The Queen's Choice

by Anne O'Brien

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LoveReading View on The Queen's Choice

The Queen’s Choice’ is a wonderfully effortless read, where historical fact blends with romance, scheming and subterfuge. Covering a period between 1396 and 1422 the story revolves around Joanna of Navarre who married King Henry IV in a time where love in a marriage was a luxury. Anne O’Brien transports you back into a world where woman were pawns in the political wrangling of court, and intelligent women had to act with stealth, even if they had husbands who understood their worth. Joanna is an engaging character, her longing for love and her frustration with the position in which she finds herself is understandable, and that’s what makes this such a captivating read; this isn't a history lesson, this is a fascinating and believable story. ~ Liz Robinson

Liz Robinson

The Queen's Choice Synopsis

Her children or her crown France, 1399: The Duke of Brittany is dead and his widow, Joanna of Navarre, has inherited control of their land - a testament to her intellect, integrity and political prowess. Then comes an unprecedented proposal from Henry IV, King of England. The price of becoming his Queen? Abandoning her homeland, leaving her children and sacrificing her independence. Henry's hold on the crown is unsteady and war is brewing. With the constant threat of rebellion, Henry will trust no-one - not even his new Queen. Crossing the channel is a dangerous prospect. But the union between Joanna and Henry would bring the chance of a vital alliance between two proud states - if they will allow it.

The Queen's Choice 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. You can click here to read the full reviews.

  • Angie Rhodes - ‘This is a wonderful tale, with a strong woman who knows what she wants and is not afraid of speaking her mind, […] Anne O'Brian is regarded as one of the best history writers, and this shows you why. Excellent!’
  • Karen McIntosh - ‘A beautifully told tale of a remarkable woman, it will whisk you back in time!’
  • Jennifer Moville - ‘The author has mixed storytelling with history in a fascinating way - and although this is one huge book I found that it was difficult to put down’
  • Sandra Rabiasz - ‘Turbulent times, life changing decisions.’
  • Russ Pasquill - ‘The story unfolds at a perfect pace and combines a heady plot of romance, backstabbing, death and witchcraft - all of which makes for highly immersive reading.’
  • Cathy Small - ‘This book brings history to life as we follow the two marriages of the Duchess of Brittany and the challenges in England and France.’
  • Jo-anne Atkinson - 'O'Brien is a mistress of the historical romance with a huge emphasis on the romance side!'
  • Glenda Worth - 'The Queen's Choice is a delightful tale of a woman who follows the path of her true love and the difficulties she faces for the rest of her life.'
  • Susan Keaney - 'Like the tapestries that would have adorned the walls of Joanna’s homes, The Queen’s Choice weaves all the elements of the story together to create a hugely enjoyable read full of colour and detail. Highly recommended.'
  • Helen Claire - 'Engrossing read from start to finish and it is accurate too and has the perfect amounts of everything needed for a stomping good read.'
  • Karen Swanscott - 'A richly woven story of a woman trying to find her way through marriages, love and court intrigue.  Anne O'Brien weaves a well-researched and captivating historical tale.'
  • Suze - 'A beautiful story about a proud woman with an interesting character.' 

The Queen's Choice Press Reviews

Praise for Anne O'Brien:

'Better than Philippa Gregory.' - The Bookseller The author [is] a compulsive storyteller.' - Sunday Express

'Extremely compelling historical fiction.' - Cosmopolitan

'An absolutely gripping tale.' - The Sun

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ISBN: 9781848454071
Publication date: 14/01/2016
Publisher: Mira an imprint of Harlequin (UK)
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781848454071
Publication date: 14th January 2016
Author: Anne O'Brien
Publisher: Mira an imprint of Harlequin (UK)
Format: Hardback
Genres: Reader Reviewed Books, eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Historical Fiction,
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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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