Marie Grosholtz was working in her uncle’s wax figure salon, Salon de Cire. She was not only helping him manage the salon but also was the creator of the most famous and eye-catching figures. They manage to create a one of a kind museum, which was visited and worshiped by the most powerful people of that time. Salon de Cire reflected the political and social situations in the country. While at first people came to admire the most extravagant displays of Marie Antoinette, Louis XVI and the rest of the royalty, the interests soon shifted towards new political figures as Jean-Paul Marat and Maximilien Robespierre. Salon de Cire became a huge part of Parisian social life. It was a place where people could see the new fashions, gossip, create alliances and share innovative ideas. As the Reign of Terror begins and the revolution grows violent, Marie finds herself unwillingly involved. She is dragged into conspiracies and intrigues, forced to turn away from her friends and be constantly tested for her loyalty. Would she be able to protect her loved ones and stay true to her beliefs during that terrifying time?
Sometimes, it is not the kings and queen who make for the most fascinating history but the shadowy souls who happen to be in the right place at the right time.
Marie was an extraordinary woman. She followed her passion, was a talented artist, intelligent, ambitious and independent. From a young age, Marie watched her uncle and learned the art of wax sculpting. By her teenage years, she became an important member of her uncle’s business. She was a talented businesswoman, thinking out of the box and looking for ways to expand their salon. I find her character captivating and intriguing. I also liked her friendship with Princesse Élisabeth, the way they understood each other without words and silently supported each other is admirable. Marie’s life was very eventful and dramatic.
It was such a quick-paced, entertaining and captivating novel. I couldn’t put it down and couldn’t get enough. I think the author did an amazing job in showing the horrible realities of the Revolution, the terror and how it affected people, the rich and the poor. During this book, the reader can witness the fancy life of Versailles, walk around beautiful Chateaus but in a blink of the eye, the circumstances change and we are transported to a dark cell in Bastilles, or watching an execution by the guillotine. This novel is a real adventure!