The King's Sister

by Anne O'Brien

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LoveReading View on The King's Sister

March 2015 Book of the Month.

A passionate, all-consuming yet very sad love story in violent times, that of Elizabeth of Lancaster, a Plantagenet, for John Holland, Duke of Exeter.  We are in the 1380s and 90s, a very complex period of history, here thrillingly related.  It can only have one ending, a violent one, we know what’s coming but still it held me on the edge of my seat.  If you do not know the period well then this is the book for you.

 

A 'Piece of Passion' from the publisher...

The King’s Sister is a book that will stay with me forever - I defy anyone not to become totally immersed in the emotionally rich story of Elizabeth of Lancaster’s life and her tragic dilemma. The choice she has to make between saving her brother or her husband is so breathtakingly awful to think about, and the build-up to her decision is one of the most wonderfully tense pieces of writing I’ve read for a long time. Anne O’Brien is a master in bringing women from history alive, and this is her most spectacular story yet.’ Sally Williamson, Commissioning Editor, MIRA

Sarah Broadhurst

The King's Sister Synopsis

'The gripping tale of Elizabeth of Lancaster, sibling of Henry IV. Packed with love, loss and intrigue' - Sunday Express S Magazine ONE BETRAYAL IS ALL IT TAKES TO CHANGE HISTORY 1382. Daughter of John of Gaunt, sister to the future King Henry IV, Elizabeth of Lancaster has learned the shrewd tricks of the court from England's most powerful men. In a time of political turmoil, allegiance to family is everything. A Plantagenet princess should never defy her father's wishes. Yet headstrong Elizabeth refuses to bow to the fate of a strategic marriage. Rejecting her duty, Elizabeth weds the charming and ruthlessly ambitious Sir John Holland: Duke of Exeter, half-brother to King Richard II and the one man she has always wanted. But defiance can come at a price. 1399. Elizabeth's brother Henry has seized the throne. Her husband, confidant to the usurped Richard, masterminds a secret plot against the new King. Trapped in a dangerous web, Elizabeth must make a choice. Defy the King and betray her family. Or condemn her husband and send him to his death. SISTER. WIFE. TRAITOR. She holds the fate of England in her hands.

The King's Sister Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.

  • Pam Kennedy - 'Very, very good. The author has really researched her subject and has written a fantastic book...I cannot praise it enough.' Read full review >
  • Sarah Musk - 'An exciting, absorbing book about passionate love at the court of Richard II.  You will love the magnetic, headstrong Elizabeth of Lancaster who finds love in dangerous times.' Read full review >
  • Kerry Bridges - 'Elizabeth of Lancaster, cousin to the King, must know her place at Court.  But Elizabeth does not know her place and her actions put those she loves and all she holds dear in grave danger.' Read full review >
  • Berwyn Peet - 'Excellent historical novel with strong characters and a gripping plot.' Read full review >
  • Susan Wallace - 'A great read.  I couldn't put it down.  The characters are so well depicted that I really cared about what happened to them.' Read full review >
  • Christine Scott - 'It was so engrossing from the first page to the last. What a story!!! Absolutely brilliant.' Read full review >
  • Magdalena Vidgen - 'Overall, interesting read from the historical point of view, but not my favourite style.' Read full review >
  • Jocelyn Garvey - 'Anne O'Brien tells us what it was like to be a Plantagenet princess, a pawn to be married to the most 'suitable' bidder.' Read full review >
  • Helen Skinner - 'This is a fairly light novel concentrating on love and romance rather than politics and battles, but the author still manages to make the 14th century come alive...' Read full review >
  • Mandy Carver - 'I struggled to get into this book, but I'm glad I persevered as I really enjoyed it.  Anne O'Brien writes with such detail that you can really picture the scenes.' Read full review >
  • Frida Spanberger - 'A bit of struggle to begin with, but I did get ‘pulled’ into the intrigues of the English court and Elizabeth’s story and found it fascinating.' Read full review >
  • Tania - The book is exciting, it is full of suspense, fast pacing and impossible to put down. Read full review >

The King's Sister Press Reviews

Praise for Anne O'Brien:

 

'One of the best writers around...she outdoes even Philippa Gregory' - The Sun

 

'Her writing is highly evocative of the time period. ..O'Brien has produced an epic tale' - Historical Novel Society

 

'Anne O'Brien's novels give a voice to the silent women of history' - Yorkshire Post

 

'An exciting and intriguing story of love and historical politics. If you enjoy Philippa Gregory and Alison Weir you will love Anne O'Brien' - We Love This Book

 

'This book is flawlessly written and well researched, and will appeal to her fans and those who like Philippa Gregory's novels' - Birmingham Post

 

'A brilliantly researched and well-told story; you won't be able to put this book down' - Candis

 

'A fast paced historical drama that is full of suspense.' - Essentials

 

'Set amid a fascinating period of history, this book is flawlessly written' Lancashire Evening Post

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781848453661
Publication date: 26/02/2015
Publisher: Mira an imprint of Harlequin (UK)
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781848453463
Publication date: 07/11/2014
Publisher: Mira an imprint of Harlequin (UK)
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781848453661
Publication date: 26th February 2015
Author: Anne O'Brien
Publisher: Mira an imprint of Harlequin (UK)
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 560 pages
Genres: Books of the Month, Reader Reviewed Books, eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction,
Categories: Historical romance,

About Anne O'Brien

Anne O’Brien was born in the West Riding of Yorkshire. After gaining a BA Honours degree in History at Manchester University and a Master’s in Education at Hull, she lived in the East Riding for many years as a teacher of history.She now lives with her husband in an eighteenth-century timber-framed cottage in depths of the Welsh Marches in Herefordshire on the borders between England and Wales.

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