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As published on Historical Novel Review by Mirella Patzer: I truly enjoy reading books by author Allison Pataki and this one was no exception. She strikes a wonderful balance between presenting historical descriptions and moving the story forward. The prose is always effortless and the story always interesting. Her depiction of Sisi is terrific. She […]
I could not be more thrilled to share the news that The Accidental Empress debuted this past week at #7 on the New York Times Bestseller List for Hardcover Fiction! Yes, I am absolutely still pinching myself. I think I might have pierced my literary agent’s eardrum when she told me the news. Following that initial eruption […]
As published in Women’s Wear Daily by Sharon Edelson: Allison Pataki, the daughter of the former New York governor, has created a franchise of historical novels about women forgotten by history. First came “The Traitor’s Wife,” about Peggy Shippen, the woman who married Benedict Arnold, and now comes “The Accidental Empress,” her new book about […]
As published by The Skimm in The Skimm Reads: The Austro-Hungarian Empire. If you’re yawning, don’t. Pataki makes topics that could easily be boring come alive. She’s the one who wrote the story you loved about Benedict Arnold’s wife. And this time, she introduces you to Empress Elisabeth — aka Marie Antoinette meets Princess Diana. It’s […]
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.
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…
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.