The September Queen

The September Queen

by Gillian Bagwell

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ISBN-13: 9780425243237
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/01/2011
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.98(h) x 1.08(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Gillian Bagwell has had a life-long love of books, British history, and theatre, and enjoys uniting these passions in writing. She lives in California.

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The September Queen 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
AAR More than 1 year ago
THE SEPTEMBER QUEEN by Gillian Bagwell is an interesting historical fiction set in seventeenth century England during the throes England's civil war. It is the story of another of King Charles II's mistresses,Jane Lane. It has romance,love,passion,survival,betrayal, adventure,danger,peril on every corner,heartbreak and the life of Jane,who saved Charles II's life and the future of the monarchy.This is a compelling story of love,lost,heartbreak,and Jane's romantic and perilous journey to bring Charles II safely to his right as King of England.Jane saved a King but lost her heart in the process. A fast paced story that is well written with characters that will steal your heart as you travel through seventeenth century England with these characters. "The September Queen" is a must read that will appeal to any King Charles II, historical,romance, Great Britain history,the Battle of Worcester,England,and Restoration England readers. Received from the author and the publisher for review. Details can be found at Berkley Publishing Group,published by the Penguin Group and My Book Addiction Reviews.
tarenn on LibraryThing 7 months ago
THE SEPTEMBER QUEEN by Gillian Bagwell is an interesting historical fiction set in seventeenth century England during the throes England¿s civil war. It is the story of another of King Charles II¿s mistresses,Jane Lane. It has romance,love,passion,survival,betrayal, adventure,danger,peril on every corner,heartbreak and the life of Jane,who saved Charles II¿s life and the future of the monarchy.This is a compelling story of love,lost,heartbreak,and Jane¿s romantic and perilous journey to bring Charles II safely to his right as King of England.Jane saved a King but lost her heart in the process. A fast paced story that is well written with characters that will steal your heart as you travel through seventeenth century England with these characters. ¿The September Queen¿ is a must read that will appeal to any King Charles II, historical,romance, Great Britain history,the Battle of Worcester,England,and Restoration England readers. Received from the author and the publisher for review. Details can be found at Berkley Publishing Group,published by the Penguin Group and My Book Addiction Reviews.
BrokenTeepee on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I love it when a book introduces me to a person or a piece of history that is brand new to me. When you stop to consider all that has gone past so little has really been recorded. And yet within that little there are still stories waiting to be told. Historical figures, famous in their lifetimes that are now lost to history's back shelves because of more transcendent figures like Henry VIII or Catherine de Medici. But without some of these lessor known players history's course might have changed greatly.The September Queen tells the story of Jane Lane, a young woman who already 25 is unmarried. For this time period (1651) was almost unheard of. She is being courted but longs for adventure and boy does it find her! This book, while fiction is base deeply in the historical record. The life of Charles II and his escape from England and his restoration to the monarchy is probably one of the more documented events in English history.Jane was going to visit a friend who was pregnant and about to deliver her baby. In order to travel any distance over 5 miles in the days of Cromwell's rule a pass was required. Jane's trip coincided with Charle's advent to her home and need to escape. Her pass was for her and a manservant so Charles dressed in that role and off they went. History proves the escape successful since Charles did return as Charles II but this is Jane's story, not Charles although the rogue does tend to run things.Ms. Bagwell presumes that Jane and Charles became lovers during their flight. Given Charles' reputation for sleeping with just about anything in a skirt there is probably some truth to it but there is no documented record of it. The love story rang true at the start but I do wonder at any man having that level of control over a woman for so many years and with so many other women along the way. The novelized Jane comes across as somewhat starry eyed and blindly in love with a man who really took away the best years of her life. She knows in her head that he is a pig but her heart won't let go. Sorry Charles, you ARE a pig.The book is well written and a good mix of history and fiction. These were very difficult times in England and one wrong word would get a person imprisoned. Jane had to flee her homeland and spent 9 years in exile for helping the king. For this her reward at his restoration was far less than he granted many others. I feel he truly wronged her in more ways than one. I was left with an overwhelming feeling of wanting to slap Charles' face for the way he treated her.And being left with that kind of passion at the end of a book is a good thing if you ask me. It's the kind of passion that sends me off to learn more about the people I've just "met." I thoroughly enjoyed this tale of a woman famous in her time but mostly lost to history who, with undeniable courage helped to keep the monarchy alive in England.
BookAddictDiary on LibraryThing 7 months ago
When I read Gillian Bagwell's The Darling Strumpet earlier this year, I was in love. Not just with the witty, spunky and outspoken Nell, but with the well-researched and somewhat lyrical writing style of author Gillian Bagwell. More than any other tale of Nell Gwynne I've read, Bagwell brought the restoration period of Charles II to vivd life and drew me so completely into Nell's story that I couldn't put the book down.Thus, I couldn't wait to get my hands on Bagwell's follow-up novel, The September Queen. In her second novel, Bagwell doesn't stray far from Darling Strumpet. She's still dealing with Charles II, but this time with a different mistress. September Queen introduces readers to Jane Lane, a young woman and minor noble who longs for adventure, who is recruited by a group of loyal Royalists looking to restore Charles II to the throne. It's up to Jane to track down the King-in-exhile and transport him to safety. Of course, she finds herself falling in love with the dashing Charles, who is known for his deep affection for women.From the beginning, I enjoyed Jane. She's a fun, spunky heroine who is blinded by love -and by naviete. Though I didn't enjoy her as much as Nell, Jane stands her own here, and her perilous journey from Europe for her country -and herself -is balanced with just enough action and romance to keep readers hooked. She's painted as an understandable and realistic young woman who is trying to defy the social roles of women at the time.While I did enjoy Darling Strumpet more than September Queen overall, September Queen is still a well-researched, well-written and enjoyable adventure with heartbreaking romance and delightful characters. This one had me flipping pages late into the night.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the descriptions of the various royal courts.