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Aches adulthood I feel like it really lets the reader get to know the character and feel for the character really lets the reader get to know the character and feel for the character a way that some of character and feel for the character in a way that some of 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 It ust 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 Oeuvres de Ennius Quirinus Visconti, Vol. 3 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 good and helpful as people are this scene wasust a bit too muchDNF 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 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 The Mobius Twist, Alien Abduction and Judgement of the Human Race 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 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 theirourney 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 ust 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 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 the 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 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 life developed in 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 Antoinett. 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. For the most part I really liked this book What I liked best was that for once the main character in a best was that for once the main character in a 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 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 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 #with it is plausible Naturally the main characters are fictional but 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 ust 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 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 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 I cannont buy the opening seuence Sorry Not the bit with the children but the bit with the fire Good characters very very good Bad characters very very bad Book not for me 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 her fate 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 After losing her home and family to a fire Claudette Laurent seeks work in London She makes a friend on the ourn. 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. Ey 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 "in the home of a social climber but Claudette wants to start her own business with the making skills learned from her late fat 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 are enjoyable parts I found a large part of slow and dull it was predictable and some of it was stretched but the story captivated me enough to finish the book 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 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 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 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 ealousy of the servants reaches a fever pitch and results in her getting 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 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 perfectly willing to marry down because he loves her so much and finds 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 feels forcedWhere the book really Seneca Falls and the Origins of the Women's Rights Movement Pivotal Moments in American History 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 Claudette goes off without a thought and let sust 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 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 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 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 Aliens Music of the Spears Aliens just got hoisted by her own petard L O L It was veryarring 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 re. 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.