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Preview — The Queen's Dollmaker by Christine Trent
The Queen's Dollmaker
Years later, the young girl loses all she has in a fire that ravages her neighborhood. Her beloved parents, the doll shop, her life, everything su ...more
The action scene at the beginning of the story was implausibl ...more
Oh, and did I mention this one also contains the Revolution-and our favourite French Queen, Marie Antoinette?
Let alone that The Queen’s Dollmaker is such an interesting read, I just couldn’t get enough of the whole doll making experience. Every bit of detail is ...more
Really, this was quite a rough read. It was not well-written in the least; the characters were nothing more than caricatures and not even cleverly written caricatures, at that. They remained stiff and one dimensional throughout the book. The author just didn't make me care about what happened to them either way.
Likewise, the narrative switched points of view with such a jolt that whatever small amount of flow the novel had beca ...more
This is my first official read ...more
But before Claudette can gain the independence necessary to set her career plans in motion and become a successful dollmaker, she gains employment in England as a maid in the household ...more
The terr ...more
Claudette Laurent lives in a France in turmoil in the latter half of the 1700s. Fire destroys her home and her father's workshop and then her parents die in the aftermath. Young and alone, unable to find her betrothed, she finds herself on a boat to England to start a new life. She begins life in service but is ...more
The Queen's Dollmaker was not a terrible book by any means, but it wasn't great either. The writing was good and the historical events in Franc ...more
However, I felt like the story about Marie Antoinette was kind of out there and not really connected to the story of the main character, Claudette Laurent. It seemed that the author had to go a bit far to connect Cla ...more
One of the things I really have to give th ...more
The Queen’s Dollmaker is a fictional story based on History. The queen is Marie Antoinette, one of France’s “most famous” queens (apparently). The dollmaker is obviously not a real person. Well, at least, there weren’t any records of a dollmaker who was close to the queen, and whose dolls were used for smuggling of jewels to aid the monarch’s escape from France.
I really like Fiction stories that give readers glimpses of History. For one, I would never pick up a history book unless it’s required
As always, it was very pleasurable to me to read the life of the tragic queen, Marie Antoinette. I often find that she was merely a victim of circumstances si ...more