New reviews: Tea at Trianon, A Striped Armchair

These two reviews are very dear to my heart because they come from very different blogs, both of which I like and respect a great deal.

A Striped Armchair is the blog of a brilliant young woman by the name of Eva. She spent much of her life abroad, has a passionate interest in international relations, and was recently admitted to a Master’s program at the prestigious Monterey Institute of International Studies. I am always amazed by the extent of her reading. She frequently delves into non-fiction and types of fiction less familiar to American readers, such as Russian literature. Her opinion means the world to me. Congratulations again, Eva, and all my best wishes for Monterey!

Tea at Trianon is the blog of historical fiction writer Maria Elena Vidal, author of Trianon and Madame Royale. Maria Elena is a Carmelite tertiary, and she describes her blog as “a place for friends to meet… with reflections on politics, history, art,
music, books, morals, manners, and matters of faith.”
  Maria Elena has an amazing knowledge of, among many other things, 18th century French history. I had long visited her blog, but we first “connected” over my prior post on the Franklin exhibition at the Carnavalet in Paris.

After reading Maria Elena’s review, and the comments she shared privately with me, I believe she is the person who best understood, at a personal and emotional level, the meaning of Mistress of the Revolution. It is a rare blessing to meet someone like her.

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4 Comments to “New reviews: Tea at Trianon, A Striped Armchair”


    Well, I am in France right now, without a specific return date to the US. I believe Dutton (publisher) has signed copies, and I signed several at Dutton’s Brentwood (bookstore) while I was there. We have plenty of time, but tell your Mom I will find a way! I will let you know via email.

  2. Eva says:

    Gosh, you’ve really made me blush. Thanks so much! And I told my mom about your book, and she’s planning on buying a copy for my aunt for her birthday. When I mentioned that I ‘knew’ you, she wondered if we could mail the book to you and get it signed (and of course pay for the return postage). My aunt’s birthday isn’t until July, so are you going to be in CA at all before then? And I still need to get to B&N and take that pic, but I will, I promise!


    Thank you, Elena.

  4. Thank you, Catherine! And it is a blessing for me to meet someone like you!

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