Allison Pataki

1 The Accidental Empress

Author : Allison Pataki
Genre :  Historical  Books  Fiction & Literature  Romance 
Price :  $12.99
Release Date :  2015-02-17
Description :  A <i>New York Times </i>bestseller, <i>The Accidental Empress</i> is the “captivating, absorbing, and beautifully told” (Kathleen Grissom) love story of “Sisi” the Austro-Hungarian empress and wife of Emperor Franz Joseph.<br /><br />The year is 1853, and the Habsburgs are Europe’s most powerful ruling family. With his empire stretching from Austria to Russia, from Germany to Italy, Emperor Franz Joseph is young, rich, and ready to marry.<br /><br /> Fifteen-year-old Elisabeth, “Sisi,” Duchess of Bavaria, travels to the Habsburg Court with her older sister, who is betrothed to the young emperor. But shortly after her arrival at court, Sisi finds herself in an unexpected dilemma: she has inadvertently fallen for and won the heart of her sister’s groom. Franz Joseph reneges on his earlier proposal and declares his intention to marry Sisi instead.<br /><br /> Thrust onto the throne of Europe’s most treacherous imperial court, Sisi upsets political and familial loyalties in her quest to win, and keep, the love of her emperor, her people, and of the world.<br /><br /> With Pataki’s rich period detail and cast of complex, bewitching characters, <i>The Accidental Empress</i> offers “another absolutely compelling story” (Mary Higgins Clark) with this glimpse into one of history’s most intriguing royal families, shedding new light on the glittering Hapsburg Empire and its most mesmerizing, most beloved “Fairy Queen.”

2 The Traitor's Wife

Author : Allison Pataki
Genre :  Historical  Books  Fiction & Literature  Religious 
Price :  $12.99
Release Date :  2014-02-11
Description :  A riveting historical novel about Peggy Shippen Arnold, the cunning wife of Benedict Arnold and mastermind behind America’s most infamous act of treason...<br /><br />Everyone knows Benedict Arnold—the Revolutionary War general who betrayed America and fled to the British—as history’s most notorious turncoat. Many know Arnold’s co-conspirator, Major John André, who was apprehended with Arnold’s documents in his boots and hanged at the orders of General George Washington. But few know of the integral third character in the plot: a charming young woman who not only contributed to the betrayal but orchestrated it.<br /><br /> Socialite Peggy Shippen is half Benedict Arnold’s age when she seduces the war hero during his stint as military commander of Philadelphia. Blinded by his young bride’s beauty and wit, Arnold does not realize that she harbors a secret: loyalty to the British. Nor does he know that she hides a past romance with the handsome British spy John André. Peggy watches as her husband, crippled from battle wounds and in debt from years of service to the colonies, grows ever more disillusioned with his hero, Washington, and the American cause. Together with her former love and her disaffected husband, Peggy hatches the plot to deliver West Point to the British and, in exchange, win fame and fortune for herself and Arnold.<br /><br /> Told from the perspective of Peggy’s maid, whose faith in the new nation inspires her to intervene in her mistress’s affairs even when it could cost her everything, <i>The Traitor’s Wife</i> brings these infamous figures to life, illuminating the sordid details and the love triangle that nearly destroyed the American fight for freedom.

