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When Marion Dutilleul enters the service of the Marquise de Montespan, she never imagines that her ability to recognize scents and to blend them into perfumes will win her the favor of Louis XIV's mistress. But the marquise quickly has the young girl creating new perfumes for her. Eager to please and hopeful that her olfactory gifts will win her recognition, Marion concoctWhen Marion Dutilleul enters the service of the Marquise de Montespan, she never imagines that her ability to recognize scents and to blend them into perfumes will win her the favor of Louis XIV's mistress. But the marquise quickly has the young girl creating new perfumes for her. Eager to please and hopeful that her olfactory gifts will win her recognition, Marion concocts memorable fragrances. Then, to her horror, credit is bestowed on someone else. Marion feels betrayed. Now Marion opens her eyes and ears (in addition to her nose!) and realizes that beneath the splendor of palace life is a place teeming with deceit. To survive, she must use her keen sense of smell not to create perfumes, but to thwart those who would do her--and one of France's beloved monarchs--great harm. "From the Hardcover edition."...

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ISBN : 9780440419488
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Number of Pages : 137 Pages
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The Orange Trees of Versailles Reviews

  • Marine
    2019-03-19 04:25

    J'ai beaucoup apprécié ce petit roman, on retrouve Marion, dans ses debuts en tant que servante de la Montespan, favorite du roi soleil. Marion a un don, elle crée des parfums aux notes extraordinaires, la Montespan lui propose donc un marché. On passe de l'émerveillement à l'horrible vérité très rapidement, et c'est assez rare pour un roman si jeunesse.Du luxe de Versailles oui, mais aussi de l'écoeurant , des manigances, et une petite enquête pour Marion. Un bon moment passé en compagnie de ce petit livre.

  • Moonie Jarl
    2019-02-27 06:05

    Ce roman facile à lire est un peu l’adaptation pour les pré-ados du Parfum, de Patrick Süskind. Avec une fin moins sulfureuse ! S’y trouve une mine d’informations sur le Roi-Soleil et son époque. Par exemple, on croit souvent que les nobles femmes du XVIIe siècle faisaient preuve d’une hygiène irréprochable avec leurs toilettes et leurs atours magnifiques, mais on ne connaissait pas alors les vertus d’un bain ou d'un brossage de dents quotidien. Entre les membres de la Cour, leurs domestiques et le personnel du château, il ne devait donc pas faire bon vivre à Versailles pour qui avait l’odorat délicat ! Louis XIV est sans doute un peu trop gentil et Madame de Montespan un peu trop mesquine ici, mais on s’attache à l’héroïne qui nous initie au passage à la profession de « nez », toujours aussi prestigieuse. Deux suite à signaler : Parfum de meurtre et Pour le cœur du Roi, mais il n'est pas indispensable d'avoir lu le premier tome pour s'attaquer au deuxième ou au troisième directement. Un livre qui a inspiré toute une ribambelle de romans historiques se déroulant plus ou moins à la même époque, de la série Complot à Versailles (Annie Jay) aux Colombes du Roi-Soleil (Anne-Marie Desplat-Duc) en passant par les Folles Aventure d’Eulalie de Potimarron (Anne-Sophie Silvestre).

  • Markus
    2019-03-17 09:25

    I liked this book just enough. I expected it to be better, but then again it was very short. I enjoyed how the girl had an incredible sense for smells and the plot was really good. The book had a lot of potential, but I wish it would've been longer, so I could have got more, because all of the situations in the court and within the servants, maids, cooks, gardeners etc. were really funny and mysterious.

