On Sale: February 17, 2015
Featuring: “Sisi” the Austro-Hungarian Empress; Emperor Franz Joseph
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New York Times bestselling author Allison Pataki
follows up on her critically acclaimed debut novel, The
Traitor’s Wife, with the little-known and tumultuous
love story of “Sisi” the Austro-Hungarian Empress and
captivating wife of Emperor Franz Joseph.
The year is
1853, and the Habsburgs are Europe’s most powerful ruling
family. With his empire stretching from Austria to Russia,
from Germany to Italy, Emperor Franz Joseph is young, rich,
and ready to marry.
“Sisi,” Duchess of Bavaria, travels to the Habsburg Court
with her older sister, who is betrothed to the young
emperor. But shortly after her arrival at court, Sisi finds
herself in an unexpected dilemma: she has inadvertently
fallen for and won the heart of her sister’s groom. Franz
Joseph reneges on his earlier proposal and declares his
intention to marry Sisi instead.
Thrust onto the
throne of Europe’s most treacherous imperial court, Sisi
upsets political and familial loyalties in her quest to win,
and keep, the love of her emperor, her people, and of the
With Pataki’s rich period detail and cast of
complex, bewitching characters, The Accidental
Empress offers a captivating glimpse into one of
history’s most intriguing royal families, shedding new light
on the glittering Hapsburg Empire and its most mesmerizing,
most beloved “Fairy Queen.”
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