3 Sisi

Author : Allison Pataki
Genre :  Historical  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $12.99
Release Date :  2016-03-08
Description :  <b><i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER •&#xa0;For readers of Philippa Gregory, Paula McLain, and Daisy Goodwin comes a sweeping and powerful novel by&#xa0;Allison Pataki. <i>Sisi</i> 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 gripping page-turner.<br /></b><br />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.<br /><br /> 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?<br /><br /> 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—<i>Sisi</i> brings to life an extraordinary woman and the romantic, volatile era over which she presided.<br /><br /><b>Praise for <i>Sisi</i></b><br /><br />“Pataki successfully juggles numerous political and personal plot lines while maintaining her focus on a fascinating central character. . . . Readers of Pataki’s first book will want to know the rest of Sisi’s story, but this novel stands on its own for historical fiction fans.”<b>—<i>Library Journal</i></b><br /><br /> “A deeply moving book about a complex character.”<b>—<i>BookPage</i></b><br /><br /> “A satisfying saga of the late Habsburg period.”<b>—<i>Kirkus Reviews</i></b><br /><br /> “Pataki brings richness and relevance to the story of the woman who worked tirelessly to protect the face of an empire.”<b>—<i>Publishers Weekly</i></b><br /><br /> “Pataki simply stuns me with each new book. I savor each page. <i>Sisi</i> is her best yet!”<b>—Kathie Lee Gifford</b><br /><br /> “Readers will enjoy the glorious dilemma of whether to turn the pages swiftly, breathlessly following Empress Sisi from one astonishing, heartbreaking adventure to the next, or to linger and luxuriate in Pataki’s vivid, sumptuous descriptions of the Habsburg court.”<b>—Jennifer Chiaverini, <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author of <i>Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker</i></b><br /><br /> “This entire novel is irresistible—completely impossible to put down! Pataki reimagines the reign of the nineteenth-century Princess Diana in this stunning book.”<b>—Michelle Moran, internationally bestselling author of <i>Rebel Queen</i></b><br /><br /> “Emotional, exuberant, masterly, <i>Sisi</i> swept me into the glittering, treacherous world of the waning Habsburg empire. A must-read.”<b>—Lynn Cullen, bestselling author of <i>Mrs. Poe</i></b><br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>

4 The Best Fiction Sampler Ever 2014 - Howard Books

Author : Rebecca Kanner, Caryl McAdoo, Melanie Dobson, Allison Pataki, Serena B Miller, Karen Halvorsen Schreck, Karen Kingsbury, Lynne Gentry, Betsy Duffey, Laurie Myers, Beth K Vogt, Stephanie Landsem, John Faubion & Deeanne Gist
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  Free
Release Date :  2014-03-18
Description :  Complete with new beginnings and the promise of happy endings, the Howard Books Spring 2013 Fiction eSampler has an array of debut authors and perennial favorites for you to try out and enjoy. Step back in time with our historical fiction, fall in love with our inspirational romance, and enjoy our contemporary stories. If you would like to learn more about any of our authors or the titles featured, please visit us at HowardBooksOnline.com, follow @Howard_Books, or like us at Facebook.com/HowardBooks and sign up to receive our free monthly e-newsletter to stay informed of all of Howard’s fiction releases.<br /><br />With chapter excerpts from the following Spring 2014 new releases: <br /><br /><i>Sinners and the Sea </i>by Rebecca Kanner<br /><br /><i>Friend Me</i> by John Faubion<br /><br /><i>The Traitor’s Wife</i> by Allison Pataki<br /><br /><i>The Thief</i> by Stephanie Landsem<br /><br /><i>Healer of Carthage</i> by Lynne Gentry<br /><br /><i>Vow Unbroken</i> by Caryl McAdoo<br /><br /><i>The Shepherd’s Song</i> by Betsy Duffey<i> </i>and Laurie Myers<br /><br /><i>Fifteen Minutes </i>by Karen Kingsbury<br /><br /><i>Fearless Hope</i> by Serena Miller<br /><br /><i>Sing for Me</i> by Karen Halvorsen Schreck<br /><br /><i>Fair Play</i> by Deaanne Gist<br /><br /><i>Chateau of Secrets</i> by Melanie Dobson<br /><br /><i>Somebody Like You</i> by Beth K. Vogt<br /><br />Visit HowardBooksOnline.com for more on these and other authors.