  • Nhi Nguyễn
    2019-03-21 06:21

    I bought this book during the time I was crazily obsessed with learning about French monarchy, especially King Louis XIV's reign :)) And I wasn't disappointed. This book, although aimed at children, still managed to deliver a great deal of information and description of notable palaces and buildings during the Sun King's reign, as well as the battle for the King's affection between his wife and mistress(es). I found myself searching for information about Versailles palace, Le Grand Trianon and other beautiful, majestic monuments, dreaming about the day when I can visit all of them in person :D. And I also love learning about perfume, so reading this book brings a lot of satisfaction to me. Highly recommended to those who love to know more about French history, the condition of royal people living in the 17th century, conspiracies and witchcraft :))By the way, I do not think Athénaïs de Rochechouart de Mortemart, Marquise of Montespan, the maîtresse en titre of King Louis XIV (or chief royal mistress of the King), was that evil like she was portrayed in this book. But I'm cool with this exaggeration :D It gives the story more drama and the author more space to tell the juicy story ^^

  • Megan
    2019-03-05 03:24

    This is a really good book. There are a few plot twists. I liked that Marion snatched a cookie out of her best friend's hand. I liked that the Marquise did not like sleeping alone; she was pretty weird.Carsen - age 10

  • Amélie
    2019-03-06 09:01

    Très jolie histoire pour les adolescents/collégiens amoureux de Versailles et de complots autour de l'univers du Roi-Soleil et de sa cour.

  • The Rusty Key
    2019-03-11 07:05

    Reviewed by Rusty Key Writer: Jordan B. NielsenRecommended for: Grades five and up, for some social complexities and mild themes of violence. With its waifish female main character and abundance of corsets, velvet draperies and horse drawn carriages, this book will likely have no appeal to boys. One word summary: PerplexingI’ll admit it: I often judge a book by its cover, particularly at the library, where I found this slim volume faced out in a display of historical fiction. When standing before shelf upon shelf of plastic wrapped spines, there’s very little to steer you towards one book or another if you haven’t come with a list, so I’m happy to let an intriguing name and a colorful picture reel me in. With The Orange Trees of Versailles staring down at me, the blonde girl on its cover daintily sniffing the blossom of a potted tree on the palace grounds, I was hoping for a sort of a Tudors Jr. en France.A truly strange book, The Orange Trees of Versailles is about an imagined young woman with an aptitude for perfumes named Marion. Daughter of a gardener at the Palace of Versailles, Marion enters the service of Françoise-Athénaïs, an actual historical figure, who was the Marquis de Montespan and the favorite mistress of King Louis the fourteenth. The book creates a suggestion of what might have happened around the “Affaire des Poisons”, the Poisons Affair, a scandal that erupted in 1675 when many women of Louis XIV’s court appear to have been running around poisoning members of the aristocracy and participating in witchcraft: The French have always known how to have a good time. While many of the details of the Poisons Affair are not actually known, and the Marquis was never formally implicated, The Orange Trees of Versailles offers a suggestion of how it might have all gone down.In Orange Trees, the Marquis, however beautiful, is highly calculating, and dangerously superstitious. She consults with swarms of astrologers and soothsayers, forces her attendants to watch over her as she sleeps, covets the throne, participates in an act called the “Black Mass”, is jealous, manipulative, abusive, and frankly, quite a lot of fun from a reader’s point of view. You’ll notice I haven’t mentioned much about the story’s main character Marion yet, and that’s likely because her frail, temperamental little presence is nearly swallowed whole by the vividness of the Marquis, to the great detriment of the book. Marion distinguishes herself among the Marquis’ servants with her keen sense of smell and ability to create exquisite perfumes, but her nose is about the most exciting of Marion’s virtues. Her ambitions and passions are ambiguous at best, and she lacks any kind of character that the reader might be able to hang on to. In fact, she’s a bit touchy, with no sense of humor, and even a trace of arrogance that blossoms when the Marquis fails to acknowledge her as the maker of the perfume that she wears, which the King compliments. This slight turns Marion against the Marquis, leading the young perfumer to discover Athénaïs’ plot to poison the Queen. She somehow manages to summon the pluck necessary to thwart the Marquis, but I found it hard to believe that such a fragile and swoony maiden would suddenly find the courage to go up against a woman who apparently had no scruples about using infants in ritualistic sacrifice or poisoning monarchs. Rather than seeming heroic, Marion comes across as the self-righteous little snitch who tattles and is rewarded by the teacher. One can’t help but sneer as she is granted a ride on a golden boat for her service to the throne.I find it extremely curious that this subject matter was ever considered as fitting material for a middle grade children’s book. If the full account of historical events were depicted, the book would be deep into “R-rated” territory, but the cleaning up of this story for a younger audience strips if of anything that might make it interesting. What’s left is a bland and moralistic little story that leaves you with lots of perverse unanswered questions (What exactly is a Black Mass?), and the notion that you really shouldn’t try to poison people.For more reviews from The Rusty Key, visit us at

