The Queen's Dollmaker

The Queen's Dollmaker

A young woman, struggling to expand her London dollmaking trade, finds a surprising customer in Queen Marie Antoinette, an avid doll collector herself. This seemingly innocent exchange puts Claudette?s life in danger when she is lured to Paris under false pretenses. Money and jewels are being smuggled in dolls destined for the Queen, and have now been discovered by the fle A young woman, struggling to expand her London dollmaking trade, finds a surprising customer in Queen Marie Antoinette,...

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Title:The Queen's Dollmaker
Author:Christine Trent
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:0758238576
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:342 pages pages

The Queen's Dollmaker Reviews

  • April
    Jan 31, 2011

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest When I was in college, I went through this phase of ritualistically devouring fluffy, chick-lit style historical fiction a la Philippa Gregory. It really didn't matter if they were good, bad, or downright awful - I read th...

    If you?re in a mood for detailed period history in both France and England (the 18th c), weaved into a tale of one woman?s survival, struggle for independence, love, suspense, and an ever- fascinating career..boy do I have a book for you! Oh, and did I mention this one also contai...

    Good characters = very very good. Bad characters = very very bad. Book = not for me. ...

    I had not considered the role of dolls in the 18th century until I received a very welcomed heads up from author Christine Trent who has done her own extensive research on the fascinating subject. I found her new book, The Queen's Dollmaker, an absolutely delightful read, both due to t...

    I cannont buy the opening sequence. Sorry. (Not the bit with the children, but the bit with the fire). ...

    After losing her home and family to a fire, Claudette Laurent seeks work in London. She makes a friend on the journey and the two are accepted as domestic servants in the home of a social climber, but Claudette wants to start her own business with the doll making skills learned from he...

    For the most part, I really liked this book. What I liked best was that, for once, the main character in a historical romance was an entrepreneur and not some pampered nobility or some downtrodden peasant-type. The heroine is in trade and really does make something of herself; I truly ...

  • Oriana
    Dec 21, 2009

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest When I was in college, I went through this phase of ritualistically devouring fluffy, chick-lit style historical fiction a la Philippa Gregory. It really didn't matter if they were good, bad, or downright awful - I read th...

    If you?re in a mood for detailed period history in both France and England (the 18th c), weaved into a tale of one woman?s survival, struggle for independence, love, suspense, and an ever- fascinating career..boy do I have a book for you! Oh, and did I mention this one also contai...

    Good characters = very very good. Bad characters = very very bad. Book = not for me. ...

    I had not considered the role of dolls in the 18th century until I received a very welcomed heads up from author Christine Trent who has done her own extensive research on the fascinating subject. I found her new book, The Queen's Dollmaker, an absolutely delightful read, both due to t...

    I cannont buy the opening sequence. Sorry. (Not the bit with the children, but the bit with the fire). ...

    After losing her home and family to a fire, Claudette Laurent seeks work in London. She makes a friend on the journey and the two are accepted as domestic servants in the home of a social climber, but Claudette wants to start her own business with the doll making skills learned from he...

    For the most part, I really liked this book. What I liked best was that, for once, the main character in a historical romance was an entrepreneur and not some pampered nobility or some downtrodden peasant-type. The heroine is in trade and really does make something of herself; I truly ...

    It just wasn't believable to me. First Marie Antoinette comes through the town as the new future Queen, gets out of her carriage and shares marzipan candy with the children (it was like a Disney scene.) Next up the fire scene began and the way the family and neighbors acted just seemed...

    When I first picked up this book I was expecting a smutty, intrigue-filled historical drama la Phillippa Gregory. What I got instead was a Cinderella story of an orphaned young girl who makes a name for herself as a dollmaker. However, I would like to stress here that my review is n...

    The second book in a row to get two stars from me, but for very different reasons. The first book, Tap & Gown by Diana Peterfreund, had no plot but was competently written; this book has plot & setting aplenty but oy! the stifled prose, the distant verging on omniscient third p...

    This is one of the books I picked up for 1 back during the "12 days of kindle" promotion and as I haven't read any historical fiction for a while I thought it was high time I took a look. Claudette Laurent lives in a France in turmoil in the latter half of the 1700s. Fire destroys...

    Paris, France. Claudette Laurent, the young daughter of a renowned dollmaker, and her best friend, Jean-Philippe, join the French people in welcoming their new princess, Marie Antoinette of Austria. They are determined to see her or die trying if need be. Treated with kindness by this ...

  • Jenn
    Jan 10, 2011

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest When I was in college, I went through this phase of ritualistically devouring fluffy, chick-lit style historical fiction a la Philippa Gregory. It really didn't matter if they were good, bad, or downright awful - I read th...

    If you?re in a mood for detailed period history in both France and England (the 18th c), weaved into a tale of one woman?s survival, struggle for independence, love, suspense, and an ever- fascinating career..boy do I have a book for you! Oh, and did I mention this one also contai...

    Good characters = very very good. Bad characters = very very bad. Book = not for me. ...

    I had not considered the role of dolls in the 18th century until I received a very welcomed heads up from author Christine Trent who has done her own extensive research on the fascinating subject. I found her new book, The Queen's Dollmaker, an absolutely delightful read, both due to t...

    I cannont buy the opening sequence. Sorry. (Not the bit with the children, but the bit with the fire). ...

    After losing her home and family to a fire, Claudette Laurent seeks work in London. She makes a friend on the journey and the two are accepted as domestic servants in the home of a social climber, but Claudette wants to start her own business with the doll making skills learned from he...

    For the most part, I really liked this book. What I liked best was that, for once, the main character in a historical romance was an entrepreneur and not some pampered nobility or some downtrodden peasant-type. The heroine is in trade and really does make something of herself; I truly ...

    It just wasn't believable to me. First Marie Antoinette comes through the town as the new future Queen, gets out of her carriage and shares marzipan candy with the children (it was like a Disney scene.) Next up the fire scene began and the way the family and neighbors acted just seemed...

    When I first picked up this book I was expecting a smutty, intrigue-filled historical drama la Phillippa Gregory. What I got instead was a Cinderella story of an orphaned young girl who makes a name for herself as a dollmaker. However, I would like to stress here that my review is n...

    The second book in a row to get two stars from me, but for very different reasons. The first book, Tap & Gown by Diana Peterfreund, had no plot but was competently written; this book has plot & setting aplenty but oy! the stifled prose, the distant verging on omniscient third p...

    This is one of the books I picked up for 1 back during the "12 days of kindle" promotion and as I haven't read any historical fiction for a while I thought it was high time I took a look. Claudette Laurent lives in a France in turmoil in the latter half of the 1700s. Fire destroys...

    Paris, France. Claudette Laurent, the young daughter of a renowned dollmaker, and her best friend, Jean-Philippe, join the French people in welcoming their new princess, Marie Antoinette of Austria. They are determined to see her or die trying if need be. Treated with kindness by this ...

    I was really on the fence about this book because I am not really into romance, and so I worried it might go too much in that direction, but I am fascinated by the French Revolution, and the story sounded intriguing so I decided to give it a chance and I am glad that I did. The romance...

    Half the fiction I read is historical fiction, although I have not yet read much on the French Revolution. For the past year I have promised myself to investigate more into the history of Marie Antoinette, purchasing the 2008 movie Marie Antoinette directed by Sofia Coppola, which I ha...

    WOW!!!!!! What a book! It was a historical fiction based in the late 1700's. The story begins when Marie Antoinette is arriving in France. A little girl and her best friend run to catch a glimpse and her cart stops and she visits with the children. Who would guess that thier pathes wou...

    There were so many adverbs and cliches that I nearly lost my mind!!! Really, this was quite a rough read. It was not well-written in the least; the characters were nothing more than caricatures and not even cleverly written caricatures, at that. They remained stiff and one dimensio...

    I had zero expectations for this book going in. I had never heard of it or the author and chose it simply because it was available for free on my kindle. I was more than pleasantly surprised. I enjoy most historical fiction and this is no exception. I don't think I have ever read a boo...

  • Donna
    Feb 02, 2010

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest When I was in college, I went through this phase of ritualistically devouring fluffy, chick-lit style historical fiction a la Philippa Gregory. It really didn't matter if they were good, bad, or downright awful - I read th...

    If you?re in a mood for detailed period history in both France and England (the 18th c), weaved into a tale of one woman?s survival, struggle for independence, love, suspense, and an ever- fascinating career..boy do I have a book for you! Oh, and did I mention this one also contai...

    Good characters = very very good. Bad characters = very very bad. Book = not for me. ...

    I had not considered the role of dolls in the 18th century until I received a very welcomed heads up from author Christine Trent who has done her own extensive research on the fascinating subject. I found her new book, The Queen's Dollmaker, an absolutely delightful read, both due to t...

    I cannont buy the opening sequence. Sorry. (Not the bit with the children, but the bit with the fire). ...

    After losing her home and family to a fire, Claudette Laurent seeks work in London. She makes a friend on the journey and the two are accepted as domestic servants in the home of a social climber, but Claudette wants to start her own business with the doll making skills learned from he...

  • TheGuineaCat
    Jul 25, 2010

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest When I was in college, I went through this phase of ritualistically devouring fluffy, chick-lit style historical fiction a la Philippa Gregory. It really didn't matter if they were good, bad, or downright awful - I read th...

    If you?re in a mood for detailed period history in both France and England (the 18th c), weaved into a tale of one woman?s survival, struggle for independence, love, suspense, and an ever- fascinating career..boy do I have a book for you! Oh, and did I mention this one also contai...

    Good characters = very very good. Bad characters = very very bad. Book = not for me. ...

    I had not considered the role of dolls in the 18th century until I received a very welcomed heads up from author Christine Trent who has done her own extensive research on the fascinating subject. I found her new book, The Queen's Dollmaker, an absolutely delightful read, both due to t...

    I cannont buy the opening sequence. Sorry. (Not the bit with the children, but the bit with the fire). ...

    After losing her home and family to a fire, Claudette Laurent seeks work in London. She makes a friend on the journey and the two are accepted as domestic servants in the home of a social climber, but Claudette wants to start her own business with the doll making skills learned from he...

    For the most part, I really liked this book. What I liked best was that, for once, the main character in a historical romance was an entrepreneur and not some pampered nobility or some downtrodden peasant-type. The heroine is in trade and really does make something of herself; I truly ...

    It just wasn't believable to me. First Marie Antoinette comes through the town as the new future Queen, gets out of her carriage and shares marzipan candy with the children (it was like a Disney scene.) Next up the fire scene began and the way the family and neighbors acted just seemed...

    When I first picked up this book I was expecting a smutty, intrigue-filled historical drama la Phillippa Gregory. What I got instead was a Cinderella story of an orphaned young girl who makes a name for herself as a dollmaker. However, I would like to stress here that my review is n...

  • CS
    Jan 03, 2011

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest When I was in college, I went through this phase of ritualistically devouring fluffy, chick-lit style historical fiction a la Philippa Gregory. It really didn't matter if they were good, bad, or downright awful - I read th...

    If you?re in a mood for detailed period history in both France and England (the 18th c), weaved into a tale of one woman?s survival, struggle for independence, love, suspense, and an ever- fascinating career..boy do I have a book for you! Oh, and did I mention this one also contai...

    Good characters = very very good. Bad characters = very very bad. Book = not for me. ...

    I had not considered the role of dolls in the 18th century until I received a very welcomed heads up from author Christine Trent who has done her own extensive research on the fascinating subject. I found her new book, The Queen's Dollmaker, an absolutely delightful read, both due to t...

    I cannont buy the opening sequence. Sorry. (Not the bit with the children, but the bit with the fire). ...

    After losing her home and family to a fire, Claudette Laurent seeks work in London. She makes a friend on the journey and the two are accepted as domestic servants in the home of a social climber, but Claudette wants to start her own business with the doll making skills learned from he...