5 Beauty in the Broken Places

Author : Allison Pataki, Lee Woodruff & David Levy
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books  Professional & Technical  Medical 
Price :  $12.99
Release Date :  2018-05-01
Description :  <b>“An inspiring, intimate memoir about faith, resilience and the tenacity of love.”—<i>People</i></b><br /><br /><b>“In this emotional tale, a young couple see their lives changed in the blink of an eye—and learn to find love again.”—<i>US Weekly</i></b><br /><br /> Five months pregnant, on a flight to their “babymoon,” Allison Pataki turned to her husband when he asked if his eye looked strange and watched him suddenly lose consciousness. After an emergency landing, she discovered that Dave—a healthy thirty-year-old athlete and surgical resident—had suffered a rare and life-threatening stroke. Next thing Allison knew, she was sitting alone in the ER in Fargo, North Dakota, waiting to hear if her husband would survive the night.<br /><br /> When Dave woke up, he could not carry memories from hour to hour, much less from one day to the next. Allison had lost the Dave she knew and loved when he lost consciousness on the plane. Within a few months, she found herself caring for both a newborn and a sick husband, struggling with the fear of what was to come.<br /><br /> As a way to make sense of the pain and chaos of their new reality, Allison started to write daily letters to Dave. Not only would she work to make sense of the unfathomable experiences unfolding around her, but her letters would provide Dave with the memories he could not make on his own. She was writing to preserve their past, protect their present, and fight for their future. Those letters became the foundation of this beautiful, intimate memoir. And in the process, she fell in love with her husband all over again.<br /><br /> This is a manifesto for living, an ultimately uplifting story about the transformative power of faith and resilience. It’s a tale of a man’s turbulent road to recovery, the shifting nature of marriage, and the struggle of loving through pain and finding joy in the broken places.<br /><br /><b>Praise for <i>Beauty in the Broken Places</i></b><br /><br />“Bold and commendable . . . A strength of this memoir is [Allison Pataki’s] scrupulous honesty.”<b>—<i>USA Today</i></b><br /><br />“A memoir about . . . determination and gratitude, and the value of putting one foot in front of another during a crisis.”<b>—<i>The Washington Post</i></b><br /><br /> “Heart-wrenching.”<b>—</b><i><b>Women’s Health</b><br /></i><br />“Powerful and immersive . . . Pataki delivers an insightful look at how two people faced a life-altering test as a team ‘fighting to make the dreams of our future possible.’”—<i><b><i>Publishers Weekly</i>&#xa0;</b></i><b>(starred review)</b>

6 Where the Light Falls

Author : Allison Pataki & Owen Pataki
Genre :  Historical  Books  Fiction & Literature  Romance  Historical  Action & Adventure 
Price :  $12.99
Release Date :  2017-07-11
Description :  <b>A rich and sweeping novel of courage, duty, sacrifice, and love set during the French Revolution from <i>New York Times </i>bestselling author Allison Pataki and her brother Owen Pataki</b><br /><br /> Three years after the storming of the Bastille, the streets of Paris are roiling with revolution. The citizens of France are enlivened by the ideals of liberty, equality, and fraternity. The monarchy of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette has been dismantled—with the help of the guillotine—and a new nation is rising in its place. Jean-Luc, an idealistic young lawyer, moves his wife and their infant son from a comfortable life in Marseille to Paris, in the hopes of joining the cause. André, the son of a denounced nobleman, has evaded execution by joining the new French army. Sophie<b>,<i> </i></b>a young<b> </b>aristocratic widow, embarks on her own fight for independence against her powerful, vindictive uncle.&#xa0;<br /><br /> As chaos threatens to undo the progress of the Revolution and the demand for justice breeds instability and paranoia, the lives of these compatriots become inextricably linked. Jean-Luc, André, and Sophie find themselves in a world where survival seems increasingly less likely—for themselves and, indeed, for the nation.<br /><br /> Featuring cameos from legendary figures such as Robespierre, Louis XVI, and Thomas-Alexandre Dumas, <i>Where the Light Falls</i> is an epic and engrossing novel, moving from the streets and courtrooms of Paris to Napoleon’s epic march across the burning sands of Egypt. With vivid detail and imagery, the Patakis capture the hearts and minds of the citizens of France fighting for truth above all, and for their belief in a cause greater than themselves.<br /><br /><b>Praise for <i>Where the Light Falls</i></b><br /><br />“Compulsively readable . . . a compelling tale of love, betrayal, sacrifice, and bravery . . . a sweeping romantic novel that takes readers to the heart of Paris and to the center of all the action of the French Revolution.”<b>—<i>Bustle</i></b><br /><br />“Succeeds in forcefully illustrating the lessons of the French Revolution for today’s democratic movements.”<b><i>—Kirkus Reviews</i></b><br /><br /> “Devotees of Alexandre Dumas and Victor Hugo will devour this tale of heroism, treachery, and adventure.”<b><i>—Library Journal&#xa0;</i></b><br /><br />“This is a story of the French Revolution that begins with your head in the slot watching how fast the blade of the guillotine is heading for your neck—and that’s nothing compared to the pace and the drama of what follows.”<b>—Tom Wolfe</b>

