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

➵ [Reading] ➷ All For Love The Scandalous Life and Times of Royal Mistress Mary Robinson By Amanda Elyot ➪ – 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 wher Love The Kindle Ñ 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 For Love The Scandalous Life Epub / darling envied by women and desired by men From her shocking affair with the Prince of Wales to heartbreaking betrayals and a restless pursuit All For eBook æ of true romance this breathtaking novel paints a vivid portrait of a woman who changed history by doing as she pleased for money for fame for pleasure and above all for love.All For Love The Scandalous Life and Times of Royal Mistress Mary Robinson

Love The Kindle Ñ Also Leslie CarrollI 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 while I was working three survival jobs simultaneously and struggling to have For Love The Scandalous Life Epub / a career as a working actress Over the years I slogged away in dreary day jobs in such diverse fields as politics advertising.

All For Love The Scandalous Life and Times of Royal
  • Paperback
  • 448 pages
  • All For Love The Scandalous Life and Times of Royal Mistress Mary Robinson
  • Amanda Elyot
  • English
  • 20 October 2016
  • 9780451222978

10 thoughts on “All For Love The Scandalous Life and Times of Royal Mistress Mary Robinson

  1. says:

    I knew precisely suat 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 nothing to them beyond what one would find in a Wikipedia entry In fact Garrick is treated somewhat curiously In Chapter 15 Garrick is alive In Chapter 16 Mary referrs to the ghost of my dear mentor Garrick I had to wiki if Garrick had died in that time He had Then nearly 30 pages later we get a in depth description of Garrick's illness and death It was uite a wires flapping moment in the narrative structure given Garrick's stated importance in her life by Mary herselfAs for the feisty heroine she was not to be seen For someone touted as a front line Romantic poetess and mover and shaker she was suprisingly drab and a pawn in the hands of many her mother husband and the two loves of her life the Prince of Wales and Banastre Tarleton If Mary Robinson was truly such a manipulated and desperate doormat I doubt any author could make her into an engaging focus of a book If Ms Elyot deliberately emphasized that aspect in order to create a romantically suffering character at the hands of those utterly unworthy of her then it misfired The last 150 pages became an aggravating trial as nearly every moment of Mary's and Tarleton's affair was described each low point bringing out the same descriptions of pathetic loss and abandonment each reunion the same descriptions of euphoric joy and renewed validation All that was missing were the blank pages from Stephanie Meyer's New Moon to illustrate Bella's non personhood without the presence of Edward Even when Tarleton is physically absent Mary furiously writes poems for publication jealous screeds to communicate with him her displeasure that he is not by her side He is the alpha and omega of her very being and she considers herself worthless without himThe bulk of the novel was light chatty and shallow as it is from Mary's first person POV that is no surprise but the descriptions of clothes and carriages grew tiresome and often I was left with the feeling that there was no there there When the focus turns away from her livery and wardrobe we are instructed by the author to believe that Mary had a great mind and valued intellect but then Mary makes a stalkerish fool of herself over and over with men who violate her principles about adulteryabandonment and are addicted to gambling a vice she hates above all others She doesn't even profess a desire to change them She only enables because she loves For all her experience with povertyprisonhardship she learns NOTHING It was not fun to read about a woman who keeps banging her head against a wall and wonders why it hurtsMary makes a fetish out of marital obedience as she hauls her husband's butt out of the fire by scrimping to pay his debts then repeats it all over again with Tarleton when she becomes his slave in all but name She justifies it to herself but such willful stupidity makes a modern reader want to wash their hands of her and her self inflicted plight No amount of wildly mushy poetry can redeem her for the utter fool she is and unless the author really digs deep into a character's psyche there's small chance of it making a good storyThis probing Elyot does not do Mary's father's abandonment of his family hardly makes a connection to her desperate drive for love and acceptance The connection is there and plain to see but Elyot doesn't connect the wires because the scope is limited to Mary's idiotic perspective and she could not see anything unless she tripped over it And maybe not even then She would only moan that Tarleton wasn't there to pick her up and then drag herself to her desk to write a verse that he return immediatelyAnother part of the book rather Elyot's style that irked me was the less than deft insertion of information that peppered the narrative and the dialogue For example Tarleton has just rejoined her yet again after Mary has felt abandoned yet again He whisks her off to the boudoir and is about to do the whole Out It Comes And In It Goes that drives Mary wild with ecstasy every time as they lay on top of each other in a tangle of clothes and limbs Then he huskily murmurs against her earOnce I read 'Bounding Billows' in the August issue of The Oracle I could not bear the thought of spending another moment without youRavish me Mr FootnoteAnd that isn't the only example I can point to but this review is getting long enough A scene in a theater box Cornwallis is mentioned There There are many instances of such weirdly specific citations popping up in dialogue and sometimes vast swathes of it land like anvils as the schoolmarm glasses come out and the class gets a lecture on facts Why Elyot didn't take her research and make a non fiction book instead of a frothy romance I have no idea It would have made for a better read as the romance part of this book is overwritten in a purply manner and the remainder turns the main characters into clinging idiots and crass villains in a vicious cycle of codependencyDespite all this the book was an easy read except for the slog of the last 150 pages but at the end I had the feeling that I had just crossed the mighty Mississippiif it were 2 inches deep Easy undoubtedly But boringly so and my sense of accomplishment was riding on nil It was a small investment of time to discover an author and subject that I would rather not read again While my expectations from the back cover were above what the book contained there was uite a bit wrong with it anyway Still I would have given it 3 stars if not for the utter rapid decline of the last third So 2 it isThe experience has made me want to re read Wicked Company by Ciji Ware It has been years but I recall the heroine being very admirable the theatrical details superb Garrick and Sheridan utterly given their due and the tone of the story coherent Here's hoping memory serves

  2. says:

    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

  3. says:

    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

  4. says:

    I felt this book did a good job portraying the lackadaisical Georgian aristocratic view towards money and debts and the theatrical culture Mary Robinson as a sympathetic character however left much to be desired She was forever making the stupidest decisions regarding her own life and relationships Her daughter Maria seemed to have all the sense in the family While the Prince of Wales' obsession with his Perdita played a role in the beginning of the story most of the plot was taken by Mary's literary career and her tumultuous relationship with Banastre Tarleton

  5. says:

    Interesting subject but I can't believe that anyone who managed what this woman did was this week of a person

  6. says:

    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

  7. says:

    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 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 daughter to raise with no help from her wastrel husband Mary worked hard at her passion until a chance encounter with the heir to the English throne touched her heart After months of indecision she left the theater and became the mistress of Prince George A whirlwind romance followed but with a high price to pay to her standing in society A woman alone fighting to put food on the table and clothes on her child's back Sound familiar? Mary pulled out all the stops and did what she needed to do to survive And even though she could never go back to the theater she found a new talent in writing poems novels and even a play A spirited tale of how one of the weaker sex had to fight the double standard to carve out her place in society and history

  8. says:

    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 'voice' in the book was distinctly that of a woman in the time period along with gendered roles inconsistent psychology and masochistic tendencies A great glimpse into the world at this timeI thoroughly enjoyed this and recommend it

  9. says:

    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 ie 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 feltshe made re them

  10. says:

    This book is about well I guess the 'original Mrs Robinson' She was uite 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

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