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{Read E-pub} Ä By the King's Design ½ Strong willed Annabelle Stirling is than capable of running the family draper shop after the untimely death of her parents Under her father s tutelage, she became a talented cloth merchant, while her brother Wesley, the true heir, was busy philandering about Yorkshire Knowing she must change with the times to survive, Belle installs new machinery that finishes twice the fabric in half the time it takes by hand But not everyone is so enthusiastic Soon, riled up by Belle s competitors, the outmoded workers seek violent revenge Her shop destroyed, Belle travels to London to seek redress from Parliament While there, the Prince Regent, future King George IV, commissions her to provide fabrics for his Royal Pavilion As Belle s renown spreads, she meets handsome cabinetmaker Putnam Boyce, but worries that marriage will mean sacrificing her now flourishing shop And after Wesley plots to kidnap the newly crowned King whose indiscretions are surfacing she finds herself entangled in a duplicitous world of shifting allegiances Painting a vivid portrait of life in the British Regency, Christine Trent spins a harrowing tale of ambition, vengeance, love, and complex loyalties against the dynamic backdrop of the early Industrial RevolutionPraise for the novels of Christine TrentMarguerite is a strong heroine, and following her adventures is enjoyableReaders interested in the battle of Trafalgar will find this retelling compelling Publishers Weekly on A Royal Likeness Readers are truly gifted with a wondrous portrait Romantic Times on A Royal Likeness starsExuberant, sparkling, beguiling brims with Dickensian gusto Barbara Kyle, author of The Queen s Lady on The Queen s Dollmaker Winningly original glittering with atmospheric detail Leslie Carroll, author of Royal Affairs on The Queen s Dollmaker By the King s Design by Christine Trent was the second book of hers that I have read There are a few drawbacks to this book that I want to get out of the way first The pace of the book was uneven It got off to a great start but then slowed down in the middle The best part was the last third of the book By then, the pace rose to breakneck speed I would have preferred to have the middle shortened Also, I didn t like how the men seemed to be either so very good or so terribly bad That did By the King s Design by Christine Trent was the second book of hers that I have read There are a few drawbacks to this book that I want to get out of the way first The pace of the book was uneven It got off to a great start but then slowed down in the middle The best part was the last third of the book By then, the pace rose to breakneck speed I would have preferred to have the middle shortened Also, I didn t like how the men seemed to be either so very good or so terribly bad That didn t seem realistic.The book opens in April 1812 there is a meeting of Luddites in Yorkshire, England Not being familiar with that part of English history, I was confused Who were the Luddites I had never heard of King Ludd before I stopped reading and went to getinformation.I was amazed at how very complicated it was to make cloth before the Industrial Revolution There were so many steps and many different specialists at difference cloth making jobs With the mechanization of the process, the material wasn t of such good quality as before but the quantity of it increased great Many specialists were shut out of their jobs.I enjoyed being introduced to Annabelle aka Belle Stirling at the arrival of her new gig mill She was very intelligent and inquisitive and fiercely loyal to her brother She was too loyal for me to swallow I didn t know why she keeps excusing her brother s bad behavior to herself My patience would have run out much sooner But I did love the rest of her character She was so shrewd, honest, and hardworking and learned so fast So once again I fell in love with the main character I did not like her brother, Wesley, at all Even before he became a steady opium user, he just thought of himself and what he could get anyone for himself The other male, Put, he was called, seemed just a little too forgiving and perfect.Jane Austin paid a surprise visit in this book and now I understandwhat her purpose was in writing her books I really like her as a person I would have likedinformation about Beau Brummel to appear in this book as he was such a big influence on dress.I recommend this historical fiction book to all those interested in the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, the reign of the Regent King George and the importance of style to the well off and the royalty to this time period.I received this book from the Member Giveaway of The Library Thing and that in no way influenced my review I appreciated how dense with historical information this is I didn t know how much I wanted to read about rampaging Luddites until now I just wish all the descriptive language and historical exposition was in service of a tight, well constructed plot After a strong start the middle of this book drags so much I almost abandoned it It picks up again in the end but I wish the middle third wasn t so meandering. This book holds a special place in my heart as my first giveaway win Pros By the King s Design is very well detailed and researched It establishes a real sense of the time period and richly portrays the story against a backdrop of historical facts The beginning is excellent It grabs your attention immediately and draws you into the world from the very start Christine Trent has done a really great job with creating a cast of diverse, intriguing, and sympathetic characters to mingle with the This book holds a special place in my heart as my first giveaway win Pros By the King s Design is very well detailed and researched It establishes a real sense of the time period and richly portrays the story against a backdrop of historical facts The beginning is excellent It grabs your attention immediately and draws you into the world from