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A Triple Knot by Emma Campion
Synopsis: 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, 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.
My review: This is my first book by this author and I enjoyed reading it. She did a good job with the character development as well as the setting development of the story. This was my first book reading about Joan of Kent and I look forward to reading more about her.With reading this book I just got a glimpse of her life and it has made me even more curious about her. Joan had a complicated life part of her own doing and I am not sure I could have been as strong as she was. To me the author does a good job of bringing Joan's story to life for the reader. I look forward to reading more books by this author.
About the author: EMMA CAMPION is the author of The King's Mistress and did her graduate work in medieval and Anglo-Saxon literature. She lives in Seattle. Visit her at www.emmacampion.com.