Title: A Triple Knot
Author: Emma Campion
Published: Broadway books
This book sets you up with Edward II's family. The story follows mostly Joan The Fair Maid of Kent and starts when Joan is a preteen then it follows her as she grows...
Joan's father Edmund was just executed as a traitor but since Joan's family was still related to the royals they were asked to live in the castle along side Philippa's family.
War is beginning to start so Edward starts to prepare for it by pulling together his allies. Meanwhile Joan and Edward (Ned, the prince of wales) begin to get close as they have become good friends. Ned begin's to become quite smitten with Joan and tells her that he plans to marry her one day. Joan of course blows off his words as him being young. Isabella the Dowager Queen doesn't approve of the match because of all the drama caused by her father. She convinces Philippa to marry Joan off so she can be away from Ned. The decision to use Joan's marriage as a way of helping Edward fun his war becomes apparent and Joan quickly become betrothed to Arnaud Amanieu the son of Barnard Ezi IV.
to present herself to Barnard as well as separate herself from Ned Joan was put on a boat for Flanders to stay at the Artevelde estate. While on her way she befriended Thomas Holland the 1st earl of kent, he was just a knight at the time of the boat ride. The two quickly became friends which helped settle her nerves on Joan's nerves on her trip.
At the Artevelde house Joan gets pampered to look like a princess complete with new owns. The gowns are very revealing which causes trouble when Ezi comes to see her. Ezi becomes to handsy to Joan which gets out of hand to the point of her almost being raped by him. Thomas saw Joan being attacked and came to her rescue which cause their friendship to grow. From the moment of the boat ride to the attack Joan can't seem to get Thomas out of her mind, as the two begin to see more an more of each other Joan can't shake the love that she begins to feel for Thomas. She would give anything to marry Thomas Holland but she is betrothed and royalty doesn't marry knights.....or do they.
Lies, betrayal, secrets, forbidden love, and history!
Thoughts: It took me quite some time to read this book because it was a bit slower paced than what I am used to but I found myself falling in the love with the main character Joan as well as her family and loves. Though this book is historical fiction the people and most of the events are actually true. By the middle of the book I couldn't put it down and I could feel my heart racing by the end of the book. My only problem is I wish there was more of the story as well as more story told form Thomas's point of view. I just think it would have been nice to get a better look at the battle field at the time of the crusades.
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