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PDF Ô BOOK The Darling Strumpet ↠ RANDARENEWABLES Æ A thrilling debut novel starring one of history's most famous and beloved courtesans 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 dazzlingLes II and becomes one of the century's most famous courtesansWitty 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 Since I wrote it I must give it a good review But in all fairness others who have read it agree with me

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A thrilling debut novel starring one of history's most famous and beloved courtesans 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 Char This is one of the very few books I had to leave unfinished The detailed descriptions of TEN year old Nell selling herself so she could buy herself some ribbons for her hair and something to eat just suicked me out And then she basically suffers a gang rape at the hands of a group of boys who offered her money and then refused to payNell losing her virginity at such a young age may well be historically accurate I know that girls were married young and that life was tough But surely the author could have found a way to convey the information in a less graphic mannerPerhaps having daughters around this age skewers my viewpoint but I felt physically sick and couldn't read any

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The Darling StrumpetTo 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 The Darling Strumpet opens in May 1660 As the restored King Charles II makes his official entry into London the young Nell Gwynn is taking the first steps in a career which will take her from oyster seller to prostitute orange girl actress courtesan and finally to royal mistress At this stage in her life sex is a means to an end for Nell but Gillian Bagwell conveys her sensual nature by describing her pleasure in eating a hot pie she buys after selling her virginity for sixpenceNell’s life as an actress and Restoration playgirl will be familiar territory to anyone who has read Kathleen Winsor’s Forever Amber but whereas Winsor was interested in the rivalry between the actresses Gillian Bagwell focuses on the camaraderie of the theatre which becomes a true home and a second family for Nell Nell’s roles also allow her to create a public image and to win popularityForever Amber for all its racy reputation never ventures beyond the bedroom door – I remember being particularly frustrated when Amber breezes in after her first night with the king – to which the reader is not made privy By contrast The Darling Strumpet is refreshingly frank and while the sex scenes are not just vanilla there’s definitely some chocolate and raspberry ripple in there too they are both well written and true to the time and the historical record The Restoration at least for the court was a period of hedonism and sexual freedom comparable to the Swinging Sixties three hundred years later – and Nell makes the most of it She is a born survivor who has to learn to trust her head over her heart yet she never loses her compassion for those still mired in the poverty into which she was bornThe atmosphere of Restoration London is beautifully rendered in this richly textured novel Sedan chairs frost fairs hot wassail changeable silks – the details on every page evoke time and place while the dialogue strikes the right note between authenticity and accessibility The Earl of Rochester in particular has some wonderful lines as does King Charles whose relationship with Nell is realistically drawn The Darling Strumpet packs the events of twenty five years into fewer than four hundred pages and while I found it enjoyable and very readable the relatively limited page space and the breaking up of the narrative into short scenes meant that it sometimes seemed a little breathless I find it easier to engage emotionally with longer scenes and one in particular Charles’s last meeting with Nell has stuck in my mind as particularly movingI would definitely recommend The Darling Strumpet to anyone looking for a rich and spicy winter read thanks to Berkley for providing me with a review copy