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The Scandalous Duchess Thank you to the author publisher for the advance reading copy.If you will be a great man s mistress you must pay the price 1372, The Savoy Widow Lady Katherine Swynford presents herself for a role in the household of merciless royal prince John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, hoping to end her destitution But the Duke s scandalous proposition leaves her life of pious integrity reeling Right so first of all I should be clear I m not great at History, and I do not read many historical novels Th Thank you to the author publisher for the advance reading copy.If you will be a great man s mistress you must pay the price 1372, The Savoy Widow Lady Katherine Swynford presents herself for a role in the household of merciless royal prince John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, hoping to end her destitution But the Duke s scandalous proposition leaves her life of pious integrity reeling Right so first of all I should be clear I m not great at History, and I do not read many historical novels This one being based on real people and events, for me it was an absolutely brand new story Having read the blurb from the author at the back I understand how she has built the story up around the little that is known of Katherine Swynford and John of Gaunt and done so beautifully.I found the whole thing highly intriguing and it made fascinating reading From the wonderfully drawn background and sense of the time, to the characters and the events surrounding them I was engaged and enthralled throughout At its heart there is an emotional love story and some truly terrific characters.It has certainly encouraged me to find out someof the fact behind the fiction and also given me a great reason for readingbooks like this one In fact I have just added Devils Consort by the same author to my next batch of purchases so you may hear about that one sometime soon.Recommended for fans of Historical Fiction based in fact and for anyone who has not read in this genre before and are looking for a good place to start.Happy Reading Folks The least enjoyed of Anne O Brien s books that I have read.Possibly because I found her Katherine Swynford a boring, pious, at times selft righteous, cow.Worth reading if you have nothing else on hand. I came to this novel with very low expectations I felt surprisingly indignant that another author had tried to remake Katherine and The Scandalous Duchess format was not designed to quell my concerns The cover features a model with an obviously twenty first century blonde dye job and within the first three pages, I spotted three typos dairy maids became diary maids, instead of poring over books, the Duke poured over them Additionally, all the way through, there was a problem with the typ I came to this novel with very low expectations I felt surprisingly indignant that another author had tried to remake Katherine and The Scandalous Duchess format was not designed to quell my concerns The cover features a model with an obviously twenty first century blonde dye job and within the first three pages, I spotted three typos dairy maids became diary maids, instead of poring over books, the Duke poured over them Additionally, all the way through, there was a problem with the typesetting for words containing the letter f So inflamed became inf lamed, fury became f ury and often the f was left on one line and the rest of the word on the other When reading a novel that is essentially a bodice ripper, it is surprisingly distracting Still, not too far in, I realised the true reason why I had picked up the book in the first place It was really good to read a book featuring John of Gaunt again.I am a self confessed geek over history I am not even particularly selective concerning the period, I just like the stories It is always interesting to imagine the lives of these people would the fact that they lived hundreds of years ago have made them truly different from us There are certain figures from history though whose stories dance no matter how long they have been in the ground John of Gaunt is one of these Despite holding the title of King of Castile, he never truly sat on a throne and yet he was one of the most influential men of his era and a renowned force on the battlefield His lifestyle arguably caused the Peasants Revolt, he was the uncle to Richard II and father to Henry IV, he was married thrice, the third time to his long term mistress and governess to his daughters, Katherine Swynford John of Gaunt was basically Sir Gawain except actually real When I was in the Tower of London and saw the armour that is supposedly his, even though Alison Weir explained that it could not have been, I was incredibly excited I am not sure if it is strange to have a crush on someone who died approximately six hundred years before you were born but yes, speaking candidly I have a little bit of a thing for John of Gaunt.For my full review Its historical fiction, about a lady we know little about for sure, so there are liberties taken with history However, I liked itthan Anya Seton s Katherine There s a lot of fluff, but you tear through all 500 pages quickly. The book had a beginning that wasn t too bad, despite 20% of it being too much UST unresolved sexual tension between the main characters all along In the end, though, the story in 1st person started to falter, focusing overmuch on the romance and the inner emotions over a good plot, combined with a so so writing I also really failed to feel the characters were Katherine Swynford and John of Gaunt as we knew them from history.If you read Anya Seton s Katherine and loved it, or are interested The book had a beginning that wasn t too bad, despite 20% of it being too much UST unresolved sexual tension between the main characters all along In the end, though, the story in 1st person started to