  • Stephanie (Bookfever. ♥)
    2019-03-05 03:01

    Years ago, like when I was about 11 I think, I read this book but in my own language. Now years later, I bought the english version ebook on Amazon and it was even more amazing than I remembered. Reading this book was like a hello to my childhood. So nice!The Orange Trees of Versailles is the story about Marion who goes into the service of the Marquise de Montespan. When the marquise learns about Marion's gift to create and recognize amazing scents she lets Marion make perfum for her. Marion is overly glad and delighted because of this but when she learns that the marquise gives credit to others she feels utterly betrayed. On top of that Marion finds out about the marquise's plan to poison the queen. She must use her gift for smells to try and save the queen, but will she be in time?How I loved this book! Ah... it was simply wonderful! The writing was lovely and fast paced. The chapter were rather short in my opnion, but I didn't mind that. Marion was a great heroine. She was sweet, kind of naive, but very talented with her sense of smell. I'm so glad everything worked out for her in the end. The other characters were great also. I loved Lucie and Martin. So cute! The marquise was awful but definitely an interesting character. I loved the history aspect in this book and how some events and characters that really happened and excisted were in it. My favorite aspect of historical fiction.If you're going to read this book I strongly suggest that you read the information about the history and everything that comes after the story. It's very interesting to read. So don't skip it!

  • Luminalsl
    2019-03-24 10:29

    Première déception parmi mes emprunts de la semaine : les orangers de Versailles. Ce petit roman jeunesse a reçu tant de bonnes critiques que je pensais pourtant l'adorer sur le champs ! Hélas, la plume de l'auteur m'a déconcertée dès les premiers chapitres. J'ai eu tout d'abord énormément de mal avec les transitions, comme l'impression que les scènes se succédaient dans un flou constant. De plus, l'auteure passe d'une atmosphère douce et délicate au côté le plus sordide de Versailles en quelques lignes. Ces moments chocs me prenaient totalement par surprise.Alors certes je trouve cela bien que, pour une fois, un écrivain prenne la peine de montrer la part sombre de cette époque qui n'était pas faite que de fêtes somptueuses à Versailles, de balade en calèche et de superbes toilettes. On oublie un peu trop souvent la puanteur qui régnait dans toutes les grandes villes, le manque d'hygiène les plus basiques, le peu de cas que l'on faisait d'une vie humaine, la mortalité infantile …Mais ce domaine macabre et sordide n'a pas été amené de manière judicieuse à mon sens et à plus servit à m’écœurer qu'autre chose. J'ai tout de même pris le temps de finir le roman mais je ne pense pas lire la suite, et je suis bien contente de ne pas m'être donné la peine de l'acheter. Next.

  • Adriane Devries
    2019-02-27 09:29

    The Orange Trees of Versailles is a charmingly written historical mystery, translated from the French, and set within the illustrious courts of King Louis XIV of France. The protagonist, fourteen year old Marion, is plucked from a life with her doting father in relative obscurity when she is accepted into the service of one of the most demanding and iconic members of the royal court. Suddenly ensconced in luxury beyond her wildest dreams, attending her duties in gilded and glittering halls of mirrors, chandeliers and tapestries, she must now mingle with dazzlingly bejeweled royalty on a daily basis--even the King himself. She discovers that her talent for mixing herbs into lovely fragrances not only delights her royal mistress and provides a possible means of fame for herself, but it may also hold the key to unlocking a diabolical murder plot. Directed toward young adults, the royal intrigues are tamed enough for appropriate content, yet retain the exciting bits: rumors of poisonings, betrayals, royal infidelity, and witchcraft abound. It is a delightful, quick read suitable for teens and up.

