The Betrothed Sister

The Betrothed Sister A beautifully woven tale of an exiled princess s quest for happiness Compelling and convincing the medieval world is brought vividly to life Charlotte Betts What happened to the family of King Harold

A beautifully woven tale of an exiled princess s quest for happiness Compelling and convincing, the medieval world is brought vividly to life Charlotte Betts What happened to the family of King Harold after William the Conqueror won the Battle of Hastings Carol McGrath has delved into one of history s forgotten footnotes and come up with the astonishing story of Thea, tA beautifully woven tale of an exiled princess s quest for happiness Compelling and convincing, the medieval world is brought vividly to life Charlotte Betts What happened to the family of King Harold after William the Conqueror won the Battle of Hastings Carol McGrath has delved into one of history s forgotten footnotes and come up with the astonishing story of Thea, the exiled English princess destined for Russian royalty An enthralling tale, told with elegance and sympathy Vanora Bennett The Betrothed Sister is like one of its own rich embroideries, cut from the cloth of history and stitched with strange and passionate lives Emma Darwin It is September 1068 Thea, also known as Gytha, the elder daughter of King Harold II, travels with her brothers and grandmother into exile carrying revenge in her heart She is soon betrothed to a prince of Kiev Will her betrothal and marriage bring her happiness, as she confronts enemies from inside and outside Russian territories Will she prove herself the courageous princess she surely is, win her princely husband s respect and establish her independence in a society protective towards its women

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  1. My first degree is in History and English from Queens University Belfast I have a postgraduate MA in writing from Queens University and an Mphil in writing from The Royal Holloway ,University of London My debut novel The Handfasted Wife is the first in a Trilogy The Daughters of Hastings The first is the story of 1066 and its aftermath from the perspective of the noble women The Swan Daughter and The Betrothed Sister have followed All have been best sellers My new novel The Woman in the Shadows tells the tale of Thomas and Elizabeth Cromwell and is the story of an early Tudor marriage I am now working on a medieval trilogy about she wolf queens.

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  1. The Betrothed Sister is the third novel in the Daughters of Hastings trilogy Each is a standalone book, but part of the larger tale of the women of King Harold s family.This story follows Thea, daughter of Harold, as she leaves England after her father s defeat at Hastings She flees into exile in Denmark and then Russia McGrath imbues the main characters Thea, her grandmother, her maid, Gudrun, and the trusty skald, Padar with a charm and depth that makes it easy to love them Thea is a stranger [...]


  2. A spectacular book that I read carefully and with relish I am so sorry it is finished but I will now begin to reread the first book in the trilogy which I also loved Carol McGrath is a marvelous historian and an even better writer I wish there were books in this series I knew little about Russia at any period, even less about this period I had no idea that the society and the city of Kiev rivaled European capitals like Paris in sophistication I am happy to realize that Thea Gytha s descendants [...]


  3. I received an advance copy of The Betrothed Sister by Carol McGrath This is the final book in The Daughter of Hastings trilogy Although it is book three of the series it is easily a stand alone read All three of these books are excellent and wonderful reads If I had to pick a favorite I don t think I could as I loved them all The Betrothed Sister tells the tale of King Harold II s daughter, Princess Gytha called Thea in the book Thea s life is tragically altered with the invasion of William of N [...]


  4. OMG As long as Thea thought her betrothal was, it wasn t half as long or as boring as reading about it I loved the first two books in this series but this one was like watching paint dry Nothing happens once they get to Russia except Thea whining about how long her betrothal is while trapped in the woman s quarters stitching Oh, of course there are a few battles with so many pages of detailed descriptions I thought I d go mad It s as if there really wasn t enough about Thea to write a book but t [...]


  5. I gave it two stars because I did get through 77% of the book before giving up I found it extremely boring I would skip over paragraphs, sometimes even pages, and found I did not miss a thing Endless characters with hard to pronounce names were constantly being introducedckily their story may have only lasted a paragraph or two so there was no need to remember them all.


  6. Not happy with this book The first two were excellent This book dragged to me, Thea seemed childish at times All she could think about was getting married The book did pick up a bit during the battles, but all in all it was a disappointing read for me.


  7. I love stories that recreate early history, and I love the idea of these novels, but find I have to wade through some areas of poor writing style.


  8. Excellent BookThis is one of the best written historical novels I have read I was riveted to the book I hated to put it down, when I did, I couldn t wait to pick it up again Now I plan to get other books written by Carol McGrath.


