Book Reviews of The Innocent

The Innocent
The Innocent
Author: Posie Graeme-Evans
ISBN-13: 9780743443722
ISBN-10: 0743443721
Publication Date: 3/30/2004
Pages: 416
Rating:
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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3.6 stars, based on 19 ratings
Publisher: Atria
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 6
Set in 1450 this is the story of Anne, a young servant girl who has a way with healing herbs. She is beautiful but kind and while caring for her mistress she becomes well known for her healing powers. When the Queen takes ill, Anne is summoned to the palace, where she becomes a body servant to Queen Elizabeth, wife of Edward IV. When he casts his roaming eye on Anne, a set of circumstances is set into motion that threatens to destroy the fragile new Kingship.

This story is filled with secrets, treachery, intrigue and murder. Although the language was not as authentic to the times as it could have been, that actually made the story easier to read. I also needed to check my dictionary a number of times, because the descriptions of medieval clothing sparked my interest. My major complaint is that at times the story was a bit too romancy for my tastes.

Be warned that this book is the first in a trilogy. Although the story has an ending, the many loose threads are not tied up, and that can prove a little frustrating. However I already have The Exiled, book #2 on my TBR pile, so after a short break I will be back to find out how some of those issues are resolved.

If you are a fan of Philippa Gregory you will enjoy this book.
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Helpful Score: 4
Absolutely great book. Graeme-Evans is an incredible writer. Her characters are rich and vivid. The storyline has lots of twists and turns. This book will not end the way you expect it to. It is not predictable. There is some explicit sexual content in the book, so if you are not one for reading that type of literature, don't request this book.
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Helpful Score: 3
Very good book about a young girl named Anne who catches the eye of King Edward IV in the year 1450 in England. This is a great book and I highly recommend it. Took me about a week to read it, though I wanted to pay attention to every little detail.
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Helpful Score: 2
Oh my gosh! This was an excellent book. I'm a fan of historical fiction and have read quite a lot but only for the past year and this book was one I absolutely couldn't put down! Wonderful! The synopsis above is pretty much the picture of the book but woven with much more character depth. Definitely a 5 star for me! Read the next in the series: The Exiled, The Uncrowned Queen AKA: The Beloved.
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Helpful Score: 1
Before I even start I will say that this is heavy on the fiction side. You read minimal about the big events that happened and mainly about the love story of Edward and Anne. That is okay, it was a decent story. A little tough to get into it but after the first few chapters the story unraveled rather well.

Anne's knowledge of healing herbs brings her to the attention of Queen Elizabeth. Dame Jehanne is in charge of the queen's body servants. Jehanne does not know at this time that Anne is the child that she helped bring into this world (won't spoil who Anne's parents are for you). Queen Elizabeth is portrayed as a cold and mean woman to her servants (first time that I have read a description about her that is unfavorable) but very devoted and loving to her husband. King Edward finds himself in love with Anne but after Anne finds out who her parents were she knows that it can never be. But of course, eventually she gives in but then has to flee for her own safety. Edward and Anne's relationship is like an yo-yo. I did get wrapped up in it wondering when they would finally give in to temptation. So many times it was SO close! The ending leaves it wide open for the next book and I won't give away the reason why...:)

Nothing too exciting in this book but is a good story. Book is not a keeper on my historical fiction shelf but I will read the next one.
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Helpful Score: 1
I quite liked the majority of this story -- well developed characters and a strong heroine who, despite her apparently humble beginnings, can take care of herself brought new life to a not-so-new storyline. In the end, I felt certain events were less likable, but I will look for the sequel all the same. Recommended.
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Helpful Score: 1
First and foremost, don't read this book expecting historical accuracy, for if you do, you'll be sorely disappointed. That being said, THE INNOCENT is a twisting, bosom-heaving, emotional, gasping historical fiction read! The author gorgeously places us into the heads of all the characters, however minor, so that we are able to get a sense of their thoughts and feelings, their conflicts and uncertainties. I don't know much at all about Medieval England, but I am far from disappointed here: our closeness to the characters makes for an extremely believable court intrigue, a space full of secrets, hidden desires, backstabbing, and political unrest...delicious!

