What a treasure of a book!!! I loved it, loved it, loved it ... :o) "Exit the Actress" is a wonderful, absolutely delightful novel telling the story of Nell Gwyn who went from being a fairly poor girl selling oranges to becoming the favorite mistress of King Charles II.
The story is told through Nell's diary entries; through letters between the King, his mother, and his sister; through newspaper articles, memos, and more. This makes for very interesting (and often amusing) reading, to say the least. Ms. Parmar paints a vivid picture of everyday life in 17th-Century London, and there is never a dull moment in this book.
I especially loved the diary entries --- Nell has such a unique voice when telling her own story. Ms. Parmar did a really great job at bringing her to life. Nell is charming, funny, witty, and smart, and I was rooting for her from start to finish.
In fact, all of the characters --- from Nell right down to all of the secondary characters --- are drawn so vividly that they seem to spring from the page. I was really sad when the book ended because I would have happily spent another 400 pages or more with them ... :o)
If you enjoy well-written historical fiction and characters that you will truly care about, then do yourself a favor and read "Exit the Actress" and let yourself be charmed by Nell!