Monday, July 11, 2011

Book Review and FANTASTIC GIVEAWAY...



Madame Tussaud, by Michelle Moran is a treasure of a book. For anyone interested in the behind the scenes look at the Revolution, this is the book to read!  What better insight than sitting right in Marie Grosholtz (Madame Tussaud’s maiden name), uncle’s salon?  So much plotting and up-to-the minute news took place here! Can you imagine that the ultimate tyrant Robespierre himself, as well as Marat and the like would get together right in her salon and discuss how to oust the king?  Madame Tussaud is the juiciest piece of French Revolution historical I’ve read so far.
Leave it to the extremely talented Michelle Moran to create a delicious story by slicing a piece of history and serving it up for us to gobble up.  Moran is brilliant (and if you've read Nefertiti, The Heretic Queen and Cleopatra- you just know what I'm talking about!). Nothing is missing in this history-filled page turner. We read about Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI, her children, the king’s sister, Elizabeth, Rose Bertin and even Josephine (still known as Rose at the time) is part of this fantastic book!  There are so many historical figures that appear- and not just as passer-bys- actual scenes that actually happened are vividly portrayed.
And of course Marie’s wax trade is at the forefront of this novel. Not only was Tussaud an expert in her field- a true artist- she also gave up alot for her career and family’s safety.  There were times while reading where I could not fathom her courage amidst the cruelty and gruesome conditions...imagine the naturalness and beauty of an artist creating from the living- and then try to imagine Tussaud creating from death and horror (I can’t explain..you’ll have to read the book!). And this was never by choice.  Poor Marie!
I was completely enveloped in this book.  Written almost like a memoir, I felt every moment as though I were there.  Excellent writing that keeps you enthralled until the very end.  If you would love to know more about this exciting and indeed revolutionary period- Get Madame Tussaud, by Michelle Moran- You won’t regret it!  Loved it!
And now for this SPECTACULAR INTERNATIONAL GIVEAWAY: 
A signed hardcover copy of MADAME TUSSAUD as well as a pair of Marie Antoinette cupcake earrings!!!!

To Enter you must be a follower of this Blog

For Extra Chances: Blog about this Review and Giveaway; FB, Twitter; Post this up on your Sidebar

Winner will be Announced on July 20th

Thank you Michelle Moran!!! And Good Luck to ALL!!

31 comments:

marshalslion said...

Thank you for the giveaway!
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MichelleKCanada said...

Hi there! Lovely blog!
I am very excited to enter your contest. I am now your newest GFC follower.

I am giving away a Kindle on my blog right now so I know how exciting it is to have a contest.
My fingers are crossed. Those earring are awesome.
MichelleKCanada
http://anotherlookbookreviews.blogspot.com/

Brenna said...

Cute earrings! And a good job interviewing too

I'm a new GFC follower,

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Pricilla said...

Thank you. I so want to read this.
I am a long time follower

I posted to facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pattyleonardwoodland/posts/242031855825299

I tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/BrokenTeepee/status/90500415568879616

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SusieBookworm (Susanna) said...

Thanks for the review and giveaway!
I'm an old GFC follower.

susanna DOT pyatt AT student DOT rcsnc DOT org

Margaret said...

I've wanted this one for a while now thanks so much for the giveaway!

Margaret
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Meg @ A Bookish Affair said...

What an awesome giveaway!

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Darlene said...

Please enter me in the draw!

I'm an email subscriber, and my email address is darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com.

Thanks for the giveaway!

Darlene said...

+1 for tweeting:

http://twitter.com/#!/DarleneBookNook/status/90515957545574400

My email address is darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com.

Thanks for the giveaway!

Darlene said...

+1 for sharing on Facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=217064398337098&id=100002541526103

My email address is darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com.

Thanks for the giveaway!

Linda said...

I have long heard of Madam Tussaud, but was unaware of her connections with the French Revolution. Thanks for the giveaway. I'm a GFC follower.
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Martha Lawson said...

Enter me please!! I'd love to read the book and wear the earrings.

follow on gfc

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4everQueen said...

This is an amazing giveaway, please count me in!
Im a follower thru Google.

Bella

Nunezbella at hotmail dotcom

buddyt said...

I loved Michelle's Egyptian themed books and I am sure I would love this one as well.

She is a very eadable author.

Please enter me in the giveaway.

Thank you.

Carol T

buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

I follow via GFC (buddyt)

Mystica said...

Please count me in.

I am an old GFC follower

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Roberta said...

Great review Lucy! Let's see if blogger is cooperating today and letting me leave comments ;) Would love to read this book and those lovely earrings. Fondly, Roberta
rlphilbr13@aol.com

Roberta said...

Oh yes...I'm a follower of Enchanted by Josephine ;)

Roberta said...

Posted this giveaway on my blog sidebar: http://con-tain-it.typepad.com/love_shack_nonsense/

Roberta said...

Just posted the giveaway on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#!/profile.php?id=1222723325
Just tweeted this giveaway: http://twitter.com/#!/rlphilbr13

Marie said...

FABULOUS review, Lucy!

Although I reviewed the ARC I would love to still have the Hardcover (& the earrings too!) so please enter me.

I am another loyal follower, I will put a link up on my blog's sidebar to your giveaway. I'll also post the link on both of Burton Book Review and HF-Connection Facebook pages...
Thanks lucy!

Chelsea said...

Thanks for this fabulous giveaway. And thanks to Michele Moran.

Please enter me; I am an email subscriber. valleau (at) suddenlink (dot) net

grams said...

Hi, love your page and blog please enter me in the contest for this fablous book and earrings
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Sandra K321 said...

I follow you with GFC as Sandra K321 and would love to read this.
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Amy said...

I am so excited about this giveaway! Thanks so much!
I am a long-time follower with GFC. :-)

Amy
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Ingrid Mida said...

Hi Lucy,
This sounds like a perfect summer read for me. I love the cover because it reminds me of a dress that the ROM has had on display.
Your giveaways are always such fun! Good luck to everyone.

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Jasmine1485 said...

Arh, such cute earrings! :) A very interesting woman to read about too, I think my mum would enjoy this book as much as I would.

I'm following via GFC as Jasmine1485

kate1485 at hotmail.com

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Princess of Eboli said...

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