By Christine Trent
As heiress to the recognized Laurent type Dolls company, Marguerite Ashby's destiny turns out safe. yet France nonetheless seethes with violence within the wake of the Revolution. And whilst Marguerite's husband Nicholas is killed in the course of a rebel at their store, she leaves domestic vowing by no means to come. in its place, the younger widow travels to Edinburgh and joins her previous pal, Marie Tussaud, who has proven a traveling wax exhibition.
Under the good Tussaud's sufferer guideline, Marguerite learns to mildew wax into stunningly realistic creations. whilst best Minister William Pitt commissions a wax determine of army hero Admiral Nelson, Marguerite turns into immersed in a perilous adventure—and earns the admiration of 2 very various males. And as Britain battles to overthrow Napoleon and flush out spies opposed to the Crown, Marguerite will locate her personal loyalties, and her middle, less than fireplace from all sides.
With wit, aptitude, and a masterful eye for telling information, Christine Trent brings one in every of history's such a lot attention-grabbing eras to shiny existence in an unforgettable tale of hope, ambition, treachery, and courage.
Praise for Christine Trent's The Queen's Dollmaker
"Exuberant, glowing, beguiling. . .brims with Dickensian gusto!" —Barbara Kyle, writer of The Queen's Lady
"Winningly unique. . .glittering with atmospheric detail!" —Leslie Carroll, writer of Royal Affairs
"Unique, innovative. . .replete with pleasant information and incredible characters, either genuine and imagined." —Donna Russo Morin, writer of The Courtier's Secret
Christine Trent writes old fiction from her two-story domestic library. She lives along with her very good bookshelf-building husband, 3 precocious cats, a wide doll assortment, and over 3,000 absolutely cataloged books. She and her husband are lively tourists and trip usually to England to behavior booklet examine at ancient websites. It used to be Christine's curiosity in dolls and historical past that ended in the belief for The Queen's Dollmaker.
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He saluted Arnaud with the sulfurous barrel of the pistol, and kicked the horse and cantered around the corner of the house toward the mouth of the green allée. Chapter Two THE WHITEMEN BELIEVE that everything is a story. In their world that may be so. I will never live there. What men may do is flat like a road and goes along the skin of the world but because it does not begin in one place or end in another it is not a road at all. At the crossroads is where we must always meet but the other road does not lie on the earth.
Heureux,” the doctor said, and bowed. ” “Please to enter,” Arnaud said, indicating the open door with his cane. As the doctor passed through, another domestic relieved him of his saddlebags and carried them away through another doorway at the rear of the large central room. It was dim within, the oilpaper over the windows admitting little of the fading light. “In perhaps one hour we will go to table,” Arnaud said. Standing at the outer doorway, he swatted his thigh with the cane. ” “Yes,” said Doctor Hébert.
As the doctor passed through, another domestic relieved him of his saddlebags and carried them away through another doorway at the rear of the large central room. It was dim within, the oilpaper over the windows admitting little of the fading light. “In perhaps one hour we will go to table,” Arnaud said. Standing at the outer doorway, he swatted his thigh with the cane. ” “Yes,” said Doctor Hébert. ” “Immediately,” Arnaud said, slapping himself once more with the cane as he turned farther out onto the gallery.
A Royal Likeness by Christine Trent