By Allison Pataki
ARC paperback, 436 pages
2015, Dial Press
ISBN: 9780812989052 (hardcover)
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Empress Elisabeth, known as Sisi, is married to Franz Joseph, the ruler of Austria-Hungary. She’s known to her people as the “fairy queen” and her incredible beauty is widely known. But as a free spirit and wandered, she is often chided and criticized for not standing by her husband and children. Sisi struggles to stand by her family while weathering rumors of love affairs and the impending troubles of the First World War and she’s torn between wanting to be true to herself and needing to do her duty.
This was an engaging read, primarily because Pataki made Sisi so relatable.