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Virgin Widow This title is about England s forgotten Queen England,A daughter of Warwick the Kingmaker, Anne Neville cannot dictate her own future Her marriage will be political, made purely to advance her family s interests But at the age of fourteen, her father s treason forces her into exile, and into an uneasy betrothal with Edward of Lancaster Edward is changeable and completely controlled by his powerful mother, Margaret of Anjou In a hostile, impoverished court, Anne finds herself at the mercy of other s whims On her wedding night, the audience assembled to witness her bedding instead witnesses a royal humiliation At the point of consummation, Queen Margaret forbids the act Anne went to her husband s bed a virgin, and she will remain so The battle for the crown of England rages, and Anne s husband must fight for his cause But he is foully done to death by Richard, Duke of Gloucester a man who twice before has been betrothed to Anne Anne must decide where her loyalties lie And during the reign of King Edward, the wrong decision could mean death

About the Author: Anne O'Brien

Librarian Note There isthan one author in the GoodReads database with this name See this thread forinformation My home is in the Welsh Marches, although much of my early life was spent in Yorkshire, most recently in the East Riding.Ann O Brien The Marches is a remote region of England, surrounded by echoes from the past Hereford is close with its famous Mappa Mundi and chained library.So is Shrewsbury, and also Ludlow with its splendid castle and its connections with our Plantagenet and Tudor kings With my husband, I live in an eighteenth century timber framed cottage, which itself must have seen much history over two hundred years.I have always enjoyed the appeal of History.I taught the subject with enthusiasm but it became my ambition to write historical romances My first novel, The Runaway Heiress, was published by Mills and Boon in 2004.This first book was a Regency Romance in the great tradition of Georgette Heyer who has not admired her skill and delicate touch for the period I have drawn on my interest in the Stuart century to write about the English Civil War and Restoration England of Charles II Living in the Marches however I soon discovered the wealth of atmosphere and legend in this isolated part of England from medieval times It was not long before I was encouraged to create a medieval romance inConquering Knight, Captive Lady.When not writing, I have a large rambling garden where George and I grow organic vegetables and soft fruit or perhaps I should admit that he grows them whilst I pick and cook them We have a wild garden, an orchard, a formal pond and herbaceous flower borders We share it all with rabbits and pheasants, frogs and goldfinches, hedgehogs and buzzards It is a beautiful place When we first settled into our cottage I planted a herb garden on a Tudor pattern with stone pathways and clipped box hedges From this I developed my interest in herbs and their uses.Nicholas Culpeper s The Complete Herbal, a fascinating resource to a historical novelist first published in 1649, has become essential bedside reading As a result the use of herbs in medicine and witchcraft, for both good and ill, has appeared in some of my novels.For pure relaxation I enjoy yoga as well as singing with a local Choral Society Watercolour painting allows me to simply sit and appreciate the landscape and the flowers in my garden, when my mind is busy constructing my next plot.

10 thoughts on “Virgin Widow

  1. Ellen Ekstrom Ellen Ekstrom says:

    Anne Neville is on my list of favorite queens I prefer the outrageous and the neglected ones, hence Eleanor of Aquitaine and Anne Neville being way up there on the notepad Anne O Brien s story of the early life of Anne Neville or Nevill , youngest daughter of celebrated earl Richard Neville of Warwick, aka The Kingmaker, was refreshing, different and followed the historical timeline with artistic license The histories are silent regarding Richard the Third s queen

  2. Julia Julia says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Warning, there be spoilers And me being an irritated history fan.I ll say it upfront I did not like this book, and I had several problems with it.Anne Neville in this book is portrayed as courageous, headstrong, and determined However, there were several points in the book where she was just plain annoying and childish It s evenirritating since the book is told entirely from her perspective.An

  3. Kathleen Kathleen says:

    I guess we should thank Phillpa Gregory for a revival in historical romance if only the hangers on had her talent I have read a slew of do I want to be a bodice ripper or do I want to pretend I have historical value novels.This one probably falls in the middle of the pack as far as readability and historical accuracy goes I think the authors of this genre should pay attention to how the authors of historical mysteries like Margaret Frazier and Paul Doherty weave their fact and f

  4. Elizabeta Elizabeta says:

    Great book, fast pace, never a dull moment.

  5. Tracey Tracey says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I really do like historical fiction, and though this has been good it hasn t been a five star read I liked Anne , She s a very good leading character in this book as the virgin widow I ve always been fascinated by the neville s daughters, And Anne has always been the outstanding sister unlike Isabel To be married to 2 kings in her lifetime and be destined for the throne of England twice through her marriages has m

  6. Marta :} Marta :} says:

    As for Richard he is the light of my life And I of his, so he says I have so much love for these two, they are my historical otp and there s so little known about their relationship Richard III is very famous, he s the maligned king, but Anne Neville is known as the forgotten queen , which is very sad because I have the feeling that she was a very strong woman of the history I want to start off by saying that I hate the Tudor propaganda and I believe Richard is not guitly of half the As for Richard

  7. Maria Grazia Maria Grazia says:

    As soon as Anne O Brien talked to me of her first book on Anne Neville, VIRGIN WIDOW, while we were arranging her interview for my blog www.flyhigh by learnonline.blogspot.com to present her second historical novel, Queen Defiant, I wished I could read it After Sharon Key Penman s The Sunne in Splendour, and Josephine Tey s The Daughter of Time , I wanted to knowabout those events linked to the War of the Roses and to King Richard III s personal story I was curious to see those known fac As soon as Anne O

  8. Girls Gone Reading Girls Gone Reading says:

    As a fan of historical fiction, I was excited to read The Virgin Widow I was evenexcited to find out that it was a fast, fun read that was interesting throughout.O Brien lists Anne Neville as the forgotten queen , and although she might be forgotten she shouldn t be.Traded back and forth like the perfect commodity, Anne was two times a queen Posed on both sides of the War of the Roses, Anne was never able to choose a husband for herself Instead, Anne made the only choice available to h As a fan of historical fict

  9. Miranda Lynn Miranda Lynn says:

    DNF after 80 pagesUgh UGH So boring I just couldn t make myself continue.I got sucked in at the bookstore by the intriguing and so clichtitle, but it just wasn t a very good book After 80 pages, pretty much NOTHING had happened, and there wasn t even any good characterization or a tantalizing romance to keep me interested.Oh well

  10. Misfit Misfit says:

    More romance than historical Full review here, More romance than historical Full review here,

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