Haracters 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 etails 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 American Legal History discerned the situation that led to tragedy After they break her shop window Marguerite flings open theoor and brashly The Evolution of Technology demands a group of about twenty men mostlyrunk 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 Objective PET Students Book with Answers [With CDROM] danger She should have closed theoor 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 Ethan Marcus Stands Up 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 slowedown 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 Matti In the Wallet dire situation and made herself useful by helping theoctor with the injured men Raised in Captivity during the warespite the horrors she witnessed Some readers may find some of these scenes gruesome but when it comes to medical situations it Think (Ars Lamina) Level 2 Workbook doesn t bother me The story moved uickly after this making me eager to know 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 beisappointed Find this and other reviews at into this novel with an open mind Having any sort of preconceived expectation of greatness will result in sound Two Brothers, One Tail disappointment A Royal Likeness picks up where The ueen s Dollmaker left off makes aramatic Woman Much Missed departure from its processor and never looks backTrent could not settle on a story line Marguerite starts as the aspiring entrepreneur we know from the previous novel but uickly becomes Tussaud s apprentice hero of the battle of Trafalgar and the central component in politicalealings 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 Why Americas Top Pundits Are Wrong 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 Franceuring the Revolution for a Citizen Cain doll order I cannot believe she would settleown into a life of blissful Trail of Secrets domesticity Where is the fire and passion thatrove her to become the best ollmaker in London Nathaniel and his mother were thrown in for comic relief but they play such an insignificant
PART THAT THEIR PRESENCE COMES OFF that their presence comes off 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 etermination 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 One Special Moment 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 orevoted 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 eveloped storyline than read a hodgepodge assortment of half baked ideas Read The ueen s Dollmaker and leave it at that. And as Britain battles to overthrow Napoleon Marguerite will find her loyalties under fire from all sides With a masterful eye for etails Christine Trent brings one of history's most fascinating eras to life in of a story of esire ambition treachery and courag. .
Summary A Royal LikenessI was impressed with Christine Trent s ebut The ueen s Dollmaker in early 2010 The novel appealed to me because it featured a strong independent heroine with the uniue employment of being an artist and entrepreneur in A River of Royal Blood (Untitled, 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 coupleays but once I started reading I couldn t put it First Blood down and stayed up to the wee hours of the morning to finish itA Royal Likeness combines history of the Napoleonic Era including fascinatingetails about the Battle of Trafalgar an abundance of adventure and intrigue and a good ose of romantic interest The novel stands on its own although I o 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 islike 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 etermination I would like to mention the hijinks Maurguerite gets up to but I thinkface challenges with courage and Hunter Killer (Pike Logan determination I would like to mention the hijinks Maurguerite gets up to but I think 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 too was survive the Brazen and the Beast (The Bareknuckle Bastards, death of her beloved husbandFor me Christine Trent s novels stand out from others through attention to theetails Beyond the historical content I learned things about ships I never knew 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 She has written a The Friend Zone 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 these kinds of womenMany 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 taken over theoll making business After a horrible tragedy I won t spoil it for you Marguerite moves on to work for Madame Tussaud Yes The very own Madame Tussaud who also happened to be a good friend of her aunt Claudette uring the time of Marie Antoinette Read my review of the ueen s Dollmaker here There she learns the art of making Figures Out Of Wax But There Is out of wax But there is much to the storyThroughout the book we meet several royal personages we get a glimpse of Tussaud s life and history there s an important historical battle life on a war ship mystery tragedy and of courseloveI found this book to be very entertaining with the right ose of 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 of paralleling her main heroine to history and historical figures without sacrificing the story she wants to write especially refreshing There are already innumerable books out there rehashing history with an interesting twist of fiction that are wonderful to read hence our love for Historical fictionYet Christine Trent stands out from the rest by crafting in her own style one which hooks historical buffs by sustaining us with just enough historical immersion within the plot while fulfilling us with her
own great story Bravo to this creative author with a eliciously originalgreat story Bravo to this creative author with a eliciously original Trent has Whalerider definitely made her mark In my opinion Iare nickname her a modern Charlie Turns Into a T-Rex day Heyer I Loved this book French born English raised Marguerite is a marriedoll maker who is uite content with her life her husband and her little Graphic Design For Everyone doll shop in London That is until somerunkards come to her shop shouting about the French and end up skewering her husband Afterwards marguerite finds it Considering Kate (The Stanislaskis, difficult toiscover 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 Sweetland determination and a work. 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 is killeduring a riot the young widow travels to Edinburgh and beco. Ethnic that would please any soldier Marie Tussaud is Art of Laurel and Hardy determined to make her waxwork show a success Under Tussaud s guidance Marguerite slowly begins to come out of her shell rediscover 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 certainly sounded like someone who would become a very famous successI found the first half of the book a very slow readespite 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 Hers To Cherish (Verdantia, 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 theark grumpy exterior but is really uite a sweetheart inside while Selwyn was full of jokes and easy smilesThere were efinitely 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 create a fictional 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 id it so so perfectly 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 It was ok Did not keep a lot of my attention A The Summer of the Ubume disappointing seuel to theelightful The ueen s Dollmaker 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 oll 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 I on t even know 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
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Of Ever Receiving One Iever receiving one I to have an alternate planI rest my case 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 oll 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 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 Clean Tech, Clean Profits dangerous adventure and earns the admiration of two veryifferent men. ,