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Summary

Jane Lambert, the quick-witted and alluring daughter of a silk merchant, is twenty-two and still unmarried. When Jane’s father finally finds her a match, she’s married off to the dull, older silk merchant William Shore. Marriage doesn’t stop Jane from flirtation, however, and when the king’s chamberlain, Will Hastings, comes to her husband’s shop, Will knows King Edward will find her irresistible.

Edward IV has everything: Power, majestic bearing, superior military leadership, a sensual nature, and charisma. And with Jane as his mistress, he also finds true happiness. But when his hedonistic tendencies get in the way of being the strong leader England needs, his life, as well as those of Jane and Will Hastings, hangs in the balance. Jane must rely on her talents to survive as the new monarch, Richard III, bent on reforming his brother’s licentious court, ascends the throne.

This dramatic tale has been an inspiration to poets and playwrights for five hundred years, and, as told through the unique perspective of a woman plucked from obscurity and thrust into a life of notoriety, Royal Mistress is sure to enthrall today’s historical fiction lovers as well.

©2013 Anne Easter Smith (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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  • Pita
  • 28-08-14

Enjoyable

Would you consider the audio edition of Royal Mistress to be better than the print version?

I have only "listened" to this book. It is probably just as enjoyable in the printed version. The book is set in a very specific period of English history which has been fertile ground to writers of historical fiction. The historical framework is factual although there is much conjecture on the part of the author. Ms. Easter-Smith is a good writer who knows how to construct an interesting, romantic heroine based on what we know of Jane Shore.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

It was an original ending although I do not think it adds to the quality of the book.

What does Heather Wilds bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The narrator inhabits the very likable, although at times naive heroine.

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  • Erin
  • 05-07-13

All history, no romance!

I was really looking forward to a bit of a change from Regency, but this novel, though well read, had so much trivia about who married who, why and when and which uncles great nephews cousin....blah, blah, blah. Yawn!

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  • Leatah
  • 06-02-15

awesome!

I loved reading it. I have already started listening to the audio book and enjoy doing my errands as I listen!

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  • Robin Johnson
  • 08-08-18

I wanted to love it but...

I wanted to love this book based on the sample, but upon listening to a few chapters I realized what it was lacking: 1) more dialogue and 2) a narrator with more variety to her voice. I hate not completing books, but for kicks I started listening to the Kings Mistress by Emma Campion and narrated by Donada Peters and the difference between the two became clear. The King's Mistress drew me in immediately and the narration is spot on from character to character and full of energy. I felt like I was there and can't wait to get in the car for my commute to find out what happens next. Sadly I may be returning this one.

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  • Carolyn
  • 16-01-14

Annoying narrator.

What did you love best about Royal Mistress?

Enjoyed the story despite the narrator who sounded like she was reading the text for the first time.

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