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Rich in intrigue and scheming, love and lust, Sherry Jones’s vibrant historical novel follows four women destined to sway the fate of nations and the hearts of kings. . . .

Amid the lush valleys and fragrant wildflowers of Provence, Marguerite, Eléonore, Sanchia, and Beatrice have learned to charm, hunt, dance, and debate under the careful tutelage of their ambitious mother—and to abide by the countess’s motto: “Family comes first.”

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Overview

Rich in intrigue and scheming, love and lust, Sherry Jones’s vibrant historical novel follows four women destined to sway the fate of nations and the hearts of kings. . . .

Amid the lush valleys and fragrant wildflowers of Provence, Marguerite, Eléonore, Sanchia, and Beatrice have learned to charm, hunt, dance, and debate under the careful tutelage of their ambitious mother—and to abide by the countess’s motto: “Family comes first.”

With Provence under constant attack, their legacy and safety depend upon powerful alliances. Marguerite’s illustrious match with the young King Louis IX makes her Queen of France. Soon Eléonore—independent and daring—is betrothed to Henry III of England. In turn, shy, devout Sanchia and tempestuous Beatrice wed noblemen who will also make them queens.

Yet a crown is no guarantee of protection. Enemies are everywhere, from Marguerite’s duplicitous mother-in-law to vengeful lovers and land-hungry barons. Then there are the dangers that come from within, as loyalty succumbs to bitter sibling rivalry, and sister is pitted against sister for the prize each believes is rightfully hers—Provence itself.

From the treacherous courts of France and England, to the bloody tumult of the Crusades, Sherry Jones traces the extraordinary true story of four fascinating sisters whose passions, conquests, and progeny shaped the course of history.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Jones’s excellent new historical (after the prequel, White Heart) reimagines the world of 13th-century Europe and the dramatic true story of four sisters who each became queens. Their influential mother, Beatrice of Savoy and countess of Provence, arranges even before the girls’ births to wed them to powerful men in an effort to ensure the safety of her beloved homeland, which has long been the object of desire of warring parties. Marguerite marries King Louis IX of France, Eléonore weds Henry III of England, Sanchia becomes Queen of the Romans, and Beatrice assumes the crown as Queen of Sicily. Though their mother is thrilled to see her plans come to fruition, the new queens soon become mired in turmoil. Marguerite suffers under her overbearing mother-in-law, the White Queen; Eléonore is roundly disliked by her countrymen; Sanchia is frequently misled by her naiveté; and Beatrice grows into a power-hungry villain. As the young sisters desperately try to maintain ties to one another, the political agendas of their new homes threaten to undermine the bonds of family. Jones’s impeccable eye for detail and beautifully layered plot—each sister narrates her side of the story in alternating chapters—makes this not only a standout historical, but an impressive novel in its own right, regardless of genre. (May)
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"Entertaining...Fans of historical fiction about European royalty should enjoy this well-written novel set during fascinating times. The relationship among the sisters is believable and often heartbreaking." —Library Journal

"Jones’s impeccable eye for detail and beautifully layered plot...makes this not only a standout historical, but an impressive novel in its own right, regardless of genre." —Publishers Weekly

Four Sisters, All Queens draws the reader into the intrigue and drama of the courts of 13th century Europe, delightfully evoking the rich details and vivid personalities of a fascinating era. A feast for fans of historical fiction!” —Gillian Bagwell, author of The Darling Strumpet and The September Queen

"Sherry Jones bursts onto the medieval scene with this enthralling tale of four royal sisters vying for power. Engrossing and vividly rendered, the intrigue and splendor of 13th century Europe are brought to life through the voices of these disparate women, each destined to take the throne and find herself in a dangerous struggle for dominance against her own kin. Family politics, forbidden passion, and heartbreaking sacrifice create a mesmerizing tableau of what it meant to be a queen." —C.W. Gortner, author of The Confessions of Catherine de Medici

"A lively, entertaining tableau that evokes the complexities of court life in thirteenth-century Provence, France, and England as seen through the eyes of four remarkable women." —Mitchell James Kaplan, author of By Fire, By Water

"Sherry Jones brings medieval Europe to life through the extraordinary destinies of the "ladies of Provence." Queens, sisters, rivals... What a tale!"
—Catherine Delors, author of Mistress of the Revolution and For the King

"In Four Sisters, All Queens, Sherry Jones tells an extraordinary story of four extraordinary women, all with royal destinies. In elegant but lively prose, she brings their triumphs and struggles to life."—Susan Higginbotham, author of Her Highness, the Traitor

"The power of these four sisters, these intriguing women, commands every page as does Sherry Jones's exquisite and well-crafted narrative. Their particular experiences, so finely conveyed, offers a distinct glimpse into the full landscape of thirteenth century Europe and the influence of its women."—Donna Russo Morin, author of The King's Agent

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451633245
  • Publisher: Gallery Books
  • Publication date: 5/8/2012
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 524,884
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.06 (h) x 1.22 (d)

Meet the Author

Author and journalist Sherry Jones is perhaps best known for her controversial debut novel, the international bestseller The Jewel of Medina, a novel about the early life of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad’s favorite wife, the most famous and influential woman in Islam. When she’s not working on her next books, Ms. Jones is traveling the world, speaking and writing about free speech, censorship, Islam, and women’s rights.

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  • Posted May 22, 2012

    A Rich Tapestry of Courtly Duty, Political Intrigue, and the Fight for Ultimate Power

    Four Queens, All Sisters weaves the stories of four young girls all married off to Kings and other powerful men to secure their family’s stronghold in Provence, France. In planning these unions, their mother hopes they will hold family above all, but the very unions she arranges threaten to tear the sisters apart. I loved this book, and I don’t read much historical fiction. I’d always thought of how wonderful it would be to be a Queen, but Sherry Jones paints a harrowing, realistic picture, which makes me thankful for the freedoms we all share in the modern world. These girls must use their wit to stay alive, never mind fawn over dresses and jewels. Forced to marry men they don’t love, who very rarely love them back, they must produce heirs to secure their positions, or the marriage they’ve given away everything for will dissolve. The writing is elegant and flowing with a rich historical atmosphere right down to the mouth-watering feasts they lavishly displayed and secretly couldn’t afford. The four main characters are strong in different ways, and I cared for each of them, wanting so badly for this family to succeed.

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2012

    Highly Recommended!

    For the broader view of all four sisters, I recommend this book! I enjoyed both versions but this book spans all the period of the sisters conflicts among themselves ending nearly at Marguerite's death.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2014

    Not bad, not great

    Doesn't llve up to the hype, but pleasant enough if you're bored. Interesting premise, but not as well-executed as advertised. Won't complain for $1.99.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 17, 2014

    Slightly better than average

    Slightly better than average historical fiction that focuses on someone other than the Tudors for a change. The multiple POVs and gaps in time can be confusing (11 children? Where was I when she had 11 children?). The two older sisters, Marguerite and Eléonore, get more thorough treatment than the younger Sanchia and Beatrice.

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  • Posted October 17, 2014

    Recommended

    I enjoyed this book although it was a little "wordy" at times. If you stick with it, it is an interesting read for anyone who likes history. The interplay between the sisters is not just for queens.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2014

    Excellent historical fiction about mostly unknown characters.

    Characters become a bit confusing, but a great overview of these famous sisters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2014

    Benny

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    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2014

    Not the only sisters that were queens

    Victoria's and napoleon's sister and brother etc though the old mother said it wouldn't last. this historical is in an era i am not interested so will be a borrow not buy

    0 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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