A Royal Likeness by Christine Trent

By Christine Trent

As heiress to the well-known Laurent model Dolls company, 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 rebellion at their store, she leaves domestic vowing by no means to come. in its place, the younger widow travels to Edinburgh and joins her previous pal, Marie Tussaud, who has verified a traveling wax exhibition.

Under the good Tussaud's sufferer guideline, Marguerite learns to mould wax into stunningly reasonable creations. while top Minister William Pitt commissions a wax determine of army hero Admiral Nelson, Marguerite turns into immersed in a perilous 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, below fireplace from all sides.

With wit, aptitude, and a masterful eye for telling info, Christine Trent brings one in every of history's such a lot interesting eras to brilliant lifestyles in an unforgettable tale of hope, ambition, treachery, and courage.

Praise for Christine Trent's The Queen's Dollmaker

"Exuberant, glowing, 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, resourceful. . .replete with pleasant info and excellent characters, either genuine and imagined." —Donna Russo Morin, writer of The Courtier's Secret

Christine Trent writes ancient fiction from her two-story domestic library. She lives along with her brilliant bookshelf-building husband, 3 precocious cats, a wide doll assortment, and over 3,000 absolutely cataloged books. She and her husband are energetic tourists and trip frequently to England to behavior ebook examine at old websites. It was once Christine's curiosity in dolls and background that ended in the belief for The Queen's Dollmaker.

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About these newcomers there could be no doubt, and black dread settled on his heart. For these were Fireheads. One of the newcomers turned and looked directly toward him. This one was shorter than the others, with a broad, plump belly that glistened with grease. He sniffed loudly, his small, straight nose twitching. He was, thought Longtusk, like a fat, overgrown lemming, walking comically upright on two hind legs. He knows I'm here, Longtusk thought, hidden as I am among these trees. Or he suspects so, anyhow.

At first he produced scraps of meat, dried and salted. The stench was horrifying, and Longtusk shied back. After that Willow brought him dried grass. There was a lot of grass in the cave; the Dreamers scattered it over the cave floor and pulled it into rough pallets to sleep on. The grass was stale and stank of the Dreamers and their fire, but it rapidly filled up his belly. After a few days he noticed the Dreamers going out, wrapped in their furs, bringing back loads of his dung. During his brief glimpses through the parted skins, Longtusk saw that they burned the dried dung in their wide, flat hearth—along with grass, wood, bone and even bat guano, scraped from great dry heaps at the back of the cave.

As the trees wash over the land, the mastodonts must follow. And now, as the Fireheads wash over the land, the mastodonts must follow again. That is what Mammut said. " "Well, I'm sorry. I was trying to make a point. " Thunder growled irritably. "The point is that the Fireheads feed us, as the trees do. They even care for us—when they choose. And we cannot be rid of them, little grazer. Any more than the land can rid itself of the trees. Accept them. " Once again, Longtusk saw blearily, the Firehead, Lemming, was before him.

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