the very start Christine Trent has done a really great job with creating a cast of diverse, intriguing, and sympathetic characters to mingle with the big players of the past The end is, once again, quite interesting to read It s even better andexciting than the beginning But, is it worth wading through the filler I m not so sure.The last name Boyce is a variant of my own last name, Boyse, and as my father s family is from Britain, I found it entertaining to imagine the characters as distant relatives of a sort Wesley s plot and arc are unique and interesting view spoiler I ll admit that I did shed a few tears at Wesley s death scene hide spoiler , as is the initial set up of the novel and Belle s occupation Cons The strength of the beginning contrasts so heavily with the slumping and tired middle that it s almost like reading a different book altogether It drags its feet for much too long and shatters the plot pacing to pieces This is why the book took me nearly half a year to read Nothing happens for way too long Belle s determination, strength, and independence are to be admired, especially for someone in her time period Although, I found her story arc to be conflicting and in the end, a bit irritating view spoiler Throughout the entire book, her drapery business is her life She adores it and wants to protect her ownership of it at all costs Then, in the end, she just gives it up and decides to work for her husband instead of being her own woman just like she was afraid of This is character destroying in my opinion and it made me feel as though her entire struggle to retain ownership was pointless and insincere hide spoiler Why does Put like Belle She constantly does bizarre things around him, like cry and flail like a weirdo when he s just being friendly, and then blowing him off and being coldly cordial for no reason I just didn t find their relationship believable, in that I would have assumed he d look for someone a little less hysterical after awhile Some plot threads seem to fizzle and go nowhere view spoiler With the building of the Pavillion being featured so heavily and her education being stressed, I expected that to come into focusoften and come to asatisfying end It mainly went nowhere and shouldn t have been the focus for so long hide spoiler Verdict A 2.5 star rating, mainly for the ending The beginning and end are page turners and will keep you reading long after you should, but the middle is boring and ultimately drags the rest of the book down However, if drapery, fabrics, and or early 1800 s Britain are your passions, then this is a must read p.s This line made me laugh and is the reason I think romance is silly view spoiler Even the nightshirt couldn t hide the fact that years of working with saws, mallets, and heavy planks of wood had honed Putnam Boyce into a solid, finely crafted piece that would surely endure for decades hide spoiler 19th century, Yorkshire Annabelle Belle Stirling was raised learning all about the wonderful world of drapers After the lost of both her parents, Belle starts running the family draper shop all by herself, even if the owner is her brother, Wesley The latter is a charming young man who isn t interested at all in the shop and lets his sister do whatever she thinks is best for the business.My favourite moments in the first part of the story were the scenes during Belle s younger years learning 19th century, Yorkshire Annabelle Belle Stirling was raised learning all about the wonderful world of drapers After the lost of both her parents, Belle starts running the family draper shop all by herself, even if the owner is her brother, Wesley The latter is a charming young man who isn t interested at all in the shop and lets his sister do whatever she thinks is best for the business.My favourite moments in the first part of the story were the scenes during Belle s younger years learning all there is to know about drapers with her father, Fafa They are full of tenderness and we can see what a wonderful and accomplished woman Belle is becoming After an incident at her shop, Belle leaves for London where she finally decides to stay and built a new life Sometimes, I was a little surprised how quickly she landed on her feet Maybe I was expecting a littleresistance from her peers because not only she was a woman and unmarried but mostly she was unknown in town without any connections But, in the other hand, the girl knew her business quite well The only aspect of this story that pleased me the least was Belle s attitude in presence of her brother I do understand that he was her only kin, but after so many problems and so many signs that something was really off, Belle remained, for a very long time, completely blind over her brother s doings It was evenfrustrating knowing that otherwise Belle was an intelligent, hard working woman who valued her independence above all I have to say that Ms Trent has a real gift to create interesting heroes Putnam Boyce stole every scene he was in His calm, self confidence and passion make it impossible not to fall head over heels for him Each time Belle needed his help, he was there for her The mutual admiration for their respective work was something that I could feel and really appreciate Of course, Putnam is not without faults, and that makes him eveninteresting The historical background was extremely captivating I knew little about the Luddites and while I was reading By The King s Design, I excitedly searched all kind of informations about the movement The attacks were described vividly, I could imagine without any difficulties the rage and the fear felt during the destruction of the new machines In the other hand, the Prince Regent is one of those royals that I never really cared for and therefore, except for his excesses, lovers and marriage with Caroline of Brunswick, my knowledge is quite limited His reaction to Belle was surprising, but probably not unexpected given his changeable opinions and love for lovely women By The King s Design was a wonderful way to begin the new year Grade 4 5