Published by Touchstone on August 9th 2016
Genres: Fiction, General, Historical, Literary, Suspense, Thrillers
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory, the little-known story of three Tudor women who are united in sisterhood and yet compelled to be rivals when they fulfill their destinies as queens.As sisters they share an everlasting bond; as queens they can break each other’s hearts… When Katherine of Aragon is brought to the Tudor court as a young bride, the oldest princess, Margaret, takes her measure. With one look, each knows the other for a rival, an ally, a pawn, destined—with Margaret’s younger sister Mary—to a unique sisterhood. The three sisters will become the queens of England, Scotland, and France. United by family loyalties and affections, the three queens find themselves set against each other. Katherine commands an army against Margaret and kills her husband James IV of Scotland. But Margaret’s boy becomes heir to the Tudor throne when Katherine loses her son. Mary steals the widowed Margaret’s proposed husband, but when Mary is widowed it is her secret marriage for love that is the envy of the others. As they experience betrayals, dangers, loss, and passion, the three sisters find that the only constant in their perilous lives is their special bond, more powerful than any man, even a king.
Three Sisters, Three Queens follows the stories of three women as they live and fight through life-shattering ordeals of love, loss, and the whims of powerful men. Queen Katherine, Queen Margaret, and Queen Mary shared many things in common, but their fates proved much different.
I think I’m completely burned out on Philippa Gregory’s books. They’re not as good as I remember. And this one was, admittingly, a challenge to finish. It was so long and dull. I wasn’t a fan of how Margaret was written. She was insufferable. Actually, there weren’t many characters who weren’t annoying in some way. Her first husband was the most interesting.
I know the book is supposed to show their bond as sisters and queens, but I didn’t get that impression. Katherine is put on a pedestal of sorts (in Margaret’s mind) while Margaret spends most of the book trying to prove herself and be better than Katherine solely for her own satisfaction. And Mary was mostly a nonentity, spending frivolous letters to Margaret. It felt like a waste of time.
Hate to say it…but Wikipedia has a lot more spunk. I haven’t given up on PG’s books yet, but I still can’t help but be hesitant.