Review: Madame Tussaud by Michelle Moran

Title: Madame Tussaud
Author: Michelle Moran
Publisher: Broadway Paperbacks
Publication Date: December 27, 2011
paperback, 464 pages
ISBN: 978-0-307-58866-1
Genre: Historical Fiction

Spanning five years, from the budding revolution to the Reign of Terror,Madame Tussaud brings us into the world of an incredible heroine whose talent for wax modeling saved her life and preserved the faces of a vanished kingdom.

My thoughts:
Madame Tussaud by Michelle Moran follows the life of Marie Grosholtz, the renowned wax modeler that became famous by capturing the images of well -known celebrities. Marie Grosholtz lived during one of the most tumultuous times in history, the French Revolution. Marie is a woman who loves her craft. She is far ahead of her time as well as very business savvy. She has a talent like few others possess. It is this talent that gets her noticed by King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. This talent also secures for her a position teaching the Kings sister, Princess Elisabeth. 
Marie Grosholtz is in a precarious position. She is of the struggling working class but she is also on friendly terms with the royal family. Political unrest runs rampant in France and Marie is caught in the middle. Desperate to live through the Reign of Terror, Marie does unimaginable things to survive. In this time, you can trust no one. Friends turn on friends.  Chaos and unrest rage throughout the country.
Michelle Moran does a wonderful job mixing fact with fiction. Madame Tussaud is a gripping, engrossing, heart wrenching novel about the French Revolution that will have you on the edge of your seat. Moran doesn't gloss over the horrific events of that period in time. This novel is full of excellent details that will leave you stunned. This is assuredly one of the most enthralling novels of the French Revolution that I've come across.
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*I received this book from the publisher for review purposes. This in no way influenced my opinion.


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