I can’t believe it’s April. The school year is winding down, summer activity sign-ups are underway, and I can’t wait to sit on the deck and relax with a glass of wine. Too bad it’s still freezing on the east coast! If I didn’t have work today I would be snuggled on the sofa, fire in the fireplace, reading a book and napping… a gal can dream right?

It’s time to read historical fiction again and let me say that if you enjoy historical fiction you will enjoy this book. I finished reading it a few weeks ago and it’s one of the better novels in the historical space. To learn a little more about the author, click here to read a brief author Q&A.

We have several copies to give away to Manic Mommies listeners and book clubbers. The book discussion is scheduled for May 18th, watch for details on how to join the conversation as we get closer to the date.

Synopsis: While selling oranges in the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, sweet and sprightly Ellen “Nell” Gwyn impresses the theater’s proprietors with a wit and sparkle that belie her youth and poverty. She quickly earns a place in the company, narrowly avoiding the life of prostitution to which her sister has already succumbed. As her roles evolve from supporting to starring, the scope of her life broadens as well. Soon Ellen is dressed in the finest fashions, charming the theatrical, literary, and royal luminaries of Restoration England. Ellen grows up on the stage, experiencing first love and heartbreak and eventually becoming the mistress of Charles II. Despite his reputation as a libertine, Ellen wholly captures his heart—and he hers—but even the most powerful love isn’t enough to stave off the gossip and bitter court politics that accompany a royal romance. Telling the story through a collection of vibrant seventeenth-century voices ranging from Ellen’s diary to playbills, letters, gossip columns, and home remedies, Priya Parmar brings to life the story of an endearing and delightful heroine.

To enter this month’s giveaway, send an e-mail (comments are not considered entries) to Mari.Partyka@gmail.com. Put ‘Exit the Actress’ in the subject line. Please include your shipping address in the body of your message.

Winners will be selected at random on Monday evening, April 11th

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2 Responses to May Book Club: Exit the Actress

  1. Jilleen H says:


    Looks like another great selection! Looking forward to it.


  2. kathy says:

    Been following your websites, this and bookworm with a view. Would love to read Exit the Actress. Thank you in advance.