    For the most part, I really liked this book. What I liked best was that, for once, the main character in a historical romance was an entrepreneur and not some pampered nobility or some downtrodden peasant-type. The heroine is in trade and really does make something of herself; I truly ...

    It just wasn't believable to me. First Marie Antoinette comes through the town as the new future Queen, gets out of her carriage and shares marzipan candy with the children (it was like a Disney scene.) Next up the fire scene began and the way the family and neighbors acted just seemed...

    When I first picked up this book I was expecting a smutty, intrigue-filled historical drama la Phillippa Gregory. What I got instead was a Cinderella story of an orphaned young girl who makes a name for herself as a dollmaker. However, I would like to stress here that my review is n...

    The second book in a row to get two stars from me, but for very different reasons. The first book, Tap & Gown by Diana Peterfreund, had no plot but was competently written; this book has plot & setting aplenty but oy! the stifled prose, the distant verging on omniscient third p...

  • Marie
    Mar 25, 2010

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest When I was in college, I went through this phase of ritualistically devouring fluffy, chick-lit style historical fiction a la Philippa Gregory. It really didn't matter if they were good, bad, or downright awful - I read th...

    If you?re in a mood for detailed period history in both France and England (the 18th c), weaved into a tale of one woman?s survival, struggle for independence, love, suspense, and an ever- fascinating career..boy do I have a book for you! Oh, and did I mention this one also contai...

    Good characters = very very good. Bad characters = very very bad. Book = not for me. ...

    I had not considered the role of dolls in the 18th century until I received a very welcomed heads up from author Christine Trent who has done her own extensive research on the fascinating subject. I found her new book, The Queen's Dollmaker, an absolutely delightful read, both due to t...

    I cannont buy the opening sequence. Sorry. (Not the bit with the children, but the bit with the fire). ...

    After losing her home and family to a fire, Claudette Laurent seeks work in London. She makes a friend on the journey and the two are accepted as domestic servants in the home of a social climber, but Claudette wants to start her own business with the doll making skills learned from he...

    For the most part, I really liked this book. What I liked best was that, for once, the main character in a historical romance was an entrepreneur and not some pampered nobility or some downtrodden peasant-type. The heroine is in trade and really does make something of herself; I truly ...

    It just wasn't believable to me. First Marie Antoinette comes through the town as the new future Queen, gets out of her carriage and shares marzipan candy with the children (it was like a Disney scene.) Next up the fire scene began and the way the family and neighbors acted just seemed...

    When I first picked up this book I was expecting a smutty, intrigue-filled historical drama la Phillippa Gregory. What I got instead was a Cinderella story of an orphaned young girl who makes a name for herself as a dollmaker. However, I would like to stress here that my review is n...

    The second book in a row to get two stars from me, but for very different reasons. The first book, Tap & Gown by Diana Peterfreund, had no plot but was competently written; this book has plot & setting aplenty but oy! the stifled prose, the distant verging on omniscient third p...

    This is one of the books I picked up for 1 back during the "12 days of kindle" promotion and as I haven't read any historical fiction for a while I thought it was high time I took a look. Claudette Laurent lives in a France in turmoil in the latter half of the 1700s. Fire destroys...

    Paris, France. Claudette Laurent, the young daughter of a renowned dollmaker, and her best friend, Jean-Philippe, join the French people in welcoming their new princess, Marie Antoinette of Austria. They are determined to see her or die trying if need be. Treated with kindness by this ...

    I was really on the fence about this book because I am not really into romance, and so I worried it might go too much in that direction, but I am fascinated by the French Revolution, and the story sounded intriguing so I decided to give it a chance and I am glad that I did. The romance...

    Half the fiction I read is historical fiction, although I have not yet read much on the French Revolution. For the past year I have promised myself to investigate more into the history of Marie Antoinette, purchasing the 2008 movie Marie Antoinette directed by Sofia Coppola, which I ha...

    WOW!!!!!! What a book! It was a historical fiction based in the late 1700's. The story begins when Marie Antoinette is arriving in France. A little girl and her best friend run to catch a glimpse and her cart stops and she visits with the children. Who would guess that thier pathes wou...

    There were so many adverbs and cliches that I nearly lost my mind!!! Really, this was quite a rough read. It was not well-written in the least; the characters were nothing more than caricatures and not even cleverly written caricatures, at that. They remained stiff and one dimensio...

    I had zero expectations for this book going in. I had never heard of it or the author and chose it simply because it was available for free on my kindle. I was more than pleasantly surprised. I enjoy most historical fiction and this is no exception. I don't think I have ever read a boo...

    Sadly, this is a perfect example of the need of the warning to writers to "show, don't tell". The history is well-researched, and the story and characters seem generally good, but the storytelling keeps jumping between a few detailed scenes of the people interacting, and long stretches...

    Entertaining story of a young woman in Paris whose life is forever changed by a fire and she builds a new life for herself in England. Using the skills as a dollmaker that she learned from her father, she finds herself making dolls for Marie Antoinette as France hovers on revolution. F...

    Interesting. A part of history I was anxious to learn more about. I really enjoyed the characters, the narration, and the historical setting. ...

    Interesting Story I found this story and interesting take on the French Revolution from the side of the royals. I liked Claudette's character and found myself cheering for her. That said the book bogged down in descriptions sometimes and slowed with all the details of dollmaking. ...

    Quite frankly, I stopped reading this book about 50 pages in. The dates and ages of Claudette do not match. In the prologue it says she was 5 years old on 1765. In chapter three, it says that she was 14 in 1779. Nope. If the author can?t pay attention to detail, I can?t pay attenti...

    This was a very well told story with many twists so that you could not predict where it was going to lead to. ...

    2,5* Korektor si na tom tedy moc zle?et nedal. ...

    Christine Trent's debut novel offers promises of many more intriguing stories to come, and she has easily gained many fans, including myself, who have now read The Queen's Dollmaker. This novel features a young woman who faces severe and sudden hardships and is forced to leave her nati...

  • GoldenjoyBazyll
    Jan 09, 2011

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest When I was in college, I went through this phase of ritualistically devouring fluffy, chick-lit style historical fiction a la Philippa Gregory. It really didn't matter if they were good, bad, or downright awful - I read th...

    If you?re in a mood for detailed period history in both France and England (the 18th c), weaved into a tale of one woman?s survival, struggle for independence, love, suspense, and an ever- fascinating career..boy do I have a book for you! Oh, and did I mention this one also contai...

    Good characters = very very good. Bad characters = very very bad. Book = not for me. ...

    I had not considered the role of dolls in the 18th century until I received a very welcomed heads up from author Christine Trent who has done her own extensive research on the fascinating subject. I found her new book, The Queen's Dollmaker, an absolutely delightful read, both due to t...

    I cannont buy the opening sequence. Sorry. (Not the bit with the children, but the bit with the fire). ...

    After losing her home and family to a fire, Claudette Laurent seeks work in London. She makes a friend on the journey and the two are accepted as domestic servants in the home of a social climber, but Claudette wants to start her own business with the doll making skills learned from he...

    For the most part, I really liked this book. What I liked best was that, for once, the main character in a historical romance was an entrepreneur and not some pampered nobility or some downtrodden peasant-type. The heroine is in trade and really does make something of herself; I truly ...

    It just wasn't believable to me. First Marie Antoinette comes through the town as the new future Queen, gets out of her carriage and shares marzipan candy with the children (it was like a Disney scene.) Next up the fire scene began and the way the family and neighbors acted just seemed...

    When I first picked up this book I was expecting a smutty, intrigue-filled historical drama la Phillippa Gregory. What I got instead was a Cinderella story of an orphaned young girl who makes a name for herself as a dollmaker. However, I would like to stress here that my review is n...

    The second book in a row to get two stars from me, but for very different reasons. The first book, Tap & Gown by Diana Peterfreund, had no plot but was competently written; this book has plot & setting aplenty but oy! the stifled prose, the distant verging on omniscient third p...

    This is one of the books I picked up for 1 back during the "12 days of kindle" promotion and as I haven't read any historical fiction for a while I thought it was high time I took a look. Claudette Laurent lives in a France in turmoil in the latter half of the 1700s. Fire destroys...

    Paris, France. Claudette Laurent, the young daughter of a renowned dollmaker, and her best friend, Jean-Philippe, join the French people in welcoming their new princess, Marie Antoinette of Austria. They are determined to see her or die trying if need be. Treated with kindness by this ...

    I was really on the fence about this book because I am not really into romance, and so I worried it might go too much in that direction, but I am fascinated by the French Revolution, and the story sounded intriguing so I decided to give it a chance and I am glad that I did. The romance...

    Half the fiction I read is historical fiction, although I have not yet read much on the French Revolution. For the past year I have promised myself to investigate more into the history of Marie Antoinette, purchasing the 2008 movie Marie Antoinette directed by Sofia Coppola, which I ha...

    WOW!!!!!! What a book! It was a historical fiction based in the late 1700's. The story begins when Marie Antoinette is arriving in France. A little girl and her best friend run to catch a glimpse and her cart stops and she visits with the children. Who would guess that thier pathes wou...

  • obsessedwithbooks
    Jan 03, 2010

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest When I was in college, I went through this phase of ritualistically devouring fluffy, chick-lit style historical fiction a la Philippa Gregory. It really didn't matter if they were good, bad, or downright awful - I read th...

    If you?re in a mood for detailed period history in both France and England (the 18th c), weaved into a tale of one woman?s survival, struggle for independence, love, suspense, and an ever- fascinating career..boy do I have a book for you! Oh, and did I mention this one also contai...

    Good characters = very very good. Bad characters = very very bad. Book = not for me. ...

    I had not considered the role of dolls in the 18th century until I received a very welcomed heads up from author Christine Trent who has done her own extensive research on the fascinating subject. I found her new book, The Queen's Dollmaker, an absolutely delightful read, both due to t...

    I cannont buy the opening sequence. Sorry. (Not the bit with the children, but the bit with the fire). ...

    After losing her home and family to a fire, Claudette Laurent seeks work in London. She makes a friend on the journey and the two are accepted as domestic servants in the home of a social climber, but Claudette wants to start her own business with the doll making skills learned from he...

    For the most part, I really liked this book. What I liked best was that, for once, the main character in a historical romance was an entrepreneur and not some pampered nobility or some downtrodden peasant-type. The heroine is in trade and really does make something of herself; I truly ...

    It just wasn't believable to me. First Marie Antoinette comes through the town as the new future Queen, gets out of her carriage and shares marzipan candy with the children (it was like a Disney scene.) Next up the fire scene began and the way the family and neighbors acted just seemed...

    When I first picked up this book I was expecting a smutty, intrigue-filled historical drama la Phillippa Gregory. What I got instead was a Cinderella story of an orphaned young girl who makes a name for herself as a dollmaker. However, I would like to stress here that my review is n...

    The second book in a row to get two stars from me, but for very different reasons. The first book, Tap & Gown by Diana Peterfreund, had no plot but was competently written; this book has plot & setting aplenty but oy! the stifled prose, the distant verging on omniscient third p...

    This is one of the books I picked up for 1 back during the "12 days of kindle" promotion and as I haven't read any historical fiction for a while I thought it was high time I took a look. Claudette Laurent lives in a France in turmoil in the latter half of the 1700s. Fire destroys...

    Paris, France. Claudette Laurent, the young daughter of a renowned dollmaker, and her best friend, Jean-Philippe, join the French people in welcoming their new princess, Marie Antoinette of Austria. They are determined to see her or die trying if need be. Treated with kindness by this ...

    I was really on the fence about this book because I am not really into romance, and so I worried it might go too much in that direction, but I am fascinated by the French Revolution, and the story sounded intriguing so I decided to give it a chance and I am glad that I did. The romance...

    Half the fiction I read is historical fiction, although I have not yet read much on the French Revolution. For the past year I have promised myself to investigate more into the history of Marie Antoinette, purchasing the 2008 movie Marie Antoinette directed by Sofia Coppola, which I ha...

