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The Ball at Versailles

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I was overjoyed to be given an ARC by NetGalley! I've been a longtime fan of hers so you can imagine my excitement to receive this book. This story is historical fiction that takes us into the glitz and glamour of the balls and debutantes of the late 1950s. Danielle Steel has such a way of describing the ultimate fairy tale and making the reader feel like the pages have come alive. I enjoyed the diversity of the American families and the distinct personalities and interests of the four young women who became good friends. I would highly recommend this book, you will not be disappointed!

**Thanks to NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine for this ARC in exchange for my honest review.**

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This book started a little slow for me but it was setting up all the characters, Danielle Steel blended everything together so wonderfully.

Each family’s relationships were explained really well even though some of them were not the greatest.

A debutant ball in Versailles was the setting for everything that eventually changed a lot of lives , made lasting friendships and alot of romance.

I loved how she tied everything together, this was one of those easy feel good stories that just doesn’t last long enough.

Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for this ARC. #TheBallatVersailles

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5 stars out of 5!

Wow, this was such an amazing book and probably one off my favorites I have read this entire year. All the characters were written so well which drew me into the book from the beginning. It was a very quick read and I could not put the book down.

The Ball at Versailles is about 4 girls that are coming out in France at the Ball at Versailles. 40 American girls have been invited to attend with their families along with a select group of French girls. All the girls lives will change immensely by the end of the book, all thanks to their trip to France.

Danielle Steel did an amazing job with this book. She brought us back to 1959 and we got to see how one day changed their lives forever. The girls were all around the same age but had come from different backgrounds which really made the story. I really did not want the book to end and was left wanting more and sad the book was over.

I would highly recommend this book, you will not be disappointed!

A big thank you to Netgalley and Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine for this ARC in exchange for my honest review. One of the best books I have read yet!

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This story follows four girls and they’re coming out. It was a quick read on NetGalley and it was refreshing since I haven’t read a book in a while that followed the journey of so many characters simultaneously, thought that was also harder since you didn’t get to dive in and relate to each one as much as I’d of liked. It’s also a book I haven’t read a book set post WWII in a while and that was also a nice treat.

This was my first Danielle Steel read, too!

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I received a complimentary copy of this book, and the opinions expressed are my own.
The Ball at Versailles was a story of four American young ladies who were invited and meet at a Ball in Versailles. Each young lady had their own issues but managed to become friends and some even met their life partners. There were some turns and twists and even surprises along the way but in the end everyone got what they needed.

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A sweeping piece of historical fiction! It was a phenomenal read and I loved getting swept up in the four women's stories! This would make a great beach read for over the summer or a great read if you need to escape reality.

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I thoroughly enjoyed Danielle Steel’s, The Ball at Versailles. The story presents an interesting conflict between the traditions of storied families and their young debutantes while they come of age during the 1950s, a time when more opportunities were opening up for women. The tension between being young, independent professionals up against the then traditional path of wives and mothers presents each of the girls with life decisions that were a new struggle for the time period. The story provided an interesting glimpse of the not-so-distant past while also painting a clear picture of the glamour and pitfalls of the debutante world. While the story starts with four debutantes, one falls by the wayside throughout the meat of the book and I would have liked to have seen her story get the same attention as the others. Aside from wanting more of her story, I liked the book very much and highly recommend it for Danielle Steel fans.

Many thanks to Danielle Steel, Random House Publishing, and Netgalley for an advanced reader copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

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Thanks to Danielle Steel, Random House Publishing and Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for my honest review.

This was a refreshing and enjoyable read, focusing on a cotillion at the Palace of Versailles in the summer of 1959 for 4 lucky American girls. Typical to Steel's writing, there was a bit of drama, but everything was handled by the end of the book. Lovely panoramic scenes also included. Easy to understand the feel of the 1950s as well, post WWII, with the focus on the young ladies 'needing a husband to succeed'... although the young ladies by far bucked the traditional mores there.
Also nice that secondary characters played into the characterization and development, i.e. we were not just focusing on girls in their late teens, but also the (old) parents in their 40s/50s.

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Another great read from the master of fiction…great characters, great set pieces, amazing locations…I still do not know Danielle Steel can come up with all these amazing books! Another fantastic set of characters…the girls all become lovable except for the sister from “you know where” the adults have their own separate yet intertwined love story….I couldn’t put this one down…I wish we would have gotten a little more insight into the girls futures but all in all this one was again amazing…another tour de force from Danielle Steel

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Danielle Steel has a distinct voice, and it shines through in all of her books. The Ball at Versailles hit all of the high notes for me, romance, friendship, single parents, multiple relationships getting happy endings, female empowerment, and international travel. This story follows four American debutantes that are selected to represent their country at an exclusive Debutante Ball in Versailles. This is an honor and each of them have their own reasons for going and most of them are not to meet a husband. Steel perfectly captures each of their stories and intertwines them into a meeting and friendships that will last a lifetime. I especially loved the secondary relationship stories as our primary characters were making strides in their own lives. Although the ball is only one night the friendships and relationships that it ignites make way for stories and love that will last a lifetime. Another special touch that Steel added was giving us an ending for everyone, even the characters that we didn't particularly enjoy.

