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I really enjoyed this! Especially because the author described in detail all of the historical garments worn by all of the characters. A must read for anyone that likes historical fashions. Additionally, the author provided a list of characters for the reader, a timeline of the french revolution, and translations for common french words utilized in the book.
This was my first Michelle Moran book and will definitely not be my last! Moran did an excellent job of immersing the reader in the world of the French Revolution and describing the absolute madness and terror of the time. Marie was a fascinating and fully fleshed out character and I would love to someday see a part two about her life traveling around England. This was also a great education on the events of the French Revolution because Marie and her family were present at every new development and luckily seemed to have connections with all the major players. It was one of the few books I’ve read that portrayed both sides of the Revolution. Marie’s family was in an interesting position because they had ties to the royal family because of her brother’s being in the Swiss Guard and Marie’s being an art tutor to the king’s sister. However, they were all about catering to the demands of the public and doing whatever they had to do to keep their heads. Would recommend this to all lovers of great historical fiction!
I liked how Moran wrote this book. It was very informative and helped me feel that I understood the French Revolution so much easier. Just what I was looking for. I didn't realize the very dangerous but exciting life she lived before she even started her life over once again after the Reign of Terror was over. What a time!!!! to live!!!!
I am over halfway done this book and I am thoroughly enjoying it! It's detailed but easy to read. I am totally immersed in it. Love her style of writing. And, if you love anything French, you will love this book too. Historical fiction is my new love.
Very detailed historical fiction account of the wax artist, Marie Grosholtz, during the French Revolution. Engaging and interesting, but weighed down with so much information. I enjoyed it but I don't think it would be for everybody. I'm excited to look into Moran's other titles soon!
It was pretty surreal to read about Marie Grosholtz's life while enjoying perfect beach weather at Tybee Island. Moran does a good job of portraying the horrors of the French Revolution from 1788 through 1794. I walked away from the novel thinking of Marie's salon and wax works as the "social media" of her day. From begging Marie Antoinette's dressmaker to grant her an audience to visiting the coffee shops to gather the latest "who's in, who's out" news to her final stand against the revolutionaries, Marie (the future Madame Tussaud) has a front row seat on French history.
I do love a good historical novel and this is one of the better ones I have read in ages! It follows the life of the woman now known as Madame Tussaud as she tries to straddle both sides of the bloody French revolution. With friends on both sides it makes for a tense read as you keep waiting for the knock on the door that you know will come. At the end of the book it also explains what happens to each of the characters in real life. Great stuff!!
A very gruesome tale melted in glass eyes, powdered wigs, and of course: wax.
I really liked this book. The historical part was really well researched, and the fiction was a good read. A little Forrest Gumpy at times in that she seemed to be meeting the right people at exactly the right time, but overall an entertaining read.
I enjoyed this book immensely, although yes it was a bit light in the loafers but a great read and really quick and enjoyable. No mention of Tallyrand who was such an important person before, during and after the revolution. Pretty chummy with Danton too, so bit odd he wasnt mentioned and Danton and Robespierre were, but still, a really enjoyable novel.
Well, she is not Hilary Mantel for sure and this is not "Place of greater safety" (recommended if you like the French Revolution). No feel for social mores of the time, Marie in the story seems better educated than most of the male lawyers she associates with which is so very unlikely. Little true emotion, rare from a woman writer.
Great book. French revolution seen from different perspective. Recommended to everyone who loves history on the lighter side. Well written and researched , it was real pleasure to devour it.
One of the best historical fiction titles I have read. The characters feel real and the story line is historically correct. The detail of the making of the wax figures and why only certain people are chosen is intriguing.
Boring, I didn’t even finish it which is extremely rare for me as I’m an optimistic reader, always hoping a book will get better once the story develops. This one just didn’t
While I can't say this book grabbed me and I couldn't put it down, I did find it a reasonably interesting read. Lots of research went into the making of the book, and I do appreciate the effort and time that involves.
Moran does a wonderful job of bringing the time and place to life. There is a cast of wonderfully rounded, interesting, and complex characters. You become involved in the lives of these people. There is a lot of historical detail and you certainly can learn a lot about the French Revolution here and it comes from an interesting perspective. You watch as Marie and her friends and family try to continue to live their lives as the world is in turmoil all around them. Even though you know what is going to happen there is still a sense of tension as you watch the events unfold. The fear and terror as the Revolution becomes bloodier and bloodier can be felt. Moran manages to show a sympathetic side to the royal family’s plight as they, like the citizens, are caught in something that goes beyond all control. There is a sense of suspense as Marie tries to walk the line between the two sides and every move, even the slightest one, could be the one that sends her whole life and the lives of all those she loves to destruction. It is an exciting story that the reader can become immersed in and will end up following these people on the harrowing and emotional journey.
I Am a HUGE fan of Michelle Moran's Work and Was excited for it to come out... However, while the first 150-200 pages were good, the rest of the book was bland and by that time completely turned me off...
If you enjoy reading about Marie Antoinette and that historical time period this book is sure to appeal to you. The author's ability to paint a colorful story with details of the time and personal aspects of Madame Tussaud make this a revealing and entertaining story. While I learned many things about the famous wax sculpturess the story was told in such a way I was carried away with the events and eager to know more. Would highly recommend for historical fiction lovers who want that sense of fact and real life characters. Interestingly I kept waiting to discover how the main character got her famous last name...and I suspect all readers will be curious to keep reading to discover the story behind Madame Tussaud.
A historical novel about the French Revolution as seen through the eyes of wax sculptress Marie Tussaud. At times violent and brutal, this well researched book was a real page turner.
Just started reading it this morning during breakfast - made me five minutes late for work - loving it.
An incredible novel with a new perspective on the French Revolution. The author includes many details on the Revolution to educate the unaware (including a list of who's who, a timeline, a map of Paris and a glossary at the back) and thrill history buffs. I studied the French Revolution in school and have since read many books on the subject, but found that I couldn't tear my eyes from this book. I loved reading about Marie and her perspective of the events, as someone straddling both the patriotic and royalist sides of the fence.