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.
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.
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.
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
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.