A thrilling debut novel starring one of history’s most famous and beloved courtesans.

THE DARLING STRUMPET:

NELL GWYNN, WHO CAPTURED THE HEART OF ENGLAND AND KING CHARLES II

  • Pub. Date: January 2011
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • ISBN-13: 9780425238592
  • ISBN: 0425238598

From the Publisher

 

From London’s slums to its bawdy playhouses, The Darling Strumpet transports the reader to the tumultuous world of seventeenth-century England, charting the meteoric rise of the dazzling Nell Gwynn, who captivates the heart of King Charles II-and becomes one of the century’s most famous courtesans.

Witty and beautiful, Nell was born into poverty but is drawn into the enthralling world of the theater, where her saucy humor and sensuous charm earn her a place in the King’s Company. As one of the first actresses in the newly-opened playhouses, she catapults to fame, winning the affection of legions of fans-and the heart of the most powerful man in all of England, the King himself. Surrendering herself to Charles, Nell will be forced to maneuver the ruthless and shifting allegiances of the royal court-and discover a world of decadence and passion she never imagined possible.

SOURCE: THIS BOOK WAS RECEIVED FOR THE PURPOSE OF REVIEW FROM THE PUBLISHER AND AUTHOR AND DOES NOT EFFECT THIS REVIEW!

MY THOUGHTS:

 

THE DARLING STRUMPET: NELL GWYNN, WHO CAPTURED THE HEART OF ENGLAND AND KING CHARLES II by Gillian Bagwell
is a historical novel set in 1660 London. It is this author’s debut novel and one to keep an eye on.It is written with history,depth,and details.The characters and plot are well designed,engaging and will have you wanting more. It has saucy
humor,prostitution,actress,betrayal,sensuality,abuse,passion,trust,love,romance,ruthlessness,the tumultuous world of seventeenth-century England and of course King Charles II. Nell Gwynn,went from poverty to being an abused child by her mother. To prostitution to survive. To being a beloved saucy actress.To the Kings’s mistress.To the most fameous courtesan in all of England.as the mistress and beloved mother of two of King Charles II illigientment sons.She was forced into prostitution to survive,forced to maneuver the ruthless,shifting allegiance of the royal court and was the most loved courtesan of England.She never forgot her routes,her people or where she came from.She had caught the eye of some of the most powerful gentlemen of England,but to most fortunate enough to catch the King.Although,he had numerous mistresses,Nell was his favorite and most beloved to him.This is a powerful story of survivial during harsh times, bound by society,standing on the sidelines,while others paraded in the forefront.Nell was loved by many,for she was generous,kind,loving and never throught herself better than others.She was often called a whore,but was loved by all of England. She was one of history’s most compelling, engaging,and appealing characters.If you enjoy historical charcters,England during harsh times,love,romance and the true meaning of love forever this is the story for you.I would highly recommend this story.It is heartwarmin,heartbreaking,fast paced and full of emotional heart.This book was received for the purpose of review from the publisher and author and details can be found at Berkley Publishing Group,published by the Penguin Group.
RATING: 5
REVIEWED BY: April Renn
 

*Thanks to the wonderful Penguin publicist and the author,  I’m thrilled to offer readers a chance to win a copy of “The Darling Strumpet” . Giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents only. No P.O. Boxes please. If you’d like to win  a copy please post a comment here,on why you like historicals from this time period.

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