  • Misfit
    Dec 30, 2009

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest When I was in college, I went through this phase of ritualistically devouring fluffy, chick-lit style historical fiction a la Philippa Gregory. It really didn't matter if they were good, bad, or downright awful - I read th...

    If you?re in a mood for detailed period history in both France and England (the 18th c), weaved into a tale of one woman?s survival, struggle for independence, love, suspense, and an ever- fascinating career..boy do I have a book for you! Oh, and did I mention this one also contai...

    Good characters = very very good. Bad characters = very very bad. Book = not for me. ...

  • Chantelle
    Dec 31, 2010

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest When I was in college, I went through this phase of ritualistically devouring fluffy, chick-lit style historical fiction a la Philippa Gregory. It really didn't matter if they were good, bad, or downright awful - I read th...

    If you?re in a mood for detailed period history in both France and England (the 18th c), weaved into a tale of one woman?s survival, struggle for independence, love, suspense, and an ever- fascinating career..boy do I have a book for you! Oh, and did I mention this one also contai...

    Good characters = very very good. Bad characters = very very bad. Book = not for me. ...

    I had not considered the role of dolls in the 18th century until I received a very welcomed heads up from author Christine Trent who has done her own extensive research on the fascinating subject. I found her new book, The Queen's Dollmaker, an absolutely delightful read, both due to t...

    I cannont buy the opening sequence. Sorry. (Not the bit with the children, but the bit with the fire). ...

    After losing her home and family to a fire, Claudette Laurent seeks work in London. She makes a friend on the journey and the two are accepted as domestic servants in the home of a social climber, but Claudette wants to start her own business with the doll making skills learned from he...

    For the most part, I really liked this book. What I liked best was that, for once, the main character in a historical romance was an entrepreneur and not some pampered nobility or some downtrodden peasant-type. The heroine is in trade and really does make something of herself; I truly ...

    It just wasn't believable to me. First Marie Antoinette comes through the town as the new future Queen, gets out of her carriage and shares marzipan candy with the children (it was like a Disney scene.) Next up the fire scene began and the way the family and neighbors acted just seemed...

    When I first picked up this book I was expecting a smutty, intrigue-filled historical drama la Phillippa Gregory. What I got instead was a Cinderella story of an orphaned young girl who makes a name for herself as a dollmaker. However, I would like to stress here that my review is n...

    The second book in a row to get two stars from me, but for very different reasons. The first book, Tap & Gown by Diana Peterfreund, had no plot but was competently written; this book has plot & setting aplenty but oy! the stifled prose, the distant verging on omniscient third p...

    This is one of the books I picked up for 1 back during the "12 days of kindle" promotion and as I haven't read any historical fiction for a while I thought it was high time I took a look. Claudette Laurent lives in a France in turmoil in the latter half of the 1700s. Fire destroys...

    Paris, France. Claudette Laurent, the young daughter of a renowned dollmaker, and her best friend, Jean-Philippe, join the French people in welcoming their new princess, Marie Antoinette of Austria. They are determined to see her or die trying if need be. Treated with kindness by this ...

    I was really on the fence about this book because I am not really into romance, and so I worried it might go too much in that direction, but I am fascinated by the French Revolution, and the story sounded intriguing so I decided to give it a chance and I am glad that I did. The romance...

    Half the fiction I read is historical fiction, although I have not yet read much on the French Revolution. For the past year I have promised myself to investigate more into the history of Marie Antoinette, purchasing the 2008 movie Marie Antoinette directed by Sofia Coppola, which I ha...

    WOW!!!!!! What a book! It was a historical fiction based in the late 1700's. The story begins when Marie Antoinette is arriving in France. A little girl and her best friend run to catch a glimpse and her cart stops and she visits with the children. Who would guess that thier pathes wou...

    There were so many adverbs and cliches that I nearly lost my mind!!! Really, this was quite a rough read. It was not well-written in the least; the characters were nothing more than caricatures and not even cleverly written caricatures, at that. They remained stiff and one dimensio...

    I had zero expectations for this book going in. I had never heard of it or the author and chose it simply because it was available for free on my kindle. I was more than pleasantly surprised. I enjoy most historical fiction and this is no exception. I don't think I have ever read a boo...

    Sadly, this is a perfect example of the need of the warning to writers to "show, don't tell". The history is well-researched, and the story and characters seem generally good, but the storytelling keeps jumping between a few detailed scenes of the people interacting, and long stretches...

    Entertaining story of a young woman in Paris whose life is forever changed by a fire and she builds a new life for herself in England. Using the skills as a dollmaker that she learned from her father, she finds herself making dolls for Marie Antoinette as France hovers on revolution. F...

    Interesting. A part of history I was anxious to learn more about. I really enjoyed the characters, the narration, and the historical setting. ...

  • Silver
    Feb 01, 2012

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest When I was in college, I went through this phase of ritualistically devouring fluffy, chick-lit style historical fiction a la Philippa Gregory. It really didn't matter if they were good, bad, or downright awful - I read th...

    If you?re in a mood for detailed period history in both France and England (the 18th c), weaved into a tale of one woman?s survival, struggle for independence, love, suspense, and an ever- fascinating career..boy do I have a book for you! Oh, and did I mention this one also contai...

    Good characters = very very good. Bad characters = very very bad. Book = not for me. ...

    I had not considered the role of dolls in the 18th century until I received a very welcomed heads up from author Christine Trent who has done her own extensive research on the fascinating subject. I found her new book, The Queen's Dollmaker, an absolutely delightful read, both due to t...

    I cannont buy the opening sequence. Sorry. (Not the bit with the children, but the bit with the fire). ...

    After losing her home and family to a fire, Claudette Laurent seeks work in London. She makes a friend on the journey and the two are accepted as domestic servants in the home of a social climber, but Claudette wants to start her own business with the doll making skills learned from he...

    For the most part, I really liked this book. What I liked best was that, for once, the main character in a historical romance was an entrepreneur and not some pampered nobility or some downtrodden peasant-type. The heroine is in trade and really does make something of herself; I truly ...

    It just wasn't believable to me. First Marie Antoinette comes through the town as the new future Queen, gets out of her carriage and shares marzipan candy with the children (it was like a Disney scene.) Next up the fire scene began and the way the family and neighbors acted just seemed...

    When I first picked up this book I was expecting a smutty, intrigue-filled historical drama la Phillippa Gregory. What I got instead was a Cinderella story of an orphaned young girl who makes a name for herself as a dollmaker. However, I would like to stress here that my review is n...

    The second book in a row to get two stars from me, but for very different reasons. The first book, Tap & Gown by Diana Peterfreund, had no plot but was competently written; this book has plot & setting aplenty but oy! the stifled prose, the distant verging on omniscient third p...

    This is one of the books I picked up for 1 back during the "12 days of kindle" promotion and as I haven't read any historical fiction for a while I thought it was high time I took a look. Claudette Laurent lives in a France in turmoil in the latter half of the 1700s. Fire destroys...

    Paris, France. Claudette Laurent, the young daughter of a renowned dollmaker, and her best friend, Jean-Philippe, join the French people in welcoming their new princess, Marie Antoinette of Austria. They are determined to see her or die trying if need be. Treated with kindness by this ...

    I was really on the fence about this book because I am not really into romance, and so I worried it might go too much in that direction, but I am fascinated by the French Revolution, and the story sounded intriguing so I decided to give it a chance and I am glad that I did. The romance...

  • Chris
    Mar 24, 2017

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest When I was in college, I went through this phase of ritualistically devouring fluffy, chick-lit style historical fiction a la Philippa Gregory. It really didn't matter if they were good, bad, or downright awful - I read th...

    If you?re in a mood for detailed period history in both France and England (the 18th c), weaved into a tale of one woman?s survival, struggle for independence, love, suspense, and an ever- fascinating career..boy do I have a book for you! Oh, and did I mention this one also contai...

    Good characters = very very good. Bad characters = very very bad. Book = not for me. ...

    I had not considered the role of dolls in the 18th century until I received a very welcomed heads up from author Christine Trent who has done her own extensive research on the fascinating subject. I found her new book, The Queen's Dollmaker, an absolutely delightful read, both due to t...

    I cannont buy the opening sequence. Sorry. (Not the bit with the children, but the bit with the fire). ...

  • Tanzanite
    Oct 30, 2009

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest When I was in college, I went through this phase of ritualistically devouring fluffy, chick-lit style historical fiction a la Philippa Gregory. It really didn't matter if they were good, bad, or downright awful - I read th...

    If you?re in a mood for detailed period history in both France and England (the 18th c), weaved into a tale of one woman?s survival, struggle for independence, love, suspense, and an ever- fascinating career..boy do I have a book for you! Oh, and did I mention this one also contai...

    Good characters = very very good. Bad characters = very very bad. Book = not for me. ...

    I had not considered the role of dolls in the 18th century until I received a very welcomed heads up from author Christine Trent who has done her own extensive research on the fascinating subject. I found her new book, The Queen's Dollmaker, an absolutely delightful read, both due to t...

    I cannont buy the opening sequence. Sorry. (Not the bit with the children, but the bit with the fire). ...

    After losing her home and family to a fire, Claudette Laurent seeks work in London. She makes a friend on the journey and the two are accepted as domestic servants in the home of a social climber, but Claudette wants to start her own business with the doll making skills learned from he...

    For the most part, I really liked this book. What I liked best was that, for once, the main character in a historical romance was an entrepreneur and not some pampered nobility or some downtrodden peasant-type. The heroine is in trade and really does make something of herself; I truly ...

    It just wasn't believable to me. First Marie Antoinette comes through the town as the new future Queen, gets out of her carriage and shares marzipan candy with the children (it was like a Disney scene.) Next up the fire scene began and the way the family and neighbors acted just seemed...

    When I first picked up this book I was expecting a smutty, intrigue-filled historical drama la Phillippa Gregory. What I got instead was a Cinderella story of an orphaned young girl who makes a name for herself as a dollmaker. However, I would like to stress here that my review is n...

    The second book in a row to get two stars from me, but for very different reasons. The first book, Tap & Gown by Diana Peterfreund, had no plot but was competently written; this book has plot & setting aplenty but oy! the stifled prose, the distant verging on omniscient third p...

    This is one of the books I picked up for 1 back during the "12 days of kindle" promotion and as I haven't read any historical fiction for a while I thought it was high time I took a look. Claudette Laurent lives in a France in turmoil in the latter half of the 1700s. Fire destroys...

    Paris, France. Claudette Laurent, the young daughter of a renowned dollmaker, and her best friend, Jean-Philippe, join the French people in welcoming their new princess, Marie Antoinette of Austria. They are determined to see her or die trying if need be. Treated with kindness by this ...

    I was really on the fence about this book because I am not really into romance, and so I worried it might go too much in that direction, but I am fascinated by the French Revolution, and the story sounded intriguing so I decided to give it a chance and I am glad that I did. The romance...

    Half the fiction I read is historical fiction, although I have not yet read much on the French Revolution. For the past year I have promised myself to investigate more into the history of Marie Antoinette, purchasing the 2008 movie Marie Antoinette directed by Sofia Coppola, which I ha...

    WOW!!!!!! What a book! It was a historical fiction based in the late 1700's. The story begins when Marie Antoinette is arriving in France. A little girl and her best friend run to catch a glimpse and her cart stops and she visits with the children. Who would guess that thier pathes wou...

    There were so many adverbs and cliches that I nearly lost my mind!!! Really, this was quite a rough read. It was not well-written in the least; the characters were nothing more than caricatures and not even cleverly written caricatures, at that. They remained stiff and one dimensio...

    I had zero expectations for this book going in. I had never heard of it or the author and chose it simply because it was available for free on my kindle. I was more than pleasantly surprised. I enjoy most historical fiction and this is no exception. I don't think I have ever read a boo...

    Sadly, this is a perfect example of the need of the warning to writers to "show, don't tell". The history is well-researched, and the story and characters seem generally good, but the storytelling keeps jumping between a few detailed scenes of the people interacting, and long stretches...

