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A sweeping tale of ambition, treachery, and passion . . .

For generations Lady Diana de Vere’s family loyally served England’s crown. But after King Charles II’s untimely death, her father becomes an outcast for refusing to submit to James II’s tyranny. Charles, Duke of St. Albans—the late king’s bastard son by actress Nell Gwyn—escapes his newly crow
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Published April 14th 2015 by Gallica Press (first published April 11th 2015)
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Melinda
Feb 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
Diana de Vere, a fascinating fictional characters comes to life engaging the reader. We meet Diana as an adolescent through young adult. She secretly becomes romantically involved with Charles Beauclerk, Duke of St. Albans, resulting in their marriage.

Porter crafts a sentimental romance taking place during extreme turbulent times. Charles II is dead, brother James climbs in power and position with a share of supporter as well as adversaries. Political and religious strife create a dramatic and u
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Dianna Rostad
May 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Porter does this incredible thing which is really quite difficult to pull off. She paints the broad historical landscape of the Stuart's last years of reign, complete with all the tidbits and intrigues, while very deftly pulling us in for a personal, in-depth story of Diana de Vere and her life with the Duke of St Albans, bastard to a king and son of an actress. A well-crafted story with enjoyable history and characters. A real treat for historical readers.
Patty
May 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
I have to state that I enjoy books that tell the stories of lesser known women in history. A Pledge of Better Times does exactly that by weaving the story of Diana de Vere from snippets of her left in correspondence and other written sources. We meet her when she is still a child and she encounters King Charles II and he introduces her to his three sons by different mistresses. She is the daughter of the Earl of Oxford, a close friend of the king but a noble without a fortune. Soon Charles dies ...more
Ruth Chatlien
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A well-told novel about the marriage of Diana de Vere and Charles Beauclerk, illegitimate son of Charles II and actress Nell Gwyn. I liked the character of Diana quite a lot, and I also especially enjoyed the inside look at the reigns of William and Mary.
Annette
May 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Source: Advanced Reader Copy provided for free from Gallica Press in exchange for a review.
Rating: 5 stars for excellent.
Summary:
A sweeping tale of ambition, treachery, and passion…
For generations Lady Diana de Vere’s family loyally served England’s crown. But after King Charles II’s untimely death, her father firmly opposes James II’s tyranny. Charles Beauclerk, Duke of St. Albans—the late king’s bastard son by actress Nell Gwyn—also rebels against his newly crowned uncle’s manipulation. Secret
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Margaret
This is a time period that I was totally unfamiliar with, which is the main reason I wanted to be part of this tour. The first thought that stuck me while reading this book was the authors vast knowledge of the time period as well as her passion for it. Descriptive writing had my imagination going and I was able to visualize so much. My interest in art has peeked because of books like this one.

Beginning in 1684 with the death of King Charles II the reader is introduced to a number of historical
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CLM
Dec 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Highly recommended! Here is a link to my review: http://perfectretort.blogspot.com/201... ...more
Leslie Smith
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Porter provides a compelling view of real insiders to the events of the late 17th and early 18th century. She manages the balancing act of providing historical detail while maintaining dramatic energy. This was hard to put down! Illuminating and vivid!
Colleen Turner
May 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Find my full review at http://aliteraryvacation.blogspot.com.

When I began A Pledge of Better Times I was anticipating the standard, yet still very enjoyable, historical novel that centered around a person from history that, while not as well known as some, had a strategic place within the greater machinations of the time. Well, this novel is that and so much more. While the relationship between Diana de Vere and Charles Beauclerk does play a big part in the story, for me the novel was more about
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Viviane Crystal
Jul 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Power and its consequent manipulations, betrayals, immoralities, favors, and dysfunction are characteristic of 17th Century England under the reign of King Charles II, King James, King William III and his Queen Mary, and King George III. But Lady Diana de Vere is an anomaly in the middle of the turmoil that ensues from royal chaos and those who vie for favored status. Diana and her husband Charles share a common background; their fathers sired many children out of marriage and the status of “bas ...more
M. McCall
Jul 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Meticulously researched and offering an impressive cast of real-life characters brought to vibrant life, A Pledge of Better Times expertly captures the drama, passions, politics and religious turmoil of England at the turn of the 18th century. Margaret Porter crafts her story with exquisite detail, transporting the reader into a world full of intrigue, scandal, and breathtaking danger alongside Lady Diana de Vere and Charles Beauclerk, the young Duke and Duchess of St. Albans, as they struggle t ...more
Fran
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
I've long been a fan of historical fiction - and this book was a particular treat. Porter's ability to combine historical accuracy with her author's imagination make for an enjoyable read.

The author's notes describing some of what she learned in the process of researching this story were fun to read at the end of the novel.
Susan
May 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a wonderful historical novel! It
presented the amazing cavalcade of 17th century England and especially Lady Diana
de Vere. The characters were vividly
drawn to life and the background richly
presented. I highly recommend the book
for history lovers and those who enjoy
learning about the lives of women.
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