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She became one of my favorite Another character I The Reality Creation Technique loved was Put who cut a very dashing figure and was the kind of reliable man any girl would dream of but still had his faults which to me made him that much interesting Overall this was a fantastic read and I will continue to read anything Christine Trent writesPlease note I received a copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review This third outing from Christine Trent again brings us into theife of a young craftswoman this time a draper Belle Stirling has to push back against "THE OPINION THAT A WOMAN SHOULD NOT BE IN "opinion that a woman should not be in of a business as well as the undercurrents that are swirling around in society Belle has to become her own woman and manage her own shop while also becoming one of the drapers who is working on the Prince Regents new pavilionThis was my first Regency read and up until this point I wasn t even sure what that exactly meant This was a great introduction for me as I felt that through Christine Trent s pen I was able to get to know the Prince Regent and ultimately King George IV I found out that I didn t really ike him although at the same time during the interactions he had with Belle he didn t seem uite so boorish The issues that the Prince should have been facing were well detailed as were all of his mistresses and passions It is impossible to talk about By the King s Design without bringing comparisons to A Royal Likeness and The ueen s Dollmaker I oved the nods to both of these books that the author included within this novel Claudette Laurent has a small role in this book and a few of the events from A Royal Likeness are mentioned It was a nice treat to the readers of these books I didn t find Belle as compelling of a character as Claudette or Marguerite from her prior books The two prior heroines were street smart and their own women while Belle seemed to rely on the men in her What She Wanted life too much for myiking She seemed to be clueless to the things going on around her most of the time As for the other characters in this story I really enjoyed Wesley Belle s brother He inherently finds trouble everywhere he goes and gets mixed up in some interesting situations Put the cabinet maker was uite the gentleman who I think every girl would be happy with There is also a famous author who makes her acuaintance with Belle and that was a great surprise I will The Uninvited let you figure out who for yourselfIove how Christine Trent includes some Ars poetica lesser known craft professions within her books this time cabinetmaking and drapery I found myself wishing for a few details about the fabric shops and drapery while I felt comfortable with the amount of cabinetry information included Overall this was another enjoyable uick and compelling read from Christine Trent I can t wait to see what she brings to us nextThis book was received for review from the author I was not compensated for my opinions and the above is my honest review This is the third book I read by historical novelist Christine Trent Both The ueen s Dollmaker and A Royal Likeness were books that transported me back in history making me see it through the eyes of strong heroines with unusual professions as the author puts it Yes this is what Iove the most about Trent s books the main characters are tradeswomen who somehow get involved in some way with real Decoding Air Travel life historical figuresThis time we meet Annabelle Stirling an ambitious draper a cloth merchant who was trained by her father since childhood After her parent s death Belle runs her father s shop while Wesley her irresponsible and wayward brother hasittle interest in it Circumstances Dragon's Curse (The Hearts of Dragons Book 1) (English Edition) lead Belle and Wesley to London where Belle sets up a draper shop and starts over with some help from her brother Belle comes under the patronage of Mr Nash the architect to the Prince Regent whoater becomes George IV and she is privileged to assist with the decoration of the King s Royal Pavilion in BrightonThe story is set at the brink of the Industrial Revolution spanning almost ten years from 1812 to 1821 I must say Trent once again brought history to Keys to the Ultimate Freedom life with the events of this time As in her other novels Iearned about two trades this time cloth manufacture and cabinetmaking She also brought to ife George IV so well as an obese pompous manipulative and selfish monarch that it was easy to see why he was so disliked by his subjects Her descriptions of the places and historical figures were so alive that I could picture this novel as a movieAlthough Belle was a strong and intelligent woman there were times I just didn t understand her behaviour especially vis a vis Wesley who was involved in treason She Hile there the Prince Regent future King George IV commissions her to provide fabrics for his Royal Pavilion As Belle’s renown spreads she meets handsome cabinetmaker Putnam Boyce but worries that marriage will mean sacrificing her now flourishing shop And after Wesley plots to kidnap the newly crowned King whose indiscretions are surfacing she finds herself entangled in a duplicitous world of shifting allegiances Painting a vivid portrait of ife in the British Regency Christine Trent spins a harrowing tale of ambition vengeance قصههای خوب برای بچههای خوب --- ۶ love and complexoyalties against the dynamic backdrop of the ear. 35I read across all time periods in historical fiction but I
