The Painted Lady
The story takes place against the dramatic backdrop of the Great Plague, the Dutch wars and the Great Fire of London, and it's full of the atmospheric sense of place and history that Haran is known for evoking. Rich in period detail, vivid in description and character, THE PAINTED LADY is an utterly irresistible, compelling historical novel.
There is something charmingly old-fashioned about this account of intrigue and romance in Restoration London...This is an undemanding and highly enjoyable account of the court beauty who was allegedly the model for Britannia on the coinage, and who eventually, one is glad to learn, got her man."<br />
Maeve Haran presents a vivid picture of life at the royal court - a mixture of courtesy and coarseness, laxity and loyalty - which makes an easy read.
It's evocative, colourful and exciting, but while there are lots of heaving bodices, it's a tad restrained on the ripping front.
Haran has created a pacy tale of court intrigue , daring and romance set against a time of war, plague and the Great Fire of London....Overall, an entertaining read that should amuse history buffs almost ( but not quite) as much as die-hard romantics.