Court of Miracles

A Human Comedy of 17th Century France

Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
363 Pages
Reviewed on 04/21/2012
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Author Biography

Brigitte Goldstein is a historical novelist and literary translator. She holds a Ph.D. degree in European History from New York University. Before turning to full-writing, she taught history and worked in publishing.
She has several published translations of German literary works to her credit. In addition to Court of Miracles, she is the author of the historical novels Princess of the Blood and Dina's Lost Tribe. The latter received a Reader's Favorites gold medal in 2011. Princess was awarded a silver medal in 2012.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Alice DiNizo for Readers' Favorite

Brigitte Goldstein has created in "Court of Miracles" a story version of the Greek myth of Pygmalion and Galatea. And as Lerner and Lowe did with the musical "My Fair Lady", she has formed a brilliant story based upon the theme of a sculptor who creates a masterpiece from a woman. It is Paris in the 1600's and Antoine, the Marquis de Valinquette, has taken a beggar girl with a spectacular voice from her home in the slum called Court of Miracles, refines her looks and education, marries her and calls her Galatee rather than her given name of La Fauvette. Galatee is a social success in upper class Paris for her looks and abilities are incomparable. But Antoine neglects to give his Marquise the love and devotion that she needs and Galatee has an affair with his best friend, Guibert, the Count of Mallac. Pregnant with Guibert's child, Galatee runs away, back to her natural home in the Court of Miracles. Will Antoine ever win his lady back into his life? "Court of Miracles" must be read and savored to find out.

Brigitte Goldstein has created an enchanting version of the old Greek myth of Pygmalion and Galatea which is highly well-written, well-edited and well-formatted. All characters are believable and three-dimensional. For instance, when Galatee or La Fauvette is distressed by her pregnancy and runs back to her mother's one room home in the slums, her decision makes sense. The book's plot is well-crafted and runs true to the theme of Pygmalion and Galatea which will delight the reader."Court of Miracles" is not to be missed.