I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for The Queen’s Choice by Anne O’Brien.
Thank you to Sophie from ed public relations for sending me the book to read and share my thoughts.
Publisher: Mira Books
Publication Date: 14 January 2016
“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.
One question. Two paths. A choice that will make history.“
Regular Me, My Books and I readers will already know that I’m a fan of Anne O’Brien’s writing. This obviously means that I was super-keen to find out what she had in store for me this time.
Wow, what a journey! I was quickly pulled into the storyline and, as with all of Anne’s books, it was wonderful to revisit the past and discover it from yet another viewpoint.
I found Joanna very easy to like, she was quite feisty and, at times, hot-headed but I loved that side of her. Henry was someone I had been intrigued by in The King’s Sister so I relished the opportunity to find out more about him. I was surprised by what I found. I hadn’t expected to like him because of his actions in the previous book but as I read about the things he had been through I couldn’t help but warm to him. Another surprise for me was how Thomas de Camoys became such a favourite of mine, I can’t quite put my finger on why I liked him so much, all I know is that I smiled whenever he made an appearance.
When Joanna had to make a big decision about her future I had very mixed feelings which, I would imagine, was exactly how she felt about the situation. I loved how I was drawn into the storyline and made to feel part of it – as usual the author had a fantastic way of making me feel at home in history.
The twists and turns that followed were truly captivating, I became immersed in historical politics, family loyalties and romantic words of the past. As I reached the epilogue (which was everything I hoped it would be by the way) I felt sad that the book was coming to an end.
This was another wonderful novel from Anne O’Brien, a must-read for all historical fiction fans!
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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 where she taught History. Leaving teaching – but not her love of history – Anne turned to novel writing and her passion for giving voice to the oft forgotten women of the medieval era was born. Today Anne lives in an eighteenth-century cottage in Herefordshire, an area steeped in history and full of inspiration for her work.
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