Royal Mistress by Anne Easter Smith
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While I didn't find Jane Shore to be all that compelling of a character, which I acknowledge could simply be a result of my already having read about her recently, I would recommend this novel to anyone interested in reading a fictionalized account of her life.
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Synopsis

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.
 

About Anne Easter Smith

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A native of England, Anne Easter Smith has lived in the United States for more than forty years. She was the features editor at a newspaper in New York State and now lives in Newburyport, Massachusetts, with her husband, Scott. You can visit her website at AnneEasterSmith.com.
 
Published May 7, 2013 by Touchstone. 514 pages
Genres: History, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Kayla Posney on May 24 2013

...Smith's novels are beautifully written and impeccably researched. She knows this time period and brilliantly brings it to life. Readers will feel as if they are part of King Edward's or King Richard's court while reading the novel.

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Reviewed by Tamela McCann on May 01 2013

Smith has given us a very readable, intriguing look at Jane as both a mistress and an intimate participant in the royal circle.

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Confessions of an Avid Reader

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Reviewed by Melissa on Jul 04 2013

While I didn't find Jane Shore to be all that compelling of a character, which I acknowledge could simply be a result of my already having read about her recently, I would recommend this novel to anyone interested in reading a fictionalized account of her life.

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Scandalous Women

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on May 24 2013

A compelling and intimate account of the last days of the Plantagenet dynasty. An utter joy to read and a must for lovers of The War of the Roses.

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