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Taking the Leap
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Kristen Ashley
The Valley of Shadows
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Rudy Ruiz

Gillian Bagwell

Dear Reader,

Nell Gwynn rose from poverty to become a beloved comic actress and mistress of Charles II. Her rags-to-riches odyssey takes the reader through the newly-opened London theatres, the last plague epidemic, the Great Fire of 1666, and the licentious court.

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Thanks for reading,
Gillian Bagwell

"[A] richly engaging portrait of ... one of history's most appealing characters!" - Diana Gabaldon

"... an absolute triumph as a debut absolutely brilliant addition to the historical fiction genre." - Kayla Posney, Pittsburgh Historical Fiction Examiner

5 Stars! – Historical Novel Review
5 Stars! – Passages to the Past
5 Stars! – The Book Buff
5 Stars plus! – Historically Obsessed