Reluctant Queen

Reluctant Queen

by Freda Lightfoot

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Weary of her husband’s many mistresses, Marguerite de Valois returns to Paris and her own lover, Henri de Guise. But when her brother Henri Trois once more makes life impossible for her, and her situation as Queen of Navarre becomes increasingly insecure as her husband speaks of divorce, where can she possibly find safety?

Gabrielle d’Estrées, a young beauty, wants nothing more than to marry for love, and enjoy the respectability of a happy marriage. But in the court of sixteenth century France this is almost impossible to achieve. She is sold by her own mother to three different lovers before catching the eye of a king.

Henry of Navarre has a weakness for beautiful women with fair hair and blue eyes, and once he sees Gabrielle, he knows he must have her. She bears him children and he promises to marry her, despite still being married to the exiled Queen Margot. But is the love of a king enough to secure Gabrielle the happiness and respectability she craves, and a crown for her son as the next dauphin of France?

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BN ID: 2940011233470
Publisher: Freda Lightfoot
Publication date: 03/11/2011
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 330 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Born in Lancashire, Freda Lightfoot has been a teacher and bookseller. In a mad moment she even tried her hand at the ‘good life’ as a smallholder. Inspired by this tough life on the fells, memories of her Lancashire childhood, and her passion for history she has published over forty family sagas and historical novels. Freda has lived in the Lake District and Cornwall but now spends the winters in Spain and summers in the UK. For more information visit her website:

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Reluctant Queen 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
penname96 More than 1 year ago
Freda Lightfoot picks up in this novel where she left off in The Hostage Queen. First of all the back of the book "explaining the story" is a little deceiving. The back says this is the story of Gabrielle d' Estrees. Actually this book covers 3 parts. Part 1 covers Margot being escorted by Catherine de Medici to live with her husband Henry of Navarre and their tumultuous marriage. Part 2 covers Henri I de Lorraine, Duc de Guise "Margot's former lover" and the War of the 3 Henry's. Part 3 covers Gabrielle's story and her and Henry of King Henry's love affair. How does the author do this in 254 pages? She gets straight to the point. You will not find pages wasted on descriptions of gowns and castles. If you skim this book, you will surely miss out. There is a lot of information and a great story packed into this little book. My only complaint is there are no author's notes at the end. After googling, everything she wrote appeared to be very accurate. Not knowing anything about Gabrielle I was surprised at the ending. If you love true historical fiction (no romance fluff here) and have not read Lightfoot add these two books. Can you skip the first one? Only if you know Margot's story through the St. Bartholomew's Day massacre, but I would recommend reading both.