The Queen's Daughter
A 2011 Bankstreet Best Children's Book of the Year!
Joan's mother, Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine, is the most beautiful woman in the world. Her father is Henry II, the king of England and a renowned military leader. Joan loves them bothso what is she to do when she's forced to choose between them? As her parents' arguments grow ever more vicious, Joan begins to feel like a political pawn.
When her parents marry her off to the king of Sicily, Joan finds herself stuck with a man ten years her senior. She doesn't love her husband, and she can't quite forget her childhood crush, the handsome Lord Raymond.
As Joan grows up, she begins to understand that her parents' worldview is warped by their political ambitions, and hers, in turn, has been warped by theirs. Is it too late to figure out whom to trust? And, more important, whom to love?
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), June 8, 2010, ISBN-13: 978-0805089929
"Historical fiction about British royalty, set in the twelfth century no less, is unusual, and for that reason alone, this first novel is a solid choice...the settings are vividly imagined, and readers will champion Joan in her search for love."
"...a great debut and an interesting story."
"Fans of historical fiction, and especially historical romance, will devour this volume."
School Library Journal
"The story reads lightly but with plenty of history, and is a good introduction to the fascinating lives of this incredible family. A great debut..."
The Historical Novels Review
"...the engaging story of a young woman seeking her place in the tumultuous world of twelfth-century England."