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Born into poverty and raised in a brothel, Nell Gwynne sells oranges in the pit at London's King's Theater, newly reopened after the plague and the Great Fire devastated the city. Soon, her quick sense of humor and natural charm get her noticed by those who have the means to make her life easier. But the street-smart Nell knows a woman doesn't get ahead by selling her body. Through talent, charm, intelligence, and sheer determination - as well as a keen understanding of how the world operates - Nell works her way out of the pit and onto the stage to become the leading comedic actress of the day.
Her skills and beauty quickly win the attention of all of London - eventually even catching the eye of King Charles II. Their attraction is as real as it is unlikely, and the scrappy orange girl with the pretty face and the quick wit soon finds herself plunged into the confusing and dangerous world of the court, where she learns there are few she can trust - and many whom she cannot turn her back on.
From the gritty streets of 17th-century London, to the backstage glamour of its theaters, to the glittering court of Charles II, The Perfect Royal Mistress is a love story for the ages, the rags-to-riches tale of a truly remarkable heroine.
©2007 Diane Haeger (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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By Charli on 09-13-12

A truly fascinating story

Although Nel's story was heart wrenching, it was also totally absorbing. I think this is one of those stories about which can be said that truth is stranger than fiction, a real life Cinderella story. The narration and audio quality were also very well done. Definetly worth the credit.

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By Angela N. Gimlin on 06-24-14

This is one of my favorites!

Where does The Perfect Royal Mistress rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is one of my favorites! Any fan of historical fiction should appreciate this book.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved Nell Gwynne's spirit.

Any additional comments?

Highly recommended!

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