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Minette [Kindle Edition]

Melanie Clegg
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Product Description

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'Frothy, light hearted, gorgeous. The perfect Summer read.'

‘Beautifully told with exquisite period details…‘

‘If you’re done with the Tudors, carry on reading about the Stuarts.‘

‘Absolutely gorgeous and evocative of the 17th Century, storytelling was magnificent…‘

‘Makes you fall in love with Minette in such a way that you can feel all the emotions Minette experiences and have a desire to protect her…’

'Just a delight from start to finish...'

'An absolutely cracking read...'

To know her was to love her.

Born in the very heart of the dangers of the English Civil War, smuggled out of the clutches of Parliament as a toddler and then raised in near penury in exile in France, the charming and beautiful Princess Henrietta-Anne Stuart, youngest daughter of Charles I and Henrietta Maria is the original Cinderella, waiting breathlessly and with some trepidation for the moment when her family’s fortunes will be restored and she can reclaim her proper place in the world.

A treat for all fans of The Secret Diary of a Princess by the same author, Minette leads the reader into the flamboyant, exciting and treacherous world of Louis XIV's Paris and Charles II's raucous Restoration court as seen through the eyes of an enchanting and unforgettable heroine.

This is the first book in a two part series, with the second volume due out in Summer 2014.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 502 KB
  • Print Length: 255 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Madame Guillotine (10 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #39,079 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Melanie Clegg is a blue haired art history graduate, casual historian, GIN taster, lapsed goth, failed Parisienne, Versailles obsessive, proud Ripperologist, Georgette Heyer fanatic and Victorian Prostitute re-enactor who lives in deepest darkest Bristol with her family.

You can find out more by visiting Melanie's popular art, history and writing blog at

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional!! 22 April 2013
By Valerie
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This book tells the story of Minette, Charles II's youngest sister, and covers the period from 1654 up until 1660 when she married the Duc d'Orleans. It's very well written and engaged me thoroughly from the start. I loved the descriptions of life at the French court, and how the characters were brought to life. I found myself almost in tears at a few points in the book, one scene where Minette goes to see the site of her father's execution was one that I found especially poignant. This book is so interesting, the period it covers is one that I've always found fascinating. Melanie is a fantastic writer and brings her characters to life, so much so that you feel you actually know them
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, engaging book 13 May 2013
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I admit, I'm a bit of a sucker for the historical character of Minette, but I loved this book. It's beautiful drawn, bringing the characters vividly to life, and making it all seem so real. It reminded me very much of one of my favourite historical novelists - Jean Plaidy - but with more charm (as befits the Stuarts!).

I found it hard to put down, especially towards the end, and now I can't wait for the second part about the rest of Minette's life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An absolutely cracking read 21 April 2013
By H. Gray
Format:Kindle Edition
Another fabulous novel from the talented Ms Clegg - can't wait for part 2 or her long-awaited Ripper book

Beautifully told with exquisite period details but characters made real and who draw you in - hard to put down so be careful when you start reading
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cinderella's Woes 27 May 2013
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Another glittering novel of Posh Doom from one of my favourite authors, Melanie Clegg just keeps getting better, and was wonderful to start with! Minette has everything for the discerning historical romance fan: a beautiful Cinderella-esque heroine, as witty as she is charming, with star-crossed lovers and all the gossip and intrigue of the Royal courts surrounding them. Immaculately researched, yet written with a deftness and distinct light touch, this is the perfect book to escape into. The story is played out amidst the backdrop of one of the most turbulent times in history, yet Melanie Clegg always manages to make us truly care about her characters, even those we may have pre-formed opinions of from our knowledge of the period. I love the way she manages to make us feel we are right there, in the moment, watching the drama unfold before us, as many historical novelists have yet to learn this skill and can leave the reader feeling alienated. Cannot wait to read the second part!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Minette Charles 11 sister 28 Jun 2013
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Quite a sad story as she died very young. Was adored by her brother. Mainly lived in France. A touching personal story of someone who is not written about very much.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good 10 Jun 2013
By Kate
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This book is only one of two books and so the ending is really just the beginning of her married life which was quite frustrating but then I suppose that shows that I liked the book enough to want to keep reading!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Review of Minette 7 Jun 2013
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A colourful picture of the French court at the time of the" English Revolution". The intrigues, the costumes and the pastimes all recorded with interest and feeling. The contrast between the people in power to those living as refugees is well accounted. Minette herself comes alive as a pawn in the game of power and intrigue.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this from my perspective as a fairly recent convert to historical fiction. Melanie has a light touch with period detail - it's woven into the fabric of her books, with little details highlighted, rather than being too obviously signposted. You never forget that you're reading something placed in its specific time in history, but that sense of time and place is slickly done.

It does suffer from a problem inherent in historical fiction, of having a large cast of characters who can't be given neat, distinctive names for the reader's ease, so it's occasionally a little difficult to remember who's who, but for the most part they're well written enough that it's not too much of an effort. Characterisationis a real strength here, the characters are neither modern ones inserted in a historic setting, nor are they just lushly dressed cardboard cut-outs.

My only slight criticism is that I wasn't convinced by Minette's narration in Part 1, taking place in 1654 - she turns ten years old during this period, and I can't quite square the voice with such a young child. It didn't detract from my enjoyment much though, and by the time she turns eleven and then twelve she sounds much more 'right'.
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3.0 out of 5 stars not sure
Amazing theme, but the narrative could be a bit richer in terms of description to depict clearer the ambience ... Read more
Published 21 hours ago by Jonathan Hernandez
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth reading
Loved this book and looking forward to the next.
Published 16 days ago by Patricia Douglas
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
This book was for my wife who really enjoyed it. A very good read.
Published 2 months ago by Peter Barber
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant, moving book.
Now I love good historical fiction but as I was brought up on Jean Plaidy my standards are high! I had met Melanie briefly at the Hampton Court sleepover in September and followed... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Samantha Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it, felt like I was there
As said in the title, Clegg has the knack of making you able to touch, faste and smell everything the character is describing. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Rennhm
5.0 out of 5 stars Minette
Not being aware that Charles II had a sister I found this novel fascinating and very well written. I will certainly look forward to enjoying her other books.
Published 10 months ago by Elizabeth Head
4.0 out of 5 stars Minette
Light & frothy, but somehow compelling. Frocks, jewels & several handsome love interests. A little more historical facts or political intrigue would have added depth. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Valerie Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Mine tote by Melanie Clegg
I found this book fascinating and looked forward to reading more of my book, I lived the detail and descriptions and was very sorry when the book was finished as I had enjoyed it... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Malsy
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I haven't read much about the Stuarts as most books seem to be about the Tudors. I really enjoyed this book. Read more
Published 16 months ago by marie
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Book
This book is absolutely fantastic. A little bit slow to start but once I got into it, I couldn't put it down. Read more
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