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A Royal Likeness

3.7  ·  Rating details ·  185 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
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
ebook, 480 pages
Published January 1st 2011 by Kensington (first published December 15th 2010)
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Feb 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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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Virginia Winfield
It was ok. Did not keep a lot of my attention.
A disappointing sequel to the delightful "The Queen's Dollmaker".
Dec 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-my-bookshelf
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
May 25, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historic, library
French born, English raised Marguerite is a married doll-maker who is quite content with her life, her husband and her little doll shop in London. That is until some drunkards come to her shop, shouting about the French and end up skewering her husband. Afterwards, marguerite finds it difficult to discover any reason she should stay on int the world. Eventually her beloved aunt ships Marguerite off to become an apprentice under Madam Tussaud. Yes, that Madam Tussaud.

Madam Tussaud fled France sev
Mar 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
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Mar 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


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
Amy Bruno
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
Nov 01, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Marguerite is a dollmaker but when her husband dies, she becomes an apprentice to Madame Tussaud. Marguerite learns how to make wax figures of famous and infamous people, set up displays, and run the wax figure emporium. They move the emporium from London to Scotland and finally, Dublin. Meanwhile, the planned invasion of England by Napoleon is thwarted by Admiral Nelson and his fleet. The author’s notes reveal which parts of the story are based on historical fact which made the story even more ...more
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
Aug 13, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was kind of disappointed by this book.
It had so much potential but Trent blew it.

It started out well and the first 100 pages or so were enjoyable but after a while it got a bit unbelievable...
I thought marguerite was annoying, to feminine and modest. I like Marie though, probably the best character. Loved Darden and it kinda sucks about Selwyn.
The writing was decent but the thing that really got me was the whole war vessel and marguerite. Like really? Vey unrealistic.

Overall I think so much
Marianne Stehr
Jan 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 02, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
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.
Laronda Atchison
Feb 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
I tried to get into this book, I tried to like it, I really did, but I just could not muster up enough interest in the characters. The premise sounded so interesting, a dollmaker who escaped the Revolution in France and came to England. The problem was, everyone was just so either overly, soap opera level, dramatic, or so very dull. It was just a boring read.
Amy Stoltman
May 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was historical fiction about a woman who worked with Madame Tussard's wax museum. It was quite interesting to read about that time. It bordered on chick lit. And pirates. Well written book though
Nora Peevy
Nov 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Great follow up to The Queen's Dollmaker with Margueritte grown up. She apprentices with the famous Marie Tussaude. While the historical events were not in chronological order, she does a fantastic job, giving us a unique look at the beginnings of the famous waxworks museum.
Jan 04, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 29, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aarf-yuck-ugh, girlie
Nope, too much dialogue, and since it's not even "real" dialogue . . . forget it.
Lila Stowe
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Feb 06, 2015 08:18AM  
  • The Princess of Nowhere
  • To Serve a King
  • Penelope's Daughter
  • The King's Daughter
  • The Queen's Pleasure
  • Within the Hollow Crown: A Reluctant King, a Desperate Nation, and the Most Misunderstood Reign in History
  • To Be Queen: A Novel of the Early Life of Eleanor of Aquitaine
  • The Countess and the King: A Novel of the Countess of Dorchester and King James II
  • Days of Splendor, Days of Sorrow (Marie Antoinette, #2)
  • By Fire, By Water
  • The Turning of Anne Merrick
  • Banquet of Lies (Regency London, #2)
  • The Sister Queens
  • Pale Rose of England: A Novel of the Tudors
  • The Sumerton Women (Tudor Court #3)
  • The Queen's Secret
  • Prima Donna
  • Wild Romance: A Victorian Story of a Marriage, a Trial, and a Self-Made Woman
Christine Trent is the author of the Lady of Ashes historical mystery series, about a Victorian-era undertaker, as well as the author of three other historical novels. The first book in her new Florence Nightingale Mysteries will release in May 2018. Christine’s novels have been translated into Turkish, Polish, and Czech. She writes from her two-story home library, where she lives with her husband ...more
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