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THE VIRGIN WIDOW
ANNE O’BRIEN
ISBN# 9780451231291
November 2010
New American Library
www.penguin.com
Trade Paperback
$15.00
409 Pages
Historical Romance
Rating: 4 Cups

Anne Neville is the daughter of the “kingmaker” Earl of Warwick. Her life is closely tied to the throne of England. She is in love with her father’s protégée, Richard of Gloucester, but since she is a girl, she is just a pawn to her ambitious father.

Richard is the third son of the Duke of York. He grew up in the Earl of Warwick’s household and is every bit as ruthless and ambitious as his mentor.

The War of the Roses was a turbulent time in English history, and Anne Neville’s story is a little known part of it. She was married to men on both sides Edward of Lancaster, Prince of Wales, and Richard of Gloucester, but her story is largely unknown.

I have always been fascinated by this period in history and the story of Richard the Third. I have rarely found any information about his wife other than references to her marriages and her powerful father and his political games. This novel presents a realistic Anne based on the little known about her and brings her vividly to life. The author does a wonderful job describing the settings and tone of the period and gives the reader an engrossing story full of historical detail and literary drama. Fans of historical fiction are going to love both the story and attention to historical detail.

Maura
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