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Summary

Her children or her crown.

France, 1399: the Duke of Brittany is dead, and his widow, Joanna of Navarre, has inherited control of their land - a testament to her intellect, integrity and political prowess. Then comes an unprecedented proposal from Henry IV, King of England. The price of becoming his Queen? Abandoning her homeland, leaving her children and sacrificing her independence. Henry's hold on the crown is unsteady, and war is brewing. With the constant threat of rebellion, Henry will trust no one - not even his new Queen.

Crossing the channel is a dangerous prospect. But the union between Joanna and Henry would bring the chance of a vital alliance between two proud states - if they will allow it. One question. Two paths. A choice that will make history.

©2015 Anne O'Brien (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

Praise for Anne O'Brien: "An excellent historical novelist." ( Sunday Express)
"If you enjoy Philippa Gregory and Alison Weir, you will love Anne O'Brien." ( We Love This Book)
"Her writing is highly evocative of the time period." ( Historical Novel Society)
"One of the best writers around." ( The Sun)
"Anne O'Brien is fast becoming one of Britain's most popular and talented writers of medieval novels." ( Lancashire Evening Post)

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  • Mika
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  • 28-05-16

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What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I really love historical novels and have heard quite a few but honestely found it hard to like this one. Beautifully narrated in my opinion I have to say but the problem for me was that I found it very hard to like Joanna of Navarre. She came across as too self-centered, selfish and over proud, and she had such a deluded view of herself! Irritating sometimes.
Still I listen to whole audio book and am glad I did because I got more acquainted with this period of history. It served well my intention of putting a face on a historical character.

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Brilliant read from start to finish

Factual with romance added,made it wonderful Helen Longworth reading was English language at it's best.

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A good and well written book

What would have made The Queen's Choice better?

The characters are a bit too cold...The personalities have so much self control it is difficult to believe that they are really human!

What will your next listen be?

No idea

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

A promising romantic start which sadly does not deliver in the end