Reviewed by Kathie Smith

Four Sisters, All Queens by Sherry Jones is historical fiction based on the true story of four sisters from Provence in the thirteenth century. From birth, their mother has taught them skills of men, such as debate and hunting. Her intention is to raise all of her daughters with the ability to be queens by arming them with the abilities of critical thinking and ingenuity. Through everything, though, Mother stands firmly in the belief that “family comes first.”

Through the lives of these women, who do fulfill their mother’s dream of four sister queens, the reader experiences the upheavals of the crusades, the bitter blood between France and England and the desire for power at all costs. It is interesting to realize the roles of influence and degrees of respect being Queen gave each of the sisters. It is also compelling to see how the power and responsibility of their lives as queens challenges their bonds as sisters.

Jones effortlessly weaves the stories of the four sister queens together. The triumphs and misfortunes of each nation are addressed, which keeps the reader grounded in the history of these particular times. However, by limiting her focus to how these issues affect the relationships of the sisters, she never deviates from the motto that “family comes first.” Though historical facts are well-covered, the strains and strengthening of the bonds between the four sisters remain front and center.

Four Sisters, All Queens is full of power, politics, love, greed, generosity, and self-control and heartbreak that will hold the reader’s full attention from beginning to end. Jones has taken a time from history that few are familiar with and, through research and imagination, turned it into a fascinating portrayal of four women working faithfully in the best interest of their countries while determinedly trying to hold onto the bonds of family.

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Kathie is a writer, wife, mother and volunteer living in the beautiful Appalachian mountains. Her passion for the written word is fulfilled by creating her own fictional work, freelancing, acting as an adviser to another author, and reading with her six year old daughter.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Gallery Books. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.