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The Forever Queen by Helen Hollick
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bookshelves: historical-fiction

From sparse historical data, Hollick pieces together the story of Emma, daughter of Richard I of Normandy, just as she has been contracted to marry King Aethelred of England. We follow her life as a young girl matched with an ineffectual and quick tempered husband as she slowly comes into herself. As she makes friends and grows confident, we see the beginnings of a loyal and charismatic leader.

Emma's world is full of violence, political intrigue, war and uncertainty - which makes for a gripping and fascinating novel. While the book is around 650 pages, too long for one sitting, it's hard not to stay up all night. Emma draws you in with her sense of honor, her humor and her complicated and unusual life. If you're fond of historical fiction and not squeamish about violence, war, intrigue and betrayal, do check out The Forever Queen. It's a fun, satisfying read.

ISBN-10: 1402240686 - Trade Paperback
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark (November 1, 2010), 656 pages.
Review copy provided by the publisher.
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