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Michelle Moran was born in California. While getting her Masters at Claremont Graduate University, Michelle published her first historical novel, Jezebel. She has traveled around the world - including to Israel, where she participated in an archaeological dig that inspired her to begin writing historical fiction. She lives in Southern California.
When Marie moves from her family's waxwork museum into the palace of Versailles, her whole life is set to change...When Marie Tussaud learns the exciting news the royal family will be visiting her famed wax museum, the Salon de Cire, she never dreams that the king's sister will request her presence at Versailles: as a royal tutor in wax sculpting. As Marie familiarizes herself with Princess Elisabeth and begins to know Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI, she witnesses the glamorous life of court, a very different world from her home on the Boulevard du Temple of Paris where bread can only be had on the black market and men sell their teeth to put food on the their tables. The year is 1788 and men like Desmoulins, Marat, and Robespierre are meeting in the salons of Paris speaking against the monarchy; there's whispered talk of revolution. Spanning five years from budding revolution to the Reign of Terror, Madame Tussaud brings us into the world of an incredible heroine whose talent for wax moulding saved her life and preserved the faces of a vanished kingdom.
A good mixture of history and imagination brings alive the story of Nefertari, the niece of Queen Nefertiti. Historical detail sweeps you up in the pomp and grandeur of the Egypt of this time and the story is a compelling read of power, politics and passion. A great page turner full of interesting historical detail.
The story of the most powerful woman to rule Egypt, long before Cleopatra came along, the story of Nefertiti is told through the eyes of her sister Mutny. Although Nefertiti mesmerises and manipulates all those around her with her beauty, Mutny is the one person immune to Nefertiti’s beguiling ways, something that will have devastating effects on both sisters. A great historical novel about a powerful, awe-inspiring dynasty.