Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Review: A Triple Knot by Emma Campion

A Triple Knot
by Emma Campion

Publisher: Broadway Books
Pages: 480
Format: ARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Joan of Kent, renowned beauty and cousin to King Edward III, is destined for a politically strategic marriage. As the king begins a long dynastic struggle to claim the crown of France, plunging England into the Hundred Years’ War, he negotiates her betrothal to a potential ally and heir of a powerful lordship.

But Joan, haunted by nightmares of her father’s execution at the hands of her treacherous royal kin, fears the king’s selection and is not resigned to her fate. She secretly pledges herself to one of the king’s own knights, one who has become a trusted friend and protector. Now she must defend her vow as the king—furious at Joan’s defiance—prepares to marry her off to another man. 

Kritters Thoughts:  An epic historical fiction that doesn't center completely around the King or Queen, but instead a cousin of his who is under his guardianship as her father has been murdered.  Joan the cousin of the King is caught between three men - some love her, some need her, but all have to have her for a place in court.

Quite the hunk of a book, but perfect to curl up with on a holiday weekend and just get swept into the past where the rules are very different.  The characters were pulled from history and I loved looking up to find out where the truth met fiction and trying to guess what was completely true and what came from the author's imagination of the time and place.  My favorite part of historical fiction is the basis of truth with an element of story added in.

If you are a fan of Philippa Gregory or Kate Emerson, than this would be a great book to add to your shelf.  

As a side note - I had an Advanced Reader's copy and the blurp on the back was horrible and gave away the complete ending of the book.  The blurp above is much better and I hope that is changed before the final printing.  So BEWARE you may not want to read the back of this book before diving in!

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from TLC Book Tours.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.


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