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The Myrtle Wand

The Myrtle Wand
by Margaret Porter

Publication Date: October 11, 2022
Gallica Press

Genre: Historical Fiction


The Myrtle Wand, a retelling and a continuation of the classic ballet Giselle, restores original story elements to transform a tale of blighted romances and betrayals into a quest for redemption and restorative love.

Princess Bathilde de Sevreau, her school friend Myrte, and the peasant girl Giselle have heard the legend of the vilis, ghostly maidens who rise from their graves by night to roam the forest, seeking revenge on faithless lovers. Each will fear being ensnared by that spectral sisterhood…

Bathilde, destined for a marriage of convenience with Albin, Duc de Rozel, leaves her ancestral château for the Sun King’s sophisticated and scandalous court. As participants in royal ceremonies and entertainments, the princess and the soldier gradually recognize their deep feelings for each other, as well as mutual hopes for a happy and satisfying union. But the tragic consequences of Albin’s brief masquerade as a commoner and the amorous Louis XIV’s quest for a mistress divide the betrothed couple. Together and separately, they must overcome conflicting duties and unexpected dangers to determine their fate.


“An absorbing and touching tale . . . a fully realized, moving portrait of the storied court of Louis XIV.” ~ Kirkus Reviews

“Lushly atmospheric . . .rich with historical detail. Porter imagines the story behind the iconic Giselle, transporting us to France during the early reign of the Sun King.” ~ Leslie Carroll, author of Royal Romances


From the desk of Gwendalyn-

This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.


𝐛𝐲 𝐌𝐚𝐫𝐠𝐚𝐫𝐞𝐭 𝐏𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐞𝐫

Publisher: Gallica Press October 8, 2022)

Thanks to @authormargaretporter my absolutely gorgeous book.

A stunning historical novel set in 17th-century France, during the early reign of King Louis XIV, the Sun King.

Margaret Porte’s riveting details and exceptional characterization catapult readers into lush 17th-century France, during the early reign of King Louis XIV, the Sun King.

A creative continuation tale of the famous classical ballet, Giselle. The author Margaret Porter, seamless prose, and lush world building will captivate you. From start to finish I was completely immersed within the books pages.

Following the death of her mother, Princess Bathilde de Sevreau, is sent to the convent school the Ursulines in Niort, France. Being very young Bathilde is taken under the wing by an older student, Myrte Vernier. The two girls form a close endearing sisterly bond, as the years pass. Both knowing that their future will be decided for them with arranged marriages.

Princess Bathilde de Sevreau is able to take holidays away from the covent with her farther to visit the Queen, there she meets King Louis and his vivacious brother Phillipe. Setting a course for Bathilde future, as she will need her wits about her as she navigates through intrigue in the decadent Sun King’s court.

Margaret Porter propulsive storyline, offering both drama and historical authenticity to appeal to anyone interested in or adores historical fiction. I was captivated from page one. I found this story to be entertaining, well thought out, perfectly paced, and exciting to read.

A beautiful historical fiction with a touch of magical realism. Readers will fall in love with the characters as they face heartache, betrayal and finally redemption.


MARGARET PORTER is award-winning, bestselling author of The Myrtle Wand (October 2022), The Limits of Limelight (September 2021), Beautiful Invention: A Novel of Hedy Lamarr, and twelve other historical novels. After studying British history in the U.K., she worked professionally in theatre, film, and television. A historian and avid traveler, Margaret returns to Great Britain and Europe for research. She lives in New England with husband and dog, dividing her time between an architecturally unique book-filled house in a small city and a waterfront cottage on one of the region’s largest lakes.

More information is available on her website and blog. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Goodreads.

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