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Published by NAL on July 3rd 2007
Genres: historical fiction
Source: the library
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London, 1660: Ready to throw off a generation of Puritan rule, all England rejoices when Charles Stuart returns to reclaim the throne.
Among those welcoming him is young Barbara Villiers Palmer, a breathtaking Royalist beauty whose sensuality and clever wit instantly captivate the handsome, jaded king. Though each is promised to another, Barbara soon becomes Charles's mistress and closest friend, and the uncrowned queen of his bawdy Restoration court.
Rewarded with titles, land, and jewels, she is the most envied and desired woman in England--and the most powerful. But the role of royal mistress is a precarious one, and Barbara's enemies and rivals are everywhere in the palace.
|I loved this book!
This was the first time reading a book by Susan Scott, and it won’t be my last. I am a huge fan of history, especially British history, but I admit I don’t know a lot about this particular time period, so I don’t know how historically accurate any of this book actually was. I’ve heard of Barbara Palmer, the infamous whore of Babylon, of course, but had no idea anything about her.
The book was very well written, very well paced, and I think touched upon the “adult” nature of Barbara & the king’s relationship very well, without being over-the-top graphic, a balance that I personally prefer. There were times when I would have liked to have heard more about the historical events going on, but since the book was about *Barbara* and not the time period, I do understand why the author chose to write the book the way she did. All in all, a very good, engrossing book, that I managed to finish in just a few days.