One princess. Two husbands. By order of the King.
The true story of Joan of Kent, the English princess who defied her family and her king to win the man she loved.
A princess falls in love with a handsome knight; the stuff of fairy tales, but not very remarkable, even in an age where love was hardly a prerequisite for marriage.
It is the princess, Joan of Kent, who is remarkable. Forbidden by the king to marry, she does so anyway, in secret. When the King discovers what she has done, he is furious. He needs her to make political alliances and forces her to bigamy.
But she will not give up. Will she succeed – and what will happen if she does?
When Princess Isabella is offered as a bride to King Edward of England, for her it’s love at first sight. But her dashing husband has a secret, one that threatens to tear their marriage—and England—apart.
As Isabella navigates the deadly maelstrom of Edward’s court, her cleverness and grace allow her to subvert Edward’s ill-advised plans and gain influence. The young queen is soon faced with an impossible choice; being shut away for the rest of her life in a distant abbey – or taking a breathtaking gamble that will forever change the course of history.
Isabella is the story of a queen who took control of her destiny—and the throne.
She was taught to obey. Now she has learned to rebel.
Micha Levine leaves his small village in Russia and sails to New York, ‘the Golden Medina’. He’s heard they shovel gold off the streets and that he will easily make his fortune there.
He sends for his wife to join him, eager to make their dreams come true. But life in his new country is not quite as he has been told.
Her happiness comes at an unexpected price; and they must keep a dark secret that threatens to destroy everything.
From Tallinn to New York; from World War One to World War Two; from rags to riches. This is a poignant novel about finding the American Dream – and what it costs.
When fiery and idealistic Kitty O’Kane escapes the crushing poverty of Dublin’s tenements, she’s determined that no one should ever suffer like she did.
As she sets out to save the world, she finds herself at the forefront of events that shaped the early twentieth century.
During Kitty’s remarkable journey, she reunites with her childhood sweetheart, but will the sins of her past stop her from pursuing her own happiness?
What readers are saying
“I really like all the Falconer books I’ve read… but this one is going to rank as my favourite. It’s one-of-a-kind. “Joan of Woodstock” doesn’t have the historical celebrity status of an Elizabeth I, or Catherine d’Medici; but I’m betting you’ll learn something, and be entertained in the process!” ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Amazon customer
“I loved this book… This captivating historical read was filled with complex and memorable characters that brought history to life. Joan of Kent was an absolutely fascinating woman whose life and times were captured so wonderfully in this book… I read it. I loved it. I bought it. It’s an historical read that shouldn’t be missed.” ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Amazon customer
“I could hardly bear to set this book down. The characters quickly came to life for me and the story was so new, so different, I was hooked. I love novels about court diplomacy and this is one of the best that I have found. I am motivated to learn more about Edward and Isabella so that I can know them even better.” ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Amazon customer
“Absolutely loved this book. Facts and fiction were so skillfully intertwined that I had to remind myself several times that it was a work of fiction. The pages engulfed me and two sleepless nights later the book was finished. The expectant love of Isabella for her King Edward is well portrayed This intelligent woman overcomes the heartbreak and disillusionment that brings her to her (tragic?) triumph.” ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Amazon customer
”Wow this book did a fantastic job of capturing an era where women struggled under powerful men and workers were exploited yet the communist movement showed that wasn’t the Utopia it was meant to be… the author does a great job of placing the reader in the thick of things. Truly a great read.” ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Amazon Review.
”I enjoyed this novel. Unlike the one star reviewer who felt Kitty was always making the wrong decision was no hero because she didn’t save herself and was always dependant on men. If these things happend today yes then maybe but they happend in a different age. The poor, especially poor women, had even more road blocks to achievement than today.” ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Amazon Review.
“I read a LOT. I was born in 1939… I have read history accounts of these wars/incidents over the years. I understood Kitty, propably better than a younger person will. Even in the early 1940’s life was hard for many. The stories that passed before me, by grand parents, parents and aunts and uncles showed a difficult life before my time. Even growing up I experienced hard times in our family. A young person will read some of this with disbelief but they need, particularly today, to see what can happen when there is discontent.” ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Amazon Review.
“I enjoyed this book so much I have read it twice! Well what a great read. The characters jumped off the page and came to life. I loved all the different places, times and, as always with Colin Falconer’s books, the wonderful descriptions of the characters, their lives, what they are wearing and the places they were living.” ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Amazon Review.
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