The Innocent (War of the Roses, #1)
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The Innocent (War of the Roses #1)

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A sweeping saga of lust, conspiracy, and betrayal, The Innocent is a bold and gripping tale of forbidden love set in fifteenth-century England.
The year is 1450, a dangerous time in medieval Britain. Civil unrest is at its peak and the legitimacy of the royal family is suspect. Meanwhile, deep in the forest of western England, a baby is born. Powerful forces plot to kill...more
ebook, 416 pages
Published March 30th 2004 by Atria Books (first published January 1st 2004)
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Karla (Mossy Love Grotto)
Dec 04, 2011 Karla (Mossy Love Grotto) rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers who don't mind a bit of trashy sensation in their HF
This book took me by surprise. I didn't think I'd enjoy it as much as I did. The back cover description screams "Mary Sue" and the heroine was indeed quite Mary Sueish. She can sense if she will have a bond with someone, people see halos of light around her, and she charms males left and right into lust or genuine caring. By all rights she should have been thoroughly obnoxious, and while she did irritate here and there, the story was told in an ingratiating way so that the occasional eyeroll did...more
Sarah
Caveat: I'm not well versed in Medieval English history, & I refuse to spend hours trolling for factoids and/or critiquing any tweaks of what really happened. Quite honestly, I don't care. As far as I'm concerned, historical fiction has the freedom to play with facts. I don't demand perfect homages to history; I merely demand an engaging story, decent-or-better writing, & characters that capture my attention.

...Which is what the author provided. I make no excuses. I have no shame. :P

Tha...more
Darkpool (protesting GR censorship)
Will paste my review of the whole series (or as much of it as I was able to read) from Amazon here. This is the only book I've read that's moved me sufficiently to write an Amazon review.


I was very pleased to finally acquire this book, having heard of it several years ago. Although I'm not an expert in history, I have read a lot of books concerning this period, and always look forward to reading more. My pleasure soon turned to dismay as I started reading. Through the first few chapters I had a...more
Kelly
Oct 03, 2007 Kelly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Constance
I am enjoying this, though it is a little melodramatic at times. I'd give it 3.5 stars. The heroine is a little *too* perfect, but she's about to get less so -- we'll see. I think my problem with most historical fiction is that most books will never be as good as Dorothy Dunnett's. On top of that, this book takes place during the reign of Edward IV, and no one's Edward will measure up to Sharon Kaye Penman's Edward.
Barb
Jul 08, 2012 Barb rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like Romance Novels
This is a Romance Novel with a thin backdrop of a very diluted 15th century England where Edward the IV is king.

Anne, a young peasant girl, comes to London where she is able to...
leap tall buildings in a single bound
...not exactly but pretty close.

Anne is amazingly skilled with herbs and is able to apply her skills where no one else can. She assists in the healing of her employer and then goes on to offer her aid to the queen.

There are so many logic defying turns in this story that by the e...more
Ashley
I was so horribly disappointed in this book. Its more fiction than history, and uses the historical figures as a pale background to a Mary Sue character. Anne is just too perfect, I didn't get the chemistry between her and Edward, and everything from the point where Anne (view spoiler) made me want to give up on the book.

There was a good way to create this character: this (view spoiler) who falls for the King, but The I...more
Steph Su
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 c...more
Pauline Montagna
I’m afraid that I cannot write a complete review of this book as I could not finish it. Already put off by the sloppy writing, fantastical characterisation and implausible plotting, I had to put the book aside when I got to the pornographic sex.

Born under strange circumstances, Anne is brought up in Arcadian innocence in an enchanted forest, learning about the healing power of herbs. When she reaches her teenage years, she is taken from this isolated and idyllic life directly into the heart of...more
Elysium
15 year old Anne is being taken by her foster mother to work as a servant in merchant's house. She has good knowledge of herbs and after Anne saves the merchant’s wife, her knowledge brings her to the attention of the court's doctor.The doctor brings Anne to court to help the queen giving birth to their first child. While being there she attracts the king’s eye and discovers the truth about her parents.

Oh boy, where am I gonna start? First of all, if you’re gonna read this for historical accuran...more
Silver
I have some mixed feelings about the book. I first picked up the book Exile which I just happened to come across somewhere and thought it sounded interesting as a reader of Historical Fiction, than I found out it was part of a trilogy so I ordered this book before reading Exile. I was not at the time aware that these books were so much romance novels.

Considering the fact that I don't read romance novels the fact that I actually finished this book and in truth did find certain aspects of it enjo...more
Amanda
Where do I start with this book? Well, recently I've had a problem with not finding a book that can hold my interest. I think I went through about four or five books before I found this little gem. It not only held my interest, but I was so hooked that I read it in two days. I even put down the other book