The Ball at Versailles is the latest novel by Danielle Steel. It's 1959 and four young American women are invited to be presented to society in Versailles. Like all Steel novels, this one is a pleasant way to pass an afternoon and you can see the storylines coming in advance and yet it is still an enjoyable experience. The struggle is that having 4 main characters (actually 5 with mom Jane) and then their men too it can be hard to keep straight which girl is with which family and man. That likely means a bit more character development would be helpful. Ironically I just read another novel set in the same time frame and the exploration of women of the time was so different, but again it's Danielle Steel that we read for a nice light story where everyone comes through it better for the journey. Steel fans will enjoy this journey.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest opinion.
The Ball at Versailles is a combination of historical fiction mixed with the usual romance in Danielle Steel novels. We meet four American debutantes, Amelia, Sam, Felicity and Caroline, who are invited to "come out" at Versailles. Each character's story is unique. As in most Ms. Steel's books, each debutante finds her own unique happily ever after. The book was engaging, but I would have preferred a little more depth to each of the character's story. All in all, an engrossing read. Thanks to NetGalley, Delacorte Press, and Danielle Steel for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Four young women are given the opportunity to present themselves at an elegant debutant ball hosted at Versailles. Each girl and her family have a story and the author wastes no time making them into stereotypes. The poor girl. The glamourous girl. The handicapped. And finally, the smart, fat one. All of the girls end up finding boyfriends and, for some, some husbands. You were rooting for them. I have been to Versailles, and I enjoyed the descriptions of it and all of the preparation for the ball.
Story from the the late 1950s time about the people of affluence where debutantes were introduced at a ball. The first ball was in the United States and then a second select group of young women were selected to attend a ball in France. The story revolves around a group of four young women and the course of events that happened to them during this time frame. I was slower in getting into this story but as I got into it I enjoyed it more. I have enjoyed reading all the new books that Danielle Steel has written in the last couple of years.
Wow another bestseller by the queen of contemporary romance!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Danielle Steele has done it again in The Ball at Versailles. This is a beautiful story of four young women coming of age & becoming women.
Danielle Steel is always one of my go to authors so I was excited to receive an Arc of The Ball at Versailles.
This is a quick and easy read about four American Debutantes attending the historical Palace of Versailles Debutante Ball. The event will change the lives of the four girls forever.
I would like to have had a more in-depth story of each girl, but is was still enjoyable.
Thank you to NetGalley and Random House - Ballantine for my ARC
I loved this book!! It was a great story that stayed with me after I put the book down. Classic Danielle Steele and perfect in every way. I adored all the little details she added in the book!! Do not hesitate to pick it up.
I would like to thank NetGalley for allowing me to read this book and to give my honest opinion. This book was HARD to get into. I put it down for about two weeks before I finished it. The book is set in the 1950s. Four American girls were invited to present at a ball at Versailles. All four girls were of a certain stature (one was the child of celebrities, one was the daughter of a Texan, one was the daughter of a single mother, and the last was a daughter of a venture capitalist. All four girls meet at a welcome brunch and decide to make friends. The ball happens (with a very dramatic moment at the reception). The second half of the book is the year after the ball. I wish I could have the book shortened but it was overall a good book.
As a longtime fan of Danielle Steel I enjoyed this look back at life in the 1950s. I think older readers who were teenagers or young adults at this time will appreciate the reminder of the tremendous differences between then and today with respect to women’s roles and expectations. It prompted some strolls down memory lane and an occasional shudder. The view is however limited to the privileged class which I think younger readers may dismiss as unrealistic to their history and therefore irrelevant.
Two hundred fifty French girls and forty Americans are to be presented to society at a debutante hall at the Palace of Versailles. Why this is happening is never disclosed. It just seemed to fit with the outdated notion that being presented would yield perspective husband material. The book revolves around the stories of 4 of the American girls and their families, 3 of whom conform to the mores of 1959-60 and 1 who doesn’t. Interestingly the story of the nonconformist pretty much is dropped midway through. I guess there was a 1950s message there.
As usual, it’s a fast, easy read with no real surprises. It hits all Danielle’s favorite topics, most notably the second chance at love. It acknowledges that money doesn’t buy everything but it certainly makes life considerably easier. France plays less a part in the book than the title would suggest.
Thank you to the author, the publisher, Delacorte Press, and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review an ARC.
