Friday Spotlight: Enchantée

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Enchantée by Gita Trelease


Book Beginnings is hosted by Rose City Reader. We share the first sentence and whatever thoughts of impressions it provokes. For the Friday 56, hosted by Freda’s Voice, we share a few lines from either page 56 or 56%.



First Impressions:

Yves Rencourt, the chandler’s apprentice, had lost his wig.



“You’re not going, are you?”

“I’m afraid so,” he said, letting himself out of the gondola.

“Your timing is perfect, Lazare!” exclaimed Rosier, leaping out of his seat to show them his drawing. “See? All finished. I’ve captured you with the dreamiest expression mademoiselle. It’ll be perfection on the poster: Girl Ascends the Heavens!”


Book Summary: 

Paris in 1789 is a labyrinth of twisted streets, filled with beggars, thieves, revolutionaries—and magicians…

When smallpox kills her parents, Camille Durbonne must find a way to provide for her frail, naive sister while managing her volatile brother. Relying on petty magic—la magie ordinaire—Camille painstakingly transforms scraps of metal into money to buy the food and medicine they need. But when the coins won’t hold their shape and her brother disappears with the family’s savings, Camille must pursue a richer, more dangerous mark: the glittering court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.

With dark magic forbidden by her mother, Camille transforms herself into the ‘Baroness de la Fontaine’ and is swept up into life at the Palace of Versailles, where aristocrats both fear and hunger for la magie. There, she gambles at cards, desperate to have enough to keep herself and her sister safe. Yet the longer she stays at court, the more difficult it becomes to reconcile her resentment of the nobles with the enchantments of Versailles. And when she returns to Paris, Camille meets a handsome young balloonist—who dares her to hope that love and liberty may both be possible.

But la magie has its costs. And when Camille loses control of her secrets, the game she’s playing turns deadly. Then revolution erupts, and she must choose—love or loyalty, democracy or aristocracy, freedom or magic—before Paris burns…



25th – 31st– How many books did you read last year? Will your goal be to match that number or surpass it? (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)

I managed 188 books last year, well over my ambitious 150 goal. This year I’ve decided not to set myself a Goodreads number, but to take part in some yearlong reading challenges and to set myself some goals: My post about those goals is here. I’ll focus on these and ignore my numbers.

28 thoughts on “Friday Spotlight: Enchantée”

  1. I like the goodreads reading challenge as it logs my years reading for me but I don’t get too hung up on the number. I like to have a goal but if I miss it, I miss it. I’m never the one furiously trying to reach my goal before midnight on the 31st of December. 🙂

    This year, I want to focus more on reading challenges too. I’ve signed up for a few and 2 out of the 3 books read so far this year tick a box in three of my reading challenges which I find oddly satisfying. 🙂

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    1. Hah! Happy to help! XD
      I just started it last night, so I’m only around Chapter 3 or so? But already I’m really enjoying the writing style and the hints of things to come in the world-building.


  2. Hi Louise,

    Thanks for stopping by Fiction Books today, it is good to ‘meet’ you and I appreciate your comments.

    Every year I make a decision not to set myself a target of books to read for Goodreads, but each time I somehow get swept along by the wave of enthusiasm on January 1st … and so it goes on!

    My reading time is very limited, especially when I spend most of my non-work time blogging and trying to keep up with the commitments I make to publishers, publicists and authors, so I like to enjoy the time I do get to savour a book and read it at a leisurely pace.

    So from now on, no more challenges or target goals – just me enjoying my books.

    I don’t read historical fiction exclusively, but I do enjoy a good story in the genre and I think I might quite like this one, so thanks for sharing and I hope that you continue to enjoy the book 🙂

    Yvonne xx

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    1. I completely get where your coming from Yvonne! It can be so difficult to balance real life commitments with reading. Even moreso getting through enough reading without it turning into a chore!
      I hope you’re able to really enjoy all of your reading this year! ❤


  3. I’m taking a step back from some of the reading challenges I like to do over the years, too much pressure to complete it all. The only one I’m sticking with is the one I mentioned in a work blog post, which was to read 1 book from the 12 different areas of the library.

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