‘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
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.
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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
Publication date: 14/01/2016
Publisher: Mira an imprint of Harlequin (UK)
|Publication date:||14th January 2016|
|Publisher:||Mira an imprint of Harlequin (UK)|
|Genres:||Reader Reviewed Books, eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Historical Fiction,|
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.More About Anne O'Brien