More Praise for The Darling Strumpet!
"This book was just all-around solid. The characters were rich and complex, the plot was paced well, and the period language felt natural... I LOVED it... If you are a Nell fan or a fan of historical fiction in general, this is a must read. If you haven't read much fiction, this book would be a great introduction for you!"
Kate, The Book Buff
"Bagwell's presentation of a familiar and popular Restoration-era character brings to life the players, wits, wenches, and mistresses who populated the court of King Charles II... Bagwell provides rich period flavor through dialogue, scene setting, verses, and quotations from plays in which Nell appeared to such acclaim... A highly readable debut."
Historical Novel Review
"As bawdy and engaging as Nell herself was reputed to be... Bagwell's well-researched novel accurately captures the rowdy, sexy Restoration period... Romantics will devour this engaging, sexy page-turner."
"Fans of historical fiction or the Restoration era, or [those] simply desirous of an immersive, fast-paced look into another time, will likely find much to enjoy here."
"After this fabulous debut piece of work, I cannot wait to see what else Gillian Bagwell has in store for us historical fiction fans."
Burton Book Review
"I loved it. I sat down and read it in one sitting. Yup. That good. I found myself caught up in the story and just didn't want to put it down. This is a very enjoyable book on an extraordinary woman."
"Bagwell delights readers with tales of Nell Gwynn's escapades in historically accurate detail... The Darling Strumpet is a well-told historical romance that will be enjoyed by Anglophiles and fans of the days of old."
"This is probably not a book I will ever re-read. I don't need to... I will never forget it... Gillian Bagwell spent twenty years researching this, her debut book. The wealth of historical detail makes it obvious that the time was well spent."
"My favorite parts were when Nell was acting. I loved seeing the camaraderie between the actors and the competition the King's Company had with the Duke's Company. I also really liked learning little facts about the theatre world. I loved hearing about the reopening of the theatres after eighteen years and the rise of the women playing female parts instead of the traditional male actors."
"Nell claims her place in history and Charles Stuart's heart, a memorable footnote to an era of flourishing theatre and outrageous personalities, ever the people's darling... The lusty, good-hearted Nell has secured her place in England's turbulent past, a destitute girl who wins the undying love of the Restoration king. Bagwell does her story justice."
Curled Up with a Good Book
"This is a story for the ages, and one that will surely reach down and touch the very heart of your soul... The Darling Strumpet is a story that will wreak havoc on all your emotions, and yes, it did have me crying at the end."
Yankee Romance Reviewers
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