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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Book Review - A Triple Knot by Emma Campion



A Triple Knot

About A Triple Knot
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway Books (July 8, 2014)
The critically acclaimed author of The King’s Mistress brings another fascinating woman from history to life in an enthralling story of political intrigue, personal tragedy, and illicit love.
Joan of Kent, the renowned beauty and niece of King Edward III, seems blessed with a life of royal privilege until her father is executed for treason and she becomes a ward of the king, living amongst those who deem her the daughter of a traitor. Joan begins to understand the brutal constraints and dangers inherent in being of royal blood. There is one at court who loves her, but his love proves the greatest threat of all.

As an impetuous teenager, she escapes into a clandestine marriage in a bid for freedom, then must hide it for nearly a decade, as her guardians marry her off to another man. After her first husband’s death, Joan—now a mother of four—enters into another scandalous relationship, this time with the heir to the British throne, Prince Edward, hero of Crécy and Poitiers, who has loved her all along. But his devotion comes at a terrible price. Haunted by nightmares of her father’s execution and the ruthlessness of her royal kin, Joan must reconcile her passion for the crown prince with her own conscience.
 
“A colorful and historically detailed saga.” The Seattle Times
 
“A well-written, comprehensive view of the period in which women were marginalized, their glittery, gem-laden gowns reflecting the corruption of the times.” Historical Novels Review
 
 “A medieval lover’s dream novel.” RT Book Reviews
 
 
My Thoughts:
 
I am a big fan of "royal" themed books and was especially taken by this brilliantly written novel that takes a look at one of the lesser known royals, Joan of Kent. I loved how Emma Campion brings in the politics of the day and adds the dash of romance and pageantry that makes these stories so fascinating. 
 
Campion's storytelling is smooth and captures the reader from the first page and her characters are full-bodied and realistic - you can almost imagine yourself there along Joan as she grows up in the whirl of the royal world.
 
I highly recommend this novel for historical fiction fans.
 
 
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About Emma Campion

Emma Campion

Emma Campion is the author of The Kings Mistress and, writing as Candace Robb, author of the internationally acclaimed Owen Archer crime series. She lives in Seattle. Visit her blog HERE.
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My Thanks to TLC Book Tours for providing the review copy of this book. I was not compensated for my opinion..
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1 comment:

Mystica said...

I read this a while ago and enjoyed the read very much.