falter, focusing overmuch on the romance and the inner emotions over a good plot, combined with a so so writing I also really failed to feel the characters were Katherine Swynford and John of Gaunt as we knew them from history.If you read Anya Seton s Katherine and loved it, or are interested in the life of Edward III s third son and his mistress turned wife, and how their relationship shaped royal English history, then I would encourage you to walk past this novel You d be disappointed Royal scandals are not confined to the current history of bare bottomed princes and topless brides they have been with us since royalty began and the love affair between Katherine Swynford and John of Gaunt was the hugest scandal of Plantagenet era In a world where sin was blamed for every little thing that went wrong, Katherine and John were sitting ducks to be attributed the blame of all the kingdom s ills There were a lot of ills too the Black Death, The Peasants Revolt and the failure Royal scandals are not confined to the current history of bare bottomed princes and topless brides they have been with us since royalty began and the love affair between Katherine Swynford and John of Gaunt was the hugest scandal of Plantagenet era In a world where sin was blamed for every little thing that went wrong, Katherine and John were sitting ducks to be attributed the blame of all the kingdom s ills There were a lot of ills too the Black Death, The Peasants Revolt and the failure to capture Castile to name but a few There is not a lot of historical evidence on the details of Kathrine s life, so working within the few historical facts that are known, author Anne O Brien was able to let her imagination run free against a background of mediaeval politics and bring to life a wonderful love affair in a time when love matches were not the norm and political alliances were a necessity to survival Katherine Swynford had been brought up with the royal children under the care of good Queen Philippa as a result she leads a life of integrity and dignity She also served as a lady in waiting to Blanche the first Duchess of Lancaster With this experience behind her she petitions John Plantagenet for a position in his household serving his new Queen as she is now a widow and her stately manor is falling apart around her ears He agrees, but only on the proviso that she becomes his mistress he assures her that he loves and adores her and will always respect and support her She succumbs as she has always had feelings for him Together they defy everyone, they break all the conventional rules, they have four children together, and, despite all the condemnation of their relationship especially that of his wife the two stay true to each other until he is in a position to marry him and make their children legitimate Anne O Brien has brought a very believable Katherine to life on the pages, despite the danger she follows her heart and is torn between her love for John and her love for God, a constant battle between her conscience about committing adultery and her desire for John She is not afraid to love him and neither is she afraid to speak her mind and berate him when needed She is also incredibly brave and resilient as she is blamed for being a temptress, whore and for the political unrest that is plaguing England so death threats are made I was enthralled by the story and swept along with the political machinations that were occurring outside of the relationship For some twenty five years their relationship continued, although occasionally battered by events and separated a couple of times for the good of England, their love never wavered for each other The story gives believable reasons as to why a pious and moral, widow, with a strong sense of duty to her children would put her reputation andimportantly her immortal soul at risk to love a man who belonged to another And, of course, it is through John and Katherine s descendants that the Tudors become the ruling house of England With thanks to Harlequin Australia Mira for my copy to read and review First off I would like to recommend that you don t embark upon this novel if you know you re going to spend every second comparing it to Anya Seton s Katherine It would be entirely unfair do to this as Katherine is one of the most magnificent historical fiction books ever written and it s unlikely to be matched That being said, I enjoyed this novel by Anne O Brien and found favor in how she chose to write her novel based upon the love affair of Katherine Swynford and John of Gaunt This is First off I would like to recommend that you don t embark upon this novel if you know you re going to spend every second comparing it to Anya Seton s Katherine It would be entirely unfair do to this as Katherine is one of the most magnificent historical fiction books ever written and it s unlikely to be matched That being said, I enjoyed this novel by Anne O Brien and found favor in how she chose to write her novel based upon the love affair of Katherine Swynford and John of Gaunt This is a very passionate portrayal of their lives together and is very personal in it s telling What I mean by this is that this is not a novel that shows their relationship in the grand scheme of things, but rather their relationship IS the focal point of the novel As Ms O Brien writes of their relationship in her author s note I consider it to be a tale of compulsive desire and need, so much stronger than love and this is clearly portrayed throughout the novel Absolutely this is a romance novel BUT it is a romance novel set in the real world, a medieval world full of rigorous protocol and moralistic standards Therefore the bad comes right along with the good This is not a light hearted romance tale, this is a raw and stark account of two people who love each other against all odds and endure a lot in the name of such love It was an emotional roller coaster As relentless