Leyla is hands down my favorite GoML in both doll and character. Her book was always my favorite of the series. I've never read another youth historical fiction book about Turkey. The story is fascinating and Leyla is a strong character.
I bought an incomplete Leyla on eBay because I thought it would be fun to have one for play as well as display. I do not have her complete yet, but will post pictures when I do. Even incomplete, Leyla is a stunning doll.
Love the slippers!
My Leyla is missing her kaftan, but her outfit underneath is still quite nice. I love the material used for the trousers. She has a very sweet face and her braided hair is gorgeous, especially the four braids adorned with pearls.
Having read the books when they came out and only just now collecting the dolls, Saba wasn't one I was really itching to get. I don't like her book as much as some of the others. I just started rereading it last night and the beginning is so hard to get through because she's an incredible coward. However, when I had the opportunity to buy her for $10, there was no way I was putting her off! From what I've seen, she's one of the pricier girls, though nowhere near Kathleen's level.
I was pleased to see how lovely her doll was.
Her hair ornament is my favorite detail.
While not as opulent as Cécile or Leyla, Saba is still finely dressed. She has three golden bracelets on each wrist and two matching anklets on each ankle. Her crisp white outfit contrasts nicely with the darker or more brightly colored outfits of the other girls.
Saba, like Leyla, is an unusual find. I have many historical series and she's the only Ethiopian girl, so points to GoML for uniqueness. One can get tired of reading about European girls all the time. Saba's a breath of fresh air, despite her book's little shortcomings.
It took me quite some time to get used to the Kish faces on this doll line. I think they're the type of dolls that really have to be seen in person to be appreciated. Pictures don't always do them justice. I've been a fan of the books since they came out, but I only very recently started collecting the dolls.
Cécile is one of the first three to arrive at my apartment. When it comes to detail, she's easily the most exquisite.
The bracelets are my favorite part.
This is the best pic I could get of her shoes:
I wanted it large enough to show the detailing on the fabric. If I get a clearer one on a brighter day, I'll swap this one out.
I have yet to reread Cécile's book, but I remember enjoying it, though perhaps not as much as some of the others. Still a good read though.
GoML are obviously collector dolls, but they're not as incredibly delicate as, say, resin BJDs or Fashion Royalty or Pullips. You can easily get your money's worth with the GoML line, especially now that prices have dropped so much. I snagged Cécile and Saba at $10 apiece on Craigslist, but eBay prices are reasonable if you're patient. But I would have said Cécile was worth her retail cost, too.