Rivals for the Crown

Rivals for the Crown Turmoil erupts when the seven year old queen of Scotland perishes en route to claim the crown Two bitter foes John Balliol and Robert Bruce emerge as possible successors but England s Edward I h

  • Title: Rivals for the Crown
  • Author: Kathleen Givens
  • ISBN: 9781416509929
  • Page: 478
  • Format: Paperback
  • Rivals for the Crown

    1290 Turmoil erupts when the seven year old queen of Scotland perishes en route to claim the crown Two bitter foes John Balliol and Robert Bruce emerge as possible successors, but England s Edward I has his own designs on Scotland.In London, Edward has expelled all Jews from his kingdom Rachel de Anjou is heartbroken to leave behind her best friend, Isabel de Burk1290 Turmoil erupts when the seven year old queen of Scotland perishes en route to claim the crown Two bitter foes John Balliol and Robert Bruce emerge as possible successors, but England s Edward I has his own designs on Scotland.In London, Edward has expelled all Jews from his kingdom Rachel de Anjou is heartbroken to leave behind her best friend, Isabel de Burke, and travel with her family to the Scottish border town of Berwick Danger is everywhere, but the tall, dark Highlander Kieran MacDonald presents a risk of a different sort.Isabel, appointed as lady in waiting to Edward s queen, Eleanor, is soon immersed in a world of privilege and peril where she attracts the notice of two men Henry de Boyer, an English knight, and Rory MacGannon, a Highland warrior and outlaw Isabel and Rachel are soon reunited in Berwick, but as the enmity between Scotland and England reaches its violent peak, each woman must decide where her loyalty and her destiny lies.

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    1. UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

      Edited to remove spoilers and correct mistakes.Honestly, I can’t put into words how much I love this book. The battles, the political maneuverings, the pettiness at court, the romance, the passion… so few books have it all, but once again, as she did in On A Highland Shore, Kathleen Givens has given me so many things to love about Rivals For the Crown.One of my very favorite things about this author is her ability to weave fact and fiction together, creating an amazing tapestry which tells a [...]

    2. Krista Baetiong Tungol

      It is 1290 and two queens have died: Eleanor, queen of England; and young Margaret, heir to the Scottish throne. Scotland is suddenly torn between powerful rival families asserting for leadership and Edward I of England’s own machinations to claim the crown, and from which later events have led Scottish patriots such as William Wallace and Andrew Morray to revolt and lead the banner for independence.Rivals for the Crown is a story that revolves around the lives of four people—Rory, Kieran, I [...]

    3. Regan Walker

      This story follows On a Highland Shore some 30 years later when the young Queen of Scots dies en route to claim the crown. Two bitter foes—John Balliol and Robert Bruce—emerge as possible successors, but England's Edward I has his own designs on Scotland. In London, Edward has expelled all Jews from his kingdom. Rachel de Anjou must leave behind her best friend, Isabel de Burke, and travel with her family to the Scottish border town of Berwick for their safety. And then she meets the tall, d [...]

    4. Laura

      Kathleen Givens does not disappoint! The plot is fascinating with allusions to the 1290 expulsion of the Jews in England, the invasion of of Scotland in 1296 by the English and the Battle of Stirling Bridge. Absolutely fascinating. Givens makes history truly come to life; I found myself researching a lot as I read. I loved that she included William Wallace (aka Braveheart). Givens can also be counted on for a heartwrenching love story or two in this case. I thoroughly enjoyed both the Isabel/Ror [...]

    5. Annie

      Hunky heroes? Check! Political turmoil? Check! Headstrong, believable heroines? Check! WILLIAM WALLACE? Check!If you're looking for a fantastic historical fiction set in Scotland you can't go past this novel. Givens has written the spirit of the Scottish people into the pages of this book and it is difficult to be unmoved by their struggle for freedom from the English crown. This story is tight with suspense and is filled with passionate characters whom I guarantee you will barrack for.Part of t [...]

    6. Rio (Lynne)

      3.5 Stars. For those of us who love historical fiction, this is a fresh and enjoyable story. It takes place during Edward I's takeover of Scotland. The author's heroes and heroines are fictional. We have Isabel and Rachel, two best friends who are torn apart when Edward forces all Jews out of England. Isabel is left in London as one of the queen's ladies in waiting. Then we have Rory and Kerian, two rugged, handsome and brave cousin Highlanders. The author takes us on a decade ride from 1290 to [...]

