Tuesday, May 27, 2014

A Triple Knot Book Review


About the Book

 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.

In A Triple Knot, Emma Campion brings Joan, the “Fair Maid of Kent” to glorious life, deftly weaving details of King Edward III’s extravagant court into a rich and emotionally resonant tale of intrigue, love, and betrayal. (Goodreads)

 My Review

I really enjoy historical fiction. I enjoy it even more if I know the story is based upon a real person. This book is about Joan of Kent whom I really hadn't ever heard of until I opened this book. After reading the book I went on to search more of her history and found the book to be fairly true to the real life. Granted no one really knows what happened behind closed doors but it really is interesting to read about how people lived. Bartering for marriages and royalty and the "scandalous" things that went on. Some of the scenes in the book did get a bit racy when it came to the bedroom but honestly for not being a Christian book, it was kept pretty clean. There was a little bit of language but not often or a lot.
Some parts of the book got a bit long and drawn out, rather dull, but the historical details were fascinating. Joan was quite a woman, while I don't know what I would have done in her situation.This book made me more interested in her history and those around her. Her marriages (how confusing!) and life were like one big soap opera but it was her reality.

For those who don't really enjoy history you probably won't like this book. For those that like history and this time period you might enjoy this look into Joan of Kent.

★★★★☆, I liked it a lot for the historical aspect.

"I received this book from Blogging for Books for free in exchange for an honest review."

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