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Review by Suze
It’s 1399. When Joanna of Navarre’s husband dies she gets to rule over Brittany temporarily until her oldest son is grown up. She has a luxurious life and is an influential woman. Her husband always liked the English and because of him Joanna meets Henry IV, the man who’s going to be king of England. They have a connection and he asks her to be his wife. Joanna would become queen of England if she accepts, but she has to give up a lot if she decides to marry Henry. She would have to leave her home, her country and family behind and also her influence. It’s a difficult choice to make, especially since she has no idea what lies ahead.
Joanna of Navarre has to make a difficult choice. She has to leave everything she knows behind to move to England if she wants to marry king Henry IV. In 1399 kings are quickly succeeding each other. There’s always a war going on and life at the court is pretty uncertain. That’s the climate in which Joanna has to live her life. She’s strong, she’s courageous and she’s stubborn. She and Henry have that in common, which makes them an intriguing pair. I love how brave Joanna is. Her best feature is that she can admit it when she makes a mistake. I liked that a lot about her. She’s an amazing main character for a book and I enjoyed reading about her life very much.
I greatly admire how Anne O’Brien writes about influential women from the past. She makes them come to life very well and her stories are always interesting. She also has a beautiful and expressive writing style. Her stories are impressive and they manage to captivate me from beginning to end. Joanna doesn’t have an easy character and sometimes she makes things difficult for herself. It was fascinating to read about her inner battles. I think Anne O’Brien wrote about her in such a brilliant way. The story is fantastic and the proud character of Joanna makes an admirable heroine. I highly recommend this book.