7 Sissi - Az ifjú császárné

Author : Allison Pataki
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2016-02-23
Description :  1853-at írunk, a Habsburgok Európa leghatalmasabb uralkodó családja. Ferenc József birodalma Ausztriától Oroszországig és Németországtól Olaszországig terjed – a császár pedig fiatal, gazdag, és házasodni kész. <br /> A tizenöt éves Erzsébet – Sissi – bajor hercegnő a Habsburg-udvarba utazik nővérével, aki a császár kiszemelt menyasszonya. De megérkezése után hamarosan váratlan dilemmában találja magát: végzetesen és ellenállhatatlanul beleszeret a nővére vőlegényébe, aki viszonozza érzelmeit. Ferenc József, akit elbűvöl Sissi nyitott természete, bájos, energikus szelleme, és persze lenyűgöző szépsége, megszegi adott szavát, és kinyilvánítja szándékát: Sissit akarja feleségül venni. <br /> Európa egyik legalattomosabb udvarába csöppenve Sissinek fogalma sincs róla, milyen harcok, veszélyek – és kísértések – leselkednek rá. Alaposan felforgatja a politikai és családi viszonyokat, mert meg akarja nyerni – és tartani – a császár szerelmét, a népe és a világ szeretetét. <br /> Allison Pataki regénye bepillantást enged a történelem egyik legérdekesebb uralkodó családjának hálószobáiba és tárgyalótermeibe, új megvilágításba helyezve a csillogó Habsburg-birodalmat és annak legigézőbb, megszeretettebb „tündérkirálynőjét”. <br /> Allison Pataki Az áruló felesége című, kritikai és közönségsikert aratott történelmi regény szerzője. A Yale Egyetemen végzett, több évig televízióknak és online hírportáloknak dolgozott. Társalapítója a ReConnect Hungary nonprofit szervezetnek. A Huffington Post és a FoxNews.com rendszeres szerzője, a Történelmi Regény Társaságának tagja. <br /> A volt New York-i kormányzó, George E. Pataki lányát magyar származása inspirálta a Sissi – Az ifjú császárné megírására.

8 Il mio nome è Sissi

Author : Allison Pataki
Genre :  Historical  Books  Romance  Fiction & Literature  Historical 
Price :  $12.99
Release Date :  2015-10-27
Description :  UN SUCCESSO DEL PASSAPAROLA PER MESI IN TESTA ALLE CLASSIFICHE AMERICANE Succede come in una favola: l’imperatore d’Austria per la prima volta posa gli occhi sul suo bel viso e la vita di Sissi cambia in un istante. È il 1853 ed Elisabeth ha appena quindici anni quando lascia gli amati boschi della Baviera per accompagnare la madre e la sorella Helene alla corte degli Asburgo. È Helene, infatti, la prescelta, colei che, secondo il volere dell’Arciduchessa madre, sposerà il cugino Franz Joseph. Ma il destino ha altri programmi e presto Sissi si ritrova all’altare, sepolta sotto un vestito magnifico troppo imponente per la sua figura, la morsa impietosa del corsetto a toglierle il fiato. Al suo fianco c’è l’uomo dei sogni: giovane quasi quanto lei, ricco e potente oltre ogni immaginazione, irresistibile nell’alta uniforme. La piccola Sissi diventa imperatrice e milioni di sudditi impazziscono per lei. Per il suo vitino da vespa, per i suoi capelli lunghissimi, per la sua risata cristallina. Ma la Corte di Vienna non è il mondo delle fiabe, e il “vissero felici e contenti”, forse, è un miraggio. Perché l’impero è in fermento e l’Arciduchessa non vuole rinunciare al predominio sul figlio. Perché essere imperatrice significa sacrificare ogni libertà, compresa quella di crescere i propri figli. Perché Franz è alle prese con doveri più grandi di lui. Perché la morte non guarda in faccia nessuno, neppure i principi di sangue blu. Perché non bastano le mille candele dei saloni dorati di Schönbrunn a far brillare un amore che si spegne un po’ ogni giorno. Il popolo la acclama: Lunga vita all’imperatrice! Lunga vita a Sissi! Lei alza la mano guantata nel saluto di protocollo. Se solo sapessero… Il mio nome è Sissi rivisita il mito dell’imperatrice più amata sulla scorta di un’approfondita ricerca storica, restituendoci – per la prima volta in forma di romanzo – tutto il fascino e la complessità di un personaggio indimenticabile. «Un romanzo irresistibile. Me ne sono innamorata all’istante.» - Mary Higgins Clark «Amori, intrighi e tradimenti: Sissi è tutto questo e molto di più.» - M.J. Rose, autrice de Il libro dei profumi perduti «Romantico, sensuale e appassionante.» - Juliet Grey, autrice di Maria Antonietta. I segreti di una