of emotional portrayal this novel was I will say that it could be a heavy going read at times I found myself wanting to take a step back from it and wishing there was a wider perspective to be found from another character s point of view However this was not the nature of this novel, it keeps you centered right in the middle of this fiery relationship and there the reader is stuck throughout A very interestingly written novel and one I won t forget 3 stars is a little generous.I have read several by this author now and they are mildly diverting but not outstandingly historical I do take the point that not a lot is known etc but others have done well on just as little to go on The outstanding thing that struck me reading this is that all this author s heroines they areromances than HF really are alike they could almost be the same character and they are all prone to a bit of hysterically misunderstanding and angry blaming I ho 3 stars is a little generous.I have read several by this author now and they are mildly diverting but not outstandingly historical I do take the point that not a lot is known etc but others have done well on just as little to go on The outstanding thing that struck me reading this is that all this author s heroines they areromances than HF really are alike they could almost be the same character and they are all prone to a bit of hysterically misunderstanding and angry blaming I hope this is not representative of the author herself There is also a tendency to feistyness which does pall and is historically ingenuous at best.The author does still spin a good tale, though it is always readable though historically annoying Worth a read if you like a romance with a good dollop of multiple misunderstanding betwixt star crossed lovers Unlike many court dramas, THE SCANDALOUS DUCHESS is focused almost wholly on its female protagonist, Katherine Swynford, and the matters of her heart rather than on politics and royal intrigue, an important point of difference from other such books The story mentions political events only in as much as they have an impact on Katherine s personal life She is a woman completely lacking in political ambition, and this story is a romantic and domestic drama, nothingwhich does not mean that Unlike many court dramas, THE SCANDALOUS DUCHESS is focused almost wholly on its female protagonist, Katherine Swynford, and the matters of her heart rather than on politics and royal intrigue, an important point of difference from other such books The story mentions political events only in as much as they have an impact on Katherine s personal life She is a woman completely lacking in political ambition, and this story is a romantic and domestic drama, nothingwhich does not mean that it is inconsequential.This book centers firmly on the experiences of women in fourteenth century England and their vicissitudes in conforming to the whims of men, the consequences of this condition, and the women s powerlessness to change their situation or act with any sort of autonomy Early in the story comes a brief interlude in which Katherine receives romantic advice from a pilgrim who seems modeled quite blatantly on the Wife of Bath from Chaucer s CANTERBURY TALES made doubly ironic by the fact that Katherine s sister, Philippa, is married to Geoffrey Chaucer It is an amusing reminder that mediaeval women were every bit as worldly as are modern women THE SCANDALOUS DUCHESS is thus both implicitly and explicitly a feminist book When popular opinion turns against Katherine and Duke John s affair, Katherine says that fury flooded through me that the cruellest accusations were directed at me The woman The daughter of Eve, guilty of seduction as she had been since the beginning of time This book is also a very intimate look at the ramifications of royal blood for the human beings in whose veins it flows With great privilege comes a great weight of duty, with little space for those everyday human emotions like, for instance, love When a royal duke must marry for political reasons, is it really wrong for him to take a mistress for love And when he does, what are the emotional consequences for the women involved Overall, the book examines these questions closely, compellingly, and effectively, but far from perfectly Unfortunately, the quality of the story s characterization, exposition, and style is somewhat patchy.THE SCANDALOUS DUCHESS has a surprisingly small cast of characters for a court drama the only people of any real consequence in the story are Katherine, John, and John s wife, the Duchess Constanza Evenlimiting is the fact that Katherine s is the only point of view given in the book, placing the burden of the entire story on her shoulders alone, which may, in part, account for the book s flaws Luckily, Katherine is a character easy to sympathize with, but she does, of course, have some irritating traits, too She quickly demonstrates a wry, self deprecating, and, in a sense, particularly feminine wit that is quite endearing There is much emphasis placed on Katherine s piety and morality we are made to understand in no uncertain terms that she is not a woman prone to scandalous activities But neither is she without passion and desire, as demonstrated by her assertion that Constanza would never understand that a woman could be drawn to a man for other reasons than wealth and power She would never understand that I had rejected every moral teaching of my youth simply because the Duke had wanted me and I had been unable to resist his allure However, Katherine does a little too much hypocritically pious hand wringing to allow the reader to identify with her unreservedly, whereas the Duke s air of dormant menace makes him a muchenigmatic and interesting character.The story begins at a fast pace and the first person narrative gives it evenimmediacy, although the style is just slightly stilted at times However, the first