Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Teaser Tuesday: The King's Favourite by Susan Holloway Scott

After my vacation edition of Teaser Tuesday last week, things are back to normal this week! My teaser comes from The King's Favourite by Susan Holloway Scott, which is a novel about Charles II and one of his more famous mistresses, Nell Gwynne. I have read the other two novels that this author has written about Charles II (you can read my review of The French Mistress here) and I am glad to finally be getting to this one, which I wouldn't have done for a while without the Reading Our Own Books challenge!

My teaser comes from page 116:

My poor, sad, suffering London! I would not return for more than a year, not until the playhouses were once again permitted to open. By that time, a fifth of London's people would be dead of the plague, and a third of her buildings would have been destroyed by the Great Fire, while I - I would be ready to claim what rose from the ashes as my own.


Teaser Tuesday is host by Miz B at Should Be Reading. Head on over to find out all about it, and how to join in!

40 comments:

  1. Sounds good -- and poor plague-filled London.

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  2. Love this teaser. Definitely makes you picture the horrid conditions of London during the Black Plague.

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  3. Hard to imagine 20% of people dying from the plague. Must be an interesting book! Mine is from The Seventh Witch and can be found here

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  4. Thanks so much for visiting my blog :)
    I don't think I have read anything from this author - will have to check and see if the library has some of her books.
    Have a wonderful day!

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  5. That sounds really lovely, I don't read many books about that era but it sounds really nice.

    Mine is from a genre I haven't really read before - espionage fiction
    http://pageturnersbooks.blogspot.com/2010/04/teaser-tuesday-key-to-rebecca-by-ken.html

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  6. Great teaser! Haven't read any of her books yet but hopefully soon!

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  7. How sad, but true. I sometimes think I'd like to live in historical times, but I like modern medicine too much!

    Thanks for visiting my blog!

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  8. Great images in this teaser! I like historical fiction but haven't read much for a while. These do sound good.

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  9. Fabulous teaser. This book is being added to my TBR pile.

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  10. Fascinating teaser. Another one for the tbr!

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  11. That's really eloquent, isn't it? I love that cover as well.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog.

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  12. Good teaser. I read this one last year. Looking forward to your thoughts on it.

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  13. Thanks for commenting on my first Summit Musings Tuesday Teaser , Marq. This is going to be a great way to find some new books. Your teaser has me trying to remember another historical fiction about the plague by Geraldine Brooks. Back to the stacks!

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  14. Ooh, sounds good. I just can't wrap my mind around the Black Plague and its death toll.

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  15. Certainly gives a great snapshot of the times.

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  16. well someone has to claim what's left. great teaser. sounds like a good historical novel.

    thanks for stopping by

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  17. Different.

    http://fredasvoice.blogspot.com/2010/04/teaser.html

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  18. Fantastic teaser! Poor London - such a fascinating city and it has been through so much!

    Here are our teasers for today.

    ♥Isalys

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  19. Oh how I love Susan Holloway Scott's books!!! I haven't read this one yet, but really want to because Nell Gwynn is one of my favorite royal mistresses!

    Great teaser Marg!

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  20. Cool teaser. I hope that you will enjoy your book. [My Tuesday Teaser]

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  21. wow that sounds cold. nice teaser. thanks for stopping by

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  22. sounds interesting...

    here is my teaser

    http://chrissysworldofbooks.blogspot.com/2010/04/teaser-tuesday-what-are-you-reading.html

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  23. What a super teaser. Charles II was such an interesting man - and Nell Gwen an interesting woman too.

    thanks for sharing

    Hannah

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  24. Sounds interesting! Imagine coming home to a London that's nothing like you left it.

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  25. Thank you so much for "teasing" "The King's Favorite", Marg -- that's such an interesting quote to choose. I think Nell would approve, too. :)

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  26. Not my cup of tea but it sounds like you're enjoying it. Thanks for stopping by my TT.

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  27. Great teaser :) THanks for visiting mine

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  28. Sounds cool - even for one who is not an historical fiction fan. Thanks for stopping by my blog

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  29. I can't imagine coming back to a city after that much destruction and death. Sounds like a really interesting book!

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  30. Yvonne, I am really enjoying it, as I have enjoyed all of Susan Holloway Scott's books featuring the mistresses of Charles II.

    It is unfathomable really isn't it alitareads?

    Snowbell and Clarissa, you are welcome.

    Vicki, these events were kind of glossed over in this novel - much more uplifting than it sounds really!

    I am definitely enjoying it Pussreboots

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  31. Nell Gwynn! Poor London. We know it recovered but it would be interesting to know just how. Good teaser!

    Thanks for dropping by mine!

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  32. Thanks Susan Holloway Scott! I'm glad you think Nell would have approved. I did have a few more I thought about choosing, but this one felt right!

    Zia, it is hard to imagine isn't it?

    Hannah, Charles II is one of my favourite Kings to read about. He was such a ladies man but still had such a strong idea of what was right and wrong when it came to not putting his queen aside. It's a fascinating dichotomy!

    Amy, I have enjoyed all of Susan Holloway Scott's books and this is no exception. Hope you get to read it yourself soon.

    Book soulmates, there is so much history in London I am sure you could spend months or years there and still not uncover everything.

    It is a good read Kaye!

    Alice Audrey, it is an interesting way to show what happened without having to spend paragraphs describing it, allowing the story to move on.

    Jennifer G, to have to deal with the Plague and the great fire in such a short time must have been so difficult!

    Faye, I think the book you are referring to is Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks. I really enjoyed that one (except for the ending!)

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  33. Whitney, Elysium and Jennifer, hope you get to read it and enjoy it!

    Kathy, I love historical fiction!

    Westie Loving Therapist, I think I love my home comforts too much to actually want to live in the past, but I do love reading about it!

    Becky, I can't say I read a lot of espionage fiction either!

    Jan, it is quite evocative isn't it!

    Thanks to everyone for stopping by and commenting on my Teaser Tuesday post.

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  34. An intriguing teaser, sounds like an interesting read. Sorry not to have made it by yesterday - severe weather kept me offline most of the day.

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  35. that's a beautiful teaser, I really like it

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  36. Makes me want to know more. Good tease.

    Harvee
    Book Dilettante

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