Book One of the Marie Antoinette Trilogy. No one knows what really lies behind that sweet smile, the face presented to the world by the charming young Marie Antoinette. Madame la Dauphine surely wants for nothing; her life seems one of perfect bliss. But nothing could be farther from the truth. Incarcerated within the labyrinthine walls of Europe's grandest palace, surrounded on all sides by jealousy and intrigue, Marie Antoinette grows up isolated and alone. Her task: to produce an heir and so ensure survival of the French-Bourbon dynasty. But what if her husband, Louis Auguste, Dauphin and grandson of the French King Louis XV, refuses to share their marriage bed? By what means might Marie Antoinette win the heart of "Papa Roi" and so avoid being sent home? How will La Dauphine steer a course through the pitfalls laid for her by her enemies? How cope with the venomous letters from her mother, Marie Therese, Empress of Austria? Arriving as a fourteen-year-old girl in Versailles, Marie Antoinette awaits her wedding day on 16th May 1770. Just four years later she will become queen of the greatest nation in Europe. Read how, fifteen years before the storming of the Bastille, the first signs of revolution were already discernible. But what was the role of Marie Antoinette in all of this, and might she have saved herself from her fated execution by guillotine? Lose yourself in eighteenth-century life at the Palace of Versailles. Witness the social change, the gathering unrest that ultimately erupted in a malignant outburst that set all Europe simmering. In Book One of the Marie Antoinette Trilogy you encounter Madame la Dauphine as she transforms herself from child bride into the Queen of France, a crucial yet largely neglected period of her life. Accompany the young Marie Antoinette of Vive Madame la Dauphine through the years of inexperience, meeting one by one the figures that will be key to her life. What was the real role played by Austrian ambassador, Comte de Mercy? What effect did the Swedish Count Alex von Fersen have upon her young heart and mind? Was it possible for her to love her husband Louis XVI, or he her?