Virtual Book Tour: The Sister Queens review and give@way

Title: The Sister Queens
Author: Sophie Perinot
Publisher: Penguin, New American Library
Publication Date: March 6, 2012
paperback, 503 pages
ISBN: 978-0-451-23570-1
Genre: Historical Fiction
Source: Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours

Like most sisters, Marguerite and Eleanor were rivals.  They were also queens.
Raised at the court of their father, Raymond Berenger, Count of Provence, Marguerite and Eleanor are separated by royal marriages--but never truly parted.
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?
Passionate, strong-willed, and stubborn, Eleanor becomes Queen of England. Henry III is a good man, but not a good king. Can Eleanor stop competing with her sister and value what she has, or will she let it slip away?
The Sister Queens is historical fiction at its most compelling, and is an unforgettable first novel.

My thoughts:
The Sister Queens by Sophie Perinot is a gripping tale based on a true story. Sisters Marguerite and Eleanor  are as close as two sisters can be. Their personalities are different as day and night. Their father secures prominent marriages for both daughters. Marguerite marries Louis IX, King of France. Eleanor marries Henry III, King of England. They are not only separated by distance but also by politics.
The Sister Queens is told from both sister's perspectives and also through their letters. Both sisters go to an unknown land. Marguerite has no one from her family in the French court. She also has the mother-in-law from hell. She tries desperately to win the love of her husband. Eleanor is lucky in the fact that she is able to keep family around her. She also has a King who wants nothing more than to please her. Marguerite and Eleanor lives as queens, though similar are also yin and yang. Although in the 13th century, woman were not given a lot of competency or clout, the Queens show they are not without influence.
Sophie Perinot writes a compelling story about these two historical figures. Both sisters have to endure the good, the bad, and the heartache. Their relationship to each other is tested at different intervals throughout the decades this book spans. Perinot makes you care about these characters. She nailed the bond that only sister's can have. The love, the jealousy, and also the deep friendship. This book was a page turner that I thoroughly enjoyed.
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Sophie Perinot writes historical fiction. In Spring 2012 her debut novel, The Sister Queens, will be released by NAL. Set in 13th century France and England, The Sister Queens weaves the captivating story of medieval sisters, Marguerite and Eleanor of Provence, who both became queens – their lifelong friendship, their rivalry, and their reigns
Ms. Perinot has both a BA in History and a law degree. She left the law to pursue artistic interests, including writing. An avid reader, especially of classic literature, and life-long student of history, it seemed only natural that Sophie should write historical fiction. As someone who studied French abroad and a devotee of Alexandre Dumas, French history was a logical starting point. An active member of the Historical Novel Society, she has attended all of the group’s North American Conferences.
Active among the literary twitterati as @Lit_gal (a moniker she also uses at Agent Query Connect, Sophie is a regular contributor to the group writers' blog "From the Write Angle" Find her on facebook at

I have one copy of The Sister Queens to giveaway. Please check out my giveaway/contest policy before you enter. You must be at least 13 years old to enter. This giveaway is for US addresses only. Good luck!

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  1. I love historical fiction. This sounds like an awesome book. Thanks for the chance to win!

  2. This Book sounds awesome, i love reading Stories like that. Please enter me in your Contest.


  3. I do love historical fiction. I would like to read this book. Thanks for the giveaway.


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