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Joan of Kent may have been the daughter of a disgraced earl, but there's more than meets the eye about this high-spirited and savvy woman...who soon changes the course of history.

At the height of the Middle Ages in the 14th century, King Edward III of England is determined to use any means necessary to expand his power and gain control of England's bitter rival, France. His own son, Edward, prince of Wales, is far from immune from his political plans. And when Joan of Kent, now free from exile, sees her chance for revenge, she takes it. A calculated plot to scandalize the royal family for revenge for her father's downfall and execution soon turns into the most surprising thing: love. When Joan learns that the prince of Wales actually returns her feelings, she has to make a decision: follow through her with plan or give it all up for true love? Will love cost her everything she's ever wanted?

The First Princess of Wales by New York Times best seller Karen Harper reveals a story full of scandal, royal intrigue, and the biggest figures of the Middle Ages - and a true love story that impacted the rest of British history.

©2006 Karen Harper (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Pamela
  • 18-09-2020

Dissapointing

This is a romance novel with some history thrown in. I love the narrator who does read many similar books, I simply enjoyed listening to her beautiful voice and a story that didn’t require contemplation or serious focused listening.

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  • Julie A Rule
  • 26-07-2020

Edit! Edit! Edit!

I loved Karen Harper’s Elizabeth 1 mysteries and ‘Mistress Shakespeare’, so I was excited to listen to a novel based on the Plantagenets but what a disappointment this book has been. I persisted to the end but there were many times I wanted to give up. There is very little history and a number of anachronisms. It seems that the substitute for history or plot is sex. There are so much sex that I even started talking out loud playing “bingo” with the descriptions. It was incredibly annoying. Honestly, the story could have been a tight little novel if two thirds was edited out. The characters are one dimensional and unlikable. Joan is presented as a silly, self-centred child throughout the story. The Prince of Wales is simply, well, insatiable. Having said that, I will still look for this author’s other novels as this one seems not up to her usual level of excellence.

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  • Misty
  • 08-07-2020

like a beloved fairy tale

This story is magnificent. There is romance without gratuitous sex scenes, action, adventure, & history. I loved it. The narrator does a fantastic job with the different voices as well. Overall, I highly recommend.

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  • Liv Rosin
  • 25-09-2021

Great Historical Fiction—Lots of Sex

I learned a great deal about the era of Edward III, the Black Prince, and Joan of Kent—along with the tragic story of her family members. Karen Harper is masterful with both characterization and plot, especially with suspense and cliffhangers!

I realize some readers crave the inclusion of as much sex as possible. Many popular series are famous for this. My husband joked that I listen to “historical porno,” which was certainly true with this novel. It’s certainly one you wouldn’t want to play through your car speakers during a family trip. It would be great for a driving trip with girlfriends or anyone craving physical romance, especially with its satisfying conclusion.

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  • AD Course
  • 04-08-2021

Joyful discovery

This was so good on every level. My first book by this author and character development is exceptional. Narrative and dialogues are rich and so very human.
Narrated by one of my favorites as well.

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  • 14-07-2021

Very enjoyable

My recovery time was much more enjoyable thanks to this beautifully told story thank you for a job well
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  • Sondra Speer
  • 09-11-2020

Horrible!

The story goes back and forth in what might be a plot if you want to stretch it. It could have been resolved or presented in a different manner rather than dragging the reader/listener in a Yo-to of boring fights and encounters with little death. Weak! All about sexual encounters& endless descriptions of clothing and food prep. Really disappointed by it.

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  • A.J.
  • 23-07-2020

Great book

I liked this story, interesting history, amazing narrator,sweet romance! I wasn’t familiar with the story of the black prince and Joan of Kent so was new to me. I enjoyed it very much.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-06-2020

Pleasant storyline with satisfying ending!

Window into the life Joan of Kent, showing, like many historical fiction novels a women living in a mans world. I found Joan’s willful spirit refreshing; though at times tedious in the beginning has a satisfying ending! I enjoyed listening and would recommend😊
side note: I haven’t found any other audiobooks about Joan of Kent; many Tudor court novels, nice hear something different!

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  • Jasper Van Wyk
  • 29-06-2020

Amazing

Wow! Loved every single minute of this book! Well written, well read. Just amazing! Was sad to see it come to an end.

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  • 18-06-2021

Nothing happens

I kept skipping the chapters ahead to see if the story actually goes anywhere and it kind if does but my Lord there's a load of rubbish along the way. So much love and sex description and hardly any historical interest. Honestly not found 1 chapter yet without her declearong her undying love. Just incredibly dull to listen too which is a shame as I love Bianca the reader just a very boring book which had so much potential

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