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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The Queen's Daughter by: Susan Coventry

The Queen's Daughter
by: Susan Coventry

Joan’s mother is Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine, the most beautiful woman in the world. Her father is Henry II, the king of England and a renowned military leader. She loves them both—so what is she to do when she’s forced to choose between them? As her parents’ arguments grow ever more vicious, Joan begins to feel like a political pawn.

When her parents marry her off to the king of Sicily, Joan finds herself stuck with a man ten years her senior. She doesn’t love her husband, and she can’t quite forget her childhood crush, the handsome Lord Raymond.

As Joan grows up, she begins to understand that her parents’ worldview is warped by their political ambitions, and hers, in turn, has been warped by theirs. Is it too late to figure out whom to trust? And, more importantly, whom to love?


I have alwlays enjoyed historical fiction and this title was no exception. It takes place in the Middle Ages which is something you don't see very often. I have read many books on King Henry the VIII but none on Eleanor of Aquitane or those around her which instantly fascinated me.

Everyone has heard of the beautiful Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine, but I had no idea she had a daughter. Joan is an amazing character and I love her in this book. By following her you see the real hardships that are being a part of a royal family. She just wants to please her family, her mother in particular as any child would, but by being a princess pleasing her family means being used as a pawn in political games.

Raymond was my favorite character from the very beginning. He was sweet and I loved him. I loved how their relationship developed, and did feel sorry for the King of Sicily even while not liking him, but I understood him. I can't imagine living in that time and living as they did. There's so much political tension in this novel, many of it within Joan's own family. I can't imagine living as her at that time.

This is an awesome read for historical fans, or those who just want to get caught up in another time and really in another world. It comes highly recommended.



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