1586 - London, England
Sixteen-year-old Mercy Hart is the daughter of one of London's richest - and strictest - cloth merchants.
Kit Turner is an actor and the illegitimate son of the late Earl of Dorset. A chance encounter finds Kit falling for the beautiful Mercy's charms, but their love is forbidden. A merchant's daughter and a vagabond - it simply cannot be.
If Mercy chooses Kit she must renounce her family name and leave her home. Will she favour duty over true love, or will she give Kit his heart's desire?
Every time I review these books I say the same thing, and I’m afraid I’m going to again. I LOVE this series! Set in Tudor England and following the stories of the delicious Lacey Brothers and the girls they love, Eve Edwards’ novels are rich, fun, accessible historical fiction and a treat to read.
The Rogue's Princess follows Kit Turner, illegitimate brother to the wealthy Lacey’s, who we were introduced to in the previous book-The Queen’s Lady. Brought up in the theatre he’s charming, witty and worldly. So when he falls for Puritan Mercy Hart it seems he’s doomed. But Mercy manages to see beyond the player…if only her father could! This book mixes forbidden love, political intrigue and a fascinating time in history.
I knew Kit would be a fantastic character and he didn’t disappoint. I loved his flowery way with words, charm and loveable roguish ways. He was every bit as entertaining as I’d hoped he’d be. Having him fall for a girl from one of the most devout puritan families in London was genius and gave plenty of room for his character to develop. Mercy was also a brilliant character. Like all of Eve Edwards’ heroines she’s strong and determined despite the limitations her time casts upon her. I loved her thoughtfulness and gentle nature and the loyalty she has for both her family and Kit.
If you’ve yet to pick up this series, then don’t hesitate any longer. Every book leaves me with a smile on my face and has me enthralled throughout. With one last brother to hear from I’m hoping it won’t be too long before we get the next installment!
Published by Puffin/Penguin UK July 2011
Thanks to the publishers for providing a copy for review.