Book Review of
Three Sisters Three Queens
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 is the first book by Philippa Gregory that I have read. I wanted to love this book. I have heard great things about it. Readers that love historical fiction love it. But I didn’t.
This book was not for me. I almost didn’t finish it. It was way too soap opera like for me. It was also a bit too PG-13 for me. Real life is often dysfunctional and this book is based on real people, but I just couldn’t get into the lives of the characters. There was so much about the scandals, the messed up marriages and family members who did terrible things.
This is a case of a popular book and author just not being for me.