Thank you to the publisher, author, and NetGalley for allowing me to preview this title.

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In a timeless tradition of the wealthy and elite, 40 Americans were invited to have a Coming Out in France for the first time. This is the story of four of the American women, all with different families, dreams, and challenges. When they meet at the Ball, an instant friendship is formed and their lives will be forever changed. Through many trials and tribulations each of the women finds their destiny and future. Great story with unique characters and a plot that flows seamlessly from scene to scene.
I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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Four young women attend a ball of American/French debutantes as the world comes rushing in around them with a thrill for the glamour, fashion, and fame.
It's the 50's and everything is moving at the Palace of Versailles with a power grab among the elite, the powerful, and the true Hollywood legends.
So much history, so much excitement, and so much love....
Many chess pieces are moving at the same time and you must keep your wits about you but one thing is for sure. All's well that end's well and this one puts a beautiful spin upon everything.
The history, the romance, the fashion, and the characters will blow you away in its exquisite nature.
Thank you for this granted wish and please keep 'em coming....
Much love to Danielle Steel, Random House Publishing, and Netgalle for another beautiful ride!

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Thanks Netgalley for allowing me to read this book. Four college students meet at a dance in Paris and become life long friends. Most did not want to go but are glad they did. Their lives went in directions they never anticipated. I cant wait to read her next one.

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Book Title: The Ball at Versailles
Author: Danielle Steel
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine ~ Delacorte Press
Genre: Historical Fiction, Women’s Fiction
Pub Date: November 23, 2023
My Rating: 3.4 Stars
Pages: 320

This story is historical fiction that takes us into the glitz and glamour of the
balls and debutantes of the late
Time: 1959
Place: Palace of Versailles
Event: an exclusive dusk-to-dawn ball in where two hundred and eight-six debutantes from America and France will be presented to international society and royalty.

Four young US girls who are very different from each other have received this once in a lifetime invitation; although these four see the ball as an outdated tradition, they agree to attend as they know it pleases their parents. But will this indeed be something that changes their lives?

Amelia Alexander, who hopes to eventually attend law school,

Felicity Smith is from a prominent in the Dallas family but, Felicity prefers to keep to herself,

Caroline Taylor is the beautiful daughter of Hollywood legends.

Samantha Walker, an art history major with an overprotective father.

The story reminded me of Cinderella - will any of these beautiful young ladies find their Prince Charming? Best of all we readers get to live vicariously through their fairy tale experience.

Awww I still have a smile on my face! Such a pleasant read!

My first Danielle Steel novel was “The Promise” back in 1977. I could not wait until her next novel was release. Although I did move onto Psychological Thrillers but there is a loyalty - a magnet holding me and yes a soft spot for Ms. Steel. This is #48 for me ~ so yes us Danielle Steel fans are a unique group and I am proud to be a member!

Want to thank NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine ~ Delacorte Press for granting my “Wish”!!!
Publishing Release Date scheduled for November 21, 2023

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An engaging romance that begins with a bit of a historical fiction take and moves throughout multiple generations. A beautiful story of loss and love in unexpected places. Well done!

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Follow the lives of the well written characters as they all decide whether or not they are good to the ball they’ve been invited too. And then see how it changes their lives and the people they meet. I really enjoyed this book and highly recommended it!

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Danielle Steel brings us the story of four young women whose lives are forever changed by one event in time. Each family receives an invitation to the ball at the exclusive Palace of Versailles in 1959. By attending this ball, it opens up a world of possibilities that they never dreamed of if they had refused the invitation. Follow along as each young woman has the courage and determination to follow their dreams and perhaps even find love along the way.

Danielle Steel brings us into the world of debutantes and balls. She brings us into the lives of four very different young women whose lives are shaped by their circumstances and the world they live in. We get to see how this one decision impacts the rest of their lives and how their choices shape the future for them and those around them. She makes you want to turn the page and see what happens next until you arrive at the last page and still want to their stories to continue.

I have read and received an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I would like to thank NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine, Delacorte Press for this privilege.

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An interesting story of an antiquated custom of debutante balls. You’ll follow the four characters throughout their experience with the debutante balls, and how their life has changed as a result of attending one. Daniel steel knows her audience and knows how to write a great story.

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Nope, could not get into this book. I tried really tried, but it's not for me. The writing was subpar at best. Ugh, DNF!! Thank you anyway NetGalley for the ARC!

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Follows four American girls who have been invited to an exclusive coming out function at the Palace of Versailles. All four girls have some concerns about participating in this archaic tradition as none of them are interested in finding a husband at this time; which is what they feel this ball is all about.
Samantha, Felicity, Amelia and Caroline meet up at the ball and become friends. While none of the girls would have considered their time at the ball as life changing at the time but enjoyed meeting each other.
The next year of their lives deepens their friendships with each other and shows just how life changing the ball really had been for them.
Thank you to Net Galley and Delacourte Press for the opportunity to read and provide insight into this delightful book.

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