high society debutantes from America are invited to attend an incredible ball at Versailles, that would change their lives forever. Four of the young women form a fast friendship that would bond them forever, and I was amazed by our author’s ability to distinguish them so clearly by their personalities and backgrounds, that it was never confusing to me, to keep each character or her family in perspective. Well done, with a very satisfying conclusion.
THE BALL AT VERSAILLES
The summer of 1959 will forever change the course of four women’s lives. They make their debut’s as debutants at the Ball of Versailles. It will introduce them into a whole new world and make them better for it.
I absolutely love Danielle Steel’s writing style and, once again, she didn’t disappoint with this book. She takes readers into a long forgotten world of the rich and privileged. I would give this book 5 out of 5 stars.
This book is before Postwar America is brought to life by several families from varied backgrounds and circumstances to Paris and a debutante Ball for elite young ladies to be presented at the grande Palace. The setting is rich with wealth or with the opportunity for wealth. They are the debutante daughters converge in Paris for the ball of the century. The story revolves around four young American women, who are offered a lifetime opportunity, with some anxious to attend, and some being pushed by family; but the trip will open the door that will change their lives forever, as well as a wonderful friendship. We will meet Amelia, Felicity, Caroline and Samantha, as well as their family. Three of the ladies will find someone for each, having met them as escorts at the ball. I really like the girls, who’s life will change, mostly for the better. I also enjoyed Jane who is Amelia’s mother and Robert who is Sam’s father, who found love along the way. The boys who entered the lives of three ladies, Quentin, Willie, Rapheal were also very likeable to their designated women. Caroline, who suffered a bit at the ball, became close friends with the others, and eventually will find the love she deserved.
When four young debutantes from the United States are invited to the Palace of Versailles for the event of the century, they will be presented to international society and royalty. They are each assigned an escort that speaks English. Each of the girls has hurtles to overcome in order to get to Paris. For each of these women, the ball will change their life forever.
This is a wonderful story about challenges and about growing up in society. Wonderful characters and a great plot!
The Ball at Versailles by Danielle Steel is an interesting novel about different women whose lives intertwine in a ball at Versailles. This book chronicles their lives before and after this ball. Readers of this author should enjoy this book. I found it a bit hard to connect with and read. I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher with no obligations. These opinions are entirely my own.
Thank you to Net Galley for this e-copy of The Ball at Versailles by Danielle Steel in exchange for a honest review.This is another gem from Danielle Steel with great character development.Amelia lost her dad at an early age and her recently jobless mothers views the invitation as a possibility of meeting a potentially rich husband.Felicity, an overweight but brilliant college student dreads going to the cotillion where she is afraid she will stick out.Caroline a daughter of the rich Hollywood set, has a terrible secret she is hiding and Samantha , a motherless child is afraid her physical limitations will be spotlighted at the ball.The 4 girls meet and become fast friends.What Will their debut mean for each girl? Read the book and find out..One of Steel’s best.
The Ball at Versailles is another great book in Danielle Steel's library. It is rich in descriptions of a time gone by, where debutantes were presented on the marriage market, both here and abroad. It follows Samantha, Amelia, Felicity and Caroline. From vastly different backgrounds, these young women were invited to a debutante ball held at Versailles. This event would have far-reaching consequences and forge new friendships.
Danielle Steel is a gifted writer; she draws beautiful pictures with her writings and one gets a sense of inclusion. It's like being a fly on the wall, or having the perfect seat in a production. I loved it!
Another homerun by Steel.
Four American debutantes, Felicity, Amelia, Caroline and Samantha, accept invitations to the most prestigious and coveted ball at Versailles in Paris, in the summer of 1960.
From very different and somewhat complicated family dynamics, they bond almost at first introductions and their lives are changed from that point on.
A good relaxing, easy to read story of the value of enduring friendships and how they can oftentimes, change the direction of your life.
The characters and their background stories are extremely well defined; something Danielle always seems to get right without it ever appearing to be too laborious.
Just a really good read.
If you like her books as a rule, you will really like this one.
A glimpse into days gone by, 1959 USA and France. Debutante balls are still a thing, but some of the girls think they're an antiquated thing. However, they still participate. It's interesting to see how the events unfold and how the ball shapes their lives as well as the lives of some family members. Of course, it's all sunshine & roses, glitter & rainbows even when it's not. And it's all happy endings but still, an interesting & fun story.
Absolutely loved this novel. The initial pages and chapters felt a bit repetitive and dry but as the ball approached and the internal struggles of the characters were revealed, I bonded and adored them. I loved that every character had a happy ending that they deserved. Jane in particular was my favorite character. Initially she seemed vane and vapid, but as her sacrifices and motivation came to be known, she quickly became a beloved character. I wish Caroline had been given a larger presence in the book. Although her storyline was interesting, it almost seemed like an afterthought. Overall, I loved the novel and couldn't put it down despite a slow start.
