From the Notebooks of Susan Holloway Scott

First Review for THE COUNTESS & THE KING!

Monday, July 19, 2010
There are only about six more weeks until The Countess & the King will be in stores, and as I keep my fingers firmly crossed for luck, the first reviews are beginning to appear. Today came a glorious surprise from Publishers Weekly: this wonderful review to begin the week!

The Countess and the King 
Susan Holloway Scott, NAL, $15 paper (400p) ISBN 978-0-451-23115-4
In this vivid portrait of Katherine Sedley, mistress of King James II, Scott (The French Mistress) unravels the intricate web of court intrigues that has long fascinated historical romance enthusiasts. Supposedly plain yet intelligent and seductively charming, Katherine grows up amid wealth, indulged by Sir Charles Sedley, her libertine father. Attracted to James, the married duke of York, Katherine embarks on an illicit relationship that continues after Charles dies and James becomes king, though he eventually feels compelled to end their scandalous relationship, which has produced a son who died in infancy and a daughter. Katherine is a strong protagonist--well-realized and confident in her flouting of convention--and provides a stellar centerpiece to Scott's fast-moving tale about the challenging world of kings, queens, and mistresses caught in a time of sharp political, and religious upheaval. (Sept.)

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Blogger Marg said...

Excellent review! Congrats!

10:49 PM  
Blogger nightsmusic said...

YAY! Great review, but then, I never doubted it would be :o)

10:50 AM  
Blogger Mme.Tresbeau said...

Congratulations! What a wonderful review. I can't wait to read this book myself.

12:04 PM  

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