However, I was most bothered by some of the characters and their relationships with one another. The protagonist, Anne, was just too perfect, the perfectly helpless damsel in distress whose occasional bursts of confidence and assuredness seemed fake in light of her more consistent ability to not have a spine. Similarly, I found the romance between Anne and King Edward unrealistic. I got no inkling of the chemistry between them, just an unfathomable draw of "something" driving them together in spite of everything.

Despite those issues I have with the book, I'd still recommend THE INNOCENT to a variety of readers. Even if you don't know or often read books about Medieval England, Posie Graeme-Evans' writing ability is still something to take note of. You will be sucked into the characters' stories, and only unwillingly will you put the book down.
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Helpful Score: 1
A great historical novel-the first of a trilogy about Anne de Bohun. Beginning with her birth in poverty and ultimately (as the other books continue) leading to her love affair with King Edward IV
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Helpful Score: 1
First and foremost, don't read this book expecting historical accuracy, for if you do, you'll be sorely disappointed. That being said, THE INNOCENT is a twisting, bosom-heaving, emotional, gasping historical fiction read! The author gorgeously places us into the heads of all the characters, however minor, so that we are able to get a sense of their thoughts and feelings, their conflicts and uncertainties. I don't know much at all about Medieval England, but I am far from disappointed here: our closeness to the characters makes for an extremely believable court intrigue, a space full of secrets, hidden desires, backstabbing, and political unrest...delicious!

However, I was most bothered by some of the characters and their relationships with one another. The protagonist, Anne, was just too perfect, the perfectly helpless damsel in distress whose occasional bursts of confidence and assuredness seemed fake in light of her more consistent ability to not have a spine. Similarly, I found the romance between Anne and King Edward unrealistic. I got no inkling of the chemistry between them, just an unfathomable draw of "something" driving them together in spite of everything.

Despite those issues I have with the book, I'd still recommend THE INNOCENT to a variety of readers. Even if you don't know or often read books about Medieval England, Posie Graeme-Evans' writing ability is still something to take note of. You will be sucked into the characters' stories, and only unwillingly will you put the book down.
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First and foremost, don't read this book expecting historical accuracy, for if you do, you'll be sorely disappointed. That being said, THE INNOCENT is a twisting, bosom-heaving, emotional, gasping historical fiction read! The author gorgeously places us into the heads of all the characters, however minor, so that we are able to get a sense of their thoughts and feelings, their conflicts and uncertainties. I don't know much at all about Medieval England, but I am far from disappointed here: our closeness to the characters makes for an extremely believable court intrigue, a space full of secrets, hidden desires, backstabbing, and political unrest...delicious!

However, I was most bothered by some of the characters and their relationships with one another. The protagonist, Anne, was just too perfect, the perfectly helpless damsel in distress whose occasional bursts of confidence and assuredness seemed fake in light of her more consistent ability to not have a spine. Similarly, I found the romance between Anne and King Edward unrealistic. I got no inkling of the chemistry between them, just an unfathomable draw of "something" driving them together in spite of everything.

Despite those issues I have with the book, I'd still recommend THE INNOCENT to a variety of readers. Even if you don't know or often read books about Medieval England, Posie Graeme-Evans' writing ability is still something to take note of. You will be sucked into the characters' stories, and only unwillingly will you put the book down.
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A very good read
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First and foremost, don't read this book expecting historical accuracy, for if you do, you'll be sorely disappointed. That being said, THE INNOCENT is a twisting, bosom-heaving, emotional, gasping historical fiction read! The author gorgeously places us into the heads of all the characters, however minor, so that we are able to get a sense of their thoughts and feelings, their conflicts and uncertainties. I don't know much at all about Medieval England, but I am far from disappointed here: our closeness to the characters makes for an extremely believable court intrigue, a space full of secrets, hidden desires, backstabbing, and political unrest...delicious!

