She holds the fate of England in her heart.... The Queens of the Conquest trilogy. It's 1066. Three Queens. One Crown.
As a young woman in England's royal court, Edyth, granddaughter of Lady Godiva, dreams of marrying for love. But political matches are rife while King Edward is still without an heir and the future of England is uncertain.
When Edyth's family are exiled to the wild Welsh court, she falls in love with the charismatic King of Wales - but their romance comes at a price, and she is catapulted onto the opposing side of a bitter feud with England. Edyth's only allies are Earl Harold Godwinson and his handfasted wife, Lady Svana.
As the years pass, Edyth finds herself elevated to a position beyond even her greatest expectations. She enjoys both power and wealth, but as her star rises the lines of love and duty become more blurred than she could ever have imagined.
As 1066 dawns, Edyth is asked to make an impossible choice. Her decision is one that has the power to change the future of England forever....
The Chosen Queen is the perfect blend of history, fast-paced plot and sweeping romance with a cast of strong female characters - an unforgettable read.
©2015 Joanna Courtney (P)2015 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.
An avid Audible listener for the past two years, it fits in superbly with my busy lifestyle. Love crime and historical novels most.
This may have been the first book in a good series but sadly, for me, this was ruined by an absolutely awful narration by Clare Corbett. So bad was it that I had to abandon the book by Chapter 16. It was ok to start with, then I noticed audible intakes of breath which made the young Edith's voice sound girly and a little breathless. Which was obviously fine while Edith was young. However this got worse and worse and became almost incessant. I began to anticipate the breaths.
Sadly the accents were also poor particularly that of Edith's Welsh husband who sounded like a pantomime dame. Unfortunately, this made the mental image of the sex scenes between the two laughable. I'm glad I got out before investing any more of my time but I do hate to abandon a good story!
As an ardent fan of Elizabeth Chadwick, I was pleasantly surprised by Joanna Courtney. The story was well paced and fed my imagination and love of history.
The author had researched her book well and had me 'googleing' all sorts to find out more.
The characters were well written and believable and I look forward to listening to more if her work
I will certainly be adding Ms Courtney to my favourite author list.
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