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A Royal Likeness

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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 Nicholas is killed during a riot at their shop, she leaves home vowing never to return. Instead, the young widow travels to Edinburgh and joins her old friend, Marie Tussaud, who...more
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Published January 1st 2011 by Kensington Publishing Corporation (first published December 15th 2010)
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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-size wax mod...more
Amid all the historical fiction about aristocrats and royalty it is interesting to find novels which bring to life the world of trade. Contrary to the widespread misconception, women did indeed "work" long before the feminist revolution of the 1960's and 70's; in fact, there have always been women who ran businesses, working in shops and at various crafts. Christine Trent's first novel, The Queen's Dollmaker, describes the art of doll-making while her second, A Royal Likeness, ventures into the...more
Tara Chevrestt
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....

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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.

During he...more
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 will...more
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 bring Mar...more
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...more
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’s Dollm...more
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...more
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A 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 busine...more
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 chara...more
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.
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...more
Marianne Stehr
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...more
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,...more
Laronda Atchison
I won this book in a Goodreads 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.
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
A disappointing sequel to the delightful "The Queen's Dollmaker".
Virginia Winfield
It was ok. Did not keep a lot of my attention.
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