Dark Angels by Karleen Koen
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Alice Verney is a young woman intent on achieving her dreams. Having left Restoration England in the midst of a messy scandal, she has been living in Louis XIV’s Baroque, mannered France for two years. Now she is returning home to England and anxious to re-establish herself quickly. First, she will regain her former position as a maid of honor to Charles II’s queen. Then she will marry the most celebrated duke of the Restoration, putting herself in a position to attain power she’s only dreamed of. As a duchess, Alice will be able to make or break her friends and enemies at will.

But all is not as it seems in the rowdy, merry court of Charles II. Since the Restoration, old political alliances have frayed, and there are whispers that the king is moving to divorce his barren queen, who some wouldn’t mind seeing dead. But Alice, loyal only to a select few, is devoted to the queen, and so sets out to discover who might be making sinister plans, and if her own father is one of them. When a member of the royal family dies unexpectedly, and poison is suspected, the stakes are raised. Alice steps up her efforts to find out who is and isn’t true to the queen, learns of shocking betrayals throughout court, and meets a man that she may be falling in love with—and who will spoil all of her plans. With the suspected arrival of a known poison-maker, the atmosphere in the court electrifies, and suddenly the safety of the king himself seems uncertain. Secret plots are at play, and war is on the horizon—but will it be with the Dutch or the French? And has King Charles himself betrayed his country for greed?

The long-awaited prequel to Koen’s beloved Through a Glass Darkly, Dark Angels is a feast of a novel that sparkles with all the passion, extravagance, danger, and scandal of seventeenth-century England. Unforgettable in its dramatic force, here is a novel of love and politics, of romance and betrayal, of power and succession—and of a resourceful young woman who risks everything for pride and status in an era in which women were afforded little of either.

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About Karleen Koen

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KARLEEN KOEN is the New York Times bestselling author of Through a Glass Darkly, Now Face to Face, and Dark Angels, an Indie Next List Bestseller and a BookSense pick. She lives in Houston, Texas.
Published September 5, 2006 by Broadway Books. 544 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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Koen’s prequel to Through a Glass Darkly (1986) finds young Alice Verney smarting: In all that rough-and-tumble intrigue, Catholic plotting and international frou-fra, there’s nary a place for her long-suffering, deeply loyal and most excellent sire.

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Remember Alice Saylor, Duchess of Tamworth and Barbara Alderly's cranky, but loving grandmother in the novels "Through A Glass Darkly" and "Now Face to Face"?

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Alice – an inveterate meddler – becomes embroiled in secrets involving the powerful Duke of Balmoral (whom she wishes to marry) and the mysterious Henri Ange (who could be English, could be French).

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Alice Verney, last seen as an elderly matriarch in Karleen Koen’s Through a Glass Darkly (1986), is front and center as a 20-year-old lady-in-waiting in this tale of courts and courtships.

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