The Pearl of France
Nineteen years old, married to her brother's enemy, an old man she never met until her wedding day - and all in the name of peace.
So begins the marriage of Marguerite, young sister of the king of France, and Edward I, the elderly king of England.
Sent to a country she doesn't know and surrounded by people who regard her with suspicion, what Marguerite expects is a lifetime of dutiful obedience. What she discovers is something entirely different. Edward is a man experienced in the art of pleasing a woman and he awakens unexpected passion in his young bride.
Heedless of her mother's warnings, Marguerite is consumed with jealousy when she discovers a rival for her husband's affections, a woman whose power and influence she has no hope of defeating. How can she compete against the perfection of her rival, the woman her husband adores?
Used by her stepchildren as a peacemaker and by her husband as a vessel for the sons he craves, Marguerite believes she is content until she comes to desire a man who is not her husband and whose interests run counter to those of the king.
When the quick-sands of a Scottish war open beneath her feet and her beloved stepson finally rebels against his father Marguerite finds herself engulfed in a nightmare world of treachery, murder and hideous bloody revenge.
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