I am a massive fan of Michelle Moran's books, so when this came out I ordered it immediately. Expecting the same vibrant settings and colourful characters I started to read it as soon as it arrived, but found that after two chapters I was already bored. The story is focused mainly on the French Revolution and is a tale of how that pans out, rather than the legendary Madame Tussaud. In fact, although her waxwork skills feature frequently, they are never the focal point of the book and the main character, Marie Grosholtz (Madame Tussaud) lacks emotional depth and isn't strong enough for us to connect with her. The love story between her and Henri is weak and you don't really see how they would work as a couple, because their personalities are barely revealed. It was difficult to finish this book, although the style of writing was gripping even if the story did leave a lot to be desired. If you're looking for a deep and thoughtful tale about historical events, this one is for you. But, if like me, you want a book to read like all of Michelle Moran's others - passionate and filled to the brim with interesting and strong characters, then I would give this one a miss. Although this proved a disappointment, her three previous books were beautifully written and make a wonderful read, and I would strongly recommend them to anyone wishing to escape to a different time period.
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