However, I was most bothered by some of the characters and their relationships with one another. The protagonist, Anne, was just too perfect, the perfectly helpless damsel in distress whose occasional bursts of confidence and assuredness seemed fake in light of her more consistent ability to not have a spine. Similarly, I found the romance between Anne and King Edward unrealistic. I got no inkling of the chemistry between them, just an unfathomable draw of "something" driving them together in spite of everything.

Despite those issues I have with the book, I'd still recommend THE INNOCENT to a variety of readers. Even if you don't know or often read books about Medieval England, Posie Graeme-Evans' writing ability is still something to take note of. You will be sucked into the characters' stories, and only unwillingly will you put the book down.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this historical novel. Usually the authors tend to have too many characters and use their titles instead the the names in this type of book but this one used mostly first names and an easy to follow plot. There were certain things in this book that made me wince in pain for the women of the time. It could not have been easy to not have a say in your own life no matter who you were from the highest born Queen to the lowest peasant.
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The premise of the series was great, just couldn't get into the "sorcery" side of this series.
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After many years of delving into Tudor history, I've recently been exploring the years during the Wars of the Roses. I find the advent to the Throne of the House of York quite fascinating. These were tumultous years, when indeed a "nobody" whose only claim to the throne came from a tenuous, illegitimate Plantagenet connection, could found a dynasty and become grandsire to one of Britain's greatest monarchs.

Unfortunately, we are all aware that it has recently become the fashion to use this fascinating history as mere backdrop for blazing bodice-rippers which have a closer connection to "Sweet Savage Love" than to anything written by Alison Weir. Without the psychological verisimilitude of SSL, that is.

I found the "love" scenes debasing and repugnant - even the "transformational" one, which made absolutely no sense in terms of where the characters and plot were going. The historical authenticity of the book is somewhat on a par with the writings of PhiIippa Gregory; which basically only enough historical accuracy is provided so as to allow some of the most outrageous character motivations and societal situations ever put on paper. If you wish to read an exciting, titillating book in which a young woman finds love at first sight and discovers a secret which gives her the power to challenge kings as their equal, you may enjoy this book.
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First and foremost, don't read this book expecting historical accuracy, for if you do, you'll be sorely disappointed. That being said, THE INNOCENT is a twisting, bosom-heaving, emotional, gasping historical fiction read! The author gorgeously places us into the heads of all the characters, however minor, so that we are able to get a sense of their thoughts and feelings, their conflicts and uncertainties. I don't know much at all about Medieval England, but I am far from disappointed here: our closeness to the characters makes for an extremely believable court intrigue, a space full of secrets, hidden desires, backstabbing, and political unrest...delicious!

However, I was most bothered by some of the characters and their relationships with one another. The protagonist, Anne, was just too perfect, the perfectly helpless damsel in distress whose occasional bursts of confidence and assuredness seemed fake in light of her more consistent ability to not have a spine. Similarly, I found the romance between Anne and King Edward unrealistic. I got no inkling of the chemistry between them, just an unfathomable draw of "something" driving them together in spite of everything.

Despite those issues I have with the book, I'd still recommend THE INNOCENT to a variety of readers. Even if you don't know or often read books about Medieval England, Posie Graeme-Evans' writing ability is still something to take note of. You will be sucked into the characters' stories, and only unwillingly will you put the book down.
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I loved this book as well as the other 2 in the trilogy. In fact, this is the series that got me hooked on the history of English monarchy. Highly recommended.
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Very good read!
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Brought history to life.
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I really enjoyed this book- if you are interested in medieval England, you probably will, too. For another side of King Edward's story, try "The Sunne In Splendor" by Sharon Kay Pennman
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Great start to an epic story with a wonderful heroine!