9 Sissi, emperatriz rebelde (Sissi 2)

Author : Allison Pataki
Genre :  Historical  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2017-09-14
Description :  <b>La tumultuosa, romántica y trágica historia de una mujer que luchó por liberarse de la jaula dorada en que la habían encerrado. </b><br /><br /><b><i>Sissi, emperatriz rebelde</i> es la segunda parte de <i>Sissi, emperatriz accidental</i>, las novelas sobre la emperatriz de Austria-Hungria que han enamorado a las lectoras de Estados Unidos, de la autora<i>best seller</i> de <i>The New York Times</i>, Allison Pataki.</b><br /><br /><b>Verano de 1868</b>. Tras su apoyo a la causa húngara, que culminó con su coronación como reina de Hungría, la emperatriz Isabel de Austria -conocida por todos como Sissi- ha encontrado su propia voz, como mujer y como soberana del Imperio más antiguo y vasto de Europa.<br /><br />Instalada en el palacio de Gödöllo, a las afueras de Budapest, por primera vez puede disfrutar de uno de sus hijos, la pequeña Valeria, y recibir al conde Andrassy, el hombre del que está secretamente enamorada.<br /><br />Hasta que unas cartas que llegan de Viena la obligan a enfrentarse de nuevo a su eterno dilema: mantener a su familia unida y salvar el Imperio, o huir de un matrimonio y unas obligaciones sofocantes. Ignora que las sombras de un futuro turbulento la acechan.<br /><br /><b>Un alma inquieta y viajera, que huía permanentemente de la rígida corte vienesa, donde acechaban los rumores, las envidias y las intrigas. Un espíritu libre, adelantado a su tiempo, que encontró su propia voz y defendió su derecho a vivir sin tener que ser un objeto decorativo. Una mujer a la que golpeó la tragedia mientras luchó sin descanso por salvar un Imperio. Una lectura maravillosa, que nos transporta a un mundo y una época deslumbrantes y ya desaparecidos.</b><br /><br /><b>Reseña:</b><br />«Una novela conmovedora sobre un gran personaje.»<br /><i>BookPage</i>

10 Sisi. Samowolna cesarzowa

Author : Allison Pataki
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2016-10-12
Description :  Sisi jest od piętnastu lat żoną Franciszka Józefa, cesarza Austro-Węgier. Kiedyś naiwna i nieśmiała, teraz to pewna swych racji i wyborów kobieta, matka następcy tronu. Poddani ją kochają, krytycy i wrogowie niechętnie przyznają, że sprawdziła się w roli cesarzowej. Jednak jej rosnące wpływy są dla wielu solą w oku. A chociaż w Wiedniu szampan leje się strumieniami i co wieczór rozbrzmiewają melodyjne walce, dwór Habsburgów to przede wszystkim pole bitwy – o władzę i majątek. Wielu marzy, by coraz bardziej niezależna cesarzowa popełniła taki błąd, który na zawsze odsunie ją od tronu.

