Friday, May 21, 2010

New UK Release: Virgin Widow by Anne O'Brien

Publish date UK: May 21, 2010
Publish date USA: November 2010

Synopsis: (From the Publisher)
This title is about England's forgotten Queen. England, 1469. A daughter of Warwick the Kingmaker, Anne Neville cannot dictate her own future. Her marriage will be political, made purely to advance her family's interests. But at the age of fourteen, her father's treason forces her into exile, and into an uneasy betrothal with Edward of Lancaster. Edward is changeable and completely controlled by his powerful mother, Margaret of Anjou. In a hostile, impoverished court, Anne finds herself at the mercy of other's whims. On her wedding night, the audience assembled to witness her bedding instead witnesses a royal humiliation. At the point of consummation, Queen Margaret forbids the act. Anne went to her husband's bed a virgin, and she will remain so. The battle for the crown of England rages, and Anne's husband must fight for his cause. But he is foully done to death by Richard, Duke of Gloucester - a man who twice before has been betrothed to Anne. Anne must decide where her loyalties lie. And during the reign of King Edward, the wrong decision could mean death.


Sarah Joyce said...

This sounds really good. I look forward to it coming out in the states.

Anonymous said...

Interesting, Svea, I've never heard of this book or author. Is it a debut novel for the author? I love the "Heiress-Princess-Virgin-Queen" description on the cover, which makes you think Elizabeth I, but it's not!

Have you read any of the Anne Easter Smith novels about Richard and his times?

Amber at The Musings of ALMYBNENR said...

This is on my TBR can't wait til it's released here!

Deborah Swift said...

This is a period I know little about, as it is not highlighted in English schools. I look forward to educating myself a bit! It's gone on my list.

Viola said...

This book has a very pretty cover and looks good, but I find it difficult to believe the story about Queen Margaret!