Christine Trent: By the Kings Design

ONLINE BOOK By the Kings Design By Christine Trent –

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 now the Prince Regent and ultimately King George IV I found out that I didn t really like 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 loved 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 life too much for my liking 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. 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 idnap the newly crowned King whose indiscretions are surfacing she finds herself entangled in a duplicitous world of shifting allegiances Painting a vivid portrait of life in the British Regency Christine Trent spins a harrowing tale of ambition vengeance love and complex loyalties against the dynamic backdrop of the ear.

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 let you figure out who for yourselfI love how Christine Trent includes some lesser nown 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 The rating should probably be a little 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 I appreciated how dense with historical information this is I didn t now how much I wanted to read about rampaging Luddites until now I just wish all the descriptive 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.

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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 least about I am 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 law 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 sporting the latest fashions than go This third outing from Christine Trent again brings us into the life of a young craftswoman this time a draper Belle Stirling has to push back against the opinion that a woman should not be in charge 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. 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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