Reluctant Queen by Freda Lightfoot
Approx. 96,380 words.
Published on March 11, 2011.
The story of Gabrielle d’Estrées is one of love, betrayal, intrigue and tragedy. She wanted to marry for love, the respectability of a happy marriage. But in the court of sixteenth century France this was almost impossible to achieve. Is the love of a king enough to secure Gabrielle the happiness and respectability she craves, and a crown for her son as the next dauphin of France?