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All For Love: The Scandalous Life and Times of Royal Mistress Mary Robinson

3.16  ·  Rating details ·  135 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
A bold and bawdy historical novel-from the acclaimed author of Too Great a Lady.

Mary Robinson's talent, beauty, and drive led her from debtors' prison to the glamour and scandal of the London stage, where a star was born-and sold as society's darling, envied by women, and desired by men. From her shocking affair with the Prince of Wales to heartbreaking betrayals and a r
Paperback, 448 pages
Published February 5th 2008 by NAL
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Dec 17, 2009 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: lovers of chick lit HF
Recommended to Karla by: myself, unfortunately
I knew precisely squat about Mary Robinson before I picked up this book, except from what the back blurb told me, so I was hoping for a tale of the theater with a feisty heroine I could root for and sympathize with. Unfortunately, the theater world, when it does appear, is given life with a lackluster pen. Since Mary Robinson's stage career was brief anyway, it would have been nice to make the most of it when it did happen. Sheridan and Garrick appear, but they are just names and there is really ...more
Jun 23, 2012 rated it did not like it
Interesting. I was annoyed by how Mrs. Robinson was exploited and dropped by all her lovers over and over again. She'd support them financially, pay for their gambling debts, give them a place to live, etc, forgive their multitudes of infidelities, because of her inability to do without them and the way they would make her feel.
Wiebke Kuhn
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
I could not get into this one -- yes, the late 18th century is an interesting time period for some folks, and lots of stuff happened, but this retelling was just a little too superficial for me, not entirely consistent in its use vocabulary, and the main character did not appear to have a lot going for her.
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
It was an alright book, probably wouldn't read it again. The characters relationships with those around her felt rushed. Sheridan and Garrick were supposedly to have a huge impact on her life but yet we see very little of them.

Dec 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, women-famous
I'd never heard of this woman before reading the book. Of course, history is rarely kind to women and usually it's only the men who are boasted about. But I was intrigued when I began reading and became even more caught up as I continued reading. Mary Robinson was a woman of common origins who had a lifelong passion for the theater. However, in the 1700's, women who "trod the boards" were considered no better than whores and other fallen women. Trapped in a loveless marriage, and with a young da ...more
May 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing

I read reviews on for this book, and gave it a pass based on that. I came across it in the library and picked it up anyway. Given the reviews, I was biased and expected it to be trite and a modernized soap-operatic version of events with stinky writing. I was clearly wrong, and happily surprised that it was extremely well written - lots of words and sentence construction that stretched my mind (even as a voracious reader). Kudos to this author for her keen historical research. The 'vo
Virginia Albanese
Dec 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
Historical fiction (I'd never heard of Mary Robinson) written in her style of writing. Found it a bit hard to believe some of it i.e. her fear of debtor's prison and then the next day buying several pantheons. Almost again in prison and then going off to France to live. Did people just live off others at the time?
Real story was her relationships with men and poor choices (I felt)she made re them.
Jan 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Having never read about Mary Robinson before I was enthralled with her story. It was tragic yet inspiring. I did find, though, that some of the joy of the story was lost in the purple prose it was written with. I have several of Leslie Carroll's (Amanda Elyot is a pen-name) works on my to-read list, so I'm quite excited to read the others.

Informative and fun to read!

Apr 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, historical
This book is about ...well I guess the 'original Mrs Robinson'. She was Quite a character. Married to a dead beat man and trying to do the best for her kids and still have a life. An actress and mistress made her scandalous. Her antics at times seems very out there but despite being a historical fiction there are lots of known facts about her in the book. Was very entertaining.
Susan E
Jul 24, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2008-read
Not sure what I expected... I was intrigued by the royal mistress storyline, but the rest of the story was rather ponderous. Mary was not the most admirable character.
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I was born and raised in New York City, attended the Fieldston School in Riverdale, and received my Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University. I began writing novels in 1998 while I was working three survival jobs simultaneously and struggling to have a career as a working actress. Over the years I slogged away in dreary day jobs in such diverse fields as politics, advertising,
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