The Embroidered Book delivers a fascinating romp back in history against a backdrop of intricate details that bring the two sisters to life.


The Description

Publication Date: February 17, 2022

‘Power is not something you are given. Power is something you take. When you are a woman, it is a little more difficult, that’s all’

1768. Charlotte, daughter of the Habsburg Empress, arrives in Naples to marry a man she has never met. Her sister Antoine is sent to France, and in the mirrored corridors of Versailles they rename her Marie Antoinette.

The sisters are alone, but they are not powerless. When they were only children, they discovered a book of spells – spells that work, with dark and unpredictable consequences.

In a time of vicious court politics, of discovery and dizzying change, they use the book to take control of their lives.

But every spell requires a sacrifice. And as love between the sisters turns to rivalry, they will send Europe spiralling into revolution.

Brimming with romance, betrayal, and enchantment, The Embroidered Book reimagines a dazzling period of history as you have never seen it before.

The Review

History is rich with tales of court intrigue during the 18th century. However, author Kate Heartfield has added an interesting twist in her approach to telling the story of two Habsburg daughters whose fates change dramatically.

The Embroidered Book packed into more than 600 pages, delivers a perfect summer read. While the basic history is intact, the author adds a book of spells found by the two sisters as children. As the two sisters are sent away from home to fulfill their separate destinies, they find themselves turning to spells that don’t always turn out as expected.

The author does an exceptional job of providing a detailed cast of characters at the beginning. This serves as a powerful reference point as the storyline progresses.

As Charlotte and Antoine (aka Marie Antoinette) utilize enchantment to ease the way into their new lives, the sacrifices involved in the spells eventually pit them against each other.

Packed with political drama, this is a juicy story that takes two young girls and puts them in a world where they are forced to make difficult choices to thrive and grab the power to shape their destinies.

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About The AuthorKate Heartfield is the author of the Sunday Times bestselling The Embroidered Book, the Aurora-winning novel Armed in Her Fashion, and the Nebula-shortlisted novella Alice Payne Arrives, along with dozens of other stories. Her interactive fiction projects The Road to Canterbury and The Magician’s Workshop were shortlisted for the Nebula in game writing. She lives in Canada.



Amy Wilson
Amy Wilson
My name is Amy W., and I am a book addict. I will never forget the day I came home from junior high school to find my mom waiting for me with one of the Harlequin novels from my stash. As she was gearing up for the "you shouldn't be reading this" lecture, I told her the characters get married in the end. I'm just glad she didn't find the Bertrice Small book hidden in my closet. I have diverse reading tastes, evident by the wide array of genres on my Kindle. As I made the transition to an e-reader, I found myself worrying that something could happen to it. As a result, I am now the proud owner of four Kindles -- all different kinds, but plenty of back-ups! "Fifty Shades of Grey" gets high marks on my favorites list -- not for character development or dialogue (definitely not!), but because it blazed new ground for those of us who believe provocative fiction is more than just an explicit cover. Sylvia Day, Lexie Blake, and Kristin Hannah are some of my favorite authors. Speaking of diverse tastes, I also enjoy Dean Koontz, Iris Johansen, and J.A. Konrath. I’m always ready to discover new-to-me authors, especially when I toss in a palate cleanser that is much different than what I would normally read. Give me something with a well-defined storyline, add some suspense (or spice), and I am a happy reader. Give me a happily ever after, and I am downright giddy.


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The Embroidered Book delivers a fascinating romp back in history against a backdrop of intricate details that bring the two sisters to life.5-STAR REVIEW: THE EMBROIDERED BOOK by Kate Heartfield