A Royal Likeness

A Royal Likeness As heiress to the famous Laurent Fashion Dolls business Marguerite Ashby s future seems secure But France still seethes with violence in the wake of the Revolution And when Marguerite s husband is ki

  • Title: A Royal Likeness
  • Author: Christine Trent
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 400
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • As heiress to the famous Laurent Fashion Dolls business, Marguerite Ashby s future seems secure But France still seethes with violence in the wake of the Revolution And when Marguerite s husband is killed during a riot, the young widow travels to Edinburgh and becomes apprentice to her old friend, Marie Tussaud, who has established a wax exhibition When Prime Minister WAs heiress to the famous Laurent Fashion Dolls business, Marguerite Ashby s future seems secure But France still seethes with violence in the wake of the Revolution And when Marguerite s husband is killed during a riot, the young widow travels to Edinburgh and becomes apprentice to her old friend, Marie Tussaud, who has established a wax exhibition When Prime Minister William Pitt commissions a wax figure of Admiral Nelson, Marguerite becomes immersed in a dangerous adventure and earns the admiration of two very different men And as Britain battles to overthrow Napoleon, Marguerite will find her loyalties under fire from all sides With a masterful eye for details, Christine Trent brings one of history s most fascinating eras to life in of a story of desire, ambition, treachery, and courage.

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    1. Find this and other reviews at: flashlightcommentary.Go into this novel with an open mind. Having any sort of preconceived expectation of greatness will result in sound disappointment. A Royal Likeness picks up where The Queen’s Dollmaker left off, makes a dramatic departure from its processor and never looks back.Trent could not settle on a story line. Marguerite starts as the aspiring entrepreneur we know from the previous novel but quickly becomes Tussaud’s apprentice, hero of the battle [...]

    2. After reading Christine Trent’s The Queen’s Dollmaker, I was eager to read her second book, A Royal Likeness, whose main character, Marguerite, was first introduced in The Queen’s Dollmaker. Marguerite now owns Claudette’s doll shop (Claudette was the main character in the first book), but when tragedy strikes she leaves the shop and London. Then, through Claudette’s connections, she receives the opportunity to work as Madame Tussaud’s apprentice. She learns the trade of making life- [...]

    3. I don't even know why I finished this book. I guess I regretted having wasted ¥350 so I wasted something much more valuable - time. Go me. There were moments when I sat on the train and just stared out the window because I couldn't take it anymore.The Battle of Trafalgar is in it. Also Madame Tussaud. Early 19th century. Napoleon, Jane Austen and Vanity Fair. I won't make any smartass remarks about wax figures being more alive - and smarter, and with much better sense of purpose - than the char [...]

    4. This is one of those books that contains both good and bad for me. The heroine, Marguerite, has an unfortunate turn of events resulting in the loss of her Aunt's doll shop and her husband. Her pity party comes to an abrupt halt, however, when the opportunity to work with Madame Tussaud, famous wax figure maker arrises. For me, the story involving Marie Tussaud and even her son, the first half of the novel, was the most interesting.For full review:wwwbookbabe/2011/

    5. Setting: It’s 1803 and England is in the mitts of fending off a war with Napoleon Bonaparte and English citizens are beginning to get anxious; therefore, causing riots to break out.Synopsis: A Royal Likeness is the sequel to The Queen’s Dollmaker. Years have passed and Marguerite is now the sole heir of Claudette’s Fashion Doll business. She couldn’t be happier living the life of a tradeswoman with her devoted husband, Nicholas Ashby, constantly at her side. It would seem nothing could b [...]

    6. French born, English raised Marguerite is a married doll-maker who is quite content with her life, her husband and her little doll shop in London. That is until some drunkards come to her shop, shouting about the French and end up skewering her husband. Afterwards, marguerite finds it difficult to discover any reason she should stay on int the world. Eventually her beloved aunt ships Marguerite off to become an apprentice under Madam Tussaud. Yes, that Madam Tussaud.Madam Tussaud fled France sev [...]

    7. She has written a delicious novel based on a fictional heroine whose life runs parallel to a real historical figure, in a real historical timeframe while using real historical facts. Not only that, once again like in her first novel, The Queen's Dollmaker, I was highly entertained by this no-nonsense heroine. In “A Royal Likeness”, Marguerite, is a gutsy, creative and talented lady with a thirst for adventure and curiosity to no end (Just love reading about these kinds of women).Many of you [...]

    8. I was impressed with Christine Trent's debut The Queen's Dollmaker in early 2010. The novel appealed to me because it featured a strong, independent heroine with the unique employment of being an artist and entrepreneur in dollmaking. I am equally as impressed with Trent's sophomore release A Royal Likeness. Marguerite is a sympathetic character and it was a great pleasure to read about her escapades. I had planned on reading the book over a couple days but once I started reading I couldn't put [...]

    9. Marguerite Ashby has been running Laurent Fashion Dolls and has loved every minute of it. She has a wonderful business and a doting husband who she loves dearly, so she couldn't be happier. But when her husband is killed by a mob seeking to determine if Marguerite is smuggling money and information to the French, she loses herself in despair and doesn't feel that life is worth living. Soon though, she is taken in as an apprentice by the famous wax worker, Marie Tussaud and begins to travel with [...]

