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His Dark Lady (Lucy Morgan 2)

His Dark Lady (Lucy Morgan 2) [Kindle Edition]

Victoria Lamb
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"A powerful portrait of the pain incurred by the queen who turned herself into a living legend" (The Lady)

Book Description

An illicit story of romance and intrigue, set against a turbulent sixteenth-century England.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 701 KB
  • Print Length: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (28 Feb 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009A941LG
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #161,622 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Victoria Lamb lives in a farmhouse on the wild fringes of Bodmin Moor with her husband, five kids, two cats and a crazed Irish Red Setter. She is addicted to social media, and on dark nights has been known to sneak out and howl at the moon. She also writes poetry as Jane Holland, and other fiction as Elizabeth Moss and Beth Good. Her mother was the late romantic novelist Charlotte Lamb.

The Lucy Morgan (Shakespeare's Mistress) trilogy is set at the Elizabethan court: historical fiction combined with a spy thriller. 1 - The Queen's Secret. 2 - His Dark Lady. 3 - Her Last Assassin.

The Tudor Witch Trilogy is a paranormal romance series: a young Tudor witch struggles to escape the clutches of the witchfinder. 1 - Witchstruck. 2 - Witchfall. 3 - Witchrise.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed feelings 4 Mar 2013
As in The Queen's Secret, His Dark Lady is told from four perspectives: Lucy, Elizabeth, Goodluck, and Shakespeare. And again there are two narrative strands; the one revolving around Lucy and Shakespeare, and the one revolving around the Queen and the Catholic plotters scheming to get Mary, Queen of Scots on the throne. Whereas in the previous book I preferred the romantic plotline concerning Elizabeth, Lettice, and Leicester over the assassination plot, in this book I infinitely preferred the sections dealing with the Catholic conspiracies and the effects being continuously under threat has on Elizabeth, above those dealing with the love story between Lucy and Shakespeare.

Why did the relationship between Shakespeare and Lucy bother me so? There are several answers to that question. To start off with, let me tell what the answer isn't. It isn't the fact that he was in fact cheating on his wife with Lucy. This is historical fiction set in Tudor times, as such it would have been surprising if he had been faithful to her. No what bothered me in this regard was the fact that he lied about it to Lucy. For someone to start a relationship with someone under false pretences, to create expectations where there can be none, is exceptionally cruel an unjust and I had a hard time swallowing Will's dishonesty. In addition, he's borderline abusive of his wife, demanding she sleep with him, and similarly, uses the excuse of being overwhelmed with passion to ignore Lucy when she tells him no. There were several times when their encounters felt more like rape than love-making, having Will insisting that Lucy's no actually means yes, and I found these scenes and the entire relationship quite disturbing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars interesting 2 April 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The writing & plot were very good although at times not very clear. It follow on very from the earlier book & hope there will be a sequal
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4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read 4 Feb 2014
By Lorna H
I really enjoyed this book, the characters were involving and the plot interesting. Yes, some of the events weren't accurate/in chronological order based on the actual historical records, but this didn't matter to me and I enjoyed it anyway.
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This novel is the second to feature the lead character Lucy Morgan, the first being The Queen's Secret.

This is another very enjoyable historical tale weaving fiction with real characters and detail from history, most notably Queen Elizabeth I, and a certain young playwright going by the name of Will Shakespeare. The story is set in the 1580s. Lucy is the dark lady of the title, one of the Queen's ladies-in-waiting, liked for her singing voice, she met the young Shakespeare briefly in the first novel, and here she becomes his muse. Several other characters from the first book make a welcome reappearance here, including Lucy's guardian Goodluck, once more involved in danger and intrigue. We learn that Lucy witnessed the secret marriage of Robert Dudley, beloved favourite of the Queen, to her cousin Lettice Knollys, and concealing her presence there from the Queen weighs heavily on Lucy's mind.

I enjoyed catching up with these characters again, they had stayed in my mind after the first novel in the series, in particular Lucy and Goodluck, and I was curious and excited to revisit their world and discover what adventures they would be involved in next. I was also gripped and intrigued by how the author portrayed Elizabeth during these turbulent times in her reign; her hopes and her health as she gets older, her ongoing feelings for Leicester, whose 'marriage was still a wound in her side', the threats on her life from those intent on removing her and installing Mary, Queen of Scots on the throne and the resulting doubts as to who in her circle she can really trust.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great follow up 6 May 2013
Much has been written about Shakespeare including recently a book which claims that Shakespeare was in fact a pen name used by the Earl of Oxford. Victoria Lamb has used her fiction to imagine another Shakespeare. We see him through the eyes of Lucy, a singer and entertainer in the court of Queen Elizabeth. He is presented as a talented and intelligent writer but also a poor husband and a roguish seducer. Despite his bad behaviour this is a Shakespeare the reader can't help liking. However this is very much Lucy's story. The book moves forward in time from the events of The Queen's Secret to a court which is beset by intrigue and plots against the Queen at every turn. It is now the 1580s a dark and tense time at the Elizabethan court. Catholic plots and assassins are a constant threat and Elizabeth must decide the fate of her imprisoned cousin Mary Queen of Scots. Lucy is in the thick of it all, a witness to the elicit marriage of the Queen's favourite Robert Dudley to her cousin Lettice Knollys and entrusted by her guardian Master Goodluck to carry a message to a trusted friend instead she finds herself threatened. Her relationship with Shakespeare threatens to destroy her precarious position at court and Just as Lucy keeps her secrets from the Queen it seems that Will Shakespeare is keeping secrets from her. Whether you have read the previous novel in the series or not this is a fantastic novel of romance, intrigue and adventure perfect for fans of S.J. Parris, Alison Weir and Philippa Gregory.

His Dark lady is available now in Hardback from Bantam Press
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