The Sister Queens received another lovely review, this time from Kathleen at A CelticLady’s Reviews:
Sophie Perinot tells a very compelling story of two very diverse but strong women. In the writing of this book, I could tell that there was extensive research …into the lives of these two women and their families and they were portrayed as very real women who adored their children and would do anything to keep them safe and protect their heritage.
Stop by, Kathleen is also running a giveaway for those still hoping to win a copy of the novel.
Another double-dip day for me in blog-land my friends.
First, I discuss how The Sister Queen’s focus on how sisters shape each other makes it very personal in an interview with Kathleen at Celtic Lady’s Reviews. Kathleen and I also chat about how I got interested in writing historical fiction and what my typical writing day looks like.
Then, The Sister Queens is reviewed at Luxury Reading (“I found myself sucked into the story and could not put the book down”).
What better way to celebrate the one-week anniversary of The Sister Queens launch than with a trio of marvelous reviews for the novel!
The first review comes from Jessie at Ageless Pages Reviews, who says:
This is the type of book I am constantly looking for in the historical fiction genre, and rarely seem to stumble across; it’s very engaging from the outset, it’s lively to read with actualized characters in stead of cardboard historical cutouts, and it’s mostly, somewhat accurate. Sophie Perinot may indeed be a first-time author, but you certainly wouldn’t know that from reading her debut novel.
Jessie notes that:
One of the most enjoyable aspects of The Sister Queens is that no matter how convoluted the relationship, how twisted the tale, how unfamiliar the person at Court, Sophie Perinot never talks down to her readers.
and concludes with a call for a sequel (I’d SO love to do one) declaring:
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
The second review is from The Owl Bookmark, where Siobian awards The Sister Queens 4.5 owls (= “marvelous”). She declares:
this is a novel that I quickly lost myself in. It was written beautifully and Perinot does an amazing job of bringing these two characters to life. The sisters were well balanced in their personalities and I found myself vacillating between admiration and favor of one sister to the other sister and then back again as I progressed in the story.
Siobian ends her review with this strong recommendation:
It was a wonderful book and I cannot recommend it enough because of its realistic characters and the historical setting that it was obvious Perinot took years researching to create.
Finally, at Romance Dish, Janga praises the novel for revealing:
the hearts of these two women—their memories of Provence and family ties, the concerns they have for their own children, and the struggles each faces as the dreams of girlhood are replaced by the realities of womanhood. Connecting all these things are the strands of jealousy, competition, forgiveness, loyalty, and abiding love that make up the bond of sisterhood.
and concludes by saying:
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.
Thank you ladies! You’ve made my one-week anniversary very special indeed. Thanks also to readers and fans who have been following my blog tour and who purchased The Sister Queens in its release week. I am collecting photos of “sister queens spottings.” So if you see the book in the wild (or in a bookstore) please snap a picture and contact me.
One day after release of The Sister Queens I am offering absolution to those who don’t find it their cup of tea. Come on over to A Bookish Affair and receive official permission to love me but not my book.
And speaking of loving me . . . pop over to Between the Sheets for your daily dose of Sophie facts. I share with Heather my advice for aspiring authors, and explain why I am a character junkie.
I am pleased to announce my debut author interview is now posted at The Write Time. Fellow writer Dean C. Rich asked excellent questions, so please drop by if you’re curious about things like when I write, or where I got the story idea for The Sister Queens.