This book was an interesting read. It not only showed how families sought to better themselves with marriages, but the lengths that they would go to. These four sisters, although they tried to band together, ended up working against each other in some instances, but as their mother always reminded them, family came first. These four girls were extraordinary for their times. They rose from Count's daughters to royal queens, and used their power not only to negotiate with their husbands but to help out their sisters as they were able. I would definately recommend this book to read. There were some parts that were rather slow and took me a little while to get through, but there are a few other books that go hand in hand with it and give some extra information.