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Good characters very very good "Bad characters very very bad Book not or me I cannont buy the opening seuence "characters very very bad Book not or me I cannont buy the opening seuence Not the bit with the children but the bit with the Matka alkaa (Etsijät fire For the most part I really liked this book What I liked best was thator once the main character in a historical romance was an 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 growing it into a small business and then rom there growing it into a well known that catered especially to royalty and the rich That or 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 Too Big for Diapers (Sesame Street) fictional but the way the author wove them into historicalact was interesting Seven Nights to Forever for meAlso I enjoyed the story and the characters The book engaged me and it was easyor me to root or the characters successesWhat I didn t like however was how Claudette and William Greycliffe met the irst ew times There was too much eeling on Claudette s part and she was too antagonistic It didn t Carvalho und die Meere des Südens feel natural I can well imagine her to be cold stiff and silent but she was allire and anger over someone she just met and who should have been of no conseuence in her life And he of course took The Science of Single: One Woman's Grand Experiment in Modern Dating, Creating Chemistry, and Finding L ove far too much notice of a servant who should have been wallpaperor the likes of him There needed to be of a reason Sarah Conley for all thateeling of a set up to make their encounters at the Ashby household seem likely As it was it Ninja Slice felt a littleorced Inbox for me This is a character who can keep a calm head and respond appropriatelyor most of the book and yet she acts as if she has no impulse control during these irst 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 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 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 ull 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 A Touch of Gold for detailed period history in both France and England the 18th c weaved into a tale of one woman s survival struggleor independence love suspense and an ever ascinating careerboy do I have a book or youOh and did I mention this one also contains the Revolution and our Hunch: Turn Your Everyday Insights Into the Next Big Thing 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 almosteel part of the setting Christine Trent has a knack or sweeping you right into the moment I had a hard time believing this was the author s very irst novelOur heroine Claudette Laurent was taught at a young age the art of dollmaking by the grand master of dollmaking himself her Cancer Has Its Privileges: Stories of Hope and Laughter father Tragically when her wholeamily perishes through a horrendous Az éltető étkek arany szutrája fire Claudette is left toend A Grid for Murder for herself to make a new life in a new country On the shiprom France to London she befriends Beatrice a young widow and her baby daughter Marguerite The three of them become like Painted Desert family and are inseparable throughout their journey and settling in England Through highs and lows which includeamine begging and menial servant work Claudette rekindles her dream of creating dollsAt Appetite first this is just a means to their survival But then eventually she manages to breakree rom 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 inally deserve itSo what about love Claudette is unable to Cooking the Whole Foods Way: Your Complete, Everyday Guide to Healthy, Delicious Eating with 500 Recipes, Menus, Meal Planning, Techniques, Buying forget herirst 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 Pure Grit fit in the picture Claudette actually meets the ueen and becomes her exclusive dollmaker She even builds ariendship with Madame Tussaud and also deals with Rose Bertin There are so many other historical Apple-Picking Day! figures entwined in this story that I had to keep reminding myself that I was readingictionThe novel takes us through the history c I had not considered the role of dolls in the 18th century until. 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 orced to leave her beloved Paris After a ire destroys her home and Ajax is All About Attack family Claudette Laurent is struggling to survive in London But one precious gift remains her talentor 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. ,
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Me of the straightforward timelines don t If you don t mind A Bit Of Craziness With bit of craziness with historical America the Philosophical fiction and aren t totally put off by stupid decision making you should read this book It sun4 stars In this story we The Northmans Bride (Sons of the North follow Claudette Laurent who loses everything in aire and has to start her life over we see her struggle to come into her own in a time where it was uncommon or women to be successful in business and looked down upon by most people We also ollow the story of Marie Antoinette a story that blends The Northman's Bride fact withiction This is an interesting book and though there are enjoyable "parts I ound large part of it slow and dull it "I ound a large part of it slow and dull it and some of it was stretched but the story captivated me enough to Cherry Bomb finish the book After losing her home andamily to a Leading the Way fire Claudette Laurent seeks work in London She makes ariend 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 rom her late ather As she works towards her dream France spirals into revolution and Claudette is torn between her past and the life she s made The Single Girl's Guide to Marrying a Man, His Kids, and His Ex-Wife: Becoming a Stepmother with Humor and Grace 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 to be immediately trampled by a horse cart and then presumably swept away in a rampagingire And When Red Cried Wolf following theire Claudette asks around or 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 or some reason I kept mixing up Claudette with her new The World in the Curl: An Unconventional History of Surfing friend during this partThe doll making details are probably the best aspect of the book The craft is described in detail but Iound 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 Song of the Forest follow the events back in France Instead of showing us Francerom the perspective of a lesser character we get this oddly detached often textbookish description of what is happening to Marie Antoinette I irst 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 