By Christine Trent
As heiress to the well-known Laurent type Dolls company, Marguerite Ashby's destiny turns out safe. yet France nonetheless seethes with violence within the wake of the Revolution. And while Marguerite's husband Nicholas is killed in the course of a rebel at their store, she leaves domestic vowing by no means to come. as an alternative, the younger widow travels to Edinburgh and joins her previous good friend, Marie Tussaud, who has confirmed a traveling wax exhibition.
Under the nice Tussaud's sufferer guideline, Marguerite learns to mould wax into stunningly reasonable creations. while major Minister William Pitt commissions a wax determine of army hero Admiral Nelson, Marguerite turns into immersed in a deadly adventure—and earns the admiration of 2 very varied males. And as Britain battles to overthrow Napoleon and flush out spies opposed to the Crown, Marguerite will locate her personal loyalties, and her center, lower than fireplace from all sides.
With wit, aptitude, and a masterful eye for telling information, Christine Trent brings certainly one of history's so much attention-grabbing eras to shiny existence in an unforgettable tale of wish, ambition, treachery, and courage.
Praise for Christine Trent's The Queen's Dollmaker
"Exuberant, gleaming, 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, imaginitive. . .replete with pleasant information and dazzling characters, either genuine and imagined." —Donna Russo Morin, writer of The Courtier's Secret
Christine Trent writes historic fiction from her two-story domestic library. She lives along with her really good bookshelf-building husband, 3 precocious cats, a wide doll assortment, and over 3,000 totally cataloged books. She and her husband are energetic tourists and trip on a regular basis to England to behavior ebook study at historical websites. It used to be Christine's curiosity in dolls and historical past that ended in the assumption for The Queen's Dollmaker.
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