[[ BOOKS ]] ✮ The Queen's Choice Author Anne O'Brien – Reliableradio.co.uk

France, 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 ProwessThen 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 ItOne Question Two Paths A Choice That Will Make History The Queen's Choice

About the Author: Anne O'Brien

Librarian Note There isthan one author in the GoodReads database with this name See this thread forinformation. My home is in the Welsh Marches, although much of my early life was spent in Yorkshire, most recently in the East Riding.Ann O Brien The Marches is a remote region of England, surrounded by echoes from the past Hereford is close with its famous Mappa Mundi and chained library.So is Shrewsbury, and also Ludlow with its splendid castle and its connections with our Plantagenet and Tudor kings With my husband, I live in an eighteenth century timber framed cottage, which itself must have seen much history over two hundred years.I have always enjoyed the appeal of History.I taught the subject with enthusiasm but it became my ambition to write historical romances My first novel, The Runaway Heiress, was published by Mills and Boon in 2004.This first book was a Regency Romance in the great tradition of Georgette Heyer who has not admired her skill and delicate touch for the period I have drawn on my interest in the Stuart century to write about the English Civil War and Restoration England of Charles II Living in the Marches however I soon discovered the wealth of atmosphere and legend in this isolated part of England from medieval times It was not long before I was encouraged to create a medieval romance inConquering Knight, Captive Lady.When not writing, I have a large rambling garden where George and I grow organic vegetables and soft fruit or perhaps I should admit that he grows them whilst I pick and cook them We have a wild garden, an orchard, a formal pond and herbaceous flower borders We share it all with rabbits and pheasants, frogs and goldfinches, hedgehogs and buzzards It is a beautiful place When we first settled into our cottage I planted a herb garden on a Tudor pattern with stone pathways and clipped box hedges From this I developed my interest in herbs and their uses.Nicholas Culpeper s The Complete Herbal, a fascinating resource to a historical novelist first published in 1649, has become essential bedside reading As a result the use of herbs in medicine and witchcraft, for both good and ill, has appeared in some of my novels.For pure relaxation I enjoy yoga as well as singing with a local Choral Society Watercolour painting allows me to simply sit and appreciate the landscape and the flowers in my garden, when my mind is busy constructing my next plot.

10 thoughts on “The Queen's Choice

  1. says:

    Joanna of Navarre is not a popular choice as subject in straight history or HF If she was anything like the character imagined by Anne O Brien, it s no wonder not a very likable character Poor old Henry IV, no matter what he did, he was blamed for it Nobody really wanted Richard II to remain as king but it seems no one wanted Henry IV either and he wasn t such a bad old stick, just very hamstrung by circumstance I break with populist feeling over

  2. says:

    Some queens of England are much better known and have been written about muchoften than others I think it s fair to say that Joanna of Navarre is not one of them As Henry IV s second wife, Joanna or Joan as she is sometimes known , doesn t seem to get a lot of attention as far as historical fiction is concerned Anne O Brien s new novel, The Queen s Choice, is the first book I ve read with Joanna as the main character.As the novel opens in 1396, Joan

  3. says:

    Review originally published here of Navarre is one of ourforgotten queens as Henry IV s second wife, she bore no children and thus seemed to drop out of the historical radar The only thing I knew about her before I read this book was that her stepson had accused her of trying to kill him after the death of his father and had her imprisoned for several years Despite the tendency for authors of historical fiction to be drawn to feisty wom Review original

  4. says:

    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 H

  5. says:

    This is one dynamic book Anne O Brien s The Queen s Choice I thoroughly enjoyed from beginning to end Now that I am back from Italy last night , I finished this gripping book this morning, and Joanna of Navarre, 2nd wife of Henry IV of England, is quite a fascinating figure She led an intriguing life for a Medieval woman, duchess, queen This is a difficult book to put down Beautifully done, Ms O Brien 4 1 2 stars.

  6. says:

    Received through GoodReads First Reads thank you.Having read historical novels and non fiction for years I was pleased to receive this I knew of Joanna of Navarre but little if anything of her life So I was looking forward to being informed of Joanna the woman and her relationship to the historical background of her time But I was disappointed on a number of points Anything of historic interest happens off page we are told what s happened rather than witnessing

  7. says:

    Joanna of Navarre is not someone who has leapt to mind in the past as to be honest a lot of attention is always given to the men that wear the crown and not the women they are married to It was interesting to read about her life, although I know some artistic licence is used but when it is written so compellingly it s worth the reading It s a hefty tome at 549 pages, but if you are a book addict like myself it won t be a problem.Henry IV and Joanna of Navarre is w

  8. says:

    I was very disappointed by The Queen s Choice There s a reason I read historical fiction rather than history textbooks I like to see the parts that fall between the lines, the emotions, the thoughts, the day to day actions even if they are authorial supposition From O Brien s work, I expected a read that would be easy and probably a bit romantic Not a serious read, but a fun one I didn t get it The Queen s Choice takes a potentially fascinating character a woman with

  9. says:

    The relatively unknown story of Henry IV s Queenromance than history but nevertheless entertaining.

  10. says:

    This was the worst I ve read from this author Joanna had moments when I liked her but waymoments when I thought she was an unlikable shrew Quiet honestly, she picked two of the dullest, most unlikable characters in history to write about Tolerable but not good I wouldn t read it again Narration was good.2.5

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