    Entertaining story of a young woman in Paris whose life is forever changed by a fire and she builds a new life for herself in England. Using the skills as a dollmaker that she learned from her father, she finds herself making dolls for Marie Antoinette as France hovers on revolution. F...

  • Nenia ✨ Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ✨ Campbell
    Sep 03, 2017

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest When I was in college, I went through this phase of ritualistically devouring fluffy, chick-lit style historical fiction a la Philippa Gregory. It really didn't matter if they were good, bad, or downright awful - I read th...

  • Jeannie Mancini
    Jun 12, 2010

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest When I was in college, I went through this phase of ritualistically devouring fluffy, chick-lit style historical fiction a la Philippa Gregory. It really didn't matter if they were good, bad, or downright awful - I read th...

    If you?re in a mood for detailed period history in both France and England (the 18th c), weaved into a tale of one woman?s survival, struggle for independence, love, suspense, and an ever- fascinating career..boy do I have a book for you! Oh, and did I mention this one also contai...

    Good characters = very very good. Bad characters = very very bad. Book = not for me. ...

    I had not considered the role of dolls in the 18th century until I received a very welcomed heads up from author Christine Trent who has done her own extensive research on the fascinating subject. I found her new book, The Queen's Dollmaker, an absolutely delightful read, both due to t...

    I cannont buy the opening sequence. Sorry. (Not the bit with the children, but the bit with the fire). ...

    After losing her home and family to a fire, Claudette Laurent seeks work in London. She makes a friend on the journey and the two are accepted as domestic servants in the home of a social climber, but Claudette wants to start her own business with the doll making skills learned from he...

    For the most part, I really liked this book. What I liked best was that, for once, the main character in a historical romance was an entrepreneur and not some pampered nobility or some downtrodden peasant-type. The heroine is in trade and really does make something of herself; I truly ...

    It just wasn't believable to me. First Marie Antoinette comes through the town as the new future Queen, gets out of her carriage and shares marzipan candy with the children (it was like a Disney scene.) Next up the fire scene began and the way the family and neighbors acted just seemed...

    When I first picked up this book I was expecting a smutty, intrigue-filled historical drama la Phillippa Gregory. What I got instead was a Cinderella story of an orphaned young girl who makes a name for herself as a dollmaker. However, I would like to stress here that my review is n...

    The second book in a row to get two stars from me, but for very different reasons. The first book, Tap & Gown by Diana Peterfreund, had no plot but was competently written; this book has plot & setting aplenty but oy! the stifled prose, the distant verging on omniscient third p...

    This is one of the books I picked up for 1 back during the "12 days of kindle" promotion and as I haven't read any historical fiction for a while I thought it was high time I took a look. Claudette Laurent lives in a France in turmoil in the latter half of the 1700s. Fire destroys...

    Paris, France. Claudette Laurent, the young daughter of a renowned dollmaker, and her best friend, Jean-Philippe, join the French people in welcoming their new princess, Marie Antoinette of Austria. They are determined to see her or die trying if need be. Treated with kindness by this ...

    I was really on the fence about this book because I am not really into romance, and so I worried it might go too much in that direction, but I am fascinated by the French Revolution, and the story sounded intriguing so I decided to give it a chance and I am glad that I did. The romance...

    Half the fiction I read is historical fiction, although I have not yet read much on the French Revolution. For the past year I have promised myself to investigate more into the history of Marie Antoinette, purchasing the 2008 movie Marie Antoinette directed by Sofia Coppola, which I ha...

    WOW!!!!!! What a book! It was a historical fiction based in the late 1700's. The story begins when Marie Antoinette is arriving in France. A little girl and her best friend run to catch a glimpse and her cart stops and she visits with the children. Who would guess that thier pathes wou...

    There were so many adverbs and cliches that I nearly lost my mind!!! Really, this was quite a rough read. It was not well-written in the least; the characters were nothing more than caricatures and not even cleverly written caricatures, at that. They remained stiff and one dimensio...

    I had zero expectations for this book going in. I had never heard of it or the author and chose it simply because it was available for free on my kindle. I was more than pleasantly surprised. I enjoy most historical fiction and this is no exception. I don't think I have ever read a boo...

    Sadly, this is a perfect example of the need of the warning to writers to "show, don't tell". The history is well-researched, and the story and characters seem generally good, but the storytelling keeps jumping between a few detailed scenes of the people interacting, and long stretches...

    Entertaining story of a young woman in Paris whose life is forever changed by a fire and she builds a new life for herself in England. Using the skills as a dollmaker that she learned from her father, she finds herself making dolls for Marie Antoinette as France hovers on revolution. F...

    Interesting. A part of history I was anxious to learn more about. I really enjoyed the characters, the narration, and the historical setting. ...

    Interesting Story I found this story and interesting take on the French Revolution from the side of the royals. I liked Claudette's character and found myself cheering for her. That said the book bogged down in descriptions sometimes and slowed with all the details of dollmaking. ...

    Quite frankly, I stopped reading this book about 50 pages in. The dates and ages of Claudette do not match. In the prologue it says she was 5 years old on 1765. In chapter three, it says that she was 14 in 1779. Nope. If the author can?t pay attention to detail, I can?t pay attenti...

    This was a very well told story with many twists so that you could not predict where it was going to lead to. ...

    2,5* Korektor si na tom tedy moc zle?et nedal. ...

    Christine Trent's debut novel offers promises of many more intriguing stories to come, and she has easily gained many fans, including myself, who have now read The Queen's Dollmaker. This novel features a young woman who faces severe and sudden hardships and is forced to leave her nati...

    Claudette Laurent is a young French woman who moves to England after a fire destroys her home in France, and sets up shop in London as a dollmaker. Her fashion dolls become the toast of British and French society, and she eventually becomes the official doll maker to the glamorous Quee...

    I loved how the author made the heroine of the story, Claudette Laurent, into a strong and intelligent character instead of the hapless ingenue who is victimized by everyone around her. I am so tired on reading about weak women who doesn't know how to take care of themselves and readin...

    Christine Trent's new historical novel titled The Queen's Dollmaker is the delightful story of one 18th century young woman's struggle for survival after a devastating Paris fire brings death to her family, leaving her home & father's workshop in ashes and ruin. Claudette Laurent i...

  • Allie
    May 23, 2010

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest When I was in college, I went through this phase of ritualistically devouring fluffy, chick-lit style historical fiction a la Philippa Gregory. It really didn't matter if they were good, bad, or downright awful - I read th...

    If you?re in a mood for detailed period history in both France and England (the 18th c), weaved into a tale of one woman?s survival, struggle for independence, love, suspense, and an ever- fascinating career..boy do I have a book for you! Oh, and did I mention this one also contai...

    Good characters = very very good. Bad characters = very very bad. Book = not for me. ...

    I had not considered the role of dolls in the 18th century until I received a very welcomed heads up from author Christine Trent who has done her own extensive research on the fascinating subject. I found her new book, The Queen's Dollmaker, an absolutely delightful read, both due to t...

    I cannont buy the opening sequence. Sorry. (Not the bit with the children, but the bit with the fire). ...

    After losing her home and family to a fire, Claudette Laurent seeks work in London. She makes a friend on the journey and the two are accepted as domestic servants in the home of a social climber, but Claudette wants to start her own business with the doll making skills learned from he...

    For the most part, I really liked this book. What I liked best was that, for once, the main character in a historical romance was an entrepreneur and not some pampered nobility or some downtrodden peasant-type. The heroine is in trade and really does make something of herself; I truly ...

    It just wasn't believable to me. First Marie Antoinette comes through the town as the new future Queen, gets out of her carriage and shares marzipan candy with the children (it was like a Disney scene.) Next up the fire scene began and the way the family and neighbors acted just seemed...

    When I first picked up this book I was expecting a smutty, intrigue-filled historical drama la Phillippa Gregory. What I got instead was a Cinderella story of an orphaned young girl who makes a name for herself as a dollmaker. However, I would like to stress here that my review is n...

    The second book in a row to get two stars from me, but for very different reasons. The first book, Tap & Gown by Diana Peterfreund, had no plot but was competently written; this book has plot & setting aplenty but oy! the stifled prose, the distant verging on omniscient third p...

    This is one of the books I picked up for 1 back during the "12 days of kindle" promotion and as I haven't read any historical fiction for a while I thought it was high time I took a look. Claudette Laurent lives in a France in turmoil in the latter half of the 1700s. Fire destroys...

    Paris, France. Claudette Laurent, the young daughter of a renowned dollmaker, and her best friend, Jean-Philippe, join the French people in welcoming their new princess, Marie Antoinette of Austria. They are determined to see her or die trying if need be. Treated with kindness by this ...

    I was really on the fence about this book because I am not really into romance, and so I worried it might go too much in that direction, but I am fascinated by the French Revolution, and the story sounded intriguing so I decided to give it a chance and I am glad that I did. The romance...

    Half the fiction I read is historical fiction, although I have not yet read much on the French Revolution. For the past year I have promised myself to investigate more into the history of Marie Antoinette, purchasing the 2008 movie Marie Antoinette directed by Sofia Coppola, which I ha...

    WOW!!!!!! What a book! It was a historical fiction based in the late 1700's. The story begins when Marie Antoinette is arriving in France. A little girl and her best friend run to catch a glimpse and her cart stops and she visits with the children. Who would guess that thier pathes wou...

    There were so many adverbs and cliches that I nearly lost my mind!!! Really, this was quite a rough read. It was not well-written in the least; the characters were nothing more than caricatures and not even cleverly written caricatures, at that. They remained stiff and one dimensio...

    I had zero expectations for this book going in. I had never heard of it or the author and chose it simply because it was available for free on my kindle. I was more than pleasantly surprised. I enjoy most historical fiction and this is no exception. I don't think I have ever read a boo...

    Sadly, this is a perfect example of the need of the warning to writers to "show, don't tell". The history is well-researched, and the story and characters seem generally good, but the storytelling keeps jumping between a few detailed scenes of the people interacting, and long stretches...

    Entertaining story of a young woman in Paris whose life is forever changed by a fire and she builds a new life for herself in England. Using the skills as a dollmaker that she learned from her father, she finds herself making dolls for Marie Antoinette as France hovers on revolution. F...

    Interesting. A part of history I was anxious to learn more about. I really enjoyed the characters, the narration, and the historical setting. ...

    Interesting Story I found this story and interesting take on the French Revolution from the side of the royals. I liked Claudette's character and found myself cheering for her. That said the book bogged down in descriptions sometimes and slowed with all the details of dollmaking. ...

    Quite frankly, I stopped reading this book about 50 pages in. The dates and ages of Claudette do not match. In the prologue it says she was 5 years old on 1765. In chapter three, it says that she was 14 in 1779. Nope. If the author can?t pay attention to detail, I can?t pay attenti...

    This was a very well told story with many twists so that you could not predict where it was going to lead to. ...

    2,5* Korektor si na tom tedy moc zle?et nedal. ...

    Christine Trent's debut novel offers promises of many more intriguing stories to come, and she has easily gained many fans, including myself, who have now read The Queen's Dollmaker. This novel features a young woman who faces severe and sudden hardships and is forced to leave her nati...

    Claudette Laurent is a young French woman who moves to England after a fire destroys her home in France, and sets up shop in London as a dollmaker. Her fashion dolls become the toast of British and French society, and she eventually becomes the official doll maker to the glamorous Quee...

  • Lucy
    Feb 17, 2010

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest When I was in college, I went through this phase of ritualistically devouring fluffy, chick-lit style historical fiction a la Philippa Gregory. It really didn't matter if they were good, bad, or downright awful - I read th...

    If you?re in a mood for detailed period history in both France and England (the 18th c), weaved into a tale of one woman?s survival, struggle for independence, love, suspense, and an ever- fascinating career..boy do I have a book for you! Oh, and did I mention this one also contai...