I received this book as an ARC from NetGalley.
The year is 1959 and France is hosting a special debutante ball at the Palace of Versailles. This is a time for young women to be presented to high society and, for many of them, to find a rich husband.
We follow 4 young woman from America and their families who are invited to the ball. The girls come from different backgrounds and have different issues growing up. Some are wealthy and others have faced tragedies - both personal and financial.
Although each of the girls believes that the idea of being presented is old fashioned and passe, their families strongly encourage them to attend.
I enjoyed this historical fiction book which presents a look at high society in the late 50s when women of this class were expected to marry rich and raise families. Working was for poor people. The descriptions of the gowns and the ball itself were fascinating. I wish there could have been illustrations of the dresses.
It's been years since I read a Danielle Steel novel. I really enjoyed this one!
It's set around the debutante ball in mid 1950's Versailles. It's a little slow in the beginning, learning the backgrounds of the characters. Four debutants are chosen from the US to attend. The story follows their lives prior to their trip to France and while there. It's entertaining to see how this one event effected their lives.
Thank you to NetGalley, the author and publisher for a temporary, digital ARC in return for my review.
Another great feel-good book from Danielle set in 1958 about four young women coming of age and being Debutants amongst love, family and friendships, with a few trials and tribulations along the way. A really nice read.
Thank you to Netgalley, Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine, Delacorte Press and the Author Danielle Steel for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
What a lovely story! Big thanks to Delacorte Press for granting my wish for new Danielle Steel!
As a Danielle myself, while learning to love reading with my Nana back in the day, I read a LOT of Danielle Steel. I remember liking the stories (although it has been 800 years so maybe I have a foggy memory LOL). This didn't disappoint!
I think this is about a 3.5 stars for me, rounding up because it has all the feel-good vibes and that made me happy to read.
The girls meeting each other and getting along off the bat was so sweet, their love interests were swoony, and even the family members relationships were lovely.
If I have a negative aspect it was the POV. I suppose third person is necessary when there are so many characters but it felt like more telling rather than showing.
Danielle Steel is one of the world's most prolific published writers. I have read most if not all of what she publishes and she continues to amaze me. I know when I start the book likely how it will turn out but her writing style is so good that I keep reading. The characters in "The Ball at Versailles" have incomes and lifestyles way beyond anyone that I know. They travel and live a life of luxury but somehow Ms. Steele makes them relatable. Their tragedies and triumphs are much like our own. In this book, there are four young women from the United States invited to an exclusive coming-out event in France. The book is set in post-World War II fifties and sixties, and women are struggling to come into their own and with tradition that has defined their female ancestors. Somehow all emerge from this time friends and in spite of the issues of their generation women that will define their generation. I enjoyed the book and will continue to read Ms. Steele's entertaining and often inspirational work. Thanks to #NetGalley#TheBallatVersailles for the opportunity to read and review this book.
I enjoyed this one from Danielle Steel. This is historical fiction set in 1958, mostly in France during the first "Le Bal des Debutantés," a ball for American and French debutantes held in Versailles. We follow four girls from America who are invited to France as part of this ball. Caroline has little interest because she's already in love, but her movie star parents think it will be fun. Brilliant Felicity is constantly battling her weight and her verbally abusive sister, so a night in the spotlight is not appealing to her at all. Amelia and her mother Jane once had money, but are now in dire financial straits. How can they afford to go? Samantha has problems with her balance due to an accident years ago, and she is a bit worried about falling during the ball. Her very protective father has the same concerns.
This is set in a time when women had fewer rights and some families still thought that their daughter's best "career" would be finding a rich husband. The financial struggles of Amelia's mother Jane are very real, as her late husband came back from the war a different person and had left her with little money when he died. Her career struggles are very true to the time period, as women were passed over for promotions and paid much less than men. In some of Ms. Steel's previous books, someone with money might come in and rescue her, but I was pleased to see that did not happen in this one.
I loved the setting in Versailles, the decadence of the ball, and the descriptions of France. Steel has a tendency to "tell" instead of "show," but she's sold a billion books that way, so who am I to judge? Sometimes her style works for me and sometimes it doesn't. This time it worked. The character Felicity was my favorite. Despite the fact that she is a brilliant student at MIT, all her mother and sister can see is her weight. That's very true even today, and I loved that one of the characters did not have a "perfect figure." So few of us do.
I highly recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys books set in France and in the 1950s.
I received a free copy of this book from Random House via Netgalley. My review is voluntary and the opinions expressed are my own.