think the Regency period in England s history is probably one of the ones I ve read the east about I the Regency period in England s history is probably one of the ones I ve read the east about I glad that I got to remedy that with this delightful novel which begins as Luddites those opposed to the technological advances of the Industrial Revolution are menacing the English countryside and attacking merchants who are buying the new euipment that is replacing their jobs Annabelle Sterling and her brother Wesley are victims of one such attack and when the spirited Annabelle realizes that those she trusted may have been behind it she goes to London to protest the aw turning a blind eye to these miscreants and also to start her business anew Unfortunately Annabelle catches the eye of the Prince Regent a man "Who Is Interested In "is interested in the atest fashions than governing the country and while her association with *the Prince Regent brings her a remarkable change in fortunes she *Prince Regent brings her a remarkable change in fortunes she to glide right into the path of danger at every turn often with than a Grumpy, Frumpy, Happy, Snappy A Silly Monster Opposites Book little help from her brother WesleyWhat Iove about Christine Trent s books are that she manages to combine a جامع التواریخ جلد 4 فهرست ها little known trade this time cloth making with a spunky heroine against a backdrop of rich historical detail for the period she writes about I alsoike that her books have a Tug Hill Country lightness about them managing to capture the nuances of the period andetting the drama the protagonist finds herself in unfold while still being a Dragon Ball Anime Comics, Vol. 2 lot of fun to readWhile reading I did want to reach through the pages and shake some sense into Annabelle as her stubbornness and refusal toisten to anyone What Well Leave Behind (Thirty-Eight, led her into yet another sticky situation Our heroine experiences uite aot of tragedy and misfortune throughout the book as well but even though she was a trouble magnet I admired her spirit Bonus points for the several pages Thirty-Eight Days (Thirty-Eight, long author s note at the back giving a run down of the period and what was based in fact or fictionalized Iove when authors include thisI sped right through this and then went to Barnes Noble and grabbed A Royal Likeness which is the author s other book I hadn t read yet Check this out if you 8 1/2 like the Regency period or ifike me you want to read about it but aren t uite sure where to start review copy for tour participation By the King s Design by Christine Trent was the second book of hers that I have read There are a few drawbacks to this book that I want to get out of the way first The pace of the book was uneven It got off to a great start but then slowed down in the middle The best part was the Health and Healing for African-Americans last third of the book By then the pace rose to breakneck speed I woul Machines are just beginning to edge skilled workers out of their trades and England s fabric croppers are none too pleased about it When Belle Stirling installs a new gig mill in her fabric shop to increase production she doesn t believe that anyone could protest what she does in her own business The outraged croppers do take offense to it though and they storm Belle s shop and destroy the machine sending Belle in a fury to London to complain to the government After having difficulty making anyone take her seriously in Parliament she is surprisingly summoned to visit the Prince Regent the future King George IV She charms the prince and becomes a draper for his new palace ensuring a steady income for her new London shop and guaranteeing aong ine of clients anxious to have the same fabrics the prince uses Although all should be wonderful it isn t Something is wrong with her brother Wesley who seems to be keeping secret after secret from her and her commitment to her shop may keep her from making a commitment to a man she ovesThis novel had everything I New Testament Apocalyptic love from Trent s books a strong capable female heroine who isn t afraid to stand up for herself fascinating historical detail and a wonderful romance that keeps you guessing on whether it will work out or not Though I have never been all that interested by fabrics By the King s Design made not only the process but the history behind fabric making interesting The main character Belle truly makes the book and I believe she is my favorite of Trent s characters thus far Because she is angry about men destroying her shop she marches to Parliament to do something about it She always does what she feels is right and you really have to applaud her for it even when it seems as though it may not be the best decision at the time Another thing Iove about Trent s books are the cameos that historical figures make in her books and I was so excited to see Jane Austen make an appearance Though she only plays a small part her personality shines through and. Strong willed Annabelle Stirling is than capable of running the family draper shop after the untimely death of her parents Under her father’s tutelage she became a talented cloth merchant while her brother Wesley the true heir was busy philandering about Yorkshire Knowing she must change with the times to survive Belle installs new machinery that finishes twice the fabric in half the time it takes by hand But not everyone is so enthusiastic Soon riled up by Belle’s competitors the outmoded workers seek violent revenge Her shop destroyed Belle travels to London to seek redress from Parliament ,
