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Allison Pataki recently published the NY Times Bestselling novel The Accidental Empress, set primarily in Vienna and Budapest. This is a post she wrote for The Huffington Post while traveling in Austria and Hungary researching the novel. When you drive across the border from Austria into Hungary, you barely know that you’ve passed an international boundary. […]
Last night was a great night with Bernie’s Book Bank. If you’re not familiar with the fantastic work they are doing for children and literacy, please check them out. Founder Brian Floriani said it best as we entered the warehouse last night: “If you’re ever having a bad day, come to this warehouse and look at […]
AS PUBLISHED BY ALLISON PATAKI IN THE HUFFINGTON POST: A quick break to warm up with a hot chocolate and cream at Vienna’s iconic Demel’s, right across from the Hofburg Palace. COPYRIGHT I was out to dinner in Vienna recently, eating with two friends who happen to be from nearby Hungary. We were at a favorite Viennese […]
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 […]
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.