Troubador The Fair Maid of Kent

Released: 28/03/2017

ISBN: 9781788036597

eISBN: 9781788032315

Format: Paperback/eBook

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The Fair Maid of Kent


“Philip of Valois was marching towards Amiens with the war flag of France. The French king was preparing to fight. It was time for the King of England to settle matters with the Bavarian.”

It is 1341 and Joan of Kent, the fourteen-year-old cousin of the King of England, is poised on the brink of marriage with the Earl of Salisbury's son. While plans are made for the king's continuing war against France, the families gather to celebrate the wedding. But the bride is in tears. For unknown to everyone, Joan has a secret and it is one so scandalous, so unspeakably shocking, that discovery could destroy this glorious marriage and place the lives of those Joan loves in danger.

From the glittering court of Edward III to the lonely border fortress of Wark, to the bleak marshlands before the walls of Calais, Joan must tread a careful path balanced between truth and deception, where love is an illusion and one false move could spell disaster.

When tragedy strikes at the heart of the royal family Joan finds herself facing a foe more deadly than a violent husband. Imprisoned in her chamber and with her fate resting in the hands of the Pope's tribunal in Avignon, there is nothing she can do but pray.

The Fair Maid of Kent is the story of an enduring love in a dangerous world where a man may not be all he seems and your most powerful enemy is the one you cannot see.

Inspired by the writings of Philippa Gregory and Hilary Mantel, and based on the life of Joan, the first Princess of Wales (and Caroline's seventeen times great-grandmother), The Fair Maid of Kent will appeal to fans of historical fiction.

A review by Kaycee of the ebook on Kindle.

Firstly, I’m declaring an interest: I’ve known Caroline since we joined the same creative writing course in 2009. We both belong to a small group of writers who have met weekly since. So you’d expect me to give The Fair Maid of Kent five stars, right? Well, I’ve seen Caroline master the craft of novel writing over the years. She is one of the most widely-read people I know, and it shows in her work. This is a great story, thoroughly researched, and told beautifully. You’ll really want to know ‘what happens next?’ at every turn of the page. Five stars is my honest rating.

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Caroline Newark

Caroline was born in Northern Ireland to English parents and studied law at the University of Southampton. She has a background in early years education and dairy farming and spent two years in Ghana teaching science.

In 2011 she began the mammoth project of writing 21 books about the lives of the women in her mother's family tree.

She has two daughters and five grandchildren and lives in Somerset with her husband. When not writing she enjoys walking and doing crosswords.

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