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review: A Royal Likeness

A Royal Likeness by Christine Trent England, 1803. The French Revolution has ended, but Napoleon Bonaparte is on the move and snapping up pieces of the continent for his empire. England feels threatened and, with much anti-French sentiment, is gearing up for war. Such is the setting for this intriguing novel on a most interesting lady: Madame Tussaud, maker of famous wax figures, who brings her collection to England in hopes of reviving her fortunes. Dollmaker by trade, Marguerite Ashby embraces a change of profession after a horrific incident leaves her with little to live for. As Madame Tussaud’s apprentice, Marguerite learns to create lifelike wax figures of famous and infamous people from both the past and present. The most realistic are made from life…

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review: Dark Mirror

Dark Mirror by M. J. Putney Victoria ‘Tory’ Mansfield is a gentleman’s daughter in the year 1803. Through an act of bravery she exposes the fact that she has magical powers to the genteel society and finds herself shipped off to Lackland Abbey, where young ‘mages’ are sent to cure them of their unsavory nature. Though the common people of the era find magic useful, the Lords and Ladies maintain that it’s vulgar and thus ostracize anyone claiming the gift. Tory only wants to be cured and return home, but soon realizes the usefulness and her own growing desire of her magical powers. She also finds that she’s not alone–not all the mages of Lackland have the same goal. With the growing threat of war…

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review: The Emperor’s Conspiracy

The Emperor’s Conspiracy by Michelle Diener A smuggling operation during the Napoleonic era threatens to bring down the British government by depleting its gold and causing an economic catastrophe. In the middle of the conspiracy is Charlotte Raven, who is a wealthy ward but originated in the streets of London. Because she has links to the nobility and the commoners, she is able to make discreet inquiries into the various happenings—for those involved seem to be her friends from both sides of society, and they need her help. Meanwhile Charlotte struggles with identity issues, as she cannot release the 12 year old girl who was rescued from the streets, nor can she embrace the ton and all her new life entails. A man from her…

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review: The Diamond by Julie Baumgold

The Diamond by Julie Baumgold From British occupied India to the Kings of France, the Pitt Diamond – later named the Regent – saw many royal personages throughout its history. It was first discovered by a slave toiling the mines and slipped through several hands of thieves and vagabonds before finding its way to Thomas Pitt, Governor of Fort St. George, who saw the diamond as a means to improve his family’s fortune and status. By this time the diamond was rumored to be bad luck to any who possessed it, which is the premise for this intriguing story. Most of the story is told as a history being written by Count Las Cases, an exile on the island of St. Helena and companion to…

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