Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Blog Tour (Review): A Triple Knot by Emma Campion

Title: A Triple Knot
Emma Campion
Publisher: Broadway Books (Random House)
Paperback Release Date: July 8, 2014
Acquired Via:
TLC Book Tours

The critically acclaimed author of The King’s Mistress brings another fascinating woman from history to life in an enthralling story of political intrigue, personal tragedy, and illicit love.

Joan of Kent, renowned beauty and cousin to King Edward III, is destined for a politically strategic marriage. As the king begins a long dynastic struggle to claim the crown of France, plunging England into the Hundred Years’ War, he negotiates her betrothal to a potential ally and heir of a powerful lordship.

But Joan, haunted by nightmares of her father’s execution at the hands of her treacherous royal kin, fears the king’s selection and is not resigned to her fate. She secretly pledges herself to one of the king’s own knights, one who has become a trusted friend and protector. Now she must defend her vow as the king—furious at Joan’s defiance—prepares to marry her off to another man.

In A Triple Knot, Emma Campion brings Joan, the “Fair Maid of Kent” to glorious life, deftly weaving details of King Edward III’s extravagant court into a rich and emotionally resonant tale of intrigue, love, and betrayal.

Praise for A Triple Knot

“A colorful and historically detailed saga.” — The Seattle Times

“A well-written, comprehensive view of the period in which women were marginalized, their glittery, gem-laden gowns reflecting the corruption of the times.” — Historical Novels Review

“A medieval lover’s dream novel.” — RT Book Reviews

My Review

I'll be honest - most of my historical fiction reading that romance-related (I refuse to label intelligent books such as these "historical romance") has been set later in the Medieval period. *cough*Tudor*cough* Because of this, A Triple Knot was a piece of history that was fresh to me and left me feeling smarter...erm...more educated.

One of the best things about A Triple Knot is that the characters in the novel did not behave based on our modern standards and ideals. They were realistic to the time period. Yes, Joan married secretly and was married to someone else by her family, but way of handling it was appropriate to the time period. There was a scene where a man rubbed her feet, and she lost her shit. Things were conservative back then, so that reaction was fitting.

A Triple Knot does have quite a bit of romance, despite my not wanting to call it a historical romance. Joan marries a lover, is wed to someone else against her will, and THEN gets with her cousin. Drama, drama, drama. And of course, the intrigue and scandal is the best part.

A Triple Knot was fantastic read, and Emma Campion is definitely an author whose book I'll be picking up in the future.

- 4/5 Stars -

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About the Author

Emma Campion is the author of The King's Mistress and, writing as Candace Robb, author of the internationally acclaimed Owen Archer crime series. She lives in Seattle.

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Follow the Tour

A Triple Knot Tour Schedule

Monday, June 30th
Broken Teepee

Wednesday, July 2nd
Daily Mayo

Monday, July 7th
Fiction Addict

Tuesday, July 8th
Kritter’s Ramblings

Wednesday, July 9th
Peeking Between the Pages

Thursday, July 10th
A Bookish Affair

Friday, July 11th
Svetlana’s Reads and Views

Monday, July 14th
Book Addict Katie

Tuesday, July 15th
From L.A. to LA

Wednesday, July 16th
 No More Grumpy Bookseller

Tuesday, July 22nd
Time 2 Read

Wednesday, July 23rd
Passages to the Past - author interview

Thursday, July 24th
Historical Fiction Notebook

Monday, July 28th
Literally Jen

Tuesday, July 29th
Bibliophilia, Please

Wednesday, July 30th
100 Pages a Day…. Stephanie’s Book Reviews

Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews
The Most Happy Reader
Ageless Pages Reviews
Unabridged Chick

To satisfy FTC guidelines, I am disclosing that I received a copy of the novel from the publisher through TLC Book Tours in exchange for an unbiased review. It has in no way affected the outcome. All expressed opinions are awesome, honest, and completely my own.


  1. I have an ARC for this but was hesitant to read it, now I have to read it! Great review :)

    Patty @Bookish Wanderlove

    1. Thanks, Patty! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. If you do end up reviewing it, shoot me the link! :-)

  2. I love learning about history from novels like this. I'm glad you enjoyed it!

    Thanks for being a part of the tour.


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