Marvelous: A Novel by Molly Greeley

 Marvelous: A Novel by Molly Greeley 

Title:  Marvelous
Author: Molly Greeley 
Publisher:  William Morrow
Genre:  General Fiction (Adult), Historical Fiction, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Format:  Kindle
No. of Pages:  319
Date of US Publication:  28 February, 2023
My Rating:  4 Stars

My Thoughts 

I literally let out a happy noise when I saw the approval for this title - I’ve loved reading Molly Greeley’s since right after reading “The Clergyman’s Wife”, my opinion on this was cemented after reading “The Heiress” and I requested this one the second I saw it. 

The writing is breathtaking and had my eyes pricking with tears from the first chapter. I was pulled in immediately and found this Beauty and the Beast-esque historical fiction tale inspired by the real Petrus Gonsalvus, and his family, compelling in its beauty, heartbreak, and poignancy. 

This novel made me angry and upset and anxious - with kindness, I’m going to suggest not starting this one during a bluer period in life. 

It was also undoubtedly one of the most moving stories I’ve come across in the past few years. 

Thank you to William Morrow and NetGalley for the DRC.


"Enchanting. Molly Greeley has pulled off a piece of magic to tell a dazzling love story about the outcast's ache to be cared for and belong. This book broke my heart and put it back together again."--Allison Epstein, author of A Tip for the Hangman

"A richly detailed and imaginative novel. Readers will relish Greeley's emotionally potent tale."--Booklist

A mesmerizing novel set in the French royal court of Catherine de’ Medici during the Renaissance, which recreates the touching and surprising true story behind the Beauty and the Beast legend, from the acclaimed author of The Clergyman’s Wife and The Heiress

1547: Pedro Gonzales, a young boy living on the island of Tenerife, understands that he is different from the other children in his village. He is mercilessly ridiculed for the hair covering his body from head to toe. When he is kidnapped off the beach near his home, he finds himself delivered by a slave broker into the dangerous and glamorous world of France’s royal court. There “Monsieur Sauvage,” as he is known, learns French, literature, and sword fighting, becoming an attendant to the French King Henri II and a particular favorite of his queen, the formidable Catherine de’ Medici. Queen Catherine considers herself a collector of unusual people and is fascinated by Pedro…and determined to find him a bride.

Catherine Raffelin is a beautiful seventeen-year-old girl whose merchant father has fallen on hard times and offers up his daughter to Queen Catherine. The queen will pay his debts, and his daughter will marry Monsieur Sauvage.

Catherine meets Pedro for the first time on their wedding day. Barely recovered from the shock of her father’s betrayal, she soon finds herself christened “Madame Sauvage” by the royal courtiers, and must learn to navigate this strange new world, and the unusual man who is now her husband.

Gorgeously written, heartbreaking and hopeful, Marvelous is the portrait of a marriage, the story of a remarkable, resilient family, and an unforgettable reimaging of one of the world’s most beloved fairy tales.  


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