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Subject: The Queen's Dollmaker by Christine Trent
Date Posted: 1/9/2010 2:30 PM ET
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Has anyone read this new book? I was browsing the books at Target this morning and decided to buy this one. I don't usually pay full price for books by authors I have never heard of before and I never pay full price without reading some reviews first, but this book kinda threw itself right into my shopping cart. Rather forward for an Historical Fiction book, if you ask me.

So, someone tell me this book is great and I didn't waste my cash! :-P

I had a terrible time trying to decide between this book and an Austen knock-off titled "Jane Bites Back". Yes, Jane Austen is a vampire in this book and for some reason, I really felt like I had to have it. The H/F won out though and Vampire Jane went back on the shelf. I still wanna read it!

Date Posted: 1/9/2010 2:42 PM ET
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That would have a no-brainer for me.  Can't imagine anything worse than a Jane Austen vampire.  And, I have read some good reviews about the Queen's Dollmaker, enough that I have it on our WL.  Hope you like it.

Linda



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Date Posted: 1/9/2010 3:10 PM ET
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I just picked this up from the library and was thinking of starting it today. I think Daphne gave it four.

Date Posted: 1/9/2010 6:01 PM ET
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Well I'm about 40 some pages into it. It's definitely a "light" book and the writing's a bit on the simplistic side and I suspect the good people are going to be sweet and perfect and the bad people very very bad. Early days yet.

Date Posted: 1/9/2010 7:28 PM ET
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It's amazing how HF books jump off the shelf and into our carts/hands, isn't it? I keep trying to explain to my family that the size of my library really isn't my fault. I'm just a magnet to all these books.

Date Posted: 1/10/2010 12:55 PM ET
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Well, I think Misfit already bailed on "The Queen's Dollmaker"; doesn't sound too promising. Just tell me it's not making a wallbanger or book of shame list! When I read the description of this one, it made me think Laker's book, "To Dance with Kings" and I was hoping it might be as good. I really liked that one.

Linda, I'm going to give it a try just as soon as I finish the book I'm reading now. If you still want to try it, I'll post it to you!

Genie, that actually happened to me in a grocery store once while I was shopping with my husband. We were going by this display of books on one of those cardboard racks they set in the front of the book section and a lady was also walking around the back of the display. She bumped it and one book fell off, right into my cart. My husband said, "Well, that helps to explain your book room, doesn't it?". I'd always told him that I couldn't help buying so many books because the books were throwing themselves at me and calling my name. LOL!

I reached into the cart to get the book and put it back, but DH said I should just buy it as it obviously wanted to come home with us, lol. It was a Tami Hoag book; an author I'd never heard of, but I have since read several of her books. She writes thrillers that really do keep you on the edge of your seat. I'll never forget that first one I read. It was so good! The book was "Night Sins" and the sequel, "Guilty As Sin" was also very good. I have her newest one on my wishlist, I think. I hope it's part of the "Sin" series!

Date Posted: 1/10/2010 2:11 PM ET
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No it's not a wall banger type of book, just not one for me and I didn't want to waste any more time on it.

Date Posted: 1/10/2010 2:34 PM ET
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Oh Valli, that story is so awesome!

Date Posted: 1/10/2010 4:37 PM ET
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VallI,

I have been waiting to read the Queen's  Dollmaker as well.  It is on my  wishlist so think of me if Linda does not want it after you have read it.  Oh...Linda post it to me after you finish it. Thanks.

Pam

Date Posted: 1/10/2010 6:54 PM ET
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I bought the Queen's Dollmaker as an impulse purchase as well last week but it will probably be quite awhile before I get around to reading it.

Date Posted: 1/10/2010 7:04 PM ET
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LOL, Valli! At least it was a good book that threw itself your way.

Date Posted: 1/12/2010 10:30 AM ET
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It's definately on the ligher side, but I enjoyed it - especially the details regarding how dolls were made back then.

Date Posted: 1/12/2010 10:39 AM ET
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Daphne, you mentioned my main reason for buying this book - the doll making!! I was really hoping to learn a bit about that, so just those parts may salvage this entire book for me.

I so thoroughly enjoyed learning about the making of lace in "The Lacemaker" and I was hoping I'd enjoy learning about dolls in this book. "The Lacemaker" had a typical, predictable love story that I normally would not have enjoyed, but the parts about lace made the whole book worthwhile for me.

I wonder if there is any other H/F that centers the story around the making of a craft. I really think I'd enjoy more books like these!!

Date Posted: 1/12/2010 10:59 AM ET
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Seriously everyone else is loving it, there are more reviews up today. Perhaps it's because it came right after Savage Lands (wall banger) and Prima Donna (meh) and it just wasn't working. I just couldn't handle that family she was working for in England.

Rosalind Laker always has a heroine with a strong trade and/or craft - anything from gold making to confectioner and then some. Just space them out or you'll burn out, they get a bit formulaic after a while.