Duchess Elizabeth of Bavaria or Sisi's life is thrown into disarray when her shy sister, Helene, is selected to marry th eir cousin Emperor Franz Joseph. When they arrive Austria, it is painfully obvious that Franz Joseph prefers Sisi to Helene. Franz Joseph does the unthinkable and declares he will marry Sisi. As Sisi begins to navigate the treacherous court, with a fragile peace, a nation awaiting and heir and an overbearing mother-in-law, Sisi's life will never be a fairytale.
This book is great, but heartbreaking. Readers can't help but root for Sisi, and even Franz Joseph. The heartbreaking events shape their lives. I wish that both would have been free, but it definitely makes for a great story. The book is very well written and I enjoyed it, just as I did The Traitor's Wife.
Thank you to the publisher for a review copy.