  • Lauren
    Dec 01, 2009

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest When I was in college, I went through this phase of ritualistically devouring fluffy, chick-lit style historical fiction a la Philippa Gregory. It really didn't matter if they were good, bad, or downright awful - I read th...

    If you?re in a mood for detailed period history in both France and England (the 18th c), weaved into a tale of one woman?s survival, struggle for independence, love, suspense, and an ever- fascinating career..boy do I have a book for you! Oh, and did I mention this one also contai...

    Good characters = very very good. Bad characters = very very bad. Book = not for me. ...

    I had not considered the role of dolls in the 18th century until I received a very welcomed heads up from author Christine Trent who has done her own extensive research on the fascinating subject. I found her new book, The Queen's Dollmaker, an absolutely delightful read, both due to t...

  • Amy
    Mar 21, 2010

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest When I was in college, I went through this phase of ritualistically devouring fluffy, chick-lit style historical fiction a la Philippa Gregory. It really didn't matter if they were good, bad, or downright awful - I read th...

    If you?re in a mood for detailed period history in both France and England (the 18th c), weaved into a tale of one woman?s survival, struggle for independence, love, suspense, and an ever- fascinating career..boy do I have a book for you! Oh, and did I mention this one also contai...

    Good characters = very very good. Bad characters = very very bad. Book = not for me. ...

    I had not considered the role of dolls in the 18th century until I received a very welcomed heads up from author Christine Trent who has done her own extensive research on the fascinating subject. I found her new book, The Queen's Dollmaker, an absolutely delightful read, both due to t...

    I cannont buy the opening sequence. Sorry. (Not the bit with the children, but the bit with the fire). ...

    After losing her home and family to a fire, Claudette Laurent seeks work in London. She makes a friend on the journey and the two are accepted as domestic servants in the home of a social climber, but Claudette wants to start her own business with the doll making skills learned from he...

    For the most part, I really liked this book. What I liked best was that, for once, the main character in a historical romance was an entrepreneur and not some pampered nobility or some downtrodden peasant-type. The heroine is in trade and really does make something of herself; I truly ...

    It just wasn't believable to me. First Marie Antoinette comes through the town as the new future Queen, gets out of her carriage and shares marzipan candy with the children (it was like a Disney scene.) Next up the fire scene began and the way the family and neighbors acted just seemed...

    When I first picked up this book I was expecting a smutty, intrigue-filled historical drama la Phillippa Gregory. What I got instead was a Cinderella story of an orphaned young girl who makes a name for herself as a dollmaker. However, I would like to stress here that my review is n...

    The second book in a row to get two stars from me, but for very different reasons. The first book, Tap & Gown by Diana Peterfreund, had no plot but was competently written; this book has plot & setting aplenty but oy! the stifled prose, the distant verging on omniscient third p...

    This is one of the books I picked up for 1 back during the "12 days of kindle" promotion and as I haven't read any historical fiction for a while I thought it was high time I took a look. Claudette Laurent lives in a France in turmoil in the latter half of the 1700s. Fire destroys...

    Paris, France. Claudette Laurent, the young daughter of a renowned dollmaker, and her best friend, Jean-Philippe, join the French people in welcoming their new princess, Marie Antoinette of Austria. They are determined to see her or die trying if need be. Treated with kindness by this ...

    I was really on the fence about this book because I am not really into romance, and so I worried it might go too much in that direction, but I am fascinated by the French Revolution, and the story sounded intriguing so I decided to give it a chance and I am glad that I did. The romance...

    Half the fiction I read is historical fiction, although I have not yet read much on the French Revolution. For the past year I have promised myself to investigate more into the history of Marie Antoinette, purchasing the 2008 movie Marie Antoinette directed by Sofia Coppola, which I ha...

    WOW!!!!!! What a book! It was a historical fiction based in the late 1700's. The story begins when Marie Antoinette is arriving in France. A little girl and her best friend run to catch a glimpse and her cart stops and she visits with the children. Who would guess that thier pathes wou...

    There were so many adverbs and cliches that I nearly lost my mind!!! Really, this was quite a rough read. It was not well-written in the least; the characters were nothing more than caricatures and not even cleverly written caricatures, at that. They remained stiff and one dimensio...

  • Rio (Lynne)
    Dec 30, 2011

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest When I was in college, I went through this phase of ritualistically devouring fluffy, chick-lit style historical fiction a la Philippa Gregory. It really didn't matter if they were good, bad, or downright awful - I read th...

    If you?re in a mood for detailed period history in both France and England (the 18th c), weaved into a tale of one woman?s survival, struggle for independence, love, suspense, and an ever- fascinating career..boy do I have a book for you! Oh, and did I mention this one also contai...

    Good characters = very very good. Bad characters = very very bad. Book = not for me. ...

    I had not considered the role of dolls in the 18th century until I received a very welcomed heads up from author Christine Trent who has done her own extensive research on the fascinating subject. I found her new book, The Queen's Dollmaker, an absolutely delightful read, both due to t...

    I cannont buy the opening sequence. Sorry. (Not the bit with the children, but the bit with the fire). ...

    After losing her home and family to a fire, Claudette Laurent seeks work in London. She makes a friend on the journey and the two are accepted as domestic servants in the home of a social climber, but Claudette wants to start her own business with the doll making skills learned from he...

    For the most part, I really liked this book. What I liked best was that, for once, the main character in a historical romance was an entrepreneur and not some pampered nobility or some downtrodden peasant-type. The heroine is in trade and really does make something of herself; I truly ...

    It just wasn't believable to me. First Marie Antoinette comes through the town as the new future Queen, gets out of her carriage and shares marzipan candy with the children (it was like a Disney scene.) Next up the fire scene began and the way the family and neighbors acted just seemed...

  • Taylor
    Nov 16, 2010

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest When I was in college, I went through this phase of ritualistically devouring fluffy, chick-lit style historical fiction a la Philippa Gregory. It really didn't matter if they were good, bad, or downright awful - I read th...

    If you?re in a mood for detailed period history in both France and England (the 18th c), weaved into a tale of one woman?s survival, struggle for independence, love, suspense, and an ever- fascinating career..boy do I have a book for you! Oh, and did I mention this one also contai...

    Good characters = very very good. Bad characters = very very bad. Book = not for me. ...

    I had not considered the role of dolls in the 18th century until I received a very welcomed heads up from author Christine Trent who has done her own extensive research on the fascinating subject. I found her new book, The Queen's Dollmaker, an absolutely delightful read, both due to t...

    I cannont buy the opening sequence. Sorry. (Not the bit with the children, but the bit with the fire). ...

    After losing her home and family to a fire, Claudette Laurent seeks work in London. She makes a friend on the journey and the two are accepted as domestic servants in the home of a social climber, but Claudette wants to start her own business with the doll making skills learned from he...

    For the most part, I really liked this book. What I liked best was that, for once, the main character in a historical romance was an entrepreneur and not some pampered nobility or some downtrodden peasant-type. The heroine is in trade and really does make something of herself; I truly ...

    It just wasn't believable to me. First Marie Antoinette comes through the town as the new future Queen, gets out of her carriage and shares marzipan candy with the children (it was like a Disney scene.) Next up the fire scene began and the way the family and neighbors acted just seemed...

    When I first picked up this book I was expecting a smutty, intrigue-filled historical drama la Phillippa Gregory. What I got instead was a Cinderella story of an orphaned young girl who makes a name for herself as a dollmaker. However, I would like to stress here that my review is n...

    The second book in a row to get two stars from me, but for very different reasons. The first book, Tap & Gown by Diana Peterfreund, had no plot but was competently written; this book has plot & setting aplenty but oy! the stifled prose, the distant verging on omniscient third p...

    This is one of the books I picked up for 1 back during the "12 days of kindle" promotion and as I haven't read any historical fiction for a while I thought it was high time I took a look. Claudette Laurent lives in a France in turmoil in the latter half of the 1700s. Fire destroys...

    Paris, France. Claudette Laurent, the young daughter of a renowned dollmaker, and her best friend, Jean-Philippe, join the French people in welcoming their new princess, Marie Antoinette of Austria. They are determined to see her or die trying if need be. Treated with kindness by this ...

    I was really on the fence about this book because I am not really into romance, and so I worried it might go too much in that direction, but I am fascinated by the French Revolution, and the story sounded intriguing so I decided to give it a chance and I am glad that I did. The romance...

    Half the fiction I read is historical fiction, although I have not yet read much on the French Revolution. For the past year I have promised myself to investigate more into the history of Marie Antoinette, purchasing the 2008 movie Marie Antoinette directed by Sofia Coppola, which I ha...

    WOW!!!!!! What a book! It was a historical fiction based in the late 1700's. The story begins when Marie Antoinette is arriving in France. A little girl and her best friend run to catch a glimpse and her cart stops and she visits with the children. Who would guess that thier pathes wou...

    There were so many adverbs and cliches that I nearly lost my mind!!! Really, this was quite a rough read. It was not well-written in the least; the characters were nothing more than caricatures and not even cleverly written caricatures, at that. They remained stiff and one dimensio...

    I had zero expectations for this book going in. I had never heard of it or the author and chose it simply because it was available for free on my kindle. I was more than pleasantly surprised. I enjoy most historical fiction and this is no exception. I don't think I have ever read a boo...

    Sadly, this is a perfect example of the need of the warning to writers to "show, don't tell". The history is well-researched, and the story and characters seem generally good, but the storytelling keeps jumping between a few detailed scenes of the people interacting, and long stretches...

    Entertaining story of a young woman in Paris whose life is forever changed by a fire and she builds a new life for herself in England. Using the skills as a dollmaker that she learned from her father, she finds herself making dolls for Marie Antoinette as France hovers on revolution. F...

    Interesting. A part of history I was anxious to learn more about. I really enjoyed the characters, the narration, and the historical setting. ...

    Interesting Story I found this story and interesting take on the French Revolution from the side of the royals. I liked Claudette's character and found myself cheering for her. That said the book bogged down in descriptions sometimes and slowed with all the details of dollmaking. ...

    Quite frankly, I stopped reading this book about 50 pages in. The dates and ages of Claudette do not match. In the prologue it says she was 5 years old on 1765. In chapter three, it says that she was 14 in 1779. Nope. If the author can?t pay attention to detail, I can?t pay attenti...

    This was a very well told story with many twists so that you could not predict where it was going to lead to. ...

    2,5* Korektor si na tom tedy moc zle?et nedal. ...

    Christine Trent's debut novel offers promises of many more intriguing stories to come, and she has easily gained many fans, including myself, who have now read The Queen's Dollmaker. This novel features a young woman who faces severe and sudden hardships and is forced to leave her nati...

    Claudette Laurent is a young French woman who moves to England after a fire destroys her home in France, and sets up shop in London as a dollmaker. Her fashion dolls become the toast of British and French society, and she eventually becomes the official doll maker to the glamorous Quee...

    I loved how the author made the heroine of the story, Claudette Laurent, into a strong and intelligent character instead of the hapless ingenue who is victimized by everyone around her. I am so tired on reading about weak women who doesn't know how to take care of themselves and readin...

    Christine Trent's new historical novel titled The Queen's Dollmaker is the delightful story of one 18th century young woman's struggle for survival after a devastating Paris fire brings death to her family, leaving her home & father's workshop in ashes and ruin. Claudette Laurent i...

    "The Queen's Dollmaker" was interesting, in that I knew little about the time period of the French Revolution or the life of Marie Antoinette. Ms. Trent paints historically accurate pictures of the Era as her story unfolds, bouncing back and forth between the perspective of the Queen a...

    The Queen's Dollmaker by Christine Trent, takes place in 1765 - Paris, France. Claudette Laurent is the daughter of a highly recognized French doll maker in Paris, France. While growing up in her father?s work shop, Claudette inherited the same passion for doll making and she soon be...

