Friday, March 2, 2012

Historical Fiction Tour Stop: The Sister Queens by Sophie Perinot

Title: The Sister Queens
Author: Sophie Perinot
Publisher: New American Library
Publish Date: March 6, 2012
Source: Historical Fiction Virtual Tours

Why You're Reading This Book:

  • You're a historical fiction fan.
  • You like well rounded characters.
  • You like family stories.
  • You like a bit of romance with your historical fiction.
What's the Story?:

From "Patient, perfect, and used to being first, Marguerite becomes Queen of France. But Louis IX is a religious zealot who denies himself the love and companionship his wife craves. Can she borrow enough of her sister's boldness to grasp her chance for happiness in a forbidden love?"

My Two Cents:

This book was fascinating. I had not heard much if anything about the Savoyard sisters. The book really only focuses on the reigns of Eleanor (who became Queen of England) and Marguerite (who became the Queen of France) but history shows that their sisters, Sanchia and Beatrice, became the Queens of Germany and Sicily respectively. Can you imagine having four queens in one set of siblings? It's pretty amazing from that perspective.

I thought that it was interesting that Perinot chose to focus on the relationship between Eleanor and Marguerite as their two countries, England and France, were often at odds with each other. Yet you can see that the sisters only let this get in between them for just a little bit before they are able to overcome it through the power of sisterhood.

Even though they were both queens during powerful times in their countries' histories, their lives are very different. Eleanor seems to have made a relatively good love match with Henry while Marguerite's marriage to Louis is lacking of so much of what she wants. I loved that you get to kind of see what each respective sister is going through in the letters that they write to each other at the beginning of each chapter. I though that this was a really good touch. You kind of get to see another side of the sisters this way and it definitely makes them feel a lot more real.

This book will definitely appeal to historical fiction lovers like me that love good stories with bright characters and rich detail. Perinot is a great writer and I'm anxious to see what other books she comes out with in the future.

Don't Forget to Follow the Rest of the Tour:

Monday, February 27th

Tuesday, February 28th
Author Interview & Giveaway at Passages to the Past

Wednesday, February 29th
Author Guest Post & Giveaway at Just One More Paragraph

Friday, March 2nd
Review at A Bookish Affair

Monday, March 5th
Review & Giveaway at Bippity Boppity Book

Tuesday, March 6th
Review at Unabridged Chick

Wednesday, March 7th
Author Guest Post at A Bookish Affair

Thursday, March 8th

Friday, March 9th
Author Interview & Giveaway at Unabridged Chick

Monday, March 12th

Tuesday, March 13th
Review & Giveaway at The Owl Bookmark Blog

Wednesday, March 14th
Review at Luxury Reading
Author Interview at CelticLady's Reviews

Friday, March 16th

Monday, March 19th
Author Guest Post at The Owl Bookmark Blog

Tuesday, March 20th
Review & Giveaway at CelticLady's Reviews

Wednesday, March 21st
Review & Giveaway at The Broke and the Bookish
Guest Post & Giveaway at Peeking Between the Pages
Friday, March 23rd
Author Interview at Ageless Pages Reviews

Monday, March 26th
Review & Giveaway at The True Book Addict

Wednesday, March 28th
Review at Broken Teepee

Thursday, March 29th

Friday, March 30th
Review, Author Interview & Giveaway at A Bookish Libraria

Monday, April 2nd
Review & Giveaway at The Maiden's Court

Wednesday, April 4th
Review at Bags, Books and Bon Jovi
Review & Giveaway at To Read or Not to Read




  1. Love the cover and your review. I am looking forward to reading it

  2. Oooh! I got this via Netgalley and I can't wait to read it because I love a little romance with my historical fiction :)


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