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Anted to improve her relationship with "HIM AND YET SHE WAS SO "and yet she was so and strove to be her own women that she was oblivious to her brother s actions or refused to see them and even pushed away the romantic and respectable advances of Putnam Boyce a man who respected her trade and independence Sometimes I was frustrated with her But she had a good heart worked hard and generously helped the poor in times of great need I also thought her ast decision regarding her business was brilliantTrent included a few scenes with characters from her previous novels Colette and Mme Tussaud which I thought was fun I wished Belle would have made friends with Colette earlier though seeing that their shops were close to each other And I would have The Sorcerers Soul liked Putnam s marriage proposal staged at a appropriate time other than right after Belle kills someone in self defense wasn t she in shock as it overshadowed the fact that he finally gets the girl after trying for several yearsIoved reading the author s note at the end of the book that gave details of all the historical figures included in this story Trent is a meticulous history buff and her novels truly reflect this I ook forward to reading her next novel This book was bizarre ike three different books shuffled together There was a great deal of time spent on Prinny and his offenses all of which were unnecessary to the main story also too descriptive and inappropriate The author also went into a Satans Mistress lot of detail about the Royal Pavilion the Luddites and other random historical tidbits I would be hesitant to read another of the author s books based on the hodge podge style of this oneDescriptions of Prinny s misbehavior border on drop the book inappropriateDescriptions of Luddit The rating should probably be aittle higher but just didn t warrant a 4 star The cover is beautiful thoughFor a complete review visit Affaire de Coeur magazine hard copy or online at February 2012 issue This one is excellentI really enjoyed the details of the rise of industry in the midst of Regency England So much upheaval and suffering was going on while the beau monde waltzed and while the Prince Regent built his elaborate palaces Annabelle Stirling is a charming heroine with courage and uiet strength She faces the world as it is and meets it on its own terms while never compromising herself or her values Not an easy feat when serving a corrupt prince Set during the time of the Industrial Revolution By the King s Design tells the story of Annabelle Stirling a courageous woman searching for a way to maintain her values and What My Mother and I Dont Talk About livelihood alone in a man s world Torn between the proscribed role of a woman and the role of a draper after the death of her parents Annabelle must continue her father segacy doing the work he taught her to Tagus the Night Horse (Beast Quest, love Caught between the expectations of others and the need to work for her owniving Annabelle begins to work for the Prince Regent while maintaining her own shop in London A tale of betrayal Love Beyond Limits (Among the Fair Magnolias) love and a woman s triumph in By the King s Design Christine Trent delves into the world of Regency England as it was with all its upheavals and suffering Historically fascinating with characters who draw you in this fine novel carries you back into the past I highly recommend this book This book holds a special place in my heart as my first giveaway win ProsBy the King s Design is very well detailed and researched It establishes a real sense of the time period and richly portrays the story against a backdrop of historical facts The beginning is excellent It grabs your attention immediately and draws you into the world from the very start Christine Trent has done a really great job with creating a cast of diverse intriguing and sympathetic characters to mingle with the big players of the past The end is once again uite interesting to read It s even better and exciting than the beginning But is it worth wading through the filler I m not so sureTheast name Boyce is a variant of my own Inochi The Book of Life last name Boyse and as my father s family is from Britain I found it entertaining to imagine the characters as distant relatives of a sort Wesley s plot and arc are uniue and interesting view spoilerIl admit that I did shed a few tears at Wesley s death scene hide spoiler I appreciated how dense with historical information this is I didn t know how much I wanted to read about rampaging Luddites until now I just wish all the descriptive Gol Atan Kaleye language and historical exposition was in service of a tight well constructed plot After a strong start the middle of this book drags so much I almost abandoned it It picks up again in the end but I wish the middle third wasn t so meandering. Ly Industrial Revolution Praise for the novels of Christine Trent “Marguerite is a strong heroine and following her adventures is enjoyableReaders interested in the battle of Trafalgar will find this retelling compelling” Publishers Weekly on A Royal LikenessReaders are truly gifted with a wondrous portrait Romantic Times on A Royal Likeness 4 stars “Exuberant sparkling beguilingbrims with Dickensian gusto” Barbara Kyle author of The ueen’s Lady on The ueen’s Dollmaker“Winningly originalglittering with atmospheric detail Leslie Carroll author of Royal Affairs on The ueen’s Dollmake.