Royalists, who are fighting to restore the crown to King Charles II, come to Jane Lane’s family for help to keep the King hidden by disguising him and transporting him to safety and away from Cromwell’s Army. Jane comes from a privileged and noble family and has been living a very quiet life so far, she now finds herself on a dangerous adventure to protect the King and keep him out of harms way, while at the same time putting her life at risk. Then if this is not hard enough Jane finds herself attracted to the King, a King who has a reputation as a ladies man. Will the usually sensible Jane’s head be turned and will she have her heartbroken?
This story is based on the true story of Charles II and his escape from Cromwell’s Army. So Jane Lane did really exist. I really enjoyed this book. It made such a change reading a Historic Royal Novel that was not about Elizabeth I or Henry VIII. I found myself carrying this book around with me everywhere, hoping to be able to snatch a few moments to get back into this story. Jane Lane was a remarkable modern woman for the time and very brave, a really likable character that gives the reader a story with an edge, that gets you gripped with the story being so well told. I was so sad when I finished this book, but so happy to have discovered such a talented writer as Gillian Bagwell.
Gillian Bagwell grew up in Berkeley, California and began her professional life as an actress. She studied theatre at university and then attended a year-long British professional acting training program, the Drama Studio London at Berkeley. She moved from acting to directing and producing, founding The Pasadena Shakespeare Company in 1994, and producing thirty-seven productions over nine seasons. Her first novel The Darling Strumpet was based on the life of Nell Gwynn.
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