Going out to early readers and reviewers is one of the most exciting and nerve-racking parts of bringing a new book to life. It’s always a bit daunting to share one’s work for the first time after working so long and hard on a story. But right now I could not be more thrilled and humbled to share with you our earliest reviews from the advanced readers and reviewers of Sisi: Empress On Her Own.
I’m also so grateful to all of the individuals who did agree to read and review this book ahead of time. It was an exquisite journey for me to research and write this novel, and I cannot wait for the next phase of this adventure, which is sharing the book with all of you this March!
Early thoughts on Sisi: Empress On Her Own:
“Allison simply stuns me with each new book. I savor each page. Sisi is her best yet!”
—Kathie Lee Gifford
“Readers will enjoy the glorious dilemma of whether to turn the pages swiftly, breathlessly following Empress Sisi from one astonishing, often heartbreaking, adventure to the next, or to linger and luxuriate in Allison Pataki’s vivid, sumptuous descriptions of the Hapsburg court.”
—Jennifer Chiaverini, New York Times bestselling author of Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker
“This entire novel is irresistible–completely impossible to put down! Pataki reimagines the reign of this nineteenth-century Princess Diana in this stunning book.”
—Michelle Moran, bestselling author of Rebel Queen
“A must read… Emotional, exuberant, masterful, Sisi swept me into the glittering, treacherous world of the waning Habsburg empire. Allison Pataki’s understanding of the Empress Elisabeth is nothing short of miraculous.”
—Lynn Cullen, bestselling author of Mrs. Poe
“Sisi delivers on all fronts: intrigue, love triangles, deception, heartbreak and triumph.”
—Deeanne Gist, bestselling author of Tiffany Girl
“Mid-nineteenth century royalty comes to stunning life in this sweeping novel about the courageous, defiant empress who sought her own survival amidst rivalry, betrayal and tragedy.”
—C.W. Gortner, bestselling author of The Vatican Princess
“A true tour de force . . . From luscious moonlit gardens to sumptuous castles, the settings of Sisi are as dazzling as those of Vienna’s Imperial Court.”
—Erika Robuck, bestselling author of Hemingway’s Girl
“Beautifully written, meticulously researched, and powerfully evocative, Sisi humanizes one of the great female figures of history.”
—Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie, authors of America’s First Daughter
“Allison Pataki has written a nuanced and compelling account of Sisi. Pataki’s sublimely readable prose is the perfect vehicle for a tale that spans thirty years and settings from Corfu to Hungary to Ireland. The glamour and the heartache of Sisi’s life will keep you riveted.”
—Carol Wallace, author of Leaving Van Gogh
I’m so excited to share Sisi’s continuing journey with all of you on March 8th. Thanks for your continuing support!