Harper's (sort of) latest (after The Last Boleyn, but originally published in 1984 as Sweet Passion's Pain) breathes a lust for life into history's distant icons. Fiery-tempered Joan of Kent arrives in the court of King Edward III, but is ill-prepared for the complicated court politicking and attentions of debonair Prince Edward. From their first meeting, the two engage in a standoffish flirtation that continues even as Joan learns that Edward's family had a part in her father's long-ago execution for treason. She sets her sights on Edward as a target for revenge, but her thirst for payback turns into a passion denied fulfillment by circumstances that keep them apart. As the years pass, Joan marries another man and starts a family, her brother John is killed, and Edward leads the English army to victory in France. Harper keeps the tension taut as she weaves together the many subplots into a first-rate epic. Love prevails in a grand fashion at the end. (Dec.)
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KAREN HARPER is the author of the bestselling Elizabeth I mystery series and the novel The Last Boleyn. She lives in Columbus, Ohio, and Naples, Florida.See all Editorial Reviews
One dimensional characters and a boring heroine who is difficult to like because she is an idiot... I suppose it is difficult to maintain romantice tension between the main... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mrs. Danvers
As other reviewers have already pointed out, this novel is NOT historically accurate, save for the general idea that Joan of Kent's third marriage to her first cousin once removed... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Isabella
I was pretty disappointed with this book. I understand that this is fiction, and that liberties will be taken with the characters and the story, but wow. Read morePublished 13 months ago by C. J. Attwood
I have enjoyed the book enormously.
Well known real historical story of the Joan of Kent and The Black Prince has been described and interpreted the way , I can... Read more
I really enjoyed this book and could not put it down. I enjoyed some of the historical facts in the book as well as some of the fictional aspects. Read morePublished on September 2, 2013 by Kelly S.
This would have been better if she just would have used fictitious people instead of people who really lived. Read morePublished on June 23, 2013 by Granma Linda
For those who don't understand the difference: Historical fiction is just that...FICTION (which means it's not real). Read morePublished on February 6, 2013 by KRM
This book had too many historical inaccuracies. I know it was a FICTION based on the life of Joan of Kent, and you expect it to have some things wrong just to keep the story... Read morePublished on February 5, 2013 by Patsy Lovell
If you enjoyed Anya Seton's, "Katherine", you will love "The First Princess of Wales". It has the makings of the best type of love story; one that keeps you enthralled, and makes... Read morePublished on April 3, 2012 by Jane