11 Sissi

Author : Allison Pataki
Genre :  Romance  Books 
Price :  $6.99
Release Date :  2016-10-31
Description :  A &#34;Rainha Encantada&#34;, a mulher mais linda do mundo: a figura da Imperatriz Elisabeth da Áustria-Hungria, carinhosamente chamada de Sissi, sempre desperta fascínio e comoção por onde passa, mas sob tanto deslumbramento vive uma mulher muito mais complexa, que se sente sufocada pelo casamento turbulento e pelos rigorosos protocolos que ditam a vida na corte.<br/> <br/> Casada com o Imperador Franz Joseph, amada e odiada por seu povo, Elisabeth é uma das mulheres mais poderosas e influentes do mundo na Viena de meados do século XIX, onde os luxuosos salões do Palácio de Hofburg fervilham não só com valsas imperiais, champanhe e assuntos de Estado, mas também com tentações, rixas e desavenças acirradas.<br/> <br/> Espírito livre e sensível, Sissi só encontra paz quando vai para longe das intrigas palacianas e, assim, nasce uma chama que a consumirá por toda a vida: a paixão pelas viagens, que a leva para lugares remotos, onde pode cavalgar livremente e interagir com plebeus.<br/> <br/> Mas a vida de um monarca não pertence a ele mesmo, e sempre que o dever se impõe à liberdade de escolha, Sissi é obrigada a voltar à reclusão de seu círculo social, rodeada de fofocas, inveja e tristeza. Grande parte da excelente imagem mundial da Áustria-Hungria depende do carisma de Sissi, e ela precisa fazer a sua parte para salvar o Império. Mas, no final, ela poderá salvar-se?

12 Sisi. Cesarzowa mimo woli

Author : Allison Pataki
Genre :  Romance  Books 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2015-09-09
Description :  1853, Wiedeń Po abdykacji Ferdynanda Habsburga w 1848 roku na cesarskim tronie zasiada osiemnastoletni Franciszek Józef. Jest zaręczony z bawarską księżniczką Heleną. Jednak kiedy w 1853 roku narzeczona przybywa na wiedeński dwór, młody cesarz zakochuje się od pierwszego wejrzenia w jej siostrze Sisi, i to ją prosi o rękę. Młodziutka cesarzowa pławi się w luksusie, ale jej niekonwencjonalne zachowanie nieustannie zderza się z dworską etykietą. Nie ma przyjaciół, otaczają ją intryganci, a matka cesarza na każdym kroku okazuje jej niechęć. Ale dzięki swej wytrwałości, niezwykłej inteligencji i wrażliwości Sisi podbije serca swych poddanych i znacząco wpłynie na bieg historii. &#xa0;Fascynująca opowieść o Sisi - księżniczce Bawarii, królowej Węgier i cesarzowej Austrii, jednej z najbardziej wpływowych i charyzmatycznych kobiet wszechczasów.

13 Sissi 2. - A birodalom úrnője

Author : Allison Pataki
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2017-06-08
Description :  Bécsben, a császári palota termeiben szól a keringő és patakzik a pezsgő, de a csillogó díszletek mögött versengés és gyilkos intrika dúl. Sissit, Ferenc József feleségét, népe "tündérkirálynőjét" fojtogatja a szigorú udvari etikett és a kihűlt házasság feszültsége, s nyugtalansága egyre nő. A szabadságra vágyó asszony gödöllői birtokán talál nyugalmat. Itt lovagol szeretett paripáin, itt élvezi az anyaság örömeit imádott kislánya, Valéria révén - és itt fogadja a magyar államférfi, Andrássy gróf látogatásait, a férfiét, akit évek óta teljes szívéből szeret. Az idillinek azonban tragikus hír vet véget: kisfia, Rudolf érdekében azonnal vissza kell térnie a fővárosba, a pletykálkodás, irigység és bánat világába. <br /> Szerelem és veszteség, odaadás és ellenszegülés - Sissi ellentmondásos vágyak közt hányódik: együtt tartsa a családját, vagy elmeneküljön fullasztó házassága és a történelem viharai, a nagy birodalmak összeomlásának baljós előjelei elől? A császárné végül kiköveteli helyét a trónon férje oldalán, elnyeri népe és a világ szeretetét, és megmenti a birodalmat. De vajon meg tudja-e menteni önmagát? <br /><br />És egyszer csak ott van; olyan, amilyennek mondják: nem evilági szépség... Vonul lefelé az elegáns hotel, a Beau Rivage lépcsőjén, fogja az ernyőt, kora őszi ragyogó napfény árasztja el a sugárutat. Tömeg gyűlik köré, amikor rájönnek, hogy a császárnét látják. <br /> - Itt jön! <br /> - Erzsébet császárné! <br /> - Sissi! <br /> Megy a rakparton a sétány és a várakozó gőzhajó felé, egyetlen női kísérője szaporán szedi a lábát mellette, hogy lépést tartson vele. Megjelenése elárulja, hogy nem közember: gyöngyházszínű bőre, királynői alakja a szűk és magas nyakú kiskabátban, hosszú fekete szoknyája, fekete kalapja dús gesztenyebarna haján. A haja - olyan híres, hogy még a férfi is olvasott róla - sötét és hullámos, apró ezüstök csillognak benne. A férfi végignéz toprongyos önmagán, rosszallóan szemléli a kosz félholdjait a körme alatt, a szakadásokat viseltes nadrágján. <br /> Közelről bámulja az asszony arcát, látja, ahogy pislog, ijedten, mint az üldözött állat. Hiszen az is, természetesen: üldözött. Nemcsak ő üldözi, hanem mindenki. Ő, akárcsak a férfi, menekül... <br /> Mögé lép, a vére dübörög, testében a fölismerés és lelkesültség mámorító elegye vágtat. Néhány száz méterre ott a gőzös, egy közeli dokkban, fekete füstöt pöfög a kék égre. A férfi a zsebébe nyúl, ujjai kitapintják a pengét...