    7. Alaine

      I loved this book from start to finish. It covered many characters and included historical figures such as William Wallace, Robert Bruce and King Edward Plantagenet. It did jump around a little but that enhanced the book and sustained my interest easily. This book is a fantastic historical novel and the second book I've read of Kathleen Givens. Can't wait to read more!

    8. Lisa

      4.5 Stars - Rivals for the Crown flashes forward a couple decades in the lives of the MacMagnus (becoming MacGannon) , MacDonald and Crawford families from On a Highland Shore. It opens with young Rachel de Anjou and her family being expelled with other Jewish families from England, ordered by King Edward in 1290. She is torn from the only life she's known and her best friend Isabel de Burke. Rachel and her family resettle in Berwick, Scotland where she eventually meets Kieran MacDonald who is d [...]

    9. Meagan

      Ughhh. I remember enjoying On a Highland Shore a lot more than this sequel (used very loosely) written by the same author. Part of the problem for me was that I just came off reading The Reckoning by Sharon Kay Penman who happens to be one of my favorite authors. The Reckoning dealt with the same time period but was written 100 times better than Rivals for the crown. When I started to read this one I was excited to see another authors point of view and all I got was a corny romance novel that re [...]

    10. Dee Dee Walker

      I love historical romance and this book was fantastic. I'm a sucker for great love stories. What I really love about this author is that she can create such an intense love story without the graphic sex scenes. Think, The Last of the Mohicans. My only complaint is the ending seemed a little rushed and forced with historical information. If you like historical romance this book is a must!

    11. Deanna

      Full Review:ibeeeg/2009/07/riRivals for the Crown, a historical romance fiction story that was captivating.The characters of Isabel and Rachel were compelling. They both faced times of uncertainty and turmoil.Both girls found themselves in circumstances in which they needed to make life and death decisions.I was impressed with Isabel's growth from a naive young girl to a woman whose courage and strength is admirable.Rachel, a Jewish girl, is torn between her faith and a love that must not be. Sh [...]

    12. Anne

      I absolutely loved this book. I only give 5*****rarely, and wish I could have rated this 4 and 1/2 but they don't show that. But that is my rating. It combines Scottish and English History during the reign of Edward Plantagenet of England, and the fighting between John Balliol and Robert the Bruce to be king of Scotland. William Wallace (Braveheart) is also in this book. it has great romance, and a terrific Highland love story. there is a tiny bit of descriptive sex, but not overboard, and it on [...]

    13. MelissaB

      This book was too much historical fiction and not enough romance. The book follows two different couples, so that got confusing at times. There was also a point in the book where the plot jumped ahead a year without any warning. This was very jarring and really pulled me out of the story. The historical detail was good but I didn't enjoy the romances so this book is not a favorite. I would only recommend it if you are interested in the setting and time period.

    14. Martha

      I'm a sucker for anything about Scotlandwhat can I say. As always, she grabs my attention and keeps it for the entire book.n't wait to read the other two I have. If you love historical fiction, you can't beat this one!

    15. Billie

      Interesting sequel in The Highlander series, but didn't quite like it as much as I did the first one. On the other hand, it answers a lot of questions that were left when I completed the first book in the series "On Highland Shore."

    16. A.R. Hellbender

      2.5 stars.This book was full of character relationships that I found hard to believe. There are two love stories that both revolve around people who didn't know each other very long but still can't stop thinking about each other after years of not seeing each other. The conflict was equally underdeveloped and hard to believe, as most of it revolved around Isabel's almost-rapist still searching for her all over the country 2 years later, when more realistically, he would have found other victims [...]

    17. Jaycie Fetter

      Rivals for the Crown by Kathleen Givens was a good book, but in the end, it just wasn't the book for me. It was about how different families and even nations were fighting for the Scottish throne in 1290. There are so many fights, battles, scandals, and so much deceit and secrets that the book gets too confusing and hard to follow. History is not my favorite subject so reading about a fantasy Scottish history wasn't very enjoyable to me. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone who doesn't like [...]

    18. Sarah

      An enjoyable historical fiction novel set in 13th century England and Scotland. It has all the right elements: great storytelling, battles, romance, people in hiding, heroism, and a couple strong female characters.

