Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Letter F Read for Alphabet in Historical Fiction...

F

This fortnight's chosen book for Historical Tapestry's ABC in Historical Fiction Challenge, I've chosen:  




I can't tell you how much I enjoyed this book. The French Mistress, is the story of CharlesII and his mistress, Louise de Keroualle. Something about this French lady who kept herself pure and tantalizing for her one-and-only, the King of England...

I love everything about the 17th c -especially Charles II and the Sun King, so this novel based in both France and England, was way more than it promised. The historical detail, the writing, the setting, the historical figures with their richly entwined lives - everything is positively exquisite.  It's a splendid read that kept me glued to the very end.  It's no wonder that Susan Holloway Scott is one of my very favourite authors.  I strongly recommend it.


11 comments:

(The) Ladybug Lounge formerly Msslaydbug said...

Thanks for the review. This looks like something I would LOVE !

Marg said...

I've really enjoyed both of the Susan Holloway Scott books I have read, especially because I find Charles II quite fascinating!

Ms. Lucy said...

Hi Ladybug Lounge:) If you like that period, and those kings, I'm sure you wil love this book. Thanks!

Hi Marg! I feel the same way about CharlesII,so I loved this one. I also find that Susan Holloway Scott is a brilliant writer. Thanks:)

Bearded Lady said...

I love this whole series. Charles is one of those characters that you hate one minute and then love the next. He is so incorrigible!

I usually give books aways to friends (or strangers) after I am done reading them unless I think I will re-read the book in five years...this is one of those series.

Bearded Lady said...

Lucy, it took me 3 tries to post the above comment (and I tried different browsers). Am I the only one who has problems? I wonder if there is some code on your site that mucks things up?

Ms. Lucy said...

Hi Bearded Lady- I know you've told me this before about my site...I think someone once said to me that if you open through Mozilla rather than (e)Internet, it's better. Otherwise I don't know why that happens!

I'm so happy to see you here:D I do agree that this series is worth the keeps- love the writing (and those kings;) Thanks!

Nina said...

I am still putting books on my tbr list. This book sounds amazing to read. I cant wait to read it for myself. Thank you for the fab review!

Ms. Lucy said...

You're welcome Nina!

Rowenna said...

Wonderful choice for F! Looks like an enjoyable escape into the past.

librarypat said...

I have this book on my TBR shelf. I'd like to get her books on Charles' two other mistresses.

Ms. Lucy said...

Hi Rowena, This is such a beautiful escape to the past- perfect mix of history, romance and intrigue. Thanks:)

Librarypat:) I have Duchess by her, which I am dying to get to. She writes beautifully- Thanks!