Royal Mistress: A Novel by Anne Easter SmithRoyal Mistress: A Novel by Anne Easter Smith

Royal Mistress: A Novel

byAnne Easter Smith

Paperback | May 7, 2013

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From the author of A Rose for the Crown and Daughter of York comes another engrossing historical novel of the York family in the Wars of the Roses, telling the fascinating story of the rise and fall of the final and favorite mistress of Edward IV.

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.
Title:Royal Mistress: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:512 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 1.1 inPublished:May 7, 2013Publisher:TouchstoneLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1451648626

ISBN - 13:9781451648621


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyed I enjoyed this book and the tie in to other books written by the author.
Date published: 2017-04-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing For someone who spent so long waiting for this book and inspired by other works of this author I was very disappointed. 1. The third person narrative only seemed to be used so we could see other people go on about how wonderful and hot Jane was. I get it - I read it the first time. 2. The detail that the first few books by her was not used here and we get only a hint of what's going on instead of being soaked in it. 3. The dialogue. I cringed so often I may have accidentally passed something. Thanks Anne Easter I'll see you in court. 4. The characters. Not one of them is realistic or likeable and especially Jane. I hated her and then loved her in the White Queen and within the space of two minute appearances of three episodes. Here I have a whole story and I couldn't stand her. She was witty but kind, beautiful but merry, forgiving but strong and so on and so on. 5. The romance: oh she is hot, oh she is very hot. And she's funny too. I think I love her. Yep, I love her. Blah. It has two stars because it was of the Cousins War which I adore but that's the only reason. Sorely disappointed and not worth the weight.
Date published: 2016-12-17

Editorial Reviews

“Anne Easter Smith creates a vivid tapestry of life in the slippery court of Edward IV and illuminates the masterful commoner mistress who survived by her instincts and charm."