half of the book has an air of superficiality that makes many scenes feel a little flat There is something lacking in the professed love between Katherine and John it is a love that is stated rather than demonstrated and is therefore difficult for the reader to feel truly invested in The account of John and Katherine s courtship often reaches the fanciful heights of melodrama, although this is sometimes tempered by a lively humor Thankfully, after the seeming superficiality of the first half of the book, the author seems to hit her stride about halfway through, drawing the reader in withheartfelt emotions anddramatic scenes that have real impact From that point, the reader islikely to find themselves emotionally invested in the story and its characters This story contains a twist that instantly heightens emotions and the reader s sympathies, riveting the attention on the sudden burst of action and true conflict conflict within and conflict without.I found THE SCANDALOUS DUCHESS to be an enjoyable and enlightening read, if inconsistent in quality However, I must take issue with the publisher rather than the author on a few points Typographical errors are irritatingly common in this book, as is sloppy punctuation and inappropriate word usage, all problems that should have been corrected during the editing process After the close of the story, I also found the thirty odd pages of additional material about the book, its author, and her writing process to be maddeningly excessive The author s note explaining how much factual material she had to work with and how much of the story involved poetic licence is conventional and appropriate for a historical novel, and I can understand and appreciate the questions and suggestions included for use by book clubs I also enjoy reading a short author biography However, when this is followed by another four discrete sections on why the author writes, a QA about her writing, her writing life, and then a day in her life, I begin to fear I am simply being subjected to an extraordinarily lengthy advertisement of the author s other books especially as these pages are peppered with website addresses And finally, a list of the ten best places in which to read THE SCANDALOUS DUCHESS I found that risible and all but insulting I really don t need to be told where to read this book, especially when the suggestions include a dentist s waiting room and ruined castles on the other side of the planet from where I live If you will be a great man s mistress you must pay the price, The Savoy Widow Lady Katherine Swynford presents herself for a role in the household of merciless royal prince John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, hoping to end her destitution But the Duke s scandalous proposition leaves her life of pious integrity reelingSeduced by the glare of royal adoration, Katherine becomes John s mistress She will leave behind everything she has stood for to play second fiddle to his young wife and ruthless ambition She will live in the shadows of the most powerful man in England in the hope of a love greater than propriety But soon the court whispers whore, harlot, vile temptress reach the ears of not just John s bride but his most dangerous political enemies As the Plantagenet prince is accused of bringing England to its knees, who better to blame than shameless she devil Katherine 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About the Author: Anne O'Brien

Librarian Note There isthan one author in the GoodReads database with this name See this thread forinformation My home is in the Welsh Marches, although much of my early life was spent in Yorkshire, most recently in the East Riding.Ann O Brien The Marches is a remote region of England, surrounded by echoes from the past Hereford is close with its famous Mappa Mundi and chained library.So is Shrewsbury, and also Ludlow with its splendid castle and its connections with our Plantagenet and Tudor kings With my husband, I live in an eighteenth century timber framed cottage, which itself must have seen much history over two hundred years.I have always enjoyed the appeal of History.I taught the subject with enthusiasm but it became my ambition to write historical romances My first novel, The Runaway Heiress, was published by Mills and Boon in 2004.This first book was a Regency Romance in the great tradition of Georgette Heyer who has not admired her skill and delicate touch for the period I have drawn on my interest in the Stuart century to write about the English Civil War and Restoration England of Charles II Living in the Marches however I soon discovered the wealth of atmosphere and legend in this isolated part of England from medieval times It was not long before I was encouraged to create a medieval romance inConquering Knight, Captive Lady.When not writing, I have a large rambling garden where George and I grow organic vegetables and soft fruit or perhaps I should admit that he grows them whilst I pick and cook them We have a wild garden, an orchard, a formal pond and herbaceous flower borders We share it all with rabbits and pheasants, frogs and goldfinches, hedgehogs and buzzards It is a beautiful place When we first settled into our cottage I planted a herb garden on a Tudor pattern with stone pathways and clipped box hedges From this I developed my interest in herbs and their uses.Nicholas Culpeper s The Complete Herbal, a fascinating resource to a historical novelist first published in 1649, has become essential bedside reading As a result the use of herbs in medicine and witchcraft, for both good and ill, has appeared in some of my novels.For pure relaxation I enjoy yoga as well as singing with a local Choral Society Watercolour painting allows me to simply sit and appreciate the landscape and the flowers in my garden, when my mind is busy constructing my next plot.


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