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Genre: Historical Romance, Historical Fiction, France
Moran has moved from the lush backdrop of ancient civilizations to the rich tapestry that was Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette’s France with ease, basing her latest work on the early life of the famous waxmaker. Though many have seen her magnificent likenesses, few readers know how she survived before, during and after the French Revolution. Moran sheds light on this remarkable woman whose drive for survival and ambition strike chords in today’s women.
After visiting Tussaud’s Salon de Cire, the queen’s sister becomes fascinated with the wax figures and Marie is invited to Versailles to teach the art to the Princess Elisabeth. While revolutionary fervor spreads in the streets of Paris, Marie is cloistered in an unrealistic world. She makes the acquaintance of the king and queen, seeing them as people unaware of their country’s needs. But being close to the royal family is as much a danger as a pleasure. Once the revolution begins, Marie is caught between loyalty and survival. Her skill keeps her alive; for she makes death masks of the dead aristocracy before she is threatened herself. (CROWN, Feb., 440 pp., $25.00)
Reviewed By: Kathe Robin
Published: February 2011