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By the King's Design by Christine Trent
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Apr 11, 2012

really liked it
Read from November 11 to 26, 2011

Annabelle Stirling (Belle) and her flighty, journal-writing brother Wesley own a draper’s shop in Yorkshire until a Luddite mob unhappy with Belle’s purchase of a gig mill (an innovation of the Industrial Revolution) which would enable the shop to finish fabric more quickly, attacks the shop and tears the mill to bits. Belle travels to London, crashes a session of Parliament to demand restitution and is naturally laughed out of the room. Indignant, she and Wesley set up shop in London and Belle catches the notice of John Nash, the Prince Regent George Hanover’s favorite architect. Belle receives a lucrative commission from the Prince Regent and becomes so busy with the intriguing cabinet-maker Putnam Boyce and all of London society’s elite that she does not notice Wesley’s descent into opium addiction and involvement in a plot to overthrow England’s government and kidnap the Prince Regent until it is too late.

This story was very well-written. The character development was excellent, as we often get to read Belle’s sardonic thoughts about the people around her and excerpts from Wesley’s journal. The story gives the reader a peek into the changes English society was undergoing during the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. The story was interesting, fast-paced and easy to read. Highly recommended.

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