Christine Trent ☆ 4 charactersGood characters very very good Bad characters very very bad Book not for me I cannont buy the opening seuence Sorry Not the bit with the children but the bit with the fire For the most Little Darlings part I really liked this book What I liked best was that for once the main character in a historical romance was an entrepreneur and not someampered nobility or some downtrodden easant type The heroine is in trade and really does make something of herself I truly enjoyed watching Claudette taking a tiny
Opportunity And Somehow Growingand somehow growing into a small business and then from there growing it into a well known business that catered especially to royalty and the rich That for me is gratifying because I m a self roprietor myselfAnother thing I liked about the book the history is real and the story entwined with it is lausible Naturally the main characters are fictional but the way the author wove them into historical fact was interesting for meAlso I enjoyed the story and the characters The book engaged me and it was easy for me to root for the characters successesWhat I didn t like however was how Claudette and William Greycliffe met the first few times There was too much feeling on Claudette s art and she was too antagonistic It didn t feel natural I can well imagine her to be cold stiff and silent but she was all fire and anger over someone she just met and who should have been of no conseuence in her life And he of course took far too much notice of a servant who should have been wallpaper for the likes of him There needed to be of a reason for all that feeling of a set up to make their encounters at the Ashby household seem likely As it was it felt a little forced for me This is a character who can keep a calm head and respond appropriately for most of the book and yet she acts as if she has no impulse control during these first encounters with GreycliffeThe other Your Name Here part of the book I didn t like was how easily Claudette agreed to go to France again and how uiet she kept it with those she left behind This is a character with a lot of common sense who knew enough not to sign a contract she didn t understand and therefore stay out ofrostitution but she did NOT have the common sense to stay out of France in its time of trouble or at the very least to take the Mate Me [If You May] (The Millennium Wolves, properrecautions before going thereThose two instances were the only ones to mar my full enjoyment of the book my suspension of disbelief The rest of the book however was greatFree Kindle downloaded December 31 2010 Finished reading January 31 2011 If you re in a mood for detailed True period history in both France and England the 18th c weaved into a tale of one woman s survival struggle for independence love suspense and an ever fascinating careerboy do I have a book for youOh and did I mention this one also contains the Revolution and our favourite French ueen Marie AntoinetteLet alone that The ueen s Dollmaker is such an interesting read I just couldn t get enough of the whole doll making experience Every bit of detail is so vividlyortrayed that you almost feel art of the Setting I Had Not I had not the role of dolls in the 18th century until I received a very welcomed heads up from author Christine Trent who has done her own extensive research on the fascinating subject I found her new book The ueen s Dollmaker an absolutely delightful read both due to the lot and all the great information Fucking Trans Women packed between the covers From start to finish you will get a glimpse of both the domestic and business cultures of the 18th century The book covers the intriguingrocess of doll making and follows the main character Claudette Laurent as she chooses survival in a very rough worldRead my full review here It just wasn t believable to me First Marie Antoinette comes through the town as the new future ueen gets out of her carriage and On the brink of revolution with a tide of hate turned against the decadent royal court France is in turmoil as is the life of one young woman forced to leave her beloved Paris After a fire destroys her home and family Claudette Laurent is struggling to survive in London But one Slavery Reborn precious gift remains her talent for creating exuisite dolls that Marie Antoinette the ueen of France herself cherishes When the ueen reuests a meeting Claudette seizes the opportunity toromote her business. Hares marzipan candy with the children it was like a Disney scene Next up the fire scene began and the way the family and neighbors acted just seemed unreal Your home business and city are burning and you re speaking in terms like very well then lease wife and daughter stand right here in the midst of the fire oh let me stop and kiss you too As good and helpful as Bulbophyllums; the Incomplete Guide, From A to WHY? people are this scene was just a bit too muchDNF Instagram Twitter Facebook Pinterest When I was in college I went through thishase of ritualistically devouring fluffy
CHICK LIT STYLE HISTORICAL FICTION Alit style historical fiction a Philippa Gregory It really didn t matter if they were good bad or downright awful I read them all and I read them with gleeTHE UEEN S DOLLMAKER felt like a throwback to that time Without demeaning this book THE UEEN S DOLLMAKER is a work of
FICTION THAT IS VERY MUCH INTENDED WITH WOMEN INthat is very much intended with women in as the audience You can tell from the way its Alhambra packaged that gorgeous dress the elaborate cover the fact that the fellow author blurb that they decided to showcase on the cover says Exuberant sparkling beguilingThe story itself also feels very fluffy It s about a girl named Claudette who loses her family in a fire and ends up going to England along with a group of other women To their collective horror they are bound asrostitutes Only a suspicion of sketchy documents and an unwillingness to sign whatever is resented to them saves Claudette as well as Elizabeth and Beatrice and her young daughter Marguerite from their fatesBeatrice and Claudette end up working as servants for this hilariously caricatured social climber named Maude Ashby It s rough living but when a doll she s made for Marguerite is spotted by one of the male servants he comes up with a brilliant money making scheme to line their ockets with extra cash It takes off and soon Claudette is making and dolls flush with coin and filled with a new sense of self confidence It doesn t even matter when the jealousy of the servants reaches a fever Its a Lat Lat Lat Lat World pitch and results in her getting fired Maude Ashby can take her aspirations and shove themAt oneoint Claudette becomes so famous that her talents reaches the ears of Marie Antoinette herself who reuests commissioned