14 Sissi Imperatrice malgré elle

Author : Allison Pataki
Genre :  Historical  Books  Fiction & Literature  Literary 
Price :  $18.99
Release Date :  2017-08-23
Description :  1853. Au Palais des Habsbourg, à Vienne, l'empereur François-Joseph Ier peut s'enorgueillir de la puissance de son empire, dont le pouvoir s'étend de l'Autriche à la Russie, en passant par l'Allemagne et la Hongrie. À la tête de la famille la plus puissante d'Europe, François-Joseph est riche, jeune, et prêt à se marier. Elisabeth, qu'on surnomme Sissi, duchesse de Bavière, n'a que quinze ans quand elle est introduite à la cour des Habsbourg en compagnie de sa soeur aînée, promise à l'empereur. Mais ce dernier, attiré par la beauté saisissante de Sissi, son charme rafraîchissant et son esprit vif, décide que c'est elle, en réalité, qu'il veut épouser... Sissi doit d'abord faire face à un dilemme avant d'être brusquement mise sur le devant de la scène royale. Mais la jeune fille n'a aucune idée des épreuves qui l'attendent... Le premier volet d'un dyptique retraçant le destin tragique de Sissi, impératrice à 16 ans, mère de quatre enfants, souveraine dépressive assassinée à 60 ans.

15 Sissi

Author : Allison Pataki
Genre :  Historical  Books  Fiction & Literature  Literary 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  2017-10-20
Description :  È l’estate del 1868 e l’imperatrice Elisabeth d’Austria- Ungheria, che i suoi sudditi preferiscono chiamare semplicemente Sissi, vive una vita libera dai dettami di corte a Gödöll, la sua proprietà di campagna alle porte di Budapest. Andata in sposa all’imperatore Franz Joseph a sedici anni, Sissi è stata l’artefice del compromesso in virtù del quale l’Ungheria ha scelto di restare nel regno, permettendo agli Asburgo di mantenere il controllo di gran parte dell’Europa senza dover ricorrere alle armi. Un colpo di genio con cui la giovane imperatrice si è guadagnata il diritto a regnare insieme al marito alla corte degli Asburgo. Amatissima dai suoi sudditi ma aspramente criticata dalla suocera, l’arciduchessa Sophie, Sissi si è allontanata dallo sfarzo freddo e formale del castello di Schönbrunn, la sede imperiale degli Asburgo, trovando conforto nella selvaggia bellezza del paesaggio ungherese. A Gödöll può cavalcare tutto il giorno per campi e boschi, sciogliere i suoi leggendari capelli e intrecciarli con fiori di campo e godere, per la prima volta, delle gioie della maternità grazie alla piccola Valerie, l’unica tra i suoi figli che non le è stata strappata dalle braccia per essere chiusa nella nursery imperiale. A Gödöllő può anche incontrare liberamente il conte Andrassy, ministro degli esteri dell’Austria-Ungheria, che le malelingue, a Vienna e in tutta l’Austria, sussurrano sia il vero padre di Valerie, chiamata da tutti «la piccola ungherese». Un giorno, però, una lettera giunta da Schönbrunn, vergata dalla mano della sua secondogenita Gisela, la richiama ai suoi doveri, imponendole di rientrare nella capitale. Nella Vienna della metà del XIX secolo, dove i saloni di rappresentanza e le camere da letto fanno da sfondo non solo a valzer e champagne, ma anche a tentazioni, rivalità e intrighi crudeli, l’attendono nuove congiure e nuovi, inaspettati nemici. Grazie a un’accurata documentazione storica e a una prosa scorrevole Allison Pataki offre al lettore il ritratto complesso e sfaccettato dell’imperatrice Sissi, fragile e indomita protagonista di un’epoca che non seppe comprenderla, né accettarne fino in fondo l’irrequieta, moderna personalità. "La vasta ricerca storica di Allison Pataki è evidente dal modo in cui esplora, con grande abilità, la vita complessa di una donna amata e, insieme, odiata da coloro che aveva accanto." Publishers Weekly "Emozionante, avvincente, impeccabile. Allison Pataki ritrae meravigliosamente l'imperatrice Sissi. Una lettura obbligata". Lynn Cullen