  • SarahC
    2019-03-18 06:03

    French author Annie Pietri crafts an interesting historical novel of the court of Louis XIV. At fourteen, young Marian serves the King's favorite and mistress, Athenais, a beautiful marquise. The Marquise revels in her favor at court, but is filled with paranoia and greed. She keeps Marian close, employing her natural talents as a perfumer creating fragrances to meet her wishes. The danger of the marquise's greed becomes known to Marian and she realizes that the queen and the young dauphin are in danger from this unscrupulous woman. The dark intents within the story are offset by Marian's respect of nature within the royal grounds filled with flowers and groves of beloved orange trees. This is a well-written novel with a length that provides a good story but will keep newer readers from getting marred down in the historical setting. It includes a short appendix on perfumes during and since the seventeenth century.

  • LeAnne
    2019-03-18 03:29

    The fact that the book was translated accounts for the odd oaths that would have been better left in French. The story showcases information about the court of Louis XIV, but I found the telling rather blah, precisely because it was too much telling and not enough showing to draw me and make me identify with Marion, the servant girl turned perfumer. "The Poison Affair" involving the king's "favorite" seems to have been historical although the story is not. A look at Wikipedia suggests there was lots more intrigue the author could have included. I found the information about the social, hygienic, protective and therapeutic functions of 17th c perfumes interesting, but the information on 19th and 20th c perfumers and perfumery struck me as irrelevant.

  • abelink ☾
    2019-03-22 05:13

    I enjoyed reading Orange Trees of Versailles by Annie Pietri because of certain reasons: first, I liked Marion's character and her great sense of smell. I've always wished to be just like Marion who was very gifted in smelling and remembering scents. I also liked her because of her courage and intelligence. Second, I liked the setting. What's not to love about the charm of Versailles and the period of princesses and queens? Third, I liked the story because of the mystery and the intrigue. This book was cute and lighthearted. (review written on 2011)

  • Taylor
    2019-03-14 07:13

    This book was amazing! I didn't understand it the first two times I read it, but I kept going, then I fell in love with it, and just kept. on. going. Yes, I really have read this book 13 times. Its amazing. The plot was awesome, and it made me feel good reading it. The fact that it seems to be in the past, and with European feel, just. WOW.

  • Voracious_reader
    2019-02-25 07:02

    Strange. Thought it was a children's book. It's listed as such, but it really isn't in terms of topic. At best it would fit in the Brother's Grimm category of children's stories. It was a quick read (as in minutes), but I am not convinced that I enjoyed it. Nice cover illustration though.

  • Catherine
    2019-03-18 03:01

    This book was amazing! I absolutely loved it. I read it, liked it, and returned it to the library, only to want it back a few months later. I would read this book as many times as possible if I had time!

  • Karen
    2019-02-26 11:28

    Fun young adult read. Gardeners daugher aspires to be something more in 1600 France. Marion becomes Louis XIV mistresses's servant and through her skills as a perfumer finds herself in precarious situations. Strong female characters.

  • Jane
    2019-03-25 10:29

    The cover is actually a lot better than the book itself. The gardener's daughter gets a place in court and creates a beguiling perfume. Story and writing are weak, but since I've visited Versailles, it was fun to revisit it through this story.

  • Valerie
    2019-03-01 06:06

    Loved this story of a young girl at court. She's the right mix of bright personality and intelligence while remaining very much a young child at heart.

  • Melanie
    2019-03-01 04:09

    It was an interesting light read. I probably should have read it in the original French though. I thought that the translation probably could have been better.

  • ISLN (Int'l School Library Network) Singapore
    2019-03-24 09:15

    French author famour for historic novels in Versailles

  • Isabel
    2019-03-12 04:03

    I read this in like 4th grade

  • Doris Pearson
    2019-03-10 07:01

    Excellant writing. Good book for history buffs and young people. I loved the heroine.

  • Arikah Lynne
    2019-02-28 07:27

    One of the best books I've read. I'm not a person who reads books over and over again but this one I could! Every time I read it I find something different

  • Karen
    2019-03-01 06:30

    Love this book. The story , the characters . It's just amazing .

  • Josette
    2019-03-20 05:06

    Gives a nice feel for court life under Louis XIV, the Sun King, of France. Includes some court intrigue and a mistress, so probably better suited to middle school age.