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THE QUEEN’S DOLLMAKER
CHRISTINE TRENT
ISBN#: 978-0—7582-3857-3
January 2010
Kensington
119 West 40th Street, New York, New York
Trade Paperback
$15.00
336 Pages
Historical Fiction
Rating: 4 Cups

Claudette Laurent is the daughter of a dollmaker and a dollmaker herself. Forced to move to England after the death of her parents, she overcomes all obstacles to make beautiful dolls that attract the attention of royalty.

Marie Antoinette is an Austrian princess who is ill-prepared for her new role in France, but bravely does the best she can. She is queen in an extremely turbulent time and becomes the scapegoat along with her husband for all of the sins of the aristocracy. They will make her and all who befriend or support her pay for those sins.

Set in the period immediately preceding and then during the French Revolution, Claudette, the daughter of a dollmaker, flees France for England after the death of her parents and destruction of her home by fire. After much struggle, she becomes a successful dollmaker herself. These dolls lead to a friendship with an old acquaintance, Marie Antoinette. She also reacquaints herself with a childhood sweetheart, but political intrigue and her friendships may end in her making the acquaintance of Madame Guillotine.

This is an interesting and well-researched story. The author tells an excellent tale and manages to bring historical figures such as Madame Tussaud and Marie Antoinette to life. She portrays them as realistic and interesting people, and I enjoyed getting to know all of the characters. The action covers a very exciting and fairly long period of history from Claudette’s early childhood to well into her adult years, and the story held my attention from beginning to end. The characters are very well drawn, and I defy the time period or setting to bore any reader. I look forward to more of this author’s work.

Maura
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