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The Orange Trees of Versailles

by Annie Pietri

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Orange Trees of Versailles by Annie Pietri was strange. I thought it was a children's book. It's listed as such, but it really isn't in terms of topic. At best it would fit in the Brother's Grimm category of children's stories. It was a quick read, but I am not convinced that I enjoyed it. Nice cover illustration though. ( )
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When Marion Dutilleul enters the service of the Marquise de Montespan, she never imagines that her ability to recognize scents and to blend them into perfumes will win her the favor of Louis XIV’s mistress. But the marquise quickly has the young girl creating new perfumes for her. Eager to please and hopeful that her olfactory gifts will win her recognition, Marion concocts memorable fragrances. Then, to her horror, credit is bestowed on someone else. Marion feels betrayed.

Now Marion opens her eyes and ears (in addition to her nose!) and realizes that beneath the splendor of palace life is a place teeming with deceit. To survive, she must use her keen sense of smell not to create perfumes, but to thwart those who would do her—and one of France’s beloved monarchs—great harm.


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In the 1670s, fourteen-year-old Marion, who has a talent for making perfumes, gets the chance to serve Louis XIV's mistress at the palace of Versailles, where she gets caught up in the palace intrigue.

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