  9. This book has received a Discovering Diamonds Review Helen Hollickfounder DDRevs This novel reveals a rich and vibrant culture that was as sophisticated as any western European kingdom.


  10. I think Carol McGrath set herself an almost impossible task in writing this novel Its very hard to make a bunch of women sitting around sewing and waiting for news from the outside world interesting Most historical novels of the period with women as the main character suffer from this syndrome, but this novel suffers than most because the writing is juvenile and the characterizations trite Attempts to make the novel interesting by providing an alternate male POV character completely fail becau [...]


  11. Carol McGrath s books are particularly satisfying to those, who like me, love real history Her extensive knowledge of early Russian history allows her to create an authentic backdrop for the conjectured private lives of kings and queens Her fiction shows the truth of distant times and places.


  12. OK, I did not like it as much as the first two books in the series, but it is still a good read I think part was due to my knowing due to spoilers in The Swan Neck Daughter how this story would go I have recommended that this book be read second as it is second chronologically There are a few spoilers in this but not to the extent that it would lessen The Swan Neck Daughter.The first part of the book is a bit slow, but I think it accurately represents the boredom and waiting that Thea experience [...]


  13. Loved itThe final book in the trilogy, and it is every bit as wonderful as the first two Hard book to put down You can tell a huge amount of research has gone into these stories with all the amazing detail of life in this period in history Yet it s included in a way that doesn t drag on like some authors do, instead it is enriching I didn t once lose interest or become distracted while reading these books and I love how easy it is to relate to the women in all the novels Beautiful storytelling t [...]


  14. Obviously, the author has made some research to get the details of daily life in the early middle age, and that is great What I missed, though, was personal interaction between the characters Thea is maudlin because she spends most of the book expecting to get married and the momentum, the energy of the book suffers from this waiting situation.The battles are painted with minutia, and I was wishing Thea and her betrothed would get to be together to have insight in their relationship It was not [...]


  15. The last in Carol McGrath s Trilogy provided a highly satisfactory conclusion to her tales of King Harold s family In this, Thea, his daughter by one of his mistresses journeys to Denmark and on to Poland and Kiev to marry a prince.Once again, the author s attention to detail and easy writing style made this a pleasure to read This is a fascinating period in history, and comes alive in this book.Highly recommended I am now looking forward to her next book, whatever historical period she chooses. [...]


  16. Very enjoyable read and a great book to end this series I would recommend reading the series in order This book was interesting as it was about the daughter of King Harold being wed to a Prince of Russia in the mid 1060 s I had never read anything that gave particulars of what life was like for women in Russia during that time The book is well research and well written and I would heartily recommend it to anyone who enjoys history during late 1060 s.


  17. So, by reading this I finally finished the trilogy And a really good finish it was Loved that most of the story was set in Eastern Europe as I did not know much about this part of the world at this time Also loved that a lot of the characters from the first book re appeared Especially the grandmother who is my favourite character in the whole trilogy Again, I recommend all three books Fantastic historical fiction.


  18. I think Carol McGrath is a really fine writer of historical novels In this one, as in the first and second novel of the series she gets her history right Her characters are really nicely developed and are very believable The intrigue in this novel with the political leaders is easily believed and she made it come to life with her characters.


  19. Every once in awhile you run across a gem of a book, and this has been one for me I thoroughly enjoyed the exile, betrothal, and marriage of Princess Thea to Russian Prince Vladimir I was able to correspond a bit with the author, and her research and attention to detail about Russian medieval life is impeccable I really enjoyed learning about a time and culture I didn t know much about.


  20. Enjoyable but not engrossingI enjoyed this story but not as much as I did The Handfasted Wife This was romance novelish than it was Thea was a likable character but I didn t love her I didn t even particularly sympathize with her which made me a little sad.


  21. We ll Researched Historical FictionExcellent story Her descriptions of everything from the clothing, the food the landscapes are superb but not wordy This is the last book of a trilogy All three books are excellent.


  22. Love this whole series Great details and insights into the time period.Can t wait for A different family, perhaps Very good story filled with day to day details about early medieval royalty.


  23. Really enjoyed the Kievan Rus While as a historian I m aware of the overlap of Scandinavian countries and the Kievan Rus, it s always been theoretical in my brain This helped tie it all together 12th century Europe was a lot intertwined than modern persons like to believe.


  24. Excellent seriesI rate entire series 5 stars Author keeps the pace moving and there is so much history included that I would not otherwise have learned Truly enjoyed authors writing style Will read of her books.






  25. This is my favorite out of the 3I loved this book and will read it over and over All 3 are good But this one is my favorite



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