    10. Christine Trent’s second novel blows her first one away – and that is quite a feat as The Queen's Dollmaker was phenomenal. Right from the very first chapters the events that unfold suck you right in to the story and immediately embed these characters in your mind. By the time you hit roughly page 200 you will not be able to put the book down – and if you have to, you will run right back to it ASAP.The main character, Marguerite Ashby, was a young woman when we last left her in The Queen [...]

    11. ReviewA Royal Likeness takes place some years after The Queen’s Dollmaker. In this spin-of book, the doll shop that Claudette has made famous in France is now run by Marguerite. Both characters are very much alike – smart, feisty, talented, attracts trouble – your typical Girl Power material. I live for this type of character!Let me tell you a little about Marie Tussaud, who made life-like wax figures of famous Europeans. Not only was she incredibly talented with wax, but she also had the [...]

    12. In Christine Trent’s sophomore release, A Royal Likeness, readers meet up again with Marguerite Ashby, niece to Claudette from Trent’s first novel, The Queen’s Dollmaker. Marguerite now owns the doll shop Claudette made famous, but when tragedy strikes she retreats to her aunt’s home to nurse her wounds. To help Marguerite conquer her grief and move on with her life, Claudette suggests that Marguerite join her friend Marie Tussaud and become her apprentice in the wax modeling business. D [...]

    13. Marguerite is a dollmaker but when her husband dies, she becomes an apprentice to Madame Tussaud. Marguerite learns how to make wax figures of famous and infamous people, set up displays, and run the wax figure emporium. They move the emporium from London to Scotland and finally, Dublin. Meanwhile, the planned invasion of England by Napoleon is thwarted by Admiral Nelson and his fleet. The author’s notes reveal which parts of the story are based on historical fact which made the story even mor [...]

    14. I loved the Queen's Dollmaker, but was disappointed in this one. My big area of disappoinment was although the feistiness and intelligence of a competent craftsman and business woman was there, this one was just too goody-goody in her attitudes. aka like his motivation can't be really bad (of course it's obvious to anyone in sight that it is) and this trying to do rightsy rightsy to the nit pick point of ridiculousness. And of course our Lord provides a storm at sea to rid them of a villain. The [...]

    15. I was kind of disappointed by this book. It had so much potential but Trent blew it.It started out well and the first 100 pages or so were enjoyable but after a while it got a bit unbelievable I thought marguerite was annoying, to feminine and modest. I like Marie though, probably the best character. Loved Darden and it kinda sucks about Selwyn. The writing was decent but the thing that really got me was the whole war vessel and marguerite. Like really? Vey unrealistic.Overall I think so much mo [...]

    16. This book starts rather slow and I was concerned that I would not enjoy it, however that could never farther from the truth, once this book gets going it is filled with thrills, mystery, romance and more. I did not read the first in this series and need to go back and read that one, but hope that there will be more to this series or at least from this author. Characters are well developed, you can easily love and hate some of the characters (and secretly be happy for their death!) which to me is [...]

    17. Although this book skirted the edge of historical accuracy, several times taking a cheerful plunge over the edge, it seemed to be well researched (mainly as regards Marie Tussaud and the Battle of Trafalgar). Although several of the events are patently preposterous (such as a woman's presence, and tolerated at that, on a warship during the Battle of Trafalgar), the book is nonetheless fun and adventurous after a slow start. Consider putting it on your list if you're a fan of Napoleonic history, [...]

    18. it's a decent book. unfortunately it promises intrigue, and the only intrigue lies in the very first few chapters, and then maybe the last 20% or so. as the cover suggests, it ultimately was very vain overly concerned about shallow love interests. the final 'true love'never sold me so it's good, but entirely too long for an easy read, so unless you are enthralled with Madam Tussad and wax museums, it's an easy book to skip.

    19. I won this book in a giveaway. I loved this book. The descriptions were rich and full. I love stories that include real historical figures. This had historical figures mixed in with the fictional ones. There was a bit of sexual tension which is also great. The author included further information on many of the historical figures at the end of the book.

    20. I tried to get into this book, I tried to like it, I really did, but I just could not muster up enough interest in the characters. The premise sounded so interesting, a dollmaker who escaped the Revolution in France and came to England. The problem was, everyone was just so either overly, soap opera level, dramatic, or so very dull. It was just a boring read.

    21. It was historical fiction about a woman who worked with Madame Tussard's wax museum. It was quite interesting to read about that time. It bordered on chick lit. And pirates. Well written book though

    22. Great follow up to The Queen's Dollmaker with Margueritte grown up. She apprentices with the famous Marie Tussaude. While the historical events were not in chronological order, she does a fantastic job, giving us a unique look at the beginnings of the famous waxworks museum.

    23. the beginning was pretty good, kept my interest, but the middle of the book was not so good, it was hard to get through and then it picked up near the end

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