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I was impressed with Christine Trent s The ueen S Dollmaker "In Early 2010 The "Early 2010 The Appealed To Me Dollmaker in 2010 The novel appealed to me it featured a strong independent heroine with the uniue employment of being an artist and entrepreneur in dollmaking I am eually as impressed with Trent s sopho release A Royal Likeness Marguerite is a sympathetic character and it was a great pleasure to read about her escapades I had planned on reading the book over a couple days but once I started reading I couldn t put it down and stayed up to the wee hours of the morning to finish itA Royal Likeness combines history of the Napoleonic Era including fascinating details about the Battle of Trafalgar an abundance of adventure and intrigue and a good dose of romantic interest The novel stands on its own although I do recommend reading The ueen s Dollmaker first to better understand the enmity between Marguerite and her husband s mother and brother Maude and Nathaniel Ashby two characters easy to dislike intensely I also recommend reading The ueen s Dollmaker so you can meet the hero and heroine of that novel Claudette and William who appear in A Royal LikenessMarguerite s naivety and preoccupation with overcoming the grief from the loss of her husband gets her into a bit of trouble ok than bit but she soon learns to become independent and face challenges with courage and determination I would like to mention the hijinks Maurguerite gets up to but I think this would spoil the story a bit so I will refrain The author gives this character adventure than she ever expected when all she was trying to do was survive the death of her beloved husbandFor me Christine Trent s novels stand out from others through attention to the details Beyond the historical content I learned things about ships I never new before and the process of wax modeling was fascinating I highly recommend this novel if you love uality historical fiction adventure and intrigue and original charactersMy Rating 45httpmyobsessionwithbooksblogspot Setting It s 1803 and England is in the mitts of fending off a war with Napoleon Bonaparte and English citizens are beginning to get anxious therefore causing riots to break outSynopsis A Royal Likeness is the seuel to The ueen s Dollmaker Years have passed and Marguerite is now the sole heir of Claudette s Fashion Doll business She couldn t be happier living the life of a tradeswoman with her devoted husband Nicholas Ashby constantly at her side It would seem nothing could bring Marguerite s spirits down until a raging band of rioters end up on her doorstep harassing and accusing her of conspiring with the enemy as a result of being a French migr Suddenly the riot breaks loose and descends upon her shop breaking everything in their path While defending his wife s work Nicholas is brutally murdered right before Marguerites eyes and her life ceases to matter Marguerite decides to escape everything that reminds her of Nicholas and goes to stay with her Aunt Claudette and Uncle William in the country She soon finds herself immersed in the depths of depression until one day her aunt gets the idea to send Marguerite to work as an apprentice for Madame Marie Tussaud who has a wax exhibition residing in London Just when Marguerite becomes settled in her new life working for Madame Tussaud England s Prime Minister William Pitt sees Tussaud s wax work as a useful war strategy and decides to commission a wax figure of Admiral Horratio Nelson Madame Tussuad decides Marguerite has developed enough skills to go to London herself Upon arrival Marguerite captures the attention of two completely opposite men who desperately try to compete for her affection It doesn t take long for disaster to strike again and Marguerite finds herself entangled in a dangerous adventure that no woman should ever be subjected toReview A Royal Likeness is such an amazing adventure that greatly surpasses The ueen s Dollmaker which was a surprise because The ueen s Dollmaker was such a refreshing read What made me love A Royal Likeness even was how the wax figures were intertwined with England s fate in the Battle of Trafalgar and how the battle was described in such great detail I was uite fond of Marguerites character because she was so prone to accidents which I can relate to in my own life I loved how she could pick herself right back up and move on to the next big thing She really did have a way with ensnaring men without meaning to Madame Tussaud was a woman to be commended She was a true business woman who really Les Siciliens (Lignes de vie d'un peuple) knew her craft and would never let anything or anyone get in her way Officer Darden Hastings was a true man of duty and definitely didn t wear his emotions on his sleeve which made him come off a little harsh sometimes I guess you could say he reminded me a lot of Mr Darcy in Pride and PrejudiceChristine Trent really out did herself with this one It really takes a hold of you from the beginning and doesn t let you go until it s over The detail in this story is so mesmerizing both with the wax figures and the battles I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a thrill see. As heiress to the famous Laurent Fashion Dolls business Marguerite Ashby's future seems secure But France still seethes with violence in the wake of the Revolution And when Marguerite's husband isilled during a riot the young widow travels to Edinburgh and beco.