A debutante ball at The Palace of Versailles in the summer of 1959 brings four American young women together. These four women all come from different backgrounds but it is still the opportunity of a lifetime. Amelia, Felicity, Caroline and Samantha get to know one another over the week spent in Paris and continue the relationship after they return home to the US. Their lives are changed forever. I really enjoyed this book! Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC of this book.
This book had a magical feel to it. It was nice to see people having a life not perfect but being able to stay in the moment and enjoy life. Yes its worth reading and descriptions of the Ball were perfect. I was glad Danielle let the girls grow up and get a education and not fall into marriage without knowing themselves as a person. I enjoyed this was not a cookie cutter story and Danielle gave each girl a strong self.
The Ball at Versailles is yet another amazing historical fiction by Danielle Steel. As a fan for many years , I really enjoyed it . Four young American ladies are invited to a debutante Ball in Paris The beginning of the book details each girl’s life and after the ball it shows how their lives end up intertwined .
They all have to learn about lives complications in their own way.
Thank you NetGalley and publisher for a copy for my opinion .
I loved this story of four American debutantes who are invited to attend a cotillion in Paris. wonderful setting, great characters.
Round up to 3.5 stars
Reading this book was self-indulgent. I’d had a hectic week and needed an escape. This was the perfect antidote to relieve my stress.
We’re taken back to the late 1950s when debutante balls were still the rage. Young women were introduced to society to meet eligible young men from families who were part of society and financially stable. Four young American women are invited to the biggest event of the social season, a coming-out ball at the Palace of Versailles in Paris.
Each young woman has their own back story, and we follow them from when they are invited to the ball to after the event, and their friendship continues. Some of the stories overlap, but each experiences life-changing events.
I enjoy concurrent stories that overlap and join together at the end. I liked each of the four main characters and had favorite moments of each of them. While I thought the story was accurate on most points, I found that some of the women’s actions were a little modern for the late 1950s. But since the author tends to write about modern women, I guess these characters fit in fine with this story.
Thank you to NetGalley, Random House Publishing Group, and Delacorte Press for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.
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I was excited NetGalley and the publisher approved me for Danielle Steel’s latest book The Ball at Versailles. This had me from the very first page and I loved this heartfelt story from 1959. Four American women and other women from France were chosen to go to as debutants to the ball and none of them wanted to go but each of their parents talked them into it. Loved the story, loved the characters and loved the ending! My 51st Daniel Steel book!
The Ball at Versailles is historical fiction about four girls meeting at the ball in Paris and how their lives are forever changed as a result. Liked the way that it was basically 4 stories in one and how that intertwined as a result of the ball and the friendships made there. It's different from other historic fiction that I read which can be heavy and depressing. This ends up being a feel good story with a happy ending. If that is what you are looking for - this will fit the bill. Danielle Steel books are always a light read with a happy ending.
Four girls are offered the chance if a lifetime to be presented in Paris at Versailles. Each girl has their own reasons for not wanting to attend, but in the end they all go and become friends. I enjoyed how each girl’s story was presented throughout the book. Like most Steel books, this is a fast and easy read that sucks you right in.
For most girls the chance to attend a ball in Paris would be wonderful. For these girls it is either magic or the worst thing possible. The magic of Danielle Steel Brings it all alive. Great Read!!
Release Date: February 21 , 2024
It’s the summer of 1959 and the Palace of Versailles is hosting an event that will make history. It is an exclusive dusk-to-dawn ball in which a select group of American and French debutantes will be presented to international society and royalty. Four young women, all with something to prove, receive what some see as the invitation of a lifetime.
For all these young women, Paris and one transcendent night will change their lives forever.
I thoroughly enjoyed @officialdaniellesteel book #BallofVersailles. It kept my interest all through the entire book. I really liked that it was about young people and their parents ! I totally Recommend this book. I still think her book Suspects is one of my favorites though.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions and thoughts are my own.
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How fun to meet someone at a Ball and to become best friends. As this is not one of my favorite reads by Danielle Steel but it won't stop me from continuing to read her books. Four ladies meet at the Ball and become best friends over time. Thank you to NetGalley and Delacorte Press for the ARC. I am leaving this review voluntarily and is my own opinion. #theballatversailles, #netgalley, #delacortepress, #daniellesteel, #ball