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on 20 March 2013
I loved this book. Well written and fascinating before reading this I knew very little of the French revolution or Madame Tussaud and wouldn't have bothered with a history of either. I loved the story telling and couldn't put this book down.
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VINE VOICEon 31 March 2011
With the tumultuous times at the end of the 19th Century it makes for a rich period to create tales of daring, of heroics and stories of great courage as the peoples concerned faced great peril. So as such it's not really a surprise when an author decides to create a story set in the French Revolution, the key however is finding the right character for the reader to follow whether the story is wholly fiction or based on true events of some of the famous people involved. It's the later that Michelle Moran has decided to go with in this her fourth title and whilst it was interesting, the principle player really left a lot to be desired as this title felt more like The French Revolution featuring Madame Tussaud rather than the characters own strong story of survival, friendships and of course waxworks.

Add to this the danger of the story being overwhelmed by too many supporting cast which is invariably going to occur and it's a tale that unfortunately didn't allow Tussaud to come over as strongly as she should have which left me as the reader feeling that she was more of an afterthought to the title rather than the sole focus from the beginning. Sadly when this happens the greatest danger is that most readers won't even get that far into a title as it can be a real struggle for them to continue when they really don't care about the principle character with many giving up quite early on which will cost them the last quarter which really allowed her to come into her own.

Back that up with overly used French terms which whilst there was a glossary kept interfering with the tales flow and its sadly a title that whilst I finally got what I wanted felt a little like too little too late. Other than focussing more on having a strong lead from the start I really would have appreciated some images of the main players concerned to help flesh them out a little as it felt that every other courtesy had been added including detailed maps for relevant locations. All in, if you want a tale of Revolution it does an admirable job; if you want one with a strong lead character then sadly this title may not be the best one for you. I will keep an eye out for future titles by this author but if she fails again to give me a character to be able to identify with within the first quarter I may not touch another title for quite some time.
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on 17 September 2012
It is a compelling read, very sad in parts and quite grusome at times. It is also a very good lesson on history.It has opened my eyes as to how much the French suffered at that time.Terrible.
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on 11 October 2011
This book starts off really well but somewhere in the middle it became a chore but it was a very interesting and descriptive read. Very good in places but some parts were a bit too much.
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on 10 August 2014
I enjoyed this book very much as it is a time in history that is rarely written about. Michelle Moran - in all her books - takes you really in to the time & characters
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on 29 December 2012
Enjoyed this book. Gave one a feel of what it was like to live in time of French Revolution, and the politics of the time. Would reccommend to read.
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on 10 December 2012
Well-researched and well-paced novel, spelling out the choices faced by one family struggling to survive the tumult of the French Revolution.
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on 15 February 2014
Very well written and a fascinating story. Characters are well developed and the era and related problems are described effectively.
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on 26 January 2014
Easy to read, with fascinating insight into the French revolution. Hope there's a sequel at some point to see what happened next.
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on 20 September 2013
Brilliant! loved it and couldn't put it down, really interesting as the story includes alot of history of he French revolution
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