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discover her creative flare and maybe even fall in love Marguerite also becomes entangled with a famous man of history Lord NelsonOverall I found this a very enjoyable book From the get go Marguerite was uite a likeable character and i actually found it remarkable how fond I became of Nicholas within the few mere pages he was actually alive Their relationship was so sweet and sincere I found myself hoping the blatant obvious wouldn t become trueI also liked the strong character of Marie Tussaud She faced every single situation the same showing off a very tough character only letting in a few cracks for softness now and again She Was A Constant Source Of Strength And Admiration And was a constant source of strength and admiration And sounded like someone who would become a very famous successI found "The First Half Of The Book A Very Slow Read "
first half of the book a very slow read the timeline in it being uite fast paced The second half of the book went much uicker for me and I enjoyed the bit of real action in it much Although Mr Philipstral was portrayed as the villain I wouldn t uite label him so Yes he was certainly a scoundrel and a trickster and you probably couldn t trust him as far as you could throw him but I believed that he would never really hurt Marguerite and truly did care for her In the end the last time Marguerite talked to Philistral was actually uite a sweet one and showed that he thought of her even when his own life was at riskThe characters of Darden Hastings and Brax Selwyn reminded me an awful lot at first of Mr Darcy and Mr Bingley from Jane Austen s Pride and Prejudice Hastings has the dark grumpy exterior but is really uite a sweetheart inside while Selwyn was full of jokes and easy smilesThere were definitely times that Marguerite irritated me in particular when she ept taking certain characters at face value I wish she hadn t been so naive and sometimes some straight uestions and answers would have solved some problems and eradicated some subplotsOverall I think when an author can create a fictional character and place them in moments of history and build them friendships with people of historical importance making them seem like they ve always belonged therethat s a real talent And Trent did it so so perfectly A disappointing seuel to the delightful The ueen s Dollmaker After reading Christine Trent s The ueen s Dollmaker I was eager to read her second book A Royal Likeness whose main character Marguerite was first introduced in The ueen s Dollmaker Marguerite now owns Claudette s doll shop Claudette was the main character in the first book but when tragedy strikes she leaves the shop and London Then through Claudette s connections she receives the opportunity to work as Madame Tussaud s apprentice She learns the trade of making life size wax models of famous people and helps Madame Tussaud with her exhibitions in London Edinburgh and Dublin Later because of her skill she gets involved with the British government and the Battle of TrafalgarMany real historical figures play characters in this fictitious tale and I really liked this aspect of the book Madame Tussaud and Captain Nelson were the most interesting The first half of the book is concentrated on Marguerite s work with Mme Tussaud Although some readers may find the details of waxwork a little tedious I enjoyed it and thought it uite fascinatingMarguerite s character on the other hand took a while for me to like Let me explain Right from the onset of the story I thought she could have better discerned the situation that led to tragedy After they break her shop window Marguerite flings open the door and brashly demands a group of about twenty men mostly drunk and on the brink of irrationality who are carrying clubs and pitchforks what they wanted with her and her shop Didn t she sense the danger She should have closed the door and gone to get her husbandSecondly she once again acted foolishly when it came to Mr Philipsthal Although he was connected to Mme Tussaud financially I did not think he needed to play such a big role in the first half of the book He was not needed to advance the plot and could easily have played a minor character or none at all As a matter of fact his role really slowed down the story and only served to show how addle brained I m using Maruerite s own words about herself she could beNow the second half of the book with the battle of Trafalgar the political intrigue and the romance was what really propelled the story forward and redeemed Marguerite in my eyes I admired her courage and the way she looked past her dire situation and made herself useful by helping the doctor with the injured men during the war despite the horrors she witnessed Some readers may find some of these scenes gruesome but when it comes to medical situations it doesn t bother me The story moved uickly after this making me eager to now how it would all come to an endIf you are a fan of historical fiction who particularly likes a heroine who is a spirited and independent tradeswoman rather than an aristocrat you will enjoy this book The beginning may be slow but stick with it and you will not be disappointed. And as Britain battles to overthrow Napoleon Marguerite will find her loyalties under fire from all sides With a masterful eye for details Christine Trent brings one of history's most fascinating eras to life in of a story of desire ambition treachery and courag. K
