The Virgin Widow

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A dazzling historical novel set during England's War of the Roses- the story of the courageous Anne Neville, future wife of Richard III, who comes of age in a time of chaos...

Anne Neville, daughter of the powerful Earl of Warwick, grows up during the War of the Roses, a time when kings and queens are made and destroyed in an on-going battle for the ultimate prize: the throne of England. As a child Anne falls in love with the ambitious, proud Richard of Gloucester, third son of ...

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Overview

A dazzling historical novel set during England's War of the Roses- the story of the courageous Anne Neville, future wife of Richard III, who comes of age in a time of chaos...

Anne Neville, daughter of the powerful Earl of Warwick, grows up during the War of the Roses, a time when kings and queens are made and destroyed in an on-going battle for the ultimate prize: the throne of England. As a child Anne falls in love with the ambitious, proud Richard of Gloucester, third son of the House of York. But when her father is branded a traitor, her family must flee to exile in France. As Anne matures into a beautiful, poised woman, skillfully navigating the treacherous royal court of Margaret of Anjou, she secretly longs for Richard, who has become a great man under his brother's rule. But as their families scheme for power, Anne must protect her heart from betrayals on both sides-and from the man she has always loved, and cannot bring herself to trust.

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O'Brien (Compromised Miss) explores the Wars of the Roses in her first historical romance for NAL. When Richard Neville, earl of Warwick, plots to marry his daughters Anne and Isobel to King Edward's brothers, Richard and Clarence, Edward disapproves of the earl's ambition. Neville joins with Clarence to rebel against Edward; their failure leads the Nevilles to France and the exiled Lancasters. Anne's father promotes her as a possible bride for Edward Lancaster, though Anne's passion for her onetime fiancé Richard, now on the other side of the battle, is unabated. No matter how the rebellion goes, Anne is trapped with a husband she does not want and no way to reach the man she loves. O'Brien has excellent control over the historical material and a rich sense of characterization, making for a fascinating and surprisingly female-focused look at one of the most turbulent periods of English history. (Nov.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451231291
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/2/2010
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 426,325
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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  • Posted February 14, 2011

    Page turner

    Rarely have I found a book that I found it almost impossible to put down. "The Virgin Widow" is that book. It is so well written and the history so accurate it is amazing. Anne O'Brien is a master of historical viction.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 28, 2010

    Great read!

    If you enjoy historical fiction you will not be able to put this book down! I highly recommend! I can't wait for the her next release.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 13, 2010

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    This is an engaging biographical fiction work

    An Earl used to getting what he wants, Richard Neville decides his two daughters Anne and Isobel will wed the brothers of King Edward, Richard and Clarence respectively,. Outraged by the Duke of Warwick's presumption, Edward disapproves. In turn a fuming Neville joins with Clarence to revolt against Edward. They lose leading to Neville and Clarence being declared traitors against the House of York. The Warwick clan flees across the Channel to France where they join the exiled Lancaster family.

    Still ambitious, Neville pushes Anne as a worthy bride of Edward Lancaster. Anne still loves her former fiancé Richard, who stayed loyal to his sibling the king, which leaves them as star-crossed lovers on opposite sides of the dispute. Still her father forces her to wed the rebellious sibling Edward with the war for the throne of England still going unabated.

    This is an engaging biographical fiction work that looks closely at Anne Neville caught between the two sides of the War of the Roses. She is a puppet to her politically ambitious Kingmaker sire who forces her to wed the wrong brother in her mind; but later has a chance to marry for love when her first husband and her father die in the battle to replace the late Edward. With a more human perspective of Richard than Shakespeare's version (the Bard wrote his plays with Queen Elizabeth I in mind if he wanted to keep his head), fans will enjoy this look at fractured England through the eyes of a key participant unwillingly pulled in several conflicting directions.

    Harriet Klausner

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2012

    Good reading...good storytelling...good history

    This was my first novel by this author. I very much enjoyed this book it kept me reading and interested. I look forward to reading another of this authors books. I like that it was about a character in history that is usually vaguely mentioned surrounding the more popular ones, like King Edward and Richard of Gloucester and gives you an insight of what she went through.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 12, 2011

    Engaging and Entertaining

    I could not put this book down. I felt so completely enthralled with the characters in this novel- I understood their emotions, their motivations, their actions- despite NOT being inundated with insignificant details. It was a fascinating fictional glimpse at a woman I knew very little about.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 27, 2011

    Highly recomende !

    I just finnished this book , and it is realy good ! If you love historical fiction this is a must for you! Loved the ending. :)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 5, 2011

    Really great!

    I loved this book! I love how O'Brien has taken what we know as history and told a story that really could be! Add this to your library it really wonderful :0)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2013

    I love historical fiction but it's been a while since I have pic

    I love historical fiction but it's been a while since I have picked up a book that was as much of a pager turner as this.
    I have read several books by some of the top rated historical fiction writers and none consumed me the way this one did. At times you could deduce the plot much further ahead than the title character but it did not make me enjoy it any less. A great read!

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