The Sister Queens
“Perinot makes you care about these characters. She nailed the bond that only sister’s can have. The love, the jealousy, and also the deep friendship. This book was a page turner that I thoroughly enjoyed.”
– To Read or Not to Read
“If you are a reader of historical fiction or a fan of Medieval romance, I highly recommend THE SISTER QUEENS. If you are neither but enjoy stories about the many relationships that define a woman, you may find more to like here than you expect.”
– Romance Dish
“Historical fiction fans can’t afford to miss this dynamic debut novel by a strong new voice in the genre”
– Debbie’s Book Bag
“This was a wonderful read and one of my favorites so far this year. Move over Tudors, I think I have a new historical royal family obsession”
– Ageless Pages Reviews
“I’ll be recommending this to everyone I know who loves historical fiction and putting this author on my “buy immediately” list for her future releases”
– Bippity Boppity Book
“I was reminded of one of my favorite historical fiction authors, Sharon Kay Penman. (Although Ms. Perinot’s style is deliciously more sexy) There’s not a word out of place, and I must have marked a dozen beautiful passages of description and observation. Whether the emotion is grief, anger, or love, Perinot gives it life and evokes it from the reader.”
– Let Them Read Books
“THE SISTER QUEENS is historic fiction at its absolute finest. . . . In all of its colorful prose, deep and eccentric characters, and historical brilliance, this book can be summed up with one word: phenomenal. Brava!”
– The Tulsa Book Review
“Sophie Perinot has given us a well-dressed window into the past through which the view is sweeping, vivid, and poignant. Carefully researched and artfully written, this novel is a triumphant debut.”
– Idyll Conversation
“In short, an excellent work of historical fiction . . . . Certainly the best I’ve read this year set in the Middle Ages. Highly recommended.”
– Medieval Bookworm
“The Sister Queens was more than I could have ever asked for in a book and now reigns in my top three historical fiction novels with Michelle Moran’s Cleopatra’s Daughter and Sandra Byrd’s To Die For. For me that is some great company. I will be highly recommending The Sister Queens to all of my friends, even ones who don’t read historical fiction.”
– My Reading Room
“This is Sophie’s first novel and if it is any indication of what’s to come, well, move over Phillipa Gregory.”
– A Chick Who Reads
They were also queens.
Raised together at the 13th Century court of their father, Raymond Berenger, Count of Provence, Marguerite and Eleanor are separated by royal marriages—but never truly parted.
Patient, perfect, reticent, and used to being first, Marguerite becomes Queen of France. Her husband, Louis IX, is considered the greatest monarch of his age. But he is also a religious zealot who denies himself all pleasure—including the love and companionship his wife so desperately craves. Can Marguerite find enough of her sister’s boldness to grasp her chance for happiness in the guise of forbidden love?
Passionate, strong-willed, and stubborn, Eleanor becomes Queen of England. Her husband, Henry III, is neither as young nor as dashing as Marguerite’s. But she quickly discovers he is a very good man…and a very bad king. His failures are bitter disappointments for Eleanor, who has worked to best her elder sister since childhood. Can Eleanor stop competing with her sister and value what she has, or will she let it slip away?
Praise for The Sister Queens:
“What Philippa Gregory did for Anne and Mary Boleyn, Perinot has done for Marguerite and Eleanor of Provence. This is, without a doubt, one of the best novels I’ve read all year!”
Author of MADAME TUSSAUD.
“If you enjoy a tale of passion, intrigue and sisterly devotion that will keep you turning the pages, then The Sister Queens is a must for your reading list.”
Author of QUEEN DEFIANT
“Every page . . . was like a morsel to savor. . . .The Sister Queens is one of the most beautifully written books I have read in a very long time. Absolutely superb!”
Author of THE QUEEN’S RIVAL
“With lyrical prose, The Sister Queens tells a riveting story of sisterly rivalry and love, of war and betrayal. Marguerite and Eleanor remain united by bonds of love that can not tarnish and that can not break. A beautiful novel.”
Author of TO BE QUEEN: A NOVEL OF ELEANOR OF AQUITAINE