ing adventure with a damsel in distress sort of feel I can t wait to see what Christine has in store for us nextIf you would like to read of my reviews visit my site This is one of those books that contains both good and bad for me The heroine Marguerite has an unfortunate turn of events resulting in the loss of her Aunt s doll shop and her husband Her pity party comes to an abrupt halt however when the opportunity to work with Madame Tussaud famous wax figure maker arrises For me the story involving Marie Tussaud and even her son the first half of the novel was the most interestingFor full review Find this and other reviews at into this novel with "AN OPEN MIND HAVING ANY SORT "
open mind Having any sort preconceived expectation of greatness will result in sound disappointment into this novel with an open mind Having any sort of preconceived expectation of greatness will result in sound disappointment Royal Likeness picks up where The ueen s Dollmaker left off makes a dramatic departure from its processor and never looks backTrent could not settle on a story line Marguerite starts as the aspiring entrepreneur we Les tables de mon moulin
know from the previous novel but uickly becomes Tussaud s apprentice hero of the battle of Trafalgar and the central component in political dealings for the good of the empire Personally that never came together for me I felt like the author opened a history book and said hey this looks interesting where can I fit it in Trent has some talent as a writer but her inexperience is self evident The constant changes in storyline and characterization are exhausting to read Her fictitious players have such dramatic changes in their basic makeup that they almost invalidate the original novel Claudette is content attending social outings and playing mother hen to her children This is a character who journeyed to France during the Revolution for a doll order I cannot believe she would settle down into a life of blissful domesticity Where is the fire and passion that drove her to become the best dollmaker in London Nathaniel and his mother were thrown in for comic relief but they play such an insignificant part that their presence comes off as a cheesy attempt to create continuity between the novels And since when is Nathaniel obsessed with his sister in law Marguerite was poised to follow in Claudette s footsteps but her determination and overall interest in her art is thwarted and never recovers Her character moves into wax modeling but the inuisitive little girl who peppered the doll shop staff with technical uestions never resurfaces Marguerite takes on the role of place holder The story revolves around her but she never comes through as particularly interested or devoted to her craftThe historic cast is also ill treated Madame Tussaud s broken English and overall characterization felt abrasive I cannot picture a woman with her talent and level of success being such a complete stick in the mud Why were Nelson Grey Pitt and Fox invited to the party Their part in the story could have been another book entirely hopefully one with a completely separate cast since the idea itself wasn t a bad oneIn all honesty I wish I had skipped this one I would much rather see one well developed storyline than read a hodgepodge assortment of half baked ideas Read The ueen s Dollmaker and leave it at that She has written a delicious novel based on a fictional heroine whose life runs parallel to a real historical figure in a real historical timeframe while using real historical facts Not only that once again like in her first novel The ueen s Dollmaker I was highly entertained by this no nonsense heroine In A Royal Likeness Marguerite is a gutsy creative and talented lady with a thirst for adventure and curiosity to no end Just love reading about theseinds of womenMany of you will remember Marguerite as Claudette s niece in Trent s first novel The ueen s Dollmaker In It was ok Did not Cahier d'une cuisinière provençale
keep a lot of my attention I don t evennow why I finished this book I guess I regretted having wasted 350 so I wasted something much valuable time Go me There were moments when I sat on the train and just stared out the window because I couldn t take it anyThe Battle of Trafalgar is in it Also Madame Tussaud Early 19th century Napoleon Jane Austen and Vanity Fair I won t make any smartass remarks about wax figures being alive and smarter and with much better sense of purpose than the characters in this novel no I won t but I have to s French born English raised Marguerite is a married doll maker who is uite content with her life her husband and her little doll shop in London That is until some drunkards come to her shop shouting about the French and end up skewering her husband Afterwards marguerite finds it difficult to discover any reason she should stay on int the world Eventually her beloved aunt ships Marguerite off to become an apprentice under Madam Tussaud Yes that Madam TussaudMadam Tussaud fled France several years earlier with her waxwork figures and her young son With a grim sense of determination and a work ethnic that would please any soldier Marie Tussaud is determined to make her waxwork show a success Under Tussaud s guidance Marguerite slowly begins to come out of her shell Mes apprentice to her old friend Marie Tussaud who has established a wax exhibition When Prime Minister William Pitt commissions a wax figure of Admiral Nelson Marguerite becomes immersed in a dangerous adventure and earns the admiration of two very different men.