16 W cieniu gilotyny

Author : Allison Pataki & Owen Pataki
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2018-04-11
Description :  Barwny, pulsujący emocjami fresk o przemocy, nienawiści i miłości<br /><br />Francja 1792 - 1805<br /><br />Paryż w czasach rewolucji to niebezpieczne miejsce. Na Placu Republiki ustawiono gilotynę – udoskonalone narzędzie do ścinania arystokracji i wrogów nowego porządku. Egzekucje są tak częste, że woda w Sekwanie zmienia kolor od spływającej do niej krwi. Ale życie toczy się dalej, ludzie nie przestają kochać i marzyć, chociaż codzienna walka o przetrwanie wystawia ich na ciężką próbę. Jean-Luc i Marie często nie mają co jeść, ale są szczęśliwi. André i Sophie mają potężnych wrogów i muszą ukrywać swoje uczucie, jednak są zdeterminowani, by spędzić resztę życia razem. Losy tych czworga splatają się i są najlepszym odzwierciedleniem ówczesnej epoki. Czasu, kiedy nikt nie był pewny jutra, anarchia i terror łamały najsilniejszych i tylko nielicznym udało się zachować godność i ocalić marzenia.&#xa0;

17 Onde a luz cai

Author : Allison Pataki & Owen Pataki
Genre :  Historical  Books  Romance 
Price :  $6.99
Release Date :  2018-05-20
Description :  Três anos após a queda da Bastilha, Paris fervilha com os ideais da Revolução Francesa iniciada em 1789. A Monarquia foi deposta, a aristocracia, desmantelada, e ergue-se uma nova nação do povo e para o povo.<br/> Inspirado pelo senso de dever patriótico, Jean-Luc, um advogado jovem e idealista, muda-se para a capital com o filho e a esposa, Marie. André, filho de um antigo nobre, foge de seu passado privilegiado para lutar no exército republicano francês junto do irmão. Sophie, uma bela e jovem viúva aristocrática, sobrinha de um poderoso e vingativo general, embarca em sua própria luta pela independência.<br/> <br/> Mas a promessa de esperança começa a ser ameaçada pelo medo quando a busca incessante por justiça se converte em fanatismo e gera instabilidade, transformando compatriotas em inimigos e alimentando a sede de sangue nas ruas.<br/> Na luta para impedir que o caos desfaça todo o progresso da Revolução, as vidas de Jean-Luc, André e Sophie se entrelaçam, e eles são forçados a questionar os sacrifícios feitos em nome da nova República.<br/> <br/> Com participação de figuras lendárias como Robespierre, Luís XVI e Thomas-Alexandre Dumas, Onde a luz cai é um romance admirável, que se desenrola das ruas e salas de audiências de Paris até a épica marcha de Napoleão pelas areias do Egito. Com detalhes vívidos, os Pataki capturam corações e mentes dos cidadãos da França, lutando pela verdade acima de tudo e pela crença em uma causa maior.



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