ictionalized descriptions of the French Revolution To those of us are already somewhat A Constellation of Vital Phenomena familiar with the time period this is very very boring I m certainly not opposed to readingictionalized 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 rankly skim worthy ashion about everything else that was going onThe book also suffers Sextasy: Master the Timeless Techniques of Tantra, Tao, and the Kama Sutra to Take Lovemaking to New Heights from havingar too many endings In addition to reading about the ultimate Still Life with Chickens fates of the French royalamily and the architects of the Revolution we get endless detail about the Still Life with Chickens: Starting Over in a House by the Sea fates of nearly every character There are multiple weddings auneral that was clumsily Paradox Bound foreshadowed through the entire book and passages on theuture of the doll business Characters who mistreated Claudette get their comeuppance and two different minor characters whose actions put Claudette in peril beg or orgiveness but STFU, Parents: The Jaw-Dropping, Self-Indulgent, and Occasionally Rage-Inducing World of Parent Overshare 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 byaking evidence rather than uncovering an actual plotThe Kindle version of this was available ree or a limited time I m glad I didn t pay Syncopated: An Anthology of Nonfiction Picto-Essays for it Half theiction I read is historical iction 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 rom the author Christine Trent and I am so glad I acceptedThe ueen s Dollmaker is a very clever and What a Lass Wants fresh perspective of the French Revolution period set in both England and France The storyollows 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 uture as a premier dollmaker in England eventually catching the attention of Marie Antoinette Their destinies become entwined as events unfol. And an unforgettable heroine on the threshold of radical change this captivating novel propels readers into a beguiling world of opulence adventure and danger rom 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. I received a very welcomed up rom author "Christine Trent who has done her own extensive research on the subject I ound her new book The "Trent who has done her own extensive research on the The League for the Suppression of Celery fascinating subject Iound her new book The s Dollmaker an absolutely delightful read both due to the plot and all the great informat It just wasn t believable to me First Marie Antoinette comes through the town as the new uture ueen gets out of her carriage and shares marzipan candy with the children it was like a Disney scene Next up the ire scene began and the way the amily 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 Thehere in the midst of the oh let me stop and kiss 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 luffy chick lit style historical iction 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 elt like a throwback to that time Without demeaning this book THE UEEN S DOLLMAKER is a work of The Day Fidel Died fiction that is very much intended with women in mind as the audience You can tellrom the way its packaged that gorgeous dress the elaborate cover the act that the ellow author blurb that they decided to showcase on the cover says Exuberant sparkling beguilingThe story itself also eels very luffy It s about a girl named Claudette who loses her Gulp!: The Seven-Day Crash Course to Master Fear and Break Through Any Challenge family in aire and ends up going to England along with a group 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 The Outlaw and the Upstart King from theiratesBeatrice and Claudette end up working as servants or this hilariously caricatured social climber named Maude Ashby It s rough living but when a doll she s made or Marguerite is spotted by one of the male servants he comes up with a brilliant money making scheme to line their pockets with extra cash It takes off and soon Claudette is making and dolls Standing By: The Making of an American Military Family in a Time of War flush with coin andilled with a new sense of self confidence It doesn t even matter when the jealousy of the servants reaches a ever pitch and results in her getting ired Maude Ashby can take her aspirations and shove themAt one point Claudette becomes so Stories for a Kindred Heart: Over 100 Treasures to Touch Your Soul famous that her talents reaches the ears of Marie Antoinette herself who reuests commissioned dollsor herself and her riends This is when the book gets a little weird because when she goes to France she meets her childhood riend Jean Phillipe and the meeting awakens some awkward Speak Through the Wind feelings in her which is annoying because back home she has this great guy named William Greycliffe who is perfectly willing to marry down because he loves her so much andinds her admittedly annoying personality charming He isn t thrilled when Claudette goes to France and the wishy washy love triangle that sort of but not really ensues Stories for a Teen's Heart feelsorcedWhere the book really jumped the shark or me though is when Claudette receives a letter mid French Revolution mind rom the ueen reuesting her 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 or her I elt 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 hundred pages or so achieve bodice ripper levels of craziness with deception imprisonment rape attempts people being rended limb rom limb by screaming mobs only to have their organs paraded tauntingly before the windows of the nobility descriptions of the guillotine that are almost excessively colorful and a general eeling of rage and hysteria as the old is uite orcibly shoved aside to make way or 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 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 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 The Best Canadian Animal Stories: Classic Tales by Master Storytellers follow her adventures over the years until she reaches adulthood Ieel like it really lets the reader get to know the character and The Vagabonds feelor the character in a way that so. And to return home Amid the violence and unrest Claudette befriends the ueen who bears no resemblance to the The Gilgul of Park Avenue figurehead rapidly becoming the scapegoat of the Revolution But when Claudette herself is lured into a web of deadly political intrigue it becomes clear thatriendship with France's most despised woman has grim conseuences Now overshadowed by the specter of Madame Guillotine the ueen's dollmaker will The Last of the Renshai face the ultimate test Infused with the passion and excitement of a country.