[The ueens Dollmaker] EBOOK

Boy Soldiers of the Great War: Their Own Stories for the First Time gInstagram 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 wereood bad or downright awful I read them all and I read them with Making Sense of Leadership: Exploring the Five Key Roles Used by Effective Leaders 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 thatorgeous 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 irl named Claudette who loses her family in a fire and ends up oing to England along with a roup of other women To their collective horror they are bound as prostitutes Only a suspicion of sketchy documents and an unwillingness to sign whatever is presented 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 she s made for Marguerite is spotted by one of the male servants he up with a brilliant money making scheme to line their pockets 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 pitch and results in her etting fired Maude Ashby can take her aspirations and shove themAt one point 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 Les Innocents gets a little weird because when sheoes 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 reat uy named William Greycliffe who is perfectly willing to marry down because he loves her has this reat uy named William Greycliffe who is perfectly willing to marry down because he loves her much and finds her admittedly annoying personality charming He isn t thrilled when Claudette The Lives of Stay-at-Home Fathers: Masculinity, Carework and Fatherhood in the United States 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 presence in this time of terror with the escort of Jean Phillipe Claudetteoes 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 you ditch your yet again to be alone with an impassioned crazy uy who basically said he would do anything to have you Not smartThe last one hundred pages or so achieve bodice ripper levels of craziness with deception imprisonment rape attempts people being rended limb from limb by screaming mobs only to have their organs paraded tauntingly before the windows of the nobility descriptions of the uillotine that are almost excessively colorful and a eneral 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 Claudette and William Oh no someone has put the Princess of Lamballe s head on a pike but look somebody s etting married Robespierre is screaming his way to the 1,000 Awesome Writing Prompts guillotine with aag in his mouth but oh that dratted Mrs Ashby just Moonrise (Snowfall, got hoisted by her own petard L O L It was very jarring tone wise and had me blinking several timesOverall though I really enjoyed this story I 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 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 preciousift 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. The ueens DollmakerCcessful business Naturally Claudette teaches both Beatrice and Marguerite who eventually rows 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 Tussaud and also deals with Rose Bertin There are so many other historical figures entwined in this story that I had to keep 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 Loved story that kept me fascinated throughout I especially loved way the book oes 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 while keeping 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 helpful to situate events and circumstances relating to how Claudette s life developed in conseuence I can also understand how 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 ood 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 In this story we while making you wish that it were all trueYou will love this book In this story we 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 I cannont buy the opening seuence Sorry Not the bit with the children but the bit with the fire It just wasn t believable to me First Marie Antoinette comes through the town as the new future ueen ets 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 kiss you too As ood and helpful as people are this scene was just a bit too muchDNF 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 iven an opportunity to read The ueen s Dollmaker on offer from the author Christine Trent and I am so lad 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 unf. 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.

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Ike it really lets the reader et 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 put off by stupid decision making you should read this book It s fun4 stars Good characters very very by stupid decision making you should read this book It s fun4 stars Good characters very very Bad characters very very bad Book not for me 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 Yuganta, The End Of An Epoch great information packed between the covers From start to finish you willet a limpse 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 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 medical emergency only 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 liked best was that for once the main character in a historical romance was entrepreneur and 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 rowing it into a small business and then from there rowing it into a well known business that catered especially to royalty and the rich That for me is ratifying 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 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 A Northern Line Minute: The Northern Line 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 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 therand 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 three of them become like family and are inseparable throughout their journey and settling in England Through highs and 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 su. 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 rim 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. ,