dolls for herself and her friends This is when the book gets a little weird because when she goes to France she meets her childhood friend Jean Phillipe and the meeting awakens some awkward feelings in her which is annoying because back home she has this great guy named William Greycliffe who is The Infinite Air perfectly willing to marry down because he loves her so much and finds her admittedly annoyingersonality charming He isn t thrilled when Claudette goes to France and the wishy washy love triangle that sort of but not really ensues feels forcedWhere the book really jumped the shark for me though is when Claudette receives a letter mid French Revolution mind from the ueen reuesting her The Spill presence in this time of terror with the escort of Jean Phillipe Claudette goes off without a thought and let s just say that this ends very badly for her I felt bad about what happened but at the same time man how stupid can you be French Revolution aside why would you ditch your husband yet again to be alone with an impassioned crazy guy who basically said he would do anything to have you Not smartThe last one hundredages or so achieve bodice ripper levels of craziness with deception imprisonment rape attempts Pandoras Planet people being rended limb from limb by screaming mobs only to have their organsaraded tauntingly before the windows of the nobility descriptions of the guillotine that are almost excessively colorful and a general feeling of rage and hysteria as the old is uite forcibly shoved aside to make way for the new Imagine this and now imagine alternating chapters that set scenes of happy domestic bliss in England between Cla. And to return home Amid the violence and unrest Claudette befriends the ueen who bears no resemblance to the figurehead rapidly becoming the scapegoat of the Revolution But when Claudette herself is lured into a web of deadly Is It Bedtime Wibbly Pig? political intrigue it becomes clear that friendship with France's most despised woman has grim conseuences Now overshadowed by the specter of Madame Guillotine the ueen's dollmaker will face the ultimate test Infused with theassion and excitement of a country. ,
Udette and William Oh no someone has ut the Princess of Lamballe s head on a When Not to Build pike but look somebody s getting married Robespierre is screaming his way to the guillotine with a gag in his mouth but oh that dratted Mrs Ashby just got hoisted by her ownetard L O L It was very jarring tone wise and had me blinking several timesOverall though I Really Enjoyed This Story enjoyed this story love these saga like tales that start off with the heroine as a child or adolescent and then follow her adventures over the
years until she reaches adulthood I feel like it really lets the readeruntil she reaches adulthood I feel like it really lets the reader to know the character and feel for the character in a way that some of the straightforward timelines don t If you don t mind a bit of craziness with your historical fiction and aren t totally ut off by stupid decision making you should read this book It s fun4 stars In this story we follow Claudette Laurent who loses everything in a fire and has to start her life over we see her struggle to come into her own in a time where it was uncommon for women to be successful in business and looked down upon by most eople We also follow the story of Marie Antoinette a story that blends fact with fiction This is an interesting book and though there are enjoyable Hello Bravo ! - Activity Book parts I found a largeart of it slow and dull it was An Eye for an Eye predi After losing her home and family to a fire Claudette Laurent seeks work in London She makes a friend on the journey and the two are accepted as domestic servants in the home of a social climber but Claudette wants to start her own business with the doll making skills learned from her late father As she works towards her dream France spirals into revolution and Claudette is torn between herast and the life she s made for herselfThe action scene at the beginning of the story was implausible to the oint of sounding stupid One c Half the fiction I read is historical fiction although I have not yet read much on the French Revolution For the ast year I have Oriori No Uta promised myself to investigate into the history of Marie Antoinetteurchasing the 2008 movie Marie Antoinette directed by Sofia Coppola which I had not yet watched as well as Antonia Fraser s MTI version of Marie Antoinette The Journey which I have not yet read Then I was given an opportunity to read The ueen s Dollmaker on offer from the author Christine Trent and I am so glad I acceptedThe ueen s Dollmaker is a very clever and fresh Four Word Film Reviews perspective of the French Revolutioneriod set in both England and France The story follows in a series of vignettes of Claudette s life coinciding with the reign of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette Through her strong determination and ingenuity she crafts her future as a Keep Calm, Alice Is Here Affirmations Workbook Positive Affirmations Workbook Includes premier dollmaker in England eventually catching the attention of Marie Antoinette Their destinies become entwined as events unfoldMarie Antoinette is from the outset a sympathetic character that the young Claudette is fascinated by but she isresented in a realistic and factual way with Trent not choosing sides one way or another whether she deserved her fate or not Historical details are revealed through the events that happen The story at times uickly Crystal Decoder progresses over the years and so I would not have minded if the book had been a bit longerI appreciated the amount of detail about the craft and selling of dolls I m a reader who enjoys all the technical details so the story appealed to me in this way too The ueen s Dollmaker is a very good novel that stays true to its voice After an accomplished debut effort I am excited to see what Christine Trent writes next Other recommended historical fiction reads with strong willed entrepreneurial femalerotagonists include The ueen s Fool by Philippa Gregory The Tailor s Daughter by Janice Graham The Tenth Gift by Jane Johnson and Signora Da Vinci by Robin MaxwellMy Rating 45httpmyobsessionwithbooksblogspo. And an unforgettable heroine on the threshold of radical change this captivating novel You Owe Me One propels readers into a beguiling world of opulence adventure and danger from the rough streets of eighteenth century London to France's lavish Palace of Versailles Winningly originalglittering with atmospheric detail Leslie Carroll author of Royal Affairs Uniue imaginativereplete with delightful details and astounding characters both real and imagined Donna Russo Morin author of The Courtier's Secr.