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The Wardrobe Mistress

The Wardrobe Mistress

A Novel of Marie Antoinette

Meghan Masterson

St. Martin's Griffin

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THE WARDROBE MISTRESS is Meghan Masterson's fascinating and visceral debut, an inside look at Marie Antoinette's luxurious life in Versailles remarkably juxtaposed against life in third estate as the French Revolution gains strength. A propulsive exploration of love, loyalty, danger, and intrigue...not to be missed.

It's Giselle Aubry's first time at court in Versailles. At sixteen, she is one of Marie Antoinette's newest undertirewomen, and in awe of the glamorous queen and her opulent palace life. A budding designer, it's a dream come true to work with the beautiful fabrics and jewels in the queen's wardrobe. But every few weeks she returns home to visit her family in Paris where rumors of revolution are growing stronger.

From her position working in the royal household, Giselle is poised to see both sides of the revolutionary tensions erupting throughout Paris. When her uncle, a retired member of the secret du roi, a spy ring that worked for the old King, Louis XV, suggests that she casually report the Queen’s actions back to him as a game, she leaps at the chance. Spying seems like an adventure and an exciting way to privately support the revolution taking the countryside by storm. She also enjoys using her insight from Versailles in lively debates with Léon Gauvain, the handsome and idealistic revolutionary who courts her.

But as the uprising continues to gain momentum, and Giselle grows closer to the Queen, becoming one of the few trusted servants, she finds herself dangerously torn. Violence is escalating; she must choose where her loyalty truly lies, or risk losing everything...maybe even her head.

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Chapter One


FEBRUARY 1789

No one looks regal or elegant in their underclothes on a cold February morning, no matter how much lace or satin trims the garment, and the queen is no exception. She stands with her hands clasped...

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Praise for The Wardrobe Mistress

"Fast-paced...a satisfying view of the Revolution from the perspective of the Third Estate." —historicalnovelsociety.org

"Meghan Masterson does a brilliant job of bringing to life many of the cataclysmic events of those years...The Wardrobe Mistress is perfect for anyone who is intrigued by the French Revolution and wants a fast-paced and romantic tale set during its tumultuous era." — Kate Forsyth, Booktopia Review

"In this debut novel by Meghan Masterson, the characters practically leap off the page, taking you by the hand through the streets of revolutionary Paris and the glittering halls of Marie Antoinette's Versailles. I particularly loved the character of young Giselle Aubry. A highly entertaining read! Not to be missed!"—Michelle Moran, internationally bestselling author of Nefertiti and Madame Tussaud

"An entertaining read in the best tradition of the historical novel...THE WARDROBE MISTRESS is intriguing and well researched, set during one of my favourite periods of history, the French Revolution. We see the Reign of Terror through the eyes of Giselle, an engaging young ‘undertirewoman’ or wardrobe mistress, who finds herself torn between her affection and compassion for the Queen and her loyalty to her class and family."—Roberta Rich, internationally bestselling author of The Midwife of Venice

"Revolutionary fervor, royal politics, and high fashion are stitched together like a couture ballgown in Meghan Masterson's THE WARDROBE MISTRESS...Giselle makes a smart, likable heroine, torn between her affection for the queen and her growing love for a firebrand suitor, and the revolution's relentless advance toward the guillotine made for breathless reading. A charming debut!" —Kate Quinn, author of The Empress of Rome Saga and The Borgia Chronicles

"In THE WARDROBE MISTRESS, Masterson deftly captures the tumult of the French Revolution and the tragic unmaking of history’s most infamous queen—Marie Antoinette—through the eyes of clever and likable dressmaker Giselle Aubry...I grew impatient to return to the book each night. By turns sexy, absorbing, and suspenseful, this story sweeps you along to its riveting conclusion."—Heather Webb, author of Becoming Josephine and Last Christmas in Paris

"A charming portrait of Marie Antoinette’s inner circle and the intimate connections between politics and fashion." —Jennifer Laam, author of The Secret Daughter of the Tsar

"Silk isn’t the only thing whispering through the halls of the royal palaces in Meghan Masterson's captivating debut...THE WARDROBE MISTRESS is a romantic, tension-filled coming of age story set in a time of dangerous and uncertain revolution. You will root for Giselle; you will applaud her; and you will also fear for her." —Sophie Perinot, author of Médici's Daughter

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About the author

Meghan Masterson

Meghan Masterson graduated from the University of Calgary and has worked several unrelated jobs while writing on the side. As a child, she gave her parents a flowery story about horses every year for Christmas. She is drawn to strong historical figures and situations which present unexpected opportunities for her characters. Meghan loves reading at all hours, cooking, and going for walks with her dog. She and her husband live in Calgary. Meghan is the author of The Wardrobe Mistress.

Meghan Masterson

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