2011 Release: The Darling Strumpet by Gillian Bagwell

I came across this book on Amazon and since I love Nell Gwynn and Charles II you can bet I'll be reading it!  There's no cover yet, but I'll post it as soon as it's revealed. 

Gillian Bagwell is a new author and The Darling Strumpet is her first book and will be released on January 4, 2011.

SYNOPSIS (via author website):  The Darling Strumpet is a vivid and richly detailed historical novel that puts the reader smack in the tumultuous world of seventeenth century London. Based on the life of Nell Gwynn, who rose from the streets to become one of London's most beloved actresses and the life-long mistress of the King, the book opens on May 29, 1660, when the exiled King Charles II rides into London on his thirtieth birthday to reclaim his throne after the death of Oliver Cromwell. Among the celebratory crowds is ten-year-old runaway Nell Gwynn, determined to create a better life for herself and to become someone to be reckoned with.

Gillian Bagwell's website.



  1. What a great title! I hope the cover lives up to it.

  2. Hmm... sounds pretty good - I only hope it can live up to Diane Haeger's "Perfect Royal Mistress" and Susan Holloway Scott's "The King's Favorite." I will definitely check it out, though! Can't get enough of Charles II and his bevy of ladies!!! :-)

  3. Thanks so much, Amy, for such a nice mention! The cover should be available soon! The original design was gorgeous and now they have completely redesigned it. Also very good but in a very different style!

  4. I love the title and I love it that you dig out these books!


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