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Sunday, January 11, 2009

Duchess by Susan Holloway Scott

Duchess: A Novel of Sarah Churchill The novel is set in the late 1600's and the early 1700's, it is the story of Sarah Churchill and it is eloquently told in the first person. Unfortunately this is the 2nd novel that I've read of Susan Holloway Scott's and it lacked the passion and emotional connection of 'The Royal Harlot'. The novel is again set in the bawdy court of Charles II but Sarah is certainly not the normal 'Lady of the Bedchamber'. Through great personal risk Sarah helps to bring Princess Anne and her husband to the throne of England. Sarah is an intelligent woman with high moral standards, very unusual for someone in her position, but she holds firm to her standards and eventually gets everything that she wants.

This book is certainly interesting if you like this time period but I found it quite slow at times. There wasn't enough interaction with other historical figures to make the book exciting. It is certainly not a page turner. I really was disappointed as her other books seemed to be much better reads.

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Teddy Rose said...

Thanks for the great re4view. This one is on my TBR but I don't think it would be a priority over the many other books I have on it.

Amanda said...

I really enjoyed this book. Not having read much about the time after Charles II, it was interesting to read a bit about Mary and William, and Queen Anne. I have other books by SHS on my shelf, and I am particularly looking forward to her next release about Lousie de Kercounelle (sp), another mistress of Charles II.