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Sting The characters were a bit transparent but I was entertained enough just watching them establish themselvesAs the book oes on it begins to follow the events back in France Instead of showing us France from the perspective of a lesser character we et 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 s story which what I thought the novel was about the later parts of the book often o 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 Building the Cold War: Hilton International Hotels and Modern Architecture 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 weet 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 One Touch of Scandal 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 mlad I didn t pay for it 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 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 fiction a la Gregory It really didn t matter if they were Bulletproof Feathers good bad or downright awful I read them all and I read them withleeTHE 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 Carson Pirie Scott: Louis Sullivan and the Chicago Department Store 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 airl #Named Claudette Who Loses Her Family In A Fire And #Claudette who loses her family in a fire and up Charting an Empire: Geography at the English Universities 1580-1620 going to England along with aroup of other women To their collective horror they are bound as prostitutes Only a suspicion of sketchy documents and an unwill. 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. ,
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 Chicago Architecture (Architecture Urbanism) 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 veryood 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 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 to be 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 ood amount of sympathy though for some reason I kept mixing up #Claudette with her new friend during this partThe doll making details are probably the best aspect of the #with her new friend during this partThe doll making details are probably the best aspect of the The craft is described in detail but I found those passages very intere. 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 ift 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 Dollmaker

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Ingness 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 her young daughter Marguerite from their fatesBeatrice and Claudette end up working as servants 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 #servants he comes up with a brilliant money 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 Citrus: A History 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 bookets a little weird because when she Building the South Side: Urban Space and Civic Culture in Chicago, 1890-1919 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 thisreat uy 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 oes to France and the Wishy Washy Love Triangle washy love triangle 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 Claudette Classic Rough News goes 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 husband yet again to be alone with an impassioned crazyuy 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 Class and Conformity: A Study in Values - With a Reassessment (Midway Reprint) guillotine that are almost excessively colorful and aeneral 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 Class Warfare: Class, Race, and College Admissions in Top-Tier Secondary Schools getting married Robespierre is screaming his way to theuillotine with a Common People: The History of An English Family gag in his mouth but oh that dratted Mrs Ashby justot 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 like 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. 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. ,