EXIT THE ACTRESS, by Priya Parmar

London 1600's. The life of legendary actress Nell Gwynne, once an orange seller in London’s theatres, then - after a long, heart-wrenching chase - mistress to England’s Charles II (he had a lot of them, but Nell was one of the longest running). If you like historical romances, this first novel fills the bill, and in an unusual fashion: it’s written as exerpts from Nell’s diary, from playbills, and from archly-written gossip sheets of the day. Very "flavorful" and readable: you’ll step with into the mid-1600’s and enjoy every moment. This is a first novel, and I'm waiting eagerly for future stories from Parmar. Give this a 4.