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The Queen's Daughter (2010)

by Susan Coventry(Favorite Author)
3.51 of 5 Votes: 5
0805089926 (ISBN13: 9780805089929)
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
review 1: This book is about Joanna Plantagenet (Joan in the novel), who is one of my favorite historical subjects, but I don't think the author did justice to her story. First of all, I don't like how she made my hero, Eleanor of Aquitaine, all cold and mean. I think Eleanor would've been a very loving mother. And while Richard was known for his bad temper and thoughtless desicions, Joan was his favorite sister and he loved her despite how much he wronged her. He wasn't the cruel, calloused man you see in the Queen's Daughter. I really didn't like how she portrayed the characters, and also, she's always just like "Joan married William", "Richard freed her from Tancred", "they were nearly captured in Cyprus", or "Joan heard that her brother Geoffrey had died". That's not storytellin... moreg. Did she ever bother to say how relieved she was when Richard freed her, or how sad she was when her brother died? Show, don't tell. That's my problem with historians writing novels.
review 2: The story is base off the true story of the heroine. I give this a (8/10) for the writing style. When it was time to add more detail I almost doze off, which I almost get it when the author is putting more research into this story, more facts. I give the characters a (9/10) and when I was reading the story, I can only think "Dam'" Everyone was fighting, sons against father, wife against husband, etc. I was surprised no one killed anyone at the start when the father sons was born. LOL. Overall I enjoyed reading the story, it was a great read. less
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Skip this and read a textbook if you want an interesting account of King Henry's daughter.
Always exciting, but I didn't enjoy the plot very much.
Entertaining history lesson. :)
3.5 stars
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