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Susan Holloway Scott Books In Order

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Duchess (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Royal Harlot (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The King's Favorite (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The French Mistress (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Countess and the King (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
I, Eliza Hamilton (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Secret Wife of Aaron Burr (2019) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Susan Holloway Scott is a historical fiction author. She was born in Washington D.C but grew up in northern New Jersey. The author graduated from Brown University with a B.A in art history which gave birth to her first book. Susan has received several awards for her publications that use a lot from having grown in an area that was rich in American colonial history. Susan currently resides in Philadelphia with her family.

Susan has authored over fifty historical books which have been translated into over fifteen languages. The author also writes under the pseudonyms Miranda Jarret and Isabella Bradford.

Duchess

Duchess is a historical fiction novel that details the life of Sarah Jennings. Sarah arrives at bawdy armed with a combination of charm, intelligence, and beauty which she plans to use and prosper. Slowly Anne wins the trust of England’s future queen. She also managed to protect her reputation and virtues and ended marrying John Churchill, an ambitious man just like Sarah.

Sarah Scott has an engaging personality as she is ambitious and always ready to protect her character and standards no matter the cost. She manages to create a friendship with Anne who is one of James the second’s younger daughter and also destined to be the queen of England. She establishes a friendship with Anne that was full of loyalty and truth. Sarah manages to land herself a position in the English court and also amass a great deal of wealth.

Progressing into the story, Sarah manages to marry John who is an ambitious and hardworking young man. John and Sarah are born from low-level families, but they both manage to climb the social ranks turning history and creating a numerous amount of wealth for themselves. It is also notable the role that Sarah plays in the political history of England with at times taking advantage of her close friend Anne but for the greater good.

Sarah through her determination and loyalty to her friend Anne help in bringing up the princess and her husband to the throne through the risks and sacrifices that cost her a lot. Through holding to her standards and the use of her intelligence and hard work, Sarah eventually gets what she has set her eyes on- happy life and a tremendous amount of wealth.

Susan has an understanding of history and explains the past in this historical fiction expertly. The story is well plotted with events that show the life of the poor and the rich including sacrifices, betrayals that characterized the life of her characters.

The Countess and The King

Susan ushers the reader into the world of Katherine Sedley in The Countess and The King. Life for cathartine was simple, living by her own rules and loving who she pleased. However, on James the second coming to the throne, the mistress changes her life completely.

Katherine is born into a wealthy and privileged family and introduced to the king Charles the second’s court living a life of carefree pleasure. Things change when King James ascends to power after the death of King Charles the second. Her life is characterized by religious dissent, political intrigue, and a string of constantly changing alliances. A simple mistake could end up forcing her into exile or even meaning death. As the condition becomes hot, she is left with two decisions- become loyal to the new king or her country England.

Power, betrayal, and greed are very evident in this story with each of the characters trying to ensure that their motives are met. It is set during a time when political instability is almost a thing that is presumed a normal phenomenon as the characters go after what they deem important to themselves and those that they value. It is during a time when people have to take sides to safeguard what they value, and most of all avoid being on the wrong side of the regime. Scot has expertly explored the themes of power, betrayal, family feuds. She additionally gives an insight into the development of history that changed many things that followed after this fictional story.

Scot has her way with words that enables her to create an aura of figurative illustrations merged with historical facts. The author takes the events that happened in the line of history and turns them into a captivating story.

The King’s Favorite

The King’s Favorite is a story that gives an account of a London’s darling who was also the last kings, last love. Nell Gwyn, a young and beautiful girl in her teens, rises from poverty to become a known figure in the theater. With her saucy beauty and impudent wit, she catches the attention of King Charles the second.

Though she is favorite to the king, she still has to learn how to move around the impunity that has characterized the royal court. Lust for power has taken deep root in England putting everyone on the line of betrayal and death. All around Katherine everyone seems to be after their own agenda and life might get rough if she is not careful. She is that person that is ever around to make king Charles happy all the time, but this might not be the case to everyone else around the king. The book goes deep into the political state that England was in during the reign of King Charles the second, characterized by lots of opposition and objections for most of the projects that he had forcing him to seek refuge in people like Katherine.

The book paints an excellent picture of a country that is faced by lust for power, betrayal, and hypocrisy that threatens the very existence of peace and development. It is also worth noting that the fun side is also well illustrated especially with the life of Katherine. Additionally, loyalty is well illustrated through the life of Katherine who sticks with the king genuinely in the midst of all the wrangles that surround his administration.

This is another illustration of history crafted articulately to deliver an enjoyable story. The choice of characters and venues is one that shows a rich understanding of the history of England during the king Charles the second reign.

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