  • TC
    Jan 03, 2011

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest When I was in college, I went through this phase of ritualistically devouring fluffy, chick-lit style historical fiction a la Philippa Gregory. It really didn't matter if they were good, bad, or downright awful - I read th...

    If you?re in a mood for detailed period history in both France and England (the 18th c), weaved into a tale of one woman?s survival, struggle for independence, love, suspense, and an ever- fascinating career..boy do I have a book for you! Oh, and did I mention this one also contai...

    Good characters = very very good. Bad characters = very very bad. Book = not for me. ...

    I had not considered the role of dolls in the 18th century until I received a very welcomed heads up from author Christine Trent who has done her own extensive research on the fascinating subject. I found her new book, The Queen's Dollmaker, an absolutely delightful read, both due to t...

    I cannont buy the opening sequence. Sorry. (Not the bit with the children, but the bit with the fire). ...

    After losing her home and family to a fire, Claudette Laurent seeks work in London. She makes a friend on the journey and the two are accepted as domestic servants in the home of a social climber, but Claudette wants to start her own business with the doll making skills learned from he...

    For the most part, I really liked this book. What I liked best was that, for once, the main character in a historical romance was an entrepreneur and not some pampered nobility or some downtrodden peasant-type. The heroine is in trade and really does make something of herself; I truly ...

    It just wasn't believable to me. First Marie Antoinette comes through the town as the new future Queen, gets out of her carriage and shares marzipan candy with the children (it was like a Disney scene.) Next up the fire scene began and the way the family and neighbors acted just seemed...

    When I first picked up this book I was expecting a smutty, intrigue-filled historical drama la Phillippa Gregory. What I got instead was a Cinderella story of an orphaned young girl who makes a name for herself as a dollmaker. However, I would like to stress here that my review is n...

    The second book in a row to get two stars from me, but for very different reasons. The first book, Tap & Gown by Diana Peterfreund, had no plot but was competently written; this book has plot & setting aplenty but oy! the stifled prose, the distant verging on omniscient third p...

    This is one of the books I picked up for 1 back during the "12 days of kindle" promotion and as I haven't read any historical fiction for a while I thought it was high time I took a look. Claudette Laurent lives in a France in turmoil in the latter half of the 1700s. Fire destroys...

  • Dianne
    Aug 15, 2014

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest When I was in college, I went through this phase of ritualistically devouring fluffy, chick-lit style historical fiction a la Philippa Gregory. It really didn't matter if they were good, bad, or downright awful - I read th...

    If you?re in a mood for detailed period history in both France and England (the 18th c), weaved into a tale of one woman?s survival, struggle for independence, love, suspense, and an ever- fascinating career..boy do I have a book for you! Oh, and did I mention this one also contai...

    Good characters = very very good. Bad characters = very very bad. Book = not for me. ...

    I had not considered the role of dolls in the 18th century until I received a very welcomed heads up from author Christine Trent who has done her own extensive research on the fascinating subject. I found her new book, The Queen's Dollmaker, an absolutely delightful read, both due to t...

    I cannont buy the opening sequence. Sorry. (Not the bit with the children, but the bit with the fire). ...

    After losing her home and family to a fire, Claudette Laurent seeks work in London. She makes a friend on the journey and the two are accepted as domestic servants in the home of a social climber, but Claudette wants to start her own business with the doll making skills learned from he...

    For the most part, I really liked this book. What I liked best was that, for once, the main character in a historical romance was an entrepreneur and not some pampered nobility or some downtrodden peasant-type. The heroine is in trade and really does make something of herself; I truly ...

    It just wasn't believable to me. First Marie Antoinette comes through the town as the new future Queen, gets out of her carriage and shares marzipan candy with the children (it was like a Disney scene.) Next up the fire scene began and the way the family and neighbors acted just seemed...

    When I first picked up this book I was expecting a smutty, intrigue-filled historical drama la Phillippa Gregory. What I got instead was a Cinderella story of an orphaned young girl who makes a name for herself as a dollmaker. However, I would like to stress here that my review is n...

    The second book in a row to get two stars from me, but for very different reasons. The first book, Tap & Gown by Diana Peterfreund, had no plot but was competently written; this book has plot & setting aplenty but oy! the stifled prose, the distant verging on omniscient third p...

    This is one of the books I picked up for 1 back during the "12 days of kindle" promotion and as I haven't read any historical fiction for a while I thought it was high time I took a look. Claudette Laurent lives in a France in turmoil in the latter half of the 1700s. Fire destroys...

    Paris, France. Claudette Laurent, the young daughter of a renowned dollmaker, and her best friend, Jean-Philippe, join the French people in welcoming their new princess, Marie Antoinette of Austria. They are determined to see her or die trying if need be. Treated with kindness by this ...

    I was really on the fence about this book because I am not really into romance, and so I worried it might go too much in that direction, but I am fascinated by the French Revolution, and the story sounded intriguing so I decided to give it a chance and I am glad that I did. The romance...

    Half the fiction I read is historical fiction, although I have not yet read much on the French Revolution. For the past year I have promised myself to investigate more into the history of Marie Antoinette, purchasing the 2008 movie Marie Antoinette directed by Sofia Coppola, which I ha...

    WOW!!!!!! What a book! It was a historical fiction based in the late 1700's. The story begins when Marie Antoinette is arriving in France. A little girl and her best friend run to catch a glimpse and her cart stops and she visits with the children. Who would guess that thier pathes wou...

    There were so many adverbs and cliches that I nearly lost my mind!!! Really, this was quite a rough read. It was not well-written in the least; the characters were nothing more than caricatures and not even cleverly written caricatures, at that. They remained stiff and one dimensio...

    I had zero expectations for this book going in. I had never heard of it or the author and chose it simply because it was available for free on my kindle. I was more than pleasantly surprised. I enjoy most historical fiction and this is no exception. I don't think I have ever read a boo...

    Sadly, this is a perfect example of the need of the warning to writers to "show, don't tell". The history is well-researched, and the story and characters seem generally good, but the storytelling keeps jumping between a few detailed scenes of the people interacting, and long stretches...

  • BonSue Brandvik
    Oct 01, 2012

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest When I was in college, I went through this phase of ritualistically devouring fluffy, chick-lit style historical fiction a la Philippa Gregory. It really didn't matter if they were good, bad, or downright awful - I read th...

    If you?re in a mood for detailed period history in both France and England (the 18th c), weaved into a tale of one woman?s survival, struggle for independence, love, suspense, and an ever- fascinating career..boy do I have a book for you! Oh, and did I mention this one also contai...

    Good characters = very very good. Bad characters = very very bad. Book = not for me. ...

    I had not considered the role of dolls in the 18th century until I received a very welcomed heads up from author Christine Trent who has done her own extensive research on the fascinating subject. I found her new book, The Queen's Dollmaker, an absolutely delightful read, both due to t...

    I cannont buy the opening sequence. Sorry. (Not the bit with the children, but the bit with the fire). ...

    After losing her home and family to a fire, Claudette Laurent seeks work in London. She makes a friend on the journey and the two are accepted as domestic servants in the home of a social climber, but Claudette wants to start her own business with the doll making skills learned from he...

    For the most part, I really liked this book. What I liked best was that, for once, the main character in a historical romance was an entrepreneur and not some pampered nobility or some downtrodden peasant-type. The heroine is in trade and really does make something of herself; I truly ...

    It just wasn't believable to me. First Marie Antoinette comes through the town as the new future Queen, gets out of her carriage and shares marzipan candy with the children (it was like a Disney scene.) Next up the fire scene began and the way the family and neighbors acted just seemed...

    When I first picked up this book I was expecting a smutty, intrigue-filled historical drama la Phillippa Gregory. What I got instead was a Cinderella story of an orphaned young girl who makes a name for herself as a dollmaker. However, I would like to stress here that my review is n...

    The second book in a row to get two stars from me, but for very different reasons. The first book, Tap & Gown by Diana Peterfreund, had no plot but was competently written; this book has plot & setting aplenty but oy! the stifled prose, the distant verging on omniscient third p...

    This is one of the books I picked up for 1 back during the "12 days of kindle" promotion and as I haven't read any historical fiction for a while I thought it was high time I took a look. Claudette Laurent lives in a France in turmoil in the latter half of the 1700s. Fire destroys...

    Paris, France. Claudette Laurent, the young daughter of a renowned dollmaker, and her best friend, Jean-Philippe, join the French people in welcoming their new princess, Marie Antoinette of Austria. They are determined to see her or die trying if need be. Treated with kindness by this ...

    I was really on the fence about this book because I am not really into romance, and so I worried it might go too much in that direction, but I am fascinated by the French Revolution, and the story sounded intriguing so I decided to give it a chance and I am glad that I did. The romance...

    Half the fiction I read is historical fiction, although I have not yet read much on the French Revolution. For the past year I have promised myself to investigate more into the history of Marie Antoinette, purchasing the 2008 movie Marie Antoinette directed by Sofia Coppola, which I ha...

    WOW!!!!!! What a book! It was a historical fiction based in the late 1700's. The story begins when Marie Antoinette is arriving in France. A little girl and her best friend run to catch a glimpse and her cart stops and she visits with the children. Who would guess that thier pathes wou...

    There were so many adverbs and cliches that I nearly lost my mind!!! Really, this was quite a rough read. It was not well-written in the least; the characters were nothing more than caricatures and not even cleverly written caricatures, at that. They remained stiff and one dimensio...

    I had zero expectations for this book going in. I had never heard of it or the author and chose it simply because it was available for free on my kindle. I was more than pleasantly surprised. I enjoy most historical fiction and this is no exception. I don't think I have ever read a boo...

    Sadly, this is a perfect example of the need of the warning to writers to "show, don't tell". The history is well-researched, and the story and characters seem generally good, but the storytelling keeps jumping between a few detailed scenes of the people interacting, and long stretches...

    Entertaining story of a young woman in Paris whose life is forever changed by a fire and she builds a new life for herself in England. Using the skills as a dollmaker that she learned from her father, she finds herself making dolls for Marie Antoinette as France hovers on revolution. F...

    Interesting. A part of history I was anxious to learn more about. I really enjoyed the characters, the narration, and the historical setting. ...

    Interesting Story I found this story and interesting take on the French Revolution from the side of the royals. I liked Claudette's character and found myself cheering for her. That said the book bogged down in descriptions sometimes and slowed with all the details of dollmaking. ...

    Quite frankly, I stopped reading this book about 50 pages in. The dates and ages of Claudette do not match. In the prologue it says she was 5 years old on 1765. In chapter three, it says that she was 14 in 1779. Nope. If the author can?t pay attention to detail, I can?t pay attenti...

    This was a very well told story with many twists so that you could not predict where it was going to lead to. ...

    2,5* Korektor si na tom tedy moc zle?et nedal. ...

    Christine Trent's debut novel offers promises of many more intriguing stories to come, and she has easily gained many fans, including myself, who have now read The Queen's Dollmaker. This novel features a young woman who faces severe and sudden hardships and is forced to leave her nati...

    Claudette Laurent is a young French woman who moves to England after a fire destroys her home in France, and sets up shop in London as a dollmaker. Her fashion dolls become the toast of British and French society, and she eventually becomes the official doll maker to the glamorous Quee...

    I loved how the author made the heroine of the story, Claudette Laurent, into a strong and intelligent character instead of the hapless ingenue who is victimized by everyone around her. I am so tired on reading about weak women who doesn't know how to take care of themselves and readin...

    Christine Trent's new historical novel titled The Queen's Dollmaker is the delightful story of one 18th century young woman's struggle for survival after a devastating Paris fire brings death to her family, leaving her home & father's workshop in ashes and ruin. Claudette Laurent i...

    "The Queen's Dollmaker" was interesting, in that I knew little about the time period of the French Revolution or the life of Marie Antoinette. Ms. Trent paints historically accurate pictures of the Era as her story unfolds, bouncing back and forth between the perspective of the Queen a...

