Title: Royal Mistress
Author: Anne Easter Smith
Publication Date: 7 May 2013
Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance
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Jane Lambert, the quick-witted and alluring daughter of a silk merchant, is twenty-two and still unmarried. When Jane’s father finally finds her a match, she’s married off to the dull, older silk merchant William Shore—but her heart belongs to another. Marriage doesn’t stop Jane Shore from flirtation, however, and when the king’s chamberlain and friend, Will Hastings, comes to her husband’s shop, Will knows his King will find her irresistible.
Edward IV has everything: power, majestic bearing, superior military leadership, a sensual nature, and charisma. And with Jane as his mistress, he also finds true happiness. But when his hedonistic tendencies get in the way of being the strong leader England needs, his life, as well as that of Jane Shore and Will Hastings, hang in the balance.
I’ve never been so glad to be done with a book. Honestly.
I had really high hopes for this lovely sounding novel.If you haven’t, read the description and then come back.
You back? Yes. Doesn’t it sound incredible, like there’s going to be a tiny murder mystery or something even slightly cool. But no, that’s not what you get with this novel. Before I bash this novel, let’s start with the few things I really liked.
I was a fan of her dialogue style. It was very interesting to read, especially because it felt very authentic to the time period. And, more importantly, there was an extreme amount of sass readily available, which you know I’m a complete fan of.
I was also a huge fan of the character development of Jane Lambert. She starts off as a meek, subservient type of girl but by the end she was significantly stronger and had changed in manners that were extremely realistic. That was definitely one of the most interesting parts to the novel and, truthfully, one of two reasons that I kept on reading. The other reason I continued reading was because I was expecting there to be a huge plot twist or some sudden piece of intrigue (there wasn’t).
The lack of a plot twist wasn’t the only thing that put me off of this book. There was an insane amount of description. Literally just pages and pages of description of the most mundane of things. There were many times where there was just description without movement of the plot. It was both annoying and pointless.
Secondly, the rest of the characters were extremely flat. Across the board, there was little to no character development despite the fact that the story had spanned several year. There was so much time to establish and evolve these characters, especially with the sheer amount of description incorporated in the novel. The book would have been millions of times better with more clear and maybe even drastic changes in character.
Lastly the plot. It was lacking in every place where it was important. Like I’ve said countless times, there needed to be an interesting plot twist. However that wasn’t the worst part. The actual plot itself was also mediocre. There were significant amounts of lulls that honestly shouldn’t have been there. The entire novel could have been condensed into approximately half the pages and probably would have been twice as good.
All in all, this novel definitely didn’t capture my attention. Part of it was because of my own expectations for the novel but the other part was because the writing style didn’t capture my interest. I’m certain that other people might enjoy this novel but I couldn’t recommend it.