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A historical heroine battling against the odds...brilliant story
on 2 April 2017
I thought, when I began this book initially, that it wasn't quite as good as The Scandalous Duchess, which I adored. How wrong could I be! It wasn't as good, it wasn't worse, it wasn't better, it was just different and that surprised me I expect. But the story still had been drawn in chapter after chapter, breathless towards the end as Alice met her match against Joan, lost everything only to have it restored by the most unlikely person (in her eyes). You couldn't rest on your laurels in this story and feel secure you knew where it was going or what was going to happen. It's amazing that so often in history, you can't make this stuff up. As ever O'Brien excelled in her storytelling skill and I was visibly moved to tears as she drew Alice and the King's final deathbed scene. Cannot get enough of this lady, brilliant author. If you love historical heroines and women battling to survive against all the odds, this is the book for you.