Title: A Triple Knot
Author: 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
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.
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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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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.