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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Isabella: Braveheart of France - Book Blog Tour Stop and Review

About The Book:

She was taught to obey. Now she has learned to rebel.

Isabella is just twelve years old when she marries Edward II of England. For the young princess it is love at first sight – but Edward has a terrible secret that threatens to tear their marriage – and England apart.

Who is Piers Gaveston – and why is his presence in the king’s court about to plunge England into civil war?

The young queen believes in the love songs of the troubadours and her own exalted destiny – but she finds reality very different. As she grows to a woman in the deadly maelstrom of Edward’s court, she must decide between her husband, her children, even her life – and one breath-taking gamble that will change the course of history.

Does she submit to a lifetime of solitude and a spiritual death – or seize her destiny and take the throne of England for herself?

This is the story of Isabella, the only woman ever to invade England – and win.

My Thoughts:

I am a big fan of novels about English royalty, but found that I knew little about Queen Isabella, wife of Edward II, who reigned in the 1300s. So I was fascinated by Colin Falconer's latest novel, "Isabella, Braveheart of France."

Falconer delivers a beautifully written story of this feisty and intelligent girl who would become one of England's most infamous queens. Falconer takes the reader from Isabella's girlhood in France to her tumultuous reign in England to her time as regent for her son, the future King Edward III. Filled with history and mystery, this novel is captivating.

Fans of English history will find "Isabella, Braveheart of France" to be a worthy novel to add to their collections. I highly recommend it.

About The Author:

Colin FalconerBorn in London, Colin first trialed as a professional football player in England, and was eventually brought to Australia. He went to Sydney and worked in TV and radio and freelanced for many of Australia’s leading newspapers and magazines. He has published over twenty novels and his work has so far been translated into 23 languages.

He travels regularly to research his novels and his quest for authenticity has led him to run with the bulls in Pamplona, pursue tornadoes across Oklahoma and black witches across Mexico, go cage shark diving in South Africa and get tear gassed in a riot in La Paz.

His most recent novels are Silk Road, set in the 13th century, and Stigmata, set against the backdrop of the Albigensian Crusade in Southern France in 1209. He currently lives in Barcelona.

For more information please visit Colin Falconer’s blog. You can also find him on Facebook or follow on Twitter.

My thanks to Historical Book Blog Tours for providing the copy of this book and for including me on this tour.  I was not compensated for my opinion.

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