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- File Size: 1008 KB
- Print Length: 351 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 045121921X
- Publisher: Berkley (1 Aug. 2006)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0073PBTNC
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- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,707,346 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Kit takes to acting very quickly under the tutelage of Master Jolly and very soon after Jeremy appears in London. Kit's acting catches the attention of Lord Rochester but this is not necessarily a good thing. Kit and Jeremy survive the Great Fire of London in 1666 but have to rescue Martha from the Fleet and use Lord Rochester's influence to do this - at great risk and with some lasting effects. Can Kit and Jeremy have a future together when so many things seem to be against them?
The author writes well in the language of the restoration period. Her initial setting is Essex (to the East of London) and although she has evidently consulted a map in writing the distances that her characters travel I was rather amused to discover that Katherne and Jeremy travelled from Chelmsford to another town, Basildon; Chelmsford is an old town which was occupied by the Romans and became the county town of Essex in the early 13th Century; however Basildon is a new town which was built after World War 2 and the village that existed there beforehand was very small and not the town described in the book.
A number of historical characters appear in this book, not least Charles II and his mistress Nell Gwyn (although in reality she didn't become his mistress until 1668 within the novel she is spoken of as such in the year 1666). Nell Gwyn plays a role in the plot towards the end as a friend and confidante to Kit, as well as a role model of a strong woman. Lord Rochester is also in the book although rather more as a villain than hero. The author comments about some historical licence as part of her story but the characters were interesting enough to make me research them further having finished the book.
The description of London in 1666 and the Great Fire was very well written, though, and the harshness of life for people, particularly women, in Restoration times was well drawn. I enjoyed reading about Kit's training as an actress and her struggles with what seem rather modern opinions about the importance of women being self-sufficient and not relying on a man. She's a feisty heroine who finds herself involved in a duel, being kidnapped and many other adventures. The love story with Jeremy isn't as well drawn as some other parts of the story and it's not always entirely believable but it's an enjoyable read with good pacing and an interesting setting.
Originally published for Curled Up With A Good Book (curledup.com) © Helen Hancox 2007
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Katherne threw herself into her roles quickly becoming an accomplished actress, never more so than when playing opposite Jeremy. In spite of having made a vow to never let any man become her master Katherne soon loses her heart to Jeremy. But as enemies from the past resurface at the most inopportune moments the future, a love, and the adventure of a lifetime she longed for might be lost forever.
*** Westin has delivered `in spades' a rollicking action-packed lusty read filled with adventure, superb historical detail and fabulous dialogue set in the outrageously bawdy reign of the `merry king' King Charles II. She effortlessly weaves the lives of other prominent historical figures such as John Wilmot `The Libertine', Lord Rochester, and the famous actress Nell Gwynne into Katherne and Jeremy's story making history come alive during that fascinating period of the Restoration.
In spite of the shoddy treatment received at the hands of her cousin and uncle Lady Katherne remained a lady though she soon acclimated herself into the bawdy world of the theatre and came to cherish the freedoms presented to her even as old and new enemies were ready to take her down. Jeremy was perfectly charming and her perfect match both on and off the stage igniting in her a passion for lovemaking as deep and profound as her love and acumen of the stage. He also was smart enough in realizing that in order to capture the woman of his dreams he had to let her be the one to capture him. Additionally between the very smart and witty dialogs, you also are presented with a beautifully written story showcasing a marvelous example of tastefully done sensuality and a couple of total surprise twists I never saw coming. This is a rare treat for the senses - so pamper yourself and curl up with this delightful read.
Marilyn Rondeau - RIO, Reviewers International Organization
Knowing one or both will hang, Martha and Katherine flee together into the night where they meet Jeremy Hughes and his troupe performing across the countryside as they head to London for a royal show. Jeremy takes them in and is pleasantly surprised when Katherine shows acting talent and joins the show. As Katherine and Jeremy fall in love and he constantly rescues her, a still alive William continues his ambitious plotting for more wealth, power, and the rape of the innocent Katherine.
LADY KATHERINE'S WILD RIDE is a terrific Restoration romance starring a likable woman in peril and her champion who not only risks his life to keep her safe, but mentors her that you only have one time at living so make the most of it. The support cast from real persona like the monarch and actress Nell Gwynn and Lord Rochester to the literary players like the villain and his wife add to a fine pairing as she lands in one dangerous caper after another while he daringly leaps in afterward to protect his beloved.
Master Jolly takes Kit as an apprentice. She will be a leading lady on the stage, opposite Jeremy Hughes. Jeremy is well known for being very talented, on stage and with the ladies. Jeremy watches as Kit's acting abilities get better-and-better. Kit and Jeremy cannot help becoming attracted to each other. But danger always surrounds Kit. How can she hope to win Jeremy's true love without the law locating her?
**** All-in-all, I found this to be a very good read. There is not as much danger as I thought there would be, yet the plot never slowed down too far. Great for a Summer beach read! ****
Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.