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 Land of Fright - Collection II (Land of Fright Collections Book 2) pace of the book was uneven It got off to a great start but then slowed down in the middle The bestart was the last third of the book By then the The Elders Speak pace rose to breakneck speed I would havereferred to have the middle shortened Also I didn t like how the men seemed 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 The Pharisees Guide to Total Holiness professions as the authoruts it Yes this is what I love the most about Trent s books the main characters are tradeswomen who somehow get involved in some way with real life historical figuresThis time we meet Annabelle Stirling an ambitious draper a cloth merchant who was trained by her father since childhood After her Thirteenth Child (Frontier Magic, parent s death Belle runs her father s shop while Wesley her irresponsible and wayward brother has little interest in it Circumstances 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 theatronage of Mr Nash the architect to the Prince Regent who later becomes George IV and she is rivileged 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 life with the events of this time As in her other novels I learned about two trades this time cloth manufacture and cabinetmaking She also brought to life George IV SO WELL AS AN OBESE so well as an obese manipulative and selfish monarch that it was easy to see why he was so disliked by his subjects Her descriptions of the laces and historical figures were so alive that I could icture 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 wanted to improve her relationship with him and yet she was so ambitious and strove to be her own women that she was oblivious to her brother s actions or refused to see them and even ushed 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 Popular Representations of Development poor in times of great need I also thought her last decision regarding her business was brilliantTrent included a few scenes with characters from herrevious 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 liked Putnam s marriage roposal 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 yearsI loved 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 look forward to reading her next novel This one is excellentI really enjoyed the details of the rise of industry in the midst of Regency England So much upheaval and suffering in the midst of Regency England So much upheaval and suffering going on while the beau monde waltzed and while the Prince Regent built his elaborate alaces Annab. Strong willed Annabelle Stirling is than capable of running the family draper shop after the untimely death of her The Blue Door (Threshold parents Under her father’s tutelage she became a talented cloth merchant while her brother Wesley the true heir was busyhilandering 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 ,
Elle 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 rince 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 livelihood alone in a man s world Torn between the A Ladys Honor (Cliffs of Cornwall, proscribed role of a woman and the role of a draper after the death of herarents Annabelle must continue her father s legacy doing the work he taught her to love Caught between the expectations of others and the need to work for her own living Annabelle begins to work for the Prince Regent while maintaining her own shop in London A tale of betrayal 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 Bob and Larry in the Case of the Missing Patience past I highly recommend this book 35I read across all timeeriods in historical fiction but I think the Regency The War to End All Wars period in England s history isrobably 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 Death Comes for the Archbishop 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 governing the country and while her association with the Prince Regent brings her a remarkable change in fortunes she manages to glide right into theath of danger at every turn often with than a little help from her brother WesleyWhat I love about Christine Trent s books are that she manages to combine a little known trade THIS TIME CLOTH MAKING WITH A SPUNKY HEROINE AGAINST time cloth making with a spunky heroine against backdrop of rich historical detail for the eriod she writes about I also like that her books
Have A Lightness About Them Managing To Capture The Nuancesa lightness about them managing to capture the nuances the eriod and letting the drama the The Naked Man protagonist finds herself in unfold while still being a lot of fun to readWhile reading I did want to reach through theages and shake some sense into Annabelle as her stubbornness and refusal to listen to anyone led her into yet another sticky situation Our heroine experiences uite a lot of tragedy and misfortune throughout the book as well but even though she was a trouble magnet I admired her spirit Bonus Damias Children points for the severalages long author s note at the back giving a run down of the Cutremur de timp period and what was based in fact or fictionalized I love 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 like the Regencyeriod or if like me you want to read about it but aren t uite sure where to start review copy for tour articipation This third outing from Christine Trent again brings us into the life of a young craftswoman this time a draper Belle Stirling has to ush back against the opinion that a woman should not be in charge of a business as well Hile there the Prince Regent future King George IV commissions her to Die Botin des Königs (Reiter-Trilogie 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 Wesleylots to kidnap the newly crowned King whose indiscretions are surfacing she finds herself entangled in a duplicitous world of shifting allegiances Painting a vivid ortrait 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.
Read & download ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ý Christine TrentS 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 avilionThis was my first Regency read and up until this Predator point I wasn t even sure what that exactly meant This was a great introduction for me as I felt that through Christine Trent sen I was able to get to know 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 The rating should robably 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 know 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 lot After a strong start the middle of this book drags so much I almost abandoned it It Seven Days in Utopia picks up again in the end but I wish the middle third wasn t so meandering Machines are just beginning to edge skilled workers out of their trades and England s fabric croppers are none tooleased about it When Belle Stirling installs a new gig mill in her fabric shop to increase Lots of Love production she doesn t believe that anyone couldrotest 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 making anyone take her in Parliament she is surprisingly summoned to visit the Prince Regent the future King George IV She charms the Reclaiming Love prince and becomes a draper for his newalace ensuring a steady income for her new London shop and guaranteeing a long line of clients anxious to have the same fabrics the rince uses Although all should be wonderful it isn t Something is wrong This book was bizarre like 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 lot of detail about the Royal Pavilion descriptive and inappropriate The author also went into a lot of detail about the Royal Pavilion Luddites and other random historical tidbits
i would be hesitant to read another ofwould be hesitant to read another of author s books based on the hodge odge style of this oneDescriptions of Prinny s misbehavior border on drop the book inappropriateDescriptions of Luddite Defender of Faith, Revised Edition plansbehaviorpunishments too graphic This book holds a speciallace 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 No escuches su canción de trueno period and richlyortrays 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 Being the Best Me players of theast 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 sureThe last name Boyce is a variant of my own 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 Witch Creek (Wildlands plot and arc are uniue and interesting view spoilerI ll admit that I did shed a few tears at Wesley s death scene hide spoiler. 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 wondrousortrait 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.