The King’s Mistress
In the prequel to her first novel, The Darling Strumpet, Gillian Bagwell takes the reader on an adventure filled with danger, bravery, and a love that knows no bounds.As a gentleman’s daughter, Jane Lane leads a privileged life inside the walls of her family’s home. At 25 years old, her parents are keen to see her settled, but Jane dreams of a union that goes beyond the advantageous match her father desires.Her quiet world is shattered when Royalists, fighting to restore the crown to King Charles II, arrive at their door, imploring Jane and her family for help. They have been hiding the king, but Cromwell’s forces are close behind them, baying for Charles’ blood – and the blood of anyone who seeks to help him. Putting herself in mortal danger, Jane must help the king escape to safety by disguising him as her manservant.With the shadow of the gallows dogging their every step, Jane finds herself falling in love with the gallant young Charles. But will Jane surrender to a passion that could change her life – and the course of history – forever?The unforgettable true story of Charles II’s escape, retold for a modern, female audience. Perfect for fans of compelling historical fiction such as Philippa Gregory and Elizabeth Chadwick.