The Wardrobe Mistress

A Novel of Marie Antoinette

Author: Meghan Masterson

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

ISBN: 1250126673

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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An RT Book Reviews Top Pick and 2017 RT Reviewers' Choice Best Book Nominee: THE WARDROBE MISTRESS is Meghan Masterson's fascinating and visceral debut, an inside look at Marie Antoinette's luxurious life in Versailles remarkably juxtaposed against life in third estate as the French Revolution gains strength. A propulsive exploration of love, loyalty, danger, and intrigue...not to be missed. It's Giselle Aubry's first time at court in Versailles. At sixteen, she is one of Marie Antoinette's newest undertirewomen, and in awe of the glamorous queen and her opulent palace life. A budding designer, it's a dream come true to work with the beautiful fabrics and jewels in the queen's wardrobe. But every few weeks she returns home to visit her family in Paris where rumors of revolution are growing stronger. From her position working in the royal household, Giselle is poised to see both sides of the revolutionary tensions erupting throughout Paris. When her uncle, a retired member of the secret du roi, a spy ring that worked for the old King, Louis XV, suggests that she casually report the Queen’s actions back to him as a game, she leaps at the chance. Spying seems like an adventure and an exciting way to privately support the revolution taking the countryside by storm. She also enjoys using her insight from Versailles in lively debates with Léon Gauvain, the handsome and idealistic revolutionary who courts her. But as the uprising continues to gain momentum, and Giselle grows closer to the Queen, becoming one of the few trusted servants, she finds herself dangerously torn. Violence is escalating; she must choose where her loyalty truly lies, or risk losing everything...maybe even her head.
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The Wardrobe Mistress

Author: Patrick McGrath

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473544807

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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***SHORTLISTED FOR THE WALTER SCOTT PRIZE FOR HISTORICAL FICTION*** From the bestselling author of Asylum, Trauma and Spider 'Ghosts of the theatre and the spectre of fascism haunt cold and grimy London in this atmospheric tale from a master of the grotesque.' Guardian JANUARY 1947. London is in ruins, there’s nothing to eat, and it’s the coldest winter in living memory. To make matters worse, Charlie Grice, one of the great stage actors of the day, has suddenly died. His widow Joan, the wardrobe mistress, is beside herself with grief. Then one night she discovers Gricey’s secret. Plunged into a dark new world, Joan realises that though fascism might hide, it never dies. Her war isn’t over after all. Longlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 'McGrath is one of the age's most elegantly accomplished divers into the human psyche . . . a master writer.' John Banville ‘McGrath is that rare yet essential thing, a writer who can expose our darkest fears without making us run away from them.' New Statesman 'Wonderfully sinister ... a delight ... you are in for a thrilling ride.' Spectator 'A brilliant evocation of the theatrical world’s seedy glamour, The Wardrobe Mistress is also a moving portrait of a woman struggling to make sense of her past and imagine a future for herself.' Sunday Times '[A] rich and highly spiced feast of a novel, even before it reaches its classically gothic McGrath climax.' Reader's Digest
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The Wardrobe Mistress

An evocative historical romance of hidden secrets that will capture your heart

Author: Natalie Meg Evans

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1784299391

Category: Fiction

Page: 448

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London 1945. A young war widow steps aboard a train in search of a new life. Clutching the key to a mysterious inheritance, Vanessa Kingcourt can no longer resist the pull of the old Farren Theatre, which is in need of a Wardrobe Mistress. With no experience and no budget for supplies, Vanessa must use her intuition to create beautiful costumes from whatever scraps survived the blitz. It's a seemingly impossible task, and one which may unravel family secrets sewn deep into the very fabric of the London theatre scene. . .
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The Wardrobe Mistress

