- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Penguin (7 July 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141337346
- ISBN-13: 978-0141337340
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 672,125 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Rogue's Princess (The Other Countess) Paperback – 7 Jul 2011
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About the Author
Eve Edwards has a doctorate from Oxford University and thinks researching a large part of the fun for writing historical fiction. She has visited Tudor houses, attended jousts and eaten Elizabethan banquets to get the sights, sounds and tastes right for this book. And, yes, she can testify that it is possible to eat neatly without the modern invention of the fork. She lives in Oxford and is married with three children.
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Top Customer Reviews
I am pleased to say that this instalment is as good as the other two in the series and I already have a new Lacey brother to swoon over in Kit. He is just as gorgeous as the brothers in the previous two books so be prepared to fall in love all over again. The main storyline follows Kit as he tries to woo Mercy, a young lady he met at a dinner and plays with the idea of forbidden love as her father does all he can to prevent the couple from being together.
What I love about this series is the characterisation. It is done brilliantly making the whole host of characters easily to relate to even though they act and behave in a way that is fitting for the time period they are in. I love how you get a real sense of period whilst reading them without feeling like the history is being rammed down your throat. The dialogue is witty and clever throughout.
The star of this piece without a doubt is Kit. Kit's story is very different from that of the other Lacey brothers. As he was illegitimate he had a very different background to his brothers and his life since then is also very different. He is a player who spends his evenings making audiences fall in love with him and is in all intents and purposes a bit of a Jack the Lad until he meets Mercy whom he falls for instantly and wishes to marry. Mercy father who is a putrian has other ideas however. I loved following Kit's attempts to both win Mercy won (which was easy) and then her father (which was not).Read more ›
'The Rogue's Princess' follows the Laceys' illigitimate half-brother Kit Turner, a player in the theatre. Some what flamboyant and a bit of a loveable rogue with an eye for the ladies, Kit becomes a reformed man when he meets the pure and innocent Mercy Hart, the daughter of a rich cloth merchant. However, Kit has not had the same start in life and all the priviliges that go with it as his brothers, so he must first try to win over Mercy's Puritan father before he can claim her hand in marriage.
I love books which feature romances which make my heart flutter and skip a beat and this one certainly did! In fact, all of the books in the series have incredible romances at the root of their stories. I enjoyed seeing the way in which Kit woos Mercy and makes her fall in love with him. Their courtship is pure but also full of longing looks, gentle kises and unswerving devotion.
Many familiar faces are featured throughout, including Will and Jamie Lacey, plus Milly and her new husband Diego. The youngest Lacey brother Tobias also has a signiciant part to play in the plot and I'm keeping my fingers firmly crossed that there wll be a fourth book based around Tobias finally meeting a nice girl of his own.
As the story is set in 1586, there are also glimpses of some real life historical figures such as the playwright from Statford, William Shakespeare. I love the way so many historical details and touches from the past have been interwoven, such as the plot to remove Elizabeth from the throne and reinstate Mary.Read more ›
I loved the previous two books in the Lacey Chronicle series, The Other Countess and The Queen's Lady so I was really hoping that The Rouge's Princess would live up to my high expectations and it did! I fall every time for the 'will they, won't they' romances in books and this was no exception.
Kit made an appearance in the Queen's Lady and at first I was unsure of whether I liked him because he came across as irritating so I was apprehensive about him being a main character. However, I couldn't have been more wrong because out of the male leads so far, I think he is the most fun to read about because he leads such a different life than his half brothers. His gift with words and use of poetic flowery language makes him a real charmer complete with gorgeous looks- swoon! I doubt I will be the only reader crushing on him. At the beginning of the book, he has his heart in the right place but also likes a good drink down the pub like the other theatre boys but the thing that really won him over as a worthy hero of the book was his resilience in his pursuit of Mercy. He treated her with the utmost kindness and respect and was even willing to change his character to fit in with her Puritan ways by toning down his bright fashionable clothes.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
After reading the first in the Lacey series, 'the other countess' I was hooked, eve edwards writing style and the way you get to invest in the characters. Read morePublished on 25 Aug. 2013 by Ash
If you liked the first two books, you will like this! Lady Ellie and Lady Jane barely appear , neither do the two eldest lacy brothers. Read morePublished on 21 May 2013 by Jo
I loved this book because I love historic romance without it being too soppy,also I am a teenage girl, so the theme & the ages of the characters are perfect! Read morePublished on 28 April 2013 by Carys Bowen
I love these books so much! It's such an easy read - I was drawn into it as soon as I started. Hopefully a new book about Tobias?!Published on 21 Feb. 2013 by CT
Beautifully written, but quite a fast paced story. The book made my heart ache with longing which means that it is an absolutely brilliant thing to read! Read morePublished on 6 May 2012 by Charly
I'm dying to read another book in this series, especially after reading this one because the Lacey chronicles just keep getting better and better with each installment! Read morePublished on 22 Feb. 2012 by Leanne Bell
Every time I review these books I say the same thing, and I'm afraid I'm going to again. I LOVE this series! Read morePublished on 12 Aug. 2011 by Bookinda
Christopher `Kit' Turner is the illegitimate Lacey brother. For years he thought himself a cast-off of their father's ill-favour; the forgotten son and family secret. Read morePublished on 19 July 2011 by Alpha Reader