In London during the 1660's Barbara Villers is a beautiful and promiscuous young woman trying to find her place and love in the world. Through fate and not a little of her own scheming Barbara soon elevates herself in statue and rank when she meets and becomes the mistress of his majesty King Charles II. Though she has had many a wild and erotic tryst in her sorted past nothing prepared her for the decadence and passion that she found in the arms of the King. And nothing could prepare anyone for the intrigue and danger that could consume them both.
This was a very good historical read it put me in mind of the movie Elizabeth it has that same rich atmosphere and good strong believable characters. I actually felt like I was reading the secret diary of Barbara as she wound her way through the courts and ballrooms of the novel. A very interesting and believable tale of a time when war had ravaged a generation and made it more jaded and hungry for all pleasures where one could find them. Though she is not your ordinary heroine with the heart of gold you can't help but identify with Barbara. And I believe it gives a very realistic look at the life of a woman who led the life of a mistress.
London, 1660: Ready to throw off a generation of Puritan rule, all England rejoices when Charles Stuart returns to reclaim the throne. Among those welcoming him is young Barbara Villiers Palmer, a breathtaking Royalist beauty whose sensuality and clever wit instantly captivate the handsome, jaded king. Though each is promised to another, Barbara soon becomes Charles's mistress and closest friend, and the uncrowned queen of his bawdy Restoration court. Rewarded with titles, land, and jewels, she is the most envied and desired woman in England--and the most powerful. But the role of royal mistress is a precarious one, and Barbara's enemies and rivals are everywhere in the palace.