A Royal Likeness by Christine Trent

By Christine Trent

As heiress to the recognized Laurent model Dolls enterprise, Marguerite Ashby's destiny turns out safe. yet France nonetheless seethes with violence within the wake of the Revolution. And whilst Marguerite's husband Nicholas is killed in the course of a insurrection at their store, she leaves domestic vowing by no means to come back. in its place, the younger widow travels to Edinburgh and joins her outdated good friend, Marie Tussaud, who has tested a traveling wax exhibition.

Under the good Tussaud's sufferer guideline, Marguerite learns to mildew wax into stunningly realistic creations. whilst major Minister William Pitt commissions a wax determine of army hero Admiral Nelson, Marguerite turns into immersed in a deadly adventure—and earns the admiration of 2 very diverse males. And as Britain battles to overthrow Napoleon and flush out spies opposed to the Crown, Marguerite will locate her personal loyalties, and her middle, less than hearth from all sides.

With wit, aptitude, and a masterful eye for telling information, Christine Trent brings considered one of history's such a lot attention-grabbing eras to shiny lifestyles in an unforgettable tale of hope, ambition, treachery, and courage.

Praise for Christine Trent's The Queen's Dollmaker

"Exuberant, gleaming, beguiling. . .brims with Dickensian gusto!" —Barbara Kyle, writer of The Queen's Lady

"Winningly unique. . .glittering with atmospheric detail!" —Leslie Carroll, writer of Royal Affairs

"Unique, imaginitive. . .replete with pleasant info and wonderful characters, either actual and imagined." —Donna Russo Morin, writer of The Courtier's Secret

Christine Trent writes historic fiction from her two-story domestic library. She lives together with her fantastic bookshelf-building husband, 3 precocious cats, a wide doll assortment, and over 3,000 absolutely cataloged books. She and her husband are lively tourists and trip usually to England to behavior e-book examine at ancient websites. It used to be Christine's curiosity in dolls and background that resulted in the assumption for The Queen's Dollmaker.

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There had been fighting here, a lot of it; there was blood on the snow, the ground had been trampled, and branches of trees shot away and scattered. The face had been shot away, a terrible sight; the knees were bent and frozen stiff as rocks. They took the man’s belongings and his dogtag, the little identification disk he wore about his neck. They opened that and cut it into four parts; it was frozen hard, and they ate it like popsicles. IX The ringing of axes is a pleasant sound, especially to a man from Wisconsin where there are lumber camps; it brings memories of hunting and fishing trips, and now it brought hopes of more ration cans, and even of hot food and coffee.

He was quick to guess that Lanny might not wish to be known as his friend. “Soldier, you may wait outside,” said Lanny. It wasn’t the soldier’s business to ask questions, and he went out, closing the door. Lanny held out his hand. He did it with some misgiving, for when he had done the same thing to another prisoner, his old friend Kurt Meissner, Kurt had spat in his face. But Heinrich Jung was a different sort of Nazi; much milder, and always awed by a wealthy and elegant playboy from overseas.

Bastogne was of supreme importance because no fewer than eight roads ran out of it, and five of them were paved; it lay pretty close to the middle of the Bulge, and so long as it was held the enemy would be greatly handicapped. It had some four thousand inhabitants; just one more Belgian town, dull and dingy, but it was destined to immortality, like that other one called Waterloo, and another called Ypres. Five enemy divisions surrounded the town, and their artillery was pouring shells into it; also, they seemed to have a new-style rocket bomb, smaller than the V-2 but more precisely directed.

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