    19. Mary

      Rivals for the Crown is a sequel, of sorts, to On a Highland Shore, though the author skipped forward nearly thirty years to tell the story of the next generation of MacGannons, MacDonalds, and Crawfords. Two new characters are introduced: Rachel de Anjou and Isabel de Burke, English girls and best friends. The book opens in 1290, the year King Edward expelled the Jews from England, and as Jews, Rachel and her family are forced to flee London for the northern border, where they settle in Berwick [...]

    20. Sarah

      The historical setting for this novel is what first drew me to it. I've always been interested in the Scottish struggle for independence in the 14th century, with all its inherent drama, emotional content, and struggle against tyranny. This novel doesn't disappoint in that aspect. The author captures the emotions of the times in all their harsh glory. The author has captured enough historical detail to make 14th century Scotland and London come to vivid life for her readers.Most of the character [...]

    21. Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms)

      I am afraid I won't entirely do justice to this review as I waited too long to do it and have read several books since. But it was a very good read, and is the sequel to On A Highland Shore which I read some time ago. I was going to get this book right after I read the first one but saw a review that said it did not continue Nell's story not reveal what happened to Davey. I should have ignored that because Nell and Davey are both in this book although they were correct that it did not directly c [...]

    22. Allison G

      This sequel moved the story forward 30 YEARS - wow, that's a lot! Okay, I think I get why though - writers of historical fiction have to have some great history as a background for their story. In order to do that, they sometimes have to skip forward decades to find it. At least that's what I've decided and I'm sticking to it.Once again, I learned a ton of things about the history of England/Scotland in the time leading up to William Wallace of Braveheart fame. I love that Givens's novels are fu [...]

    23. Laura

      Tedious!!!Here is the description1290: Turmoil erupts when the seven-year-old queen of Scotland perishes en route to claim the crown. Two bitter foes -- John Balliol and Robert Bruce -- emerge as possible successors, but England's Edward I has his own designs on Scotland.In London, Edward has expelled all Jews from his kingdom. Rachel de Anjou is heartbroken to leave behind her best friend, Isabel de Burke, and travel with her family to the Scottish border town of Berwick. Danger is everywhere, [...]

    24. Karen

      This is a wonderful sequel to Givens's earlier novel, "On a Highland Shore." I didn't know she'd written a sequel, until I picked it up at the library and the characters sounded familiar. Whereas I enjoyed the first novel, I absolutely LOVED this one. I just finished it tonight. It weaves the story and struggles of several very believable characters into the fabric of the upheaval and conquests of King Edward Plantagenet upon the Scottish people. Key historical figures, such as William Wallace ( [...]

    25. Dana

      In 1290 the young queen of Scotland dies and there are now many rivals for the crown.But in England Edward I also wants the kingdom and is ruthless enough to try to overtake Scotland.Kieran MacDonald and Rory MacGannon are two young Highlanders whose parents have sent them to Berwick to get some sense of what is going on. Kieran meets Rachel, a Jewess, whose father has just started up an inn. Rachel and her family were expelled from England because of their faith. Rachel asks Kieran to find out [...]

    26. Laura Stenzel

      I inadvertently read what I think is the second book in a series first, and while it does stand alone, the author references a lot of history that it would have been nice to knowThat said, this is one of my favorite formats for historical novels, the main characters are fabricated out of the time, but the world they live in is accurate. This story takes place in England and Scotland at the time when William Wallace is becoming the man who will eventually lead Scotland into independence.The langu [...]

    27. Cheryl

      A lot of people raved about this and I'd really enjoyed Kathleen Givens' other books but this one, I don't know, it was just okay for me. I was never able to really get into it. I adore Scottish history so I had high expectations for this. Truthfully for me there was so much going on it was really hard for me to focus and get engaged with the characters. From the expulsion of the Jews from England to the court of Edward Longshanks, to the quest for Scotland, the Comyns, John Balliol, William Wal [...]

    28. Erin

      2.5 stars. I feel a little disappointed in the sequel because like other readers I was anticipating Nell and Liam 's story as well as the details as to how Davey was going to be rescued. Although I remain perplexed as to Kathleen Givens reasoning for fast forwarding to tell the story of Scotland during the time of William Wallace and using Gannon and Margaret 's youngest son,Rory, and Davey's son, Kieran,as the male protagonists. Romance was so-so and I grew irritated at the prolonged separation [...]

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