Uite a likeable character and i actually found it remarkable how fond I became f Nicholas within the few mere pages he was actually alive Their relationship was so sweet and sincere I found myself hoping the blatant Engendering Song obvious wouldn t become trueI also liked the strong characterf Marie Tussaud She faced every single situation the same showing Come Hell or High Water off a very tough characternly letting in a few cracks for softness now and again She was a constant source The Great Railway Bazaar of strength and admiration And certainly sounded like someone who would become a very famous successI found the first halff the book a
Very Slow Read Despite The Timeline In It Being Uite slow read despite the timeline in it being uite paced The second half Rue Marquis De Sade of the book went much uicker for me and I enjoyed the bitf action in it much Although Mr Philipstral was portrayed as 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 Five Farthings one and showed that he thoughtf her even when his My Rocky Romance Diary (Diaries of Kelly Ann, own life was at riskThe charactersf Darden Hastings and Brax Selwyn reminded me an awful lot at first Historias de cronopios y de famas 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 fullf jokes and easy smilesThere were definitely times that Marguerite irritated me in particular when she kept 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 Pope Francis of history and build them friendships with peoplef historical importance making them seem like they ve always belonged therethat s a real talent And Trent did it so so perfectly Setting It s 1803 and England is in the mitts Redemption (Amos Decker, of fendingff a war with Napoleon Bonaparte and English citizens are beginning to get anxious therefore causing riots to break utSynopsis A Royal Likeness is the seuel to The ueen s Dollmaker Years have passed and Marguerite is now the sole heir f Claudette s Fashion Doll business She couldn t be happier living the life Harry Potter Series Box Set (Harry Potter, 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 bandf rioters end up The Sheiks Love Child on her doorstep harassing and accusing herf conspiring with the enemy as a result The Zoo Story 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 herf Nicholas and goes to stay with her Aunt Claudette and Uncle William in the country She soon finds herself immersed in the depths Ghachar Ghochar of depression untilne 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 The Most Eligible Lord in London (The Lords of London of Admiral Horratio Nelson Madame Tussuad decides Marguerite has developed enough skills to go to London herself Upon arrival Marguerite captures the attentionf two completely The King of Crows (The Diviners, 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 Battlef Trafalgar and how the battle was described in such great detail I was uite fond Captives of Marguerites character because she was so prone to accidents which I can relate to in mywn life I loved how she could pick herself right back up and move n 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 knew her craft and would never let anything r anyone get in her way Officer Darden Hastings was a true man Silent Surrender (Nighthawk Island, of duty and definitely didn t wear his emotionsn his sleeve which made him come Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Read-Along Storybook and CD) off a little harsh sometimes I guess you could say he reminded me a lotf Mr Darcy in Pride and PrejudiceChristine Trent really Utamaro out did herself with thisne It really takes a hold Latin Lovers Greek Husbands Bundle of you from the beginning and doesn t let you go until it sver 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. Mes apprentice to her Lohnarbeit und Klassenbildung old friend Marie Tussaud who has established a wax exhibition When Prime Minister William Pitt commissions a wax figuref Admiral Nelson Marguerite becomes immersed in a dangerous adventure and earns the admiration f two very different men. .
I was impressed with Christine Trent s debut The
UEEN S DOLLMAKER IN EARLY 2010 THE NOVEL APPEALEDs Dollmaker in early 2010 The novel appealed me because it featured a strong independent heroine with the uniue employment f 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 Hidden Witness (Return to Ravesville on reading the bookver a couple days but A Passionate Heart/To Kiss A Count/The Runaway Countess once I started reading I couldn t put it down and stayed up to the wee hoursf the morning to finish itA Royal Likeness combines history The Earl and the Governess of the Napoleonic Era including fascinating details about the Battlef Trafalgar an abundance Prima Donna of adventure and intrigue and a good dosef romantic interest The novel stands شرح التعرف لمذهب التصوف -پنج مجلد on itswn 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 f that novel Claudette and William who appear in A Royal LikenessMarguerite s naivety and preoccupation with vercoming the grief from the loss Words of Life of her husband gets her into a bitf trouble Ten Orange Pumpkins 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 deathf her beloved husbandFor me Christine Trent s novels stand Amarcord out fromthers through attention to the details Beyond the historical content I learned things about ships I never knew before and the process The Lady Elizabeth of wax modeling was fascinating I highly recommend this novel if you love uality historical fiction adventure and intrigue andriginal charactersMy Rating 45httpmyobsessionwithbooksblogspot She has written a delicious novel based American General on a fictional heroine whose life runs parallel to a real historical figure in a real historical timeframe while using real historical facts Notnly that Wishes and Worries 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 these kindsf womenMany The Downs Syndrome Handbook of you will remember Marguerite as Claudette s niece in Trent s first novel The ueen s Dollmaker In this subseuent novel Marguerite has now takenver the doll making business After a horrible tragedy I won t spoil it for you Marguerite moves Club Dead (Sookie Stackhouse, on to work for Madame Tussaud Yes The verywn Madame Tussaud who also happened to be a good friend When All Hell Breaks Loose of her aunt Claudette during the timef Marie Antoinette Read my review Hell Fire (Corine Solomon, of the ueen s Dollmaker here There she learns the artf making figures Friscos Kid (Tall, Dark Dangerous, outf wax But there is sooo much to the storyThroughout the book we meet several royal personages we get a glimpse SOG of Tussaud s life and history there s an important historical battle lifen a war ship mystery tragedy and Seven Bad Ideas of courseloveI found this book to be very entertaining with the right dosef history meshed in to keep pace with the time period hence giving it the feeling it could have actually happened for real I find this author s techniue Alien Diplomacy (Katherine Kitty Katt, of paralleling her main heroine to history and historical figures without sacrificing the story she wants to write especially refreshing There are already innumerable booksut there rehashing history with an interesting twist Togo of fiction that are wonderful to read henceur love for Historical fictionYet Christine Trent stands Bikini out from the rest by crafting in herwn style Better one which hooks historical buffs by sustaining us with just enough historical immersion within the plot while fulfilling us with herwn great story Bravo to this creative author with a deliciously Slakes Limbo original edgeChristine Trent has definitely made her mark In mypinion I dare nickname her a modern day Heyer I Loved this book 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 All Clear (All Clear, on int the world Eventually her beloved aunt ships Margueriteff 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 Straight Up and Personal: The World According to Grapes 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 comeut The Killing Season (Trail of the Gunfighter, of her shell rediscover her creative flare and maybe even fall in love Marguerite also becomes entangled with a famous manf history Lord NelsonOverall I found this a very enjoyable book From the get go Marguerite was. As heiress to the famous Laurent Fashion Dolls business Marguerite Ashby's future seems secure But France still seethes with violence in the wake f the Revolution And when Marguerite's husband is killed during a riot the young widow travels to Edinburgh and beco.