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The Perfect Royal Mistress

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    fabulous Restoration biographical fiction

    Nell Gwynne grew up in impoverished fire and plague racked London. She supported herself selling oranges outside the King's Theater. There she gains a reputation for her intelligent tongue that uses double entendres that catch the extra attention of her male customers. Soon her lewd wit leads Nell onto the stage itself where her humorous bawdy asides and physical charm catches the attention of womanizing King Charles II, who has left a horde of illegit offspring wherever he visits. King Charles II not so shockingly makes her his mistress as many other men coveted doing, but the stunner is he also makes her his most trusted advisor. Even when French King Louis XIV sends a beautiful noble to court Charles, he may use the visitor¿s obvious allure, but it is Nell he turns to in crisis. --- This is a fabulous Restoration historical due to THE PERFECT ROYAL MISTRESS as Diane Haeger catches the era by capturing the essence of Nell Gwynne especially after her performance in a 1668 John Dryden play. The story line focuses on the heroine especially her relationship with Charles. Though the plot implies that if she was a blueblood she would have been Queen of England not just in the royal boudoir that concept is based on her personality remaining as bawdy as it was when she sold oranges. Still readers will appreciate a deep look at late seventeenth century London through the eyes of a woman who went from barely surviving the 1666 inferno that destroyed much of London to becoming in just a couple of years the most influential woman make that person at the court of King Charles II. --- Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted June 11, 2010

    An impressive accomplishment

    Writing about actual historical characters can be tricky, but Haeger has done a good job, making the people believable and sticking pretty much to what we know actually happened. I found this book a fun diversion and plan to pass it on to relatives and friends who share my enthusiasm for historical books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2008

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    I'm into historical books like this because the story lines are always captivating. While reading this book, I found myself rooting for Gwynne, going from rags to riches. Its kind of cool to think a girl cna go from an orange seller in the King's Theatre to being his mistress.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2007

    THE PERFECT ROYAL MISTRESS

    I really enjoyed this book. I'd read a of Nell Gwynne, but knew very little. This book really brought Nell to life. It was difficult to put down and now I can't wait to read more books by Diane Haeger

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2007

    LOVED THIS BOOK!!

    This book is a must read...Nell Gwynne comes to life and will remain in your heart well after you have finished the book. It is a rags to riches tale that sucks you in from page one!!!

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