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message 2: by Debra (last edited Sep 27, 2012 10:54AM) (new)

Debra Brown (DebraBrown) | 41 comments Hi Andrea, thanks for the opportunity.

This is a GR review, rated four stars. Although I have a number of five star reviews, I chose to add this one here because she brings out information about my voice. Some other reviewers have compared my story to Jane Austen's, which pleases me to no end.

Gerrie's review Sep 11, 12

This book was terrific, and really deserves a solid 4.5 stars. At first I thought I had downloaded by mistake an older book, not a modern one, and a book perhaps written by a contemporary of the Brontes. The book is that pitch perfect in its language. It also replicates the manners of the 1830's - there is nothing contemporary about this book.

The book beautifully intertwines history with the romance. Several major secondary characters are related to the late Kings George the III and IV, and that relationship is very important, as were the Princesses Caroline and Charlotte. The young Victoria, newly ascended to the throne, is also a character with an important role. The book also had a fascinating mystery that kept me guessing all the way until the end, but was perfectly resolved. I never saw it coming, because the author had concealed enough information that there was no way to solve it until all was revealed (I don't like mysteries where the answer can easily be guessed early on).

The author also juggled a number of seemingly unrelated plots that she tied together seamlessly at the end.

I would have liked to see more romance between the hero and heroine. The heroine is being courted by a very desirable barrister, and there is more interaction between her and the barrister than between her and the hero. However, the relationship between the hero and heroine is probably depicted the way an author at this period in the 19th century (the 1830's) would depict a romance.

Also, some of the family relationships to royalty, which were an important part of the story, were a little confusing to understand, and took the author a while before she clarified these relationships. For these two reasons I could not give an otherwise perfect book five stars.

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Writersblock55 | 3 comments During the month of June, I was reading the exceptional book Madame Tussaud by Michelle Moran. As you may have guessed, the story follows the wax sculptor Marie Grosholtz through the turbulent times of the French Revolution, back when her exhibition at the Salon de Cire in Paris was just becoming famous. (The events of the book occurred years before she moved her exhibition to London and it started to become more famous across the world). The story progresses from the budding French Revolution through the years of terror.

One of the greatest accomplishments of the book, and the reason that compelled me to read it from start to finish, was the closeness of Marie’s personal story against the backdrop of the French Revolution. I sympathized with Marie at all the right moments, just as Moran would have wanted, and yet learned a lot about the French Revolution. Moran captured the key moments of the French Revolution – the storming of the Bastille, the creation of the National Assembly, the abolition of the monarchy, and the rise of the Reign of Terror and the fervor to root out “royalists” – with perfect research, and no flaws or missteps.

Although the ending was a bit of a disappointment (don’t worry, I won’t reveal what happened), it struck a chord with me because I realized that this novel was chronicling a real-life event, and unlike in fantasy tales, things may not turn out exactly the way you want them to, but you can still move on and enjoy life.

Marie’s passion, individualism, and determination is what makes her an unforgettable heroine, and as Moran pointed out, her talent for wax sculpting was what kept her alive during the French Revolution. Today, Madame Tussauds is a high quality wax museum with exhibitions across the globe, and it all started with the will of the young Marie Grosholtz.

I highly recommend this book, especially if you are a history enthusiast but want a different spin on an already-told story – this book will not disappoint!

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