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"I don’t change the facts to enhance the drama. I think of it the other way round, the drama has got to fit the facts,
and it’s your job as a writer to find the shape in real life."
Hilary Mantel

Oct 11, 2022

The Myrtle Wand: Publication Day!


I'm delighted to announce the publication of The Myrtle Wand, my 15th historical novel. It was inspired by Giselle, the classic ballet-- reimagined, continued, and set in 17th century France at the court of Louis XIV.

“Audiences familiar with the general outline of Giselle will find Porter’s narrative naturally engaging, but she’s taken care to keep other readers involved as well . . . An absorbing and touching tale . . . a fully realized, moving portrait of the storied court of Louis XIV.” Kirkus Reviews
“Readers absorb the backdrop of the times against the friendship between three very different young women who each reflect diverse choices, directions, and their rapidly changing times. A powerful story, highly recommended for its realistic quandaries and strong female characters.” Midwest Book Review
“Lushly atmospheric . . . rich with historical detail. Porter imagines the story behind the iconic Giselle, transporting us to France during the early reign of the Sun King. Betrayal and redemption, magic and religion all cross paths in dangerous pas de deux—and Princess Bathilde finally gets her opportunity to take center stage.” Leslie Carroll, author of Royal Romances: Titillating Tales of Passion and Power in the Palaces of Europe
“As a retelling of Giselle this story gets top marks. Not only does the storyline move effortlessly between the chapters, but the characters come alive. There’s plenty of history built in to accurately depict the time period and royal politics.” Novels Alive
“A book to be savored with its gorgeous descriptions, compelling characters, and gripping narrative. An intriguing histfic reimagining of the beloved ballet, Giselle, it gracefully draws the reader into the early reign of Louis XIV, the Sun King." Literary Redhead

Here's my interview at the Historical Novel Society website about the writing of the novel: Margaret Porter's The Myrtle Wand

There's a The Myrtle Wand Blog Tour.

And purchase information: 

Order the paperback from: Bookshop.org, Amazon, Amazon UK, Barnes & Noble.

Order the ebook fromAmazon Kindle, Apple Books, B&N Nook, Kobo.

Purchase the paperback from a local independent bookstore via Indiebound.org.