  • Clark
    Nov 21, 2014

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest When I was in college, I went through this phase of ritualistically devouring fluffy, chick-lit style historical fiction a la Philippa Gregory. It really didn't matter if they were good, bad, or downright awful - I read th...

    If you?re in a mood for detailed period history in both France and England (the 18th c), weaved into a tale of one woman?s survival, struggle for independence, love, suspense, and an ever- fascinating career..boy do I have a book for you! Oh, and did I mention this one also contai...

    Good characters = very very good. Bad characters = very very bad. Book = not for me. ...

    I had not considered the role of dolls in the 18th century until I received a very welcomed heads up from author Christine Trent who has done her own extensive research on the fascinating subject. I found her new book, The Queen's Dollmaker, an absolutely delightful read, both due to t...

    I cannont buy the opening sequence. Sorry. (Not the bit with the children, but the bit with the fire). ...

    After losing her home and family to a fire, Claudette Laurent seeks work in London. She makes a friend on the journey and the two are accepted as domestic servants in the home of a social climber, but Claudette wants to start her own business with the doll making skills learned from he...

    For the most part, I really liked this book. What I liked best was that, for once, the main character in a historical romance was an entrepreneur and not some pampered nobility or some downtrodden peasant-type. The heroine is in trade and really does make something of herself; I truly ...

    It just wasn't believable to me. First Marie Antoinette comes through the town as the new future Queen, gets out of her carriage and shares marzipan candy with the children (it was like a Disney scene.) Next up the fire scene began and the way the family and neighbors acted just seemed...

    When I first picked up this book I was expecting a smutty, intrigue-filled historical drama la Phillippa Gregory. What I got instead was a Cinderella story of an orphaned young girl who makes a name for herself as a dollmaker. However, I would like to stress here that my review is n...

    The second book in a row to get two stars from me, but for very different reasons. The first book, Tap & Gown by Diana Peterfreund, had no plot but was competently written; this book has plot & setting aplenty but oy! the stifled prose, the distant verging on omniscient third p...

    This is one of the books I picked up for 1 back during the "12 days of kindle" promotion and as I haven't read any historical fiction for a while I thought it was high time I took a look. Claudette Laurent lives in a France in turmoil in the latter half of the 1700s. Fire destroys...

    Paris, France. Claudette Laurent, the young daughter of a renowned dollmaker, and her best friend, Jean-Philippe, join the French people in welcoming their new princess, Marie Antoinette of Austria. They are determined to see her or die trying if need be. Treated with kindness by this ...

    I was really on the fence about this book because I am not really into romance, and so I worried it might go too much in that direction, but I am fascinated by the French Revolution, and the story sounded intriguing so I decided to give it a chance and I am glad that I did. The romance...

    Half the fiction I read is historical fiction, although I have not yet read much on the French Revolution. For the past year I have promised myself to investigate more into the history of Marie Antoinette, purchasing the 2008 movie Marie Antoinette directed by Sofia Coppola, which I ha...

    WOW!!!!!! What a book! It was a historical fiction based in the late 1700's. The story begins when Marie Antoinette is arriving in France. A little girl and her best friend run to catch a glimpse and her cart stops and she visits with the children. Who would guess that thier pathes wou...

    There were so many adverbs and cliches that I nearly lost my mind!!! Really, this was quite a rough read. It was not well-written in the least; the characters were nothing more than caricatures and not even cleverly written caricatures, at that. They remained stiff and one dimensio...

    I had zero expectations for this book going in. I had never heard of it or the author and chose it simply because it was available for free on my kindle. I was more than pleasantly surprised. I enjoy most historical fiction and this is no exception. I don't think I have ever read a boo...

    Sadly, this is a perfect example of the need of the warning to writers to "show, don't tell". The history is well-researched, and the story and characters seem generally good, but the storytelling keeps jumping between a few detailed scenes of the people interacting, and long stretches...

    Entertaining story of a young woman in Paris whose life is forever changed by a fire and she builds a new life for herself in England. Using the skills as a dollmaker that she learned from her father, she finds herself making dolls for Marie Antoinette as France hovers on revolution. F...

    Interesting. A part of history I was anxious to learn more about. I really enjoyed the characters, the narration, and the historical setting. ...

    Interesting Story I found this story and interesting take on the French Revolution from the side of the royals. I liked Claudette's character and found myself cheering for her. That said the book bogged down in descriptions sometimes and slowed with all the details of dollmaking. ...

    Quite frankly, I stopped reading this book about 50 pages in. The dates and ages of Claudette do not match. In the prologue it says she was 5 years old on 1765. In chapter three, it says that she was 14 in 1779. Nope. If the author can?t pay attention to detail, I can?t pay attenti...

    This was a very well told story with many twists so that you could not predict where it was going to lead to. ...

    2,5* Korektor si na tom tedy moc zle?et nedal. ...

    Christine Trent's debut novel offers promises of many more intriguing stories to come, and she has easily gained many fans, including myself, who have now read The Queen's Dollmaker. This novel features a young woman who faces severe and sudden hardships and is forced to leave her nati...

    Claudette Laurent is a young French woman who moves to England after a fire destroys her home in France, and sets up shop in London as a dollmaker. Her fashion dolls become the toast of British and French society, and she eventually becomes the official doll maker to the glamorous Quee...

    I loved how the author made the heroine of the story, Claudette Laurent, into a strong and intelligent character instead of the hapless ingenue who is victimized by everyone around her. I am so tired on reading about weak women who doesn't know how to take care of themselves and readin...

  • Cena
    Oct 01, 2017

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest When I was in college, I went through this phase of ritualistically devouring fluffy, chick-lit style historical fiction a la Philippa Gregory. It really didn't matter if they were good, bad, or downright awful - I read th...

    If you?re in a mood for detailed period history in both France and England (the 18th c), weaved into a tale of one woman?s survival, struggle for independence, love, suspense, and an ever- fascinating career..boy do I have a book for you! Oh, and did I mention this one also contai...

    Good characters = very very good. Bad characters = very very bad. Book = not for me. ...

    I had not considered the role of dolls in the 18th century until I received a very welcomed heads up from author Christine Trent who has done her own extensive research on the fascinating subject. I found her new book, The Queen's Dollmaker, an absolutely delightful read, both due to t...

    I cannont buy the opening sequence. Sorry. (Not the bit with the children, but the bit with the fire). ...

    After losing her home and family to a fire, Claudette Laurent seeks work in London. She makes a friend on the journey and the two are accepted as domestic servants in the home of a social climber, but Claudette wants to start her own business with the doll making skills learned from he...

    For the most part, I really liked this book. What I liked best was that, for once, the main character in a historical romance was an entrepreneur and not some pampered nobility or some downtrodden peasant-type. The heroine is in trade and really does make something of herself; I truly ...

    It just wasn't believable to me. First Marie Antoinette comes through the town as the new future Queen, gets out of her carriage and shares marzipan candy with the children (it was like a Disney scene.) Next up the fire scene began and the way the family and neighbors acted just seemed...

    When I first picked up this book I was expecting a smutty, intrigue-filled historical drama la Phillippa Gregory. What I got instead was a Cinderella story of an orphaned young girl who makes a name for herself as a dollmaker. However, I would like to stress here that my review is n...

    The second book in a row to get two stars from me, but for very different reasons. The first book, Tap & Gown by Diana Peterfreund, had no plot but was competently written; this book has plot & setting aplenty but oy! the stifled prose, the distant verging on omniscient third p...

    This is one of the books I picked up for 1 back during the "12 days of kindle" promotion and as I haven't read any historical fiction for a while I thought it was high time I took a look. Claudette Laurent lives in a France in turmoil in the latter half of the 1700s. Fire destroys...

    Paris, France. Claudette Laurent, the young daughter of a renowned dollmaker, and her best friend, Jean-Philippe, join the French people in welcoming their new princess, Marie Antoinette of Austria. They are determined to see her or die trying if need be. Treated with kindness by this ...

    I was really on the fence about this book because I am not really into romance, and so I worried it might go too much in that direction, but I am fascinated by the French Revolution, and the story sounded intriguing so I decided to give it a chance and I am glad that I did. The romance...

    Half the fiction I read is historical fiction, although I have not yet read much on the French Revolution. For the past year I have promised myself to investigate more into the history of Marie Antoinette, purchasing the 2008 movie Marie Antoinette directed by Sofia Coppola, which I ha...

    WOW!!!!!! What a book! It was a historical fiction based in the late 1700's. The story begins when Marie Antoinette is arriving in France. A little girl and her best friend run to catch a glimpse and her cart stops and she visits with the children. Who would guess that thier pathes wou...

    There were so many adverbs and cliches that I nearly lost my mind!!! Really, this was quite a rough read. It was not well-written in the least; the characters were nothing more than caricatures and not even cleverly written caricatures, at that. They remained stiff and one dimensio...

    I had zero expectations for this book going in. I had never heard of it or the author and chose it simply because it was available for free on my kindle. I was more than pleasantly surprised. I enjoy most historical fiction and this is no exception. I don't think I have ever read a boo...

    Sadly, this is a perfect example of the need of the warning to writers to "show, don't tell". The history is well-researched, and the story and characters seem generally good, but the storytelling keeps jumping between a few detailed scenes of the people interacting, and long stretches...

    Entertaining story of a young woman in Paris whose life is forever changed by a fire and she builds a new life for herself in England. Using the skills as a dollmaker that she learned from her father, she finds herself making dolls for Marie Antoinette as France hovers on revolution. F...

    Interesting. A part of history I was anxious to learn more about. I really enjoyed the characters, the narration, and the historical setting. ...

    Interesting Story I found this story and interesting take on the French Revolution from the side of the royals. I liked Claudette's character and found myself cheering for her. That said the book bogged down in descriptions sometimes and slowed with all the details of dollmaking. ...

    Quite frankly, I stopped reading this book about 50 pages in. The dates and ages of Claudette do not match. In the prologue it says she was 5 years old on 1765. In chapter three, it says that she was 14 in 1779. Nope. If the author can?t pay attention to detail, I can?t pay attenti...

  • Madison
    Jul 22, 2017

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest When I was in college, I went through this phase of ritualistically devouring fluffy, chick-lit style historical fiction a la Philippa Gregory. It really didn't matter if they were good, bad, or downright awful - I read th...

    If you?re in a mood for detailed period history in both France and England (the 18th c), weaved into a tale of one woman?s survival, struggle for independence, love, suspense, and an ever- fascinating career..boy do I have a book for you! Oh, and did I mention this one also contai...

    Good characters = very very good. Bad characters = very very bad. Book = not for me. ...

    I had not considered the role of dolls in the 18th century until I received a very welcomed heads up from author Christine Trent who has done her own extensive research on the fascinating subject. I found her new book, The Queen's Dollmaker, an absolutely delightful read, both due to t...

    I cannont buy the opening sequence. Sorry. (Not the bit with the children, but the bit with the fire). ...

    After losing her home and family to a fire, Claudette Laurent seeks work in London. She makes a friend on the journey and the two are accepted as domestic servants in the home of a social climber, but Claudette wants to start her own business with the doll making skills learned from he...

    For the most part, I really liked this book. What I liked best was that, for once, the main character in a historical romance was an entrepreneur and not some pampered nobility or some downtrodden peasant-type. The heroine is in trade and really does make something of herself; I truly ...

    It just wasn't believable to me. First Marie Antoinette comes through the town as the new future Queen, gets out of her carriage and shares marzipan candy with the children (it was like a Disney scene.) Next up the fire scene began and the way the family and neighbors acted just seemed...

    When I first picked up this book I was expecting a smutty, intrigue-filled historical drama la Phillippa Gregory. What I got instead was a Cinderella story of an orphaned young girl who makes a name for herself as a dollmaker. However, I would like to stress here that my review is n...

    The second book in a row to get two stars from me, but for very different reasons. The first book, Tap & Gown by Diana Peterfreund, had no plot but was competently written; this book has plot & setting aplenty but oy! the stifled prose, the distant verging on omniscient third p...

    This is one of the books I picked up for 1 back during the "12 days of kindle" promotion and as I haven't read any historical fiction for a while I thought it was high time I took a look. Claudette Laurent lives in a France in turmoil in the latter half of the 1700s. Fire destroys...

    Paris, France. Claudette Laurent, the young daughter of a renowned dollmaker, and her best friend, Jean-Philippe, join the French people in welcoming their new princess, Marie Antoinette of Austria. They are determined to see her or die trying if need be. Treated with kindness by this ...

    I was really on the fence about this book because I am not really into romance, and so I worried it might go too much in that direction, but I am fascinated by the French Revolution, and the story sounded intriguing so I decided to give it a chance and I am glad that I did. The romance...

    Half the fiction I read is historical fiction, although I have not yet read much on the French Revolution. For the past year I have promised myself to investigate more into the history of Marie Antoinette, purchasing the 2008 movie Marie Antoinette directed by Sofia Coppola, which I ha...

    WOW!!!!!! What a book! It was a historical fiction based in the late 1700's. The story begins when Marie Antoinette is arriving in France. A little girl and her best friend run to catch a glimpse and her cart stops and she visits with the children. Who would guess that thier pathes wou...

    There were so many adverbs and cliches that I nearly lost my mind!!! Really, this was quite a rough read. It was not well-written in the least; the characters were nothing more than caricatures and not even cleverly written caricatures, at that. They remained stiff and one dimensio...

    I had zero expectations for this book going in. I had never heard of it or the author and chose it simply because it was available for free on my kindle. I was more than pleasantly surprised. I enjoy most historical fiction and this is no exception. I don't think I have ever read a boo...

    Sadly, this is a perfect example of the need of the warning to writers to "show, don't tell". The history is well-researched, and the story and characters seem generally good, but the storytelling keeps jumping between a few detailed scenes of the people interacting, and long stretches...

    Entertaining story of a young woman in Paris whose life is forever changed by a fire and she builds a new life for herself in England. Using the skills as a dollmaker that she learned from her father, she finds herself making dolls for Marie Antoinette as France hovers on revolution. F...

    Interesting. A part of history I was anxious to learn more about. I really enjoyed the characters, the narration, and the historical setting. ...

    Interesting Story I found this story and interesting take on the French Revolution from the side of the royals. I liked Claudette's character and found myself cheering for her. That said the book bogged down in descriptions sometimes and slowed with all the details of dollmaking. ...

    Quite frankly, I stopped reading this book about 50 pages in. The dates and ages of Claudette do not match. In the prologue it says she was 5 years old on 1765. In chapter three, it says that she was 14 in 1779. Nope. If the author can?t pay attention to detail, I can?t pay attenti...

    This was a very well told story with many twists so that you could not predict where it was going to lead to. ...

  • Melanie Bridge
    May 15, 2017

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest When I was in college, I went through this phase of ritualistically devouring fluffy, chick-lit style historical fiction a la Philippa Gregory. It really didn't matter if they were good, bad, or downright awful - I read th...

    If you?re in a mood for detailed period history in both France and England (the 18th c), weaved into a tale of one woman?s survival, struggle for independence, love, suspense, and an ever- fascinating career..boy do I have a book for you! Oh, and did I mention this one also contai...

    Good characters = very very good. Bad characters = very very bad. Book = not for me. ...

    I had not considered the role of dolls in the 18th century until I received a very welcomed heads up from author Christine Trent who has done her own extensive research on the fascinating subject. I found her new book, The Queen's Dollmaker, an absolutely delightful read, both due to t...

    I cannont buy the opening sequence. Sorry. (Not the bit with the children, but the bit with the fire). ...

    After losing her home and family to a fire, Claudette Laurent seeks work in London. She makes a friend on the journey and the two are accepted as domestic servants in the home of a social climber, but Claudette wants to start her own business with the doll making skills learned from he...

    For the most part, I really liked this book. What I liked best was that, for once, the main character in a historical romance was an entrepreneur and not some pampered nobility or some downtrodden peasant-type. The heroine is in trade and really does make something of herself; I truly ...

    It just wasn't believable to me. First Marie Antoinette comes through the town as the new future Queen, gets out of her carriage and shares marzipan candy with the children (it was like a Disney scene.) Next up the fire scene began and the way the family and neighbors acted just seemed...

    When I first picked up this book I was expecting a smutty, intrigue-filled historical drama la Phillippa Gregory. What I got instead was a Cinderella story of an orphaned young girl who makes a name for herself as a dollmaker. However, I would like to stress here that my review is n...

    The second book in a row to get two stars from me, but for very different reasons. The first book, Tap & Gown by Diana Peterfreund, had no plot but was competently written; this book has plot & setting aplenty but oy! the stifled prose, the distant verging on omniscient third p...

    This is one of the books I picked up for 1 back during the "12 days of kindle" promotion and as I haven't read any historical fiction for a while I thought it was high time I took a look. Claudette Laurent lives in a France in turmoil in the latter half of the 1700s. Fire destroys...

    Paris, France. Claudette Laurent, the young daughter of a renowned dollmaker, and her best friend, Jean-Philippe, join the French people in welcoming their new princess, Marie Antoinette of Austria. They are determined to see her or die trying if need be. Treated with kindness by this ...

    I was really on the fence about this book because I am not really into romance, and so I worried it might go too much in that direction, but I am fascinated by the French Revolution, and the story sounded intriguing so I decided to give it a chance and I am glad that I did. The romance...

    Half the fiction I read is historical fiction, although I have not yet read much on the French Revolution. For the past year I have promised myself to investigate more into the history of Marie Antoinette, purchasing the 2008 movie Marie Antoinette directed by Sofia Coppola, which I ha...

    WOW!!!!!! What a book! It was a historical fiction based in the late 1700's. The story begins when Marie Antoinette is arriving in France. A little girl and her best friend run to catch a glimpse and her cart stops and she visits with the children. Who would guess that thier pathes wou...

    There were so many adverbs and cliches that I nearly lost my mind!!! Really, this was quite a rough read. It was not well-written in the least; the characters were nothing more than caricatures and not even cleverly written caricatures, at that. They remained stiff and one dimensio...

    I had zero expectations for this book going in. I had never heard of it or the author and chose it simply because it was available for free on my kindle. I was more than pleasantly surprised. I enjoy most historical fiction and this is no exception. I don't think I have ever read a boo...

    Sadly, this is a perfect example of the need of the warning to writers to "show, don't tell". The history is well-researched, and the story and characters seem generally good, but the storytelling keeps jumping between a few detailed scenes of the people interacting, and long stretches...

    Entertaining story of a young woman in Paris whose life is forever changed by a fire and she builds a new life for herself in England. Using the skills as a dollmaker that she learned from her father, she finds herself making dolls for Marie Antoinette as France hovers on revolution. F...

    Interesting. A part of history I was anxious to learn more about. I really enjoyed the characters, the narration, and the historical setting. ...

    Interesting Story I found this story and interesting take on the French Revolution from the side of the royals. I liked Claudette's character and found myself cheering for her. That said the book bogged down in descriptions sometimes and slowed with all the details of dollmaking. ...

  • Tsukiko Haruka
    Mar 29, 2018

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest When I was in college, I went through this phase of ritualistically devouring fluffy, chick-lit style historical fiction a la Philippa Gregory. It really didn't matter if they were good, bad, or downright awful - I read th...

    If you?re in a mood for detailed period history in both France and England (the 18th c), weaved into a tale of one woman?s survival, struggle for independence, love, suspense, and an ever- fascinating career..boy do I have a book for you! Oh, and did I mention this one also contai...

    Good characters = very very good. Bad characters = very very bad. Book = not for me. ...

    I had not considered the role of dolls in the 18th century until I received a very welcomed heads up from author Christine Trent who has done her own extensive research on the fascinating subject. I found her new book, The Queen's Dollmaker, an absolutely delightful read, both due to t...

    I cannont buy the opening sequence. Sorry. (Not the bit with the children, but the bit with the fire). ...

    After losing her home and family to a fire, Claudette Laurent seeks work in London. She makes a friend on the journey and the two are accepted as domestic servants in the home of a social climber, but Claudette wants to start her own business with the doll making skills learned from he...

    For the most part, I really liked this book. What I liked best was that, for once, the main character in a historical romance was an entrepreneur and not some pampered nobility or some downtrodden peasant-type. The heroine is in trade and really does make something of herself; I truly ...

    It just wasn't believable to me. First Marie Antoinette comes through the town as the new future Queen, gets out of her carriage and shares marzipan candy with the children (it was like a Disney scene.) Next up the fire scene began and the way the family and neighbors acted just seemed...

    When I first picked up this book I was expecting a smutty, intrigue-filled historical drama la Phillippa Gregory. What I got instead was a Cinderella story of an orphaned young girl who makes a name for herself as a dollmaker. However, I would like to stress here that my review is n...

    The second book in a row to get two stars from me, but for very different reasons. The first book, Tap & Gown by Diana Peterfreund, had no plot but was competently written; this book has plot & setting aplenty but oy! the stifled prose, the distant verging on omniscient third p...

    This is one of the books I picked up for 1 back during the "12 days of kindle" promotion and as I haven't read any historical fiction for a while I thought it was high time I took a look. Claudette Laurent lives in a France in turmoil in the latter half of the 1700s. Fire destroys...

    Paris, France. Claudette Laurent, the young daughter of a renowned dollmaker, and her best friend, Jean-Philippe, join the French people in welcoming their new princess, Marie Antoinette of Austria. They are determined to see her or die trying if need be. Treated with kindness by this ...

    I was really on the fence about this book because I am not really into romance, and so I worried it might go too much in that direction, but I am fascinated by the French Revolution, and the story sounded intriguing so I decided to give it a chance and I am glad that I did. The romance...

    Half the fiction I read is historical fiction, although I have not yet read much on the French Revolution. For the past year I have promised myself to investigate more into the history of Marie Antoinette, purchasing the 2008 movie Marie Antoinette directed by Sofia Coppola, which I ha...

    WOW!!!!!! What a book! It was a historical fiction based in the late 1700's. The story begins when Marie Antoinette is arriving in France. A little girl and her best friend run to catch a glimpse and her cart stops and she visits with the children. Who would guess that thier pathes wou...

    There were so many adverbs and cliches that I nearly lost my mind!!! Really, this was quite a rough read. It was not well-written in the least; the characters were nothing more than caricatures and not even cleverly written caricatures, at that. They remained stiff and one dimensio...

    I had zero expectations for this book going in. I had never heard of it or the author and chose it simply because it was available for free on my kindle. I was more than pleasantly surprised. I enjoy most historical fiction and this is no exception. I don't think I have ever read a boo...

    Sadly, this is a perfect example of the need of the warning to writers to "show, don't tell". The history is well-researched, and the story and characters seem generally good, but the storytelling keeps jumping between a few detailed scenes of the people interacting, and long stretches...

    Entertaining story of a young woman in Paris whose life is forever changed by a fire and she builds a new life for herself in England. Using the skills as a dollmaker that she learned from her father, she finds herself making dolls for Marie Antoinette as France hovers on revolution. F...

    Interesting. A part of history I was anxious to learn more about. I really enjoyed the characters, the narration, and the historical setting. ...

    Interesting Story I found this story and interesting take on the French Revolution from the side of the royals. I liked Claudette's character and found myself cheering for her. That said the book bogged down in descriptions sometimes and slowed with all the details of dollmaking. ...

    Quite frankly, I stopped reading this book about 50 pages in. The dates and ages of Claudette do not match. In the prologue it says she was 5 years old on 1765. In chapter three, it says that she was 14 in 1779. Nope. If the author can?t pay attention to detail, I can?t pay attenti...

    This was a very well told story with many twists so that you could not predict where it was going to lead to. ...

    2,5* Korektor si na tom tedy moc zle?et nedal. ...