Blog Tour, Book #Review and #Rafflecopter #Giveaway: The Sister Queens by Sophie Perinot #SisterQueensVirtualBookTour

About the Book:

Like most sisters, Marguerite and Eleanor were rivals.  They were also queens.

Raised at the court of their father, Raymond Berenger, Count of Provence, Marguerite and Eleanor are separated by royal marriages–but never truly parted.

Patient, perfect, and used to being first, Marguerite becomes Queen of France. But Louis IX is a religious zealot who denies himself the love and companionship his wife craves. Can she borrow enough of her sister‘s boldness to grasp her chance for happiness in a forbidden love?

Passionate, strong-willed, and stubborn, Eleanor becomes Queen of England. Henry III is a good man, but not a good king. Can Eleanor stop competing with her sister and value what she has, or will she let it slip away?

The Sister Queens is historical fiction at its most compelling, and is an unforgettable first novel.

About the Author:

Sophie Perinot writes historical fiction. In Spring 2012 her debut novel, The Sister Queens, will be released by NAL. Set in 13th century France and England, The Sister Queens weaves the captivating story of medieval sisters, Marguerite and Eleanor of Provence, who both became queens – their lifelong friendship, their rivalry, and their reigns

Ms. Perinot has both a BA in History and a law degree. She left the law to pursue artistic interests, including writing. An avid reader, especially of classic literature, and life-long student of history, it seemed only natural that Sophie should write historical fiction. As someone who studied French abroad and a devotee of Alexandre Dumas, French history was a logical starting point. An active member of the Historical Novel Society, she has attended all of the group’s North American Conferences.

Active among the literary twitterati as @Lit_gal (a moniker she also uses at Agent Query Connect www.agentqueryconnect.com), Sophie is a regular contributor to the group writers’ blog “From the Write Angle” http://www.fromthewriteangle.com. Find her on facebook at www.facebook.com/sophie.perinot.author.

For more information, please visit Sophie Perinot’s WEBSITE.  You can also find Sophie on her blogFacebook and Twitter.

My Opinion:


Most historical fiction books tend to focus on the men. I think that this is because far more information comes down through history about them. Particularly the further back in time you go. Women were little more than chattel in the time period of The Sister Queens – oh and brood mares. They were pretty much worthless if they didn’t provide an heir; especially noble women. This is why I truly enjoy books told from the viewpoint of the wives – and I really like them when I have read books from the same time period from the point of view of the men.


The Sister Queens fills that bill perfectly. It tells the tale of two daughters of Provence who went on to become the queens of France and England in the thirteenth century. Marguerite marries Louis IX of France, a man who has come down through history as Saint Louis. Eleanor marries Henry III of England, not known as one of England’s best monarchs.  The sisters are very close before they are separated and remain close for most of their lives.


The book pulled me in from the start. It alternates between the sisters with fictionalized letters between them as chapter headers. Ms. Perinot remarks in her Author’s Note that she is herself a sister so she well knows the bonds that sisters develop. Both Marguerite and Eleanor have arrogant personalities that come from being born to rule. Eleanor I think more than her sister due to being the second born. History notes she was a “virago” and she was not well loved by the English people. Marguerite had to contend with her overbearing mother in law, Blanche of Castille who ruled Louis with an iron thumb.


Ms. Perinot’s characterization of the two women is fascinating and I found it quite hard to put the book down; in fact, I read it in one sitting. I love writing that grabs you and won’t let you go like that. I want to continue with these two women and their complicated men. I hope that Ms. Perinot is considering further books on unsung women in history as she does have a magical way with words. A way that brings long dead characters to very real life.


You can purchase The Sister Queens on Amazon.com


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Disclosure:  I received a copy of The Sister Queens from Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours. Any opinions expressed are my honest opinions and were not impacted by my receipt of the free book. I received no monetary compensation for this post.

Comments

  1. says

    I just finished Steven King’s 11-22-63.Loved it. I too love books that grab you right from the start and you can’t put it down. That’s how Queen Hereafter was for me. One of my favorite books.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  2. says

    I just finished a fabulous historical fiction trilogy: Contact: Battle for America (about first contact between Native Americans and Spanish). It was fantastic and I will be giving away the whole trilogy on my blog in just 3 days (do stop by!).
    Right now I am reading Grave Mercy (a YA historical/paranormal fiction) – which is also absolutely mesmerizing!

    Thanks for a wonderful contest!

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