Christine Trent Ò 3 reviewTussaud and also deals with Rose Bertin There are so many other historical figures entwined in this story that I had to eep reminding myself that I was reading fictionThe novel takes us through the history culminating in Marie Antoinette s fatal encounter with the Guillotine I was amazed by how the author managed to merge important events details plot and storyline to produce such an
Exuisite Story That Kept Me Fascinated Throughout I Especially Lovedstory that Chimerica kept me fascinated throughout I especially loved way the book goes into the intricate dollmaking process this was definitely my favourite part Marie Antoinette s life the Revolution the love story pulling everything together all the whileeeping me satisfied in learning about each and every developmentI found the way the author ran Marie Antoinette s life in parallel with Claudette s life extremely clever This was particularly helpful to situate events and circumstances relating to how Claudette s life developed in conseuence I can also understand how even though sad and difficult for me Marie Antoinette was not portrayed in the best light The author clearly intended to show Marie Antoinette s tragedy as a result of the ill views of those out to destroy hervicious effect of the Revolution Fortunately our heroine is portrayed as loving the ueen and seeing the true good in her this made her even endearing to meAlmost as if narrated by a storyteller The ueen s Dollmaker is an historically enchanting fairytale that captivates and satisfies all the while making you wish that it were all trueYou will love this book I had not considered 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 plot and all the great information 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 intriguing process 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 shares 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 please wife and daughter stand right here in the midst of the fire oh let me stop and iss you too As good and helpful as people are this scene was just a bit too muchDNF Instagram Twitter Facebook Pinterest When I was in college I went through this phase of ritualistically devouring fluffy chick lit style historical fiction a la 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 in mind as the audience You can tell from the way its 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 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 people 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 parts I found a large part of it slow and dull it was predictable and some of it was stretched but the story captivated me enough 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 her past and the life she s made for herselfThe action scene at the beginning of the story was implausible to the point of sounding stupid One character had some sort of medic. 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 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 the passion and excitement of a country. ,
Al emergency only to immediately trampled by a horse cart and then presumably swept away in a rampaging fire And following the fire Claudette asks around for her childhood sweetheart everywhere except the place it would make the most sense to seek him the shop where he s serving his apprenticeshipClaudette s spur of the moment decision to head across the Channel is weakly supported but the story shows promise during and shortly after Claudette s journey Her life with her employer creates a good amount of sympathy though for some reason I ept mixing up Claudette with her new friend during this partThe doll making details are probably the best aspect of the book The craft is described in detail but I found those passages very interesting The characters were a bit transparent but I was entertained enough just watching them establish themselvesAs the book goes on it begins to follow the events back in France Instead of showing us France from the perspective of a lesser character we get this oddly detached often textbookish description of what is happening to Marie Antoinette I first noticed it during a half chapter devoted to rehashing the affair of the diamond necklace The section was jarring throwing off the pace of Claudette s story which what I thought the novel was about But the later parts of the book often go into fictionalized descriptions of the French Revolution To those of us are already somewhat familiar with the time period this is very very boring I m certainly not opposed to reading fictionalized versions of history but it reads like the author was unwilling to choose between showing us history through the eyes of the protagonist and telling us in frankly skim worthy fashion about everything else that was going onThe book also suffers from having far too many endings In addition to reading about the ultimate fates of the French royal family and the architects of the Revolution we get endless detail about the fates of nearly every character There are multiple weddings a funeral that was clumsily foreshadowed through the entire book and passages on the future of the doll business Characters who mistreated Claudette get their comeuppance and two different minor characters whose actions put Claudette in peril beg for forgiveness but face tragic ends To me one of these revelations cheapens the earlier drama because were led to believe that a character tried to harm Claudette by faking evidence rather than uncovering an actual plotThe Kindle version of this was available free for a limited time I m glad I didn t pay for it Half the fiction I read is historical fiction although I have not yet read much on the French Revolution For the past year I have promised myself to investigate into the history of Marie Antoinette purchasing 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 perspective of the French Revolution period 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 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 is presented in a realistic and factual way with Trent not choosing
SIDES ONE WAY OR ANOTHER WHETHER SHE DESERVED HERone way or another whether she deserved her or not Historical details are revealed through the events that happen The story at times uickly 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 female protagonists 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 45httpmyobsessionwithbooksblogspot. And an unforgettable heroine on the threshold of radical change this captivating novel 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. Good 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 part I really liked this book What
I liked best was that for once the main character in a historical romance was an entrepreneurliked best was that for once the main character in a historical romance was an entrepreneur not some pampered nobility or some downtrodden peasant type The heroine is in trade and really does make something of herself I truly enjoyed watching Claudette taking a tiny opportunity and somehow growing it into a small business and then from there growing it into a well nown business that especially royalty and the That for me gratifying because I m a self proprietor myselfAnother thing I liked about the book the history is real and the story entwined with it is plausible 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 part 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 eep 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 part of the book I didn t like was how easily Claudette agreed to go to France again and how uiet she The Probability Pad kept it with those she left behind This is a character with a lot of common sense whonew enough not to sign a contract she didn t understand and therefore stay out of prostitution 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 proper precautions 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 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 vividly portrayed that you almost feel part of the setting Christine Trent has a Calendula knack for sweeping you right into the moment I had a hard time believing this was the author s very first novelOur heroine Claudette Laurent was taught at a young age the art of dollmaking by the grand master of dollmaking himself her father Tragically when her whole family perishes through a horrendous fire Claudette is left to fend for herself to make a new life in a new country On the ship from France to London she befriends Beatrice a young widow and her baby daughter Marguerite The three of them become like family and are inseparable throughout their journey and settling in England Through highs and lows which include famine begging and menial servant work Claudette rekindles her dream of creating dollsAt first this is just a means to their survival But then eventually she manages to break free from the misery to building an extraordinarily successful business Naturally Claudette teaches both Beatrice and Marguerite who eventually grows up and is an invaluable help to her the ins and outs of the dollmaking process and the three enjoy life as they finally deserve itSo what about love Claudette is unable to forget her first love Jean Philippe who once upon a time was her promised betrothed However someone else is constantly in her life intriguing her with his ways the very dashing William Greycliffe And how does Marie Antoinette fit in the picture Claudette actually meets the ueen and becomes her exclusive dollmaker She even builds a friendship with Madame. 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 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 to promote her business.