A collection of five erotic stories

Author: Joe Manx,Amelia Flint,Jim Baker,Mark Farley,Katie Lilly

Publisher: Accent Press Ltd

ISBN: 1908006617

Category: Fiction

Page: 60

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A collection of five erotic stories with mixed and varied themes. The Wardrobe Mistress by Joe Manx She thinks she’s simply visiting her much-loved Aunt Polly to pick up some items of furniture before Polly emigrates to Australia. What she doesn’t expect is for her aunt to offer her advice on keeping her relationship hot and spicy. With Polly’s aid, she learns the secrets of dressing for pleasure, and armed with a “sexy equestrian” outfit, she sets out to give husband Matthew the ride of his life. The Treat by Amelia Flint Working for the stuffy old Farringtons isn’t much fun, but when money is your aphrodisiac, the perks of the job certainly make up for it. Their cleaner loves to pleasure herself in their Jacuzzi, or on their luxurious double bed. She’s sure they will never find out about her naughty antics – until the day Mr Farrington comes home from work early... The Key by Jim Baker Newlyweds Don and Sally have a great sex life, full of passion and inventive spanking games. When Sally finds an old key in the kitchen, it triggers visions of evil creatures that only Don can see. Getting rid of the key should solve the problem, but Don soon finds out that’s easier said than done. Can he banish the ghastly visitors before they destroy his happiness? “Los Hermanos” by Mark Farley Since her divorce, lusty cougar Siobhan has been making the most of her opportunities to hook up with men on the cosmopolitan streets of Notting Hill. Spanish architect Ruben offers the promise of some afternoon delight on his rooftop sun terrace, but Siobban hasn’t counted on the possibility of his brother taking the opportunity to join in the action. The Waterfall by Katie Lilly The forest waterfall is a haven of peace, away from the well-trodden tourist path. For Heather, newly single and ready for adventure, and skinny-dipping local Roger, its undisturbed pool offers a place where they can act on their mutual attraction and discover the thrills of sex in the great outdoors. These stories have also been published in Seriously Sexy Three ISBN 9781906125905
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Star Crossed

Author: Jennifer Echols

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451677774

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

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He said . . . She said. Publicist Wendy Mann has always competed hotly with her rival Daniel Blackstone, but this time they’re headed for a collision. Wendy’s job is on the line if she doesn’t save the image of a spoiled young starlet who’s posting provocative pictures of herself all over the Internet in a snarky attempt at revenge on her former boyfriend. Daniel is representing the ex, a onetime teen heartthrob who never grew up. With the feuding Hollywood pair scheduled to appear on the same Las Vegas awards show, Daniel and Wendy are determined to do whatever it takes to defend their own clients. Unfortunately, the chemistry between Wendy and Daniel is even more explosive than that of their Hollywood stars. L-O-V-E was always a four-letter word for these two ultra-competitors; they never counted on the scorching heat that erupts between them. But Wendy’s high-gloss exterior hides a dark past—one that’s lurking behind the bright Vegas lights. Their careers are on the line, and so is Wendy’s life. . . .
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The Red Queen

Author: Philippa Gregory

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1847379788

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

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The second book in Philippa's stunning new series, The Cousins War, brings to life the story of Margaret Beaufort, a shadowy and mysterious character in the first book of the series - The White Queen - but who now takes centre stage in the bitter struggle of The War of the Roses. The Red Queentells the story of the child-bride of Edmund Tudor, who, although widowed in her early teens, uses her determination of character and wily plotting to infiltrate the house of York under the guise of loyal friend and servant, undermine the support for Richard III and ultimately ensure that her only son, Henry Tudor, triumphs as King of England. Through collaboration with the dowager Queen Elizabeth Woodville, Margaret agrees a betrothal between Henry and Elizabeth's daughter, thereby uniting the families and resolving the Cousins War once and for all by founding of the Tudor dynasty.
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What He Doesn't Know

Author: Lisa Noeli

Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corp.

ISBN: 1420134736

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

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Her Secret Admirer Miss Josephine Shy is blessed with an exquisite soprano voice that no one outside her family circle will ever hear. As the daughter of a thoroughly respectable vicar, she cannot appear on stage. But when her rapscallion brother bankrolls a new musical theatre production and the famous star loses her voice, Josephine agrees to sing the part--behind a screen, of course. Soon all of London is humming the score of The Shepherdess--and its flock of live sheep are the sensation of the season! All the more reason for the music-loving Lord Daniel York to attend every performance. He is enthralled by the star's exquisite voice, if not her appearance. But when a wayward lamb knocks over the screen and Josephine is revealed at last in all her blushing glory, Lord York falls head over heels in love. . .
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Hollywood Before Glamour

Fashion in American Silent Film

Author: M. Tolini Finamore

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 023038949X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 246

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This exploration of fashion in American silent film offers fresh perspectives on the era preceding the studio system, and the evolution of Hollywood's distinctive brand of glamour. By the 1910s, the moving image was an integral part of everyday life and communicated fascinating, but as yet un-investigated, ideas and ideals about fashionable dress.
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