A Royal Likeness by Christine Trent

By Christine Trent

As heiress to the recognized Laurent style Dolls enterprise, 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 revolt at their store, she leaves domestic vowing by no means to come back. in its place, the younger widow travels to Edinburgh and joins her outdated buddy, Marie Tussaud, who has verified a traveling wax exhibition.

Under the nice Tussaud's sufferer guideline, Marguerite learns to mildew wax into stunningly sensible creations. whilst major 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 center, below fireplace from all sides.

With wit, aptitude, and a masterful eye for telling information, Christine Trent brings one among 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, creative. . .replete with pleasant information and awesome 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 together with her magnificent bookshelf-building husband, 3 precocious cats, a wide doll assortment, and over 3,000 absolutely cataloged books. She and her husband are energetic tourists and trip on a regular basis to England to behavior ebook examine at ancient websites. It was once Christine's curiosity in dolls and background that resulted in the assumption for The Queen's Dollmaker.

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With that, she stalked out like a huge avenging angel, and Sol could see her take a small child’s hand and move off like a liner with a tug; she wouldn’t corrupt her child with the air of the pawnshop. One of the prostitutes from the masseur-fronted brothel down the street brought in a fancy sterling-backed brush and hand mirror. She was a handsome, light-skinned girl named Mabel Wheatly, and she had a surprisingly clean and unsullied look. But she wore boredom like armor and didn’t look at Sol once during their brief transaction.

She took out a little pad of receipts with the imprint of the Youth Center on top, made a great show of impersonal efficiency about taking out a ball-point pen and ejecting the little nib. But then her demeanor failed her. “I’m still new at this. Perhaps you can tell me if I will meet such heedlessness often. indd 42 7/1/15 3:34 PM t h e paw n b r o k e r “See here, Miss Birchfield,” Sol said heatedly, “I resent having to explain to you. I do not wish to get involved in a philosophic argument first thing in the morning.

You wouldn’t even guess they were Jews, Bertha thought proudly. Joan had thick, straight brown hair and even features. Her clear, shining skin was a testimonial to her mother’s care and feeding, her easy smile an open proof of family love. And Selig—rosy and fair, with the same straight brown hair his daughter had. What a contrast between his clean, pink face and Sol’s leaden grayness! And the dignity and cleverness with which he spoke. Why, he hardly moved his hands at all, and his voice was crisp with a delightfully Midwestern accent; so American!

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