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The Innocent
The Innocent
Author: Posie Graeme-Evans
ISBN-13: 9780750524728
ISBN-10: 0750524723
Publication Date: 1/15/2006
Pages: 601
Edition: Large Print Ed
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  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 2 ratings
Publisher: Magna Large Print Books
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback
Members Wishing: 0
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reviewed The Innocent on + 17 more book reviews
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.
skywriter319 avatar reviewed The Innocent on + 962 more book reviews
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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skywriter319 avatar reviewed The Innocent on + 962 more book reviews
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.
moseylion avatar reviewed The Innocent on + 20 more book reviews
The premise of the series was great, just couldn't get into the "sorcery" side of this series.
DLeahL avatar reviewed The Innocent on + 48 more book reviews
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.
madamepince avatar reviewed The Innocent on
A very good read
skywriter319 avatar reviewed The Innocent on + 962 more book reviews
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.
skywriter319 avatar reviewed The Innocent on + 962 more book reviews
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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