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    a good historical book

    The Earl of Rochester was an eccentric man who had an eye for the ladies, amongst many other things. He lived a very lavish, self-indulgent lifestyle, especially for the period. This book is his life. The book reads like a diary, told by the Earl himself, from the day he was born to the day he died and beyond. The book also weaves together facts with fiction. There are many tales about the Earl’s unconventional life that will have you dumbfounded, thinking that it most possibly couldn’t be true, only to google about the Earl himself, and find that he actually really was that ‘sort’ of man. The author has clearly spent a good many years doing her research for this book, and I commend her for her excellent knowledge base, and being able to create such a detailed book about one mans life. Whilst intrigued by the book, and quite a lot of Rochester’s life, I found I had a love-hate relationship with the man. He certainly gives us an entertaining story with his encounters and recklessness, whilst at the same time I found myself disgusted with his lifestyle, which even by today’s standards would be heavily frowned upon. I also couldn’t get that connection with him, like I do with the main character in most other books. The book itself though is beautifully written, but I found it hard to read. There were a lot of the historical details that I struggled with, and I’m ashamed to say, that at times I did lose interest in the story, but this is down to me and not the great tale that the author has written. There are also a lot of secondary characters in the book. To help with remembering who is who, there is a list at the back of the book, along with a family tree. Unfortunately I’m just not that interested in the history of that period, so I spent a long time reading it as I had to read small sections at a time. If you love a good historical book, with an outlandish, yet fabulous character, then this is the book for you.

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