> *** I was fortunate enough to win this ARC via First Reads, on http://www.goodreads.com/. The release date is February 15th, only 6 days away!***
Let me start off by mentioning two things: I knew absolutely nothing about the French Revolution, Madame Tussaud (the wax figure-maker), or Marie Antoinette going into this book. Also, this is my first Michelle Moran novel. From what I see on Goodreads and Amazon, she is very well-liked historical fiction author.
Okay so this is, as the title so sneakily says, a novel about the French Revolution via Madame Tussaud’s story. It is NOT a story about Madame Tussaud with the French Revolution happening in the background. Notice the distinction there, because I certainly had different expectations going in.
Madame Tussaud is actually Marie Grosholtz; part-Swiss, she grew up in France with her mom, uncle, and three brothers. Her uncle owns the Salon de Cire, a wax museum, and she makes the faces of the wax figures. Their shop showcases the famous men and women of the times, which means that as the French Revolution starts, they have to constantly keep up to try to stay on the safe side of politics. This novel is about Marie, her fiancee, and her family’s struggle to keep their shops open and prosperous while navigating the dangerous waves of the Revolution. It’s not really so much about Marie as a person, which means that overall I felt really disengaged from her as a character. I really don’t want to give too much more away than that, so if you are at all interested in the French Revolution, you should really give this a try.
Many historical figures made an appearance in the novel; Marquis de Sade, Thomas Jefferson, Marie Antoinette, etc. I got a little excited every time someone was mentioned and I knew who they were, LOL!
Now myself, I don’t care how historically accurate a historical fiction novel is, because the main word to me is FICTION. Therefore, I haven’t fact-checked anything in the novel. Since Moran is such a celebrated author, I think it’s safe to say that it’s more historically correct than not (think more Anya Seton than Philippa Gregory).
This novel comes out February 15th, so mark your calendars!
Sarah Says: 3 stars