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Karen Harper
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1 Dec 2006
The daughter of a disgraced earl, she matched wits with a prince.

It is the fourteenth century, the height of the Medieval Age, and at the court of King Edward III of England, chivalry is loudly praised while treachery runs rampant. When the lovely and high-spirited Joan of Kent is sent to this politically charged court, she is woefully unprepared for the underhanded maneuverings of her peers.

Determined to increase the breadth of his rule, the king will use any means necessary to gain control of France—including manipulating his own son, Edward, Prince of Wales. Joan plots to become involved with the prince to scandalize the royal family, for she has learned they engineered her father’s downfall and death. But what begins as a calculated strategy soon—to Joan’s surprise—grows into love. When Joan learns that Edward returns her feelings, she is soon fighting her own, for how can she love the man that ruined her family? And, if she does, what will be the cost?

Filled with scandal, court intrigue, and prominent figures of the Medieval Age, The First Princess of Wales has at its center a wonderful love story, which is all the more remarkable because it is true. Karen Harper’s compelling, fast-paced novel tells the riveting tale of an innocent girl who marries a prince and gives birth to a king.

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  • Paperback: 618 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Style; 1st Pbk. Ed edition (1 Dec 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307237915
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307237910
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 14 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 144,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure historical romance...! 1 Jan 2009
This book is an absolute treasure that I found by chance and now that I have finished reading, I feel lost! It is beautifully written and truly captures the plantagenet court - the intrigue, scandals, decadence and intense passions. You follow Joan of Kent on a remarkable journey and although it is not technically historically accurate it makes for a wonderful read.
I really would reccomend this, as a lover of both history and romance!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars As silly as its original name 22 July 2013
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I bought this book base on reviews I had read on Amazon and now wonder if the readers who gave it glowing reviews read the same book I did. I am obviously in the minority here, but I found the book unbearably silly. After buying the book, I discovered that the original title of the book was 'Sweet Passion's Pain' (a phrase which is annoyingly used every so often in the book!). Had I known that, I would not have bought it - the book was as silly as that title. One of the biggest problems I had with the book was the portrayal of Joan itself. The real Joan was undoubtedly a fascinating woman. She was the first cousin of Edward III (making her Edward, the Black Prince's aunt, and two years older than him). She came to court and at the age of 12, secretly married Thomas Holland. He then went on crusade and she, in the meantime, was married off to the Earl of Salisbury. When Thomas came back, he petitioned the Pope, who annulled her second marriage. She then lived happily with Thomas Holland for many years and bore him 5 children. When he died, she married the Black Prince and bore him two sons. When her young son became king at the age of 10, she became the de facto power behind the throne.

In the book, however, she comes across as silly, immature, misguided, delusional and changeable. The author gives her the cliched 'headstrong, impulsive' character so loved by sappy romance writers, but for me it just didn't work. In fact, everytime she appeared on the page, I wanted to smack her. I couldn't understand Joan's personality or way of thinking at all (I don't think she had one in the book, to be honest). The ludicrous 'revenge' plot was so ridiculously contrived that I actually laughed at places.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Carol 'avid little bookworm' TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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This is the first book by Karen Harper that I've read. I really enjoyed her style and wouldn't hesitate to read other books by her.

I didn't find a problem with her attempts at recreating the language, the book just flowed for me and I couldn't put it down, reading late into the night thus finishing it within a few days.

I love the Plantagenet era as well as romance, especially historical so this is definitely my genre. Based loosely on fact the plot just kept me hooked with the emotional upheaval between the high spirited Joan of Kent and Edward, Prince of Wales and had me exasperated at times!!

Lots of emotions and intermingled characters/relationships. A wonderful love story and one I would highly recommend, even at the price of 7.43 which is what I paid for the Kindle download.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By prush
If like me you are working from the Tudors backwards knowledge of the Plantaganets is sketchy, this is helping build the picture of the court and of England before this time - and taken with the two books the Red and White Queeens has filled in a lot of spaces - I would say to anyone who wants to learn a bit about this time read this book and enjoy
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Struggled to finish it 17 Feb 2013
By S. Hugg
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I suppose that there is not much information about this person so the author had to invent a lot. I did get very tired of reading about how the character dressed, wore her hair and felt about everything. A bit of solid biography with decent source material would have been far preferable but if you like a romantic historical novel with a dash of fact in it, then go for it!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An American View of a Classic English Love Story 27 Feb 2011
By H. Lowe
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I read it all the way through but found the attempts to recreate the accents and language of the period laughable at times. Having said that, it was a romance based on a true story not meant to be an accurate portrayal. A good holiday read but not to be taken as gospel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars First Princess of Wales 2 Oct 2013
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Fantastic!!! I am a great fan of history and discovered quite by accident this book. I had read about the Llewelyns (Princes of Wales) and was hooked. Wales has a lot of very interesting history and this is well worth a read especially if you are a "history nut" like me!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great read 9 Sep 2013
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I found this book a great read and would recommend it to all who enjoy History novels.Karen Harper is an excellent author .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Summer reading
If you loved the white queen you will love this. It continues the family story of the Rivers family. Characters come to life linking historical facts, theories and imagination. Read more
Published 10 months ago by barbara
5.0 out of 5 stars princess of wales
This book is one that I like because I feel able too believe that the characters are believeable, and therefore you can except that they would think and behave as portrayed in the... Read more
Published 12 months ago by loner
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read
A very detailed account of the life of Joan of Kent - really enjoyable read. Would recommend to anyone with an interest in woman of this period in history.
Published 13 months ago by E. Wardlaw
5.0 out of 5 stars The First Princess of Wales
Back to the era of the Plantagenets for this one capturing the love story of Joan of Kent and Edward Prince of Wales. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Wendy McFarlane
4.0 out of 5 stars The First Princess of Wales
Enjoyed the book but would have liked it to tell us more about the married life of the couple in question.
Published 21 months ago by Hatty
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit of a challenge
I enjoyed the plot development of this book but found some of the characters difficult to believe. The story line didn't seem 100% believable but within the range of historic... Read more
Published on 5 Mar 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book I have ever read
OMG I could not put this book down and I got sine tingles from exitement as the writer is so amazing she captures every personality and surrounding that yoou feel like your really... Read more
Published on 20 Feb 2012 by Kerry
1.0 out of 5 stars I Had to Give Up on This Book
I suspect I am going to be in a minority here. Like H Lowe I found the attempts to recreate the language of the time laughable but unlike them it completely ruined the book for me... Read more
Published on 16 Sep 2011 by Gill Kent
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