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"A historically sharp and dramatically stirring love story." (Kirkus Reviews)

"Gaston's blend of royalty, young love, and the French Renaissance is enchanting." (Publishers Weekly)

When Anne of Brittany's father dies in 1488, she becomes Duchess of Brittany, her country's ruler at age 11. For the next three years, the unmarried, orphaned duchess is pursued by suitors while Brittany is invaded by its larger, more powerful neighbor of France. With no other way out, at age 14 she agrees to marry Charles VIII, King of France, to save her country. Better to be a queen than a prisoner....

Unexpectedly, a passionate relationship ensues. Yet Charles cannot shake off bad habits he has brought into their marriage, and Anne cannot help him in his darkest area of struggle.

Together, they introduce the wonders of the Italian Renaissance to France, building one of Europe's most glorious 15th century courts at their royal residence in Amboise, in the heart of the Loire Valley.

But year after year they fail to achieve the one most important aim they must accomplish to secure the future of their kingdom. As they desperately attempt to make their shared dream come true, an unexpected twist of fate irrevocably changes the fortunes of both Anne and Charles.

Contains mature themes.

©2018 Rozsa Gaston (P)2018 Tantor

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ABSOLUTELY AWFUL!

I thought this was historical fiction in the style of Philippa Gregory. Instead it’s just a really bad Harlequin romance. I have read thousands of books about European royalty. Now I see why I’ve never even heard of these two. I only made it through the the first 12 chapters, skipping through most of them, because all it was is a 14 year-old child fantasizing about her wedding night! When she finally got there, one would think she was a pro at sex. In 1491? I don’t think so. I decided to just go to Wikipedia for the real story. This CHILD was pregnant with 16 babies in 20 years. Charles died early from getting smacked on the head walking through a low doorway. Anne remarried then died from all of them babies (only one girl baby survived). No wonder since Charles and Anne were sickly, too young, and damn near siblings. What happened to that “4 degrees of sanguinity” rule?

Anyway, it’s just not an interesting set of people. It’s poorly written and the narrator made my eyebrows hurt. Do not waste a credit on this mess. Wikipedia is more accurate. And a lot shorter! REFUND! 😡

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  • 05-06-18

A sad waste of a credit...badly written and even more badly read!

At first I thought I had accidentally bought a children’s book...until a clumsy attempt at 'adult' content suddenly appeared. The authors vocabulary appears to be limited...the same adjective or adverbs appear repetitively. Cliche ridden and filled with anachronistic phrasing interspersed with pompous attempts at appropriate speech patterns.
The reader makes he book even worse...risible attempts at changing her voice. All in all...a waste of money and time.