Empress on Her Own
On Sale: March 8, 2016
Featuring: Empress Elisabeth of Austria-Hungary
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For readers of Philippa Gregory, Paula McLain, and Daisy
Goodwin comes a sweeping and powerful novel by New York
Times bestselling author Allison Pataki. Sisi
tells the little-known story of Empress Elisabeth of
Austria-Hungary, the Princess Diana of her time, in an
enthralling work of historical fiction that is also a
Married to Emperor Franz Joseph, Elisabeth—fondly known as
Sisi—captures the hearts of her people as their “fairy
queen,” but beneath that dazzling persona lives a far more
complex figure. In mid-nineteenth-century Vienna, the halls
of the Hofburg Palace buzz not only with imperial waltzes
and champagne but with temptations, rivals, and cutthroat
intrigue. Feeling stifled by strict protocols and a
turbulent marriage, Sisi grows restless. A free-spirited
wanderer, she finds solace at her estate outside Budapest.
There she rides her beloved horses and enjoys visits from
the Hungarian statesman Count Andrássy, the man with whom
she’s unwittingly fallen in love. But tragic news brings
Sisi out of her fragile seclusion, forcing her to return to
her capital and a world of gossip, envy, and sorrow where a
dangerous fate lurks in the shadows.
Through love affairs and loss, dedication and defiance, Sisi
struggles against conflicting desires: to keep her family
together, or to flee amid the collapse of her suffocating
marriage and the gathering tumult of the First World War. In
an age of crumbling monarchies, Sisi fights to assert her
right to the throne beside her husband, to win the love of
her people and the world, and to save an empire. But in the
end, can she save herself?
Featuring larger-than-life historic figures such as
Bavaria’s “Mad King Ludwig” and the tragic Crown Prince
Rudolf, and set against many of Europe’s grandest sites—from
Germany’s storied Neuschwanstein Castle to England’s lush
shires—Sisi brings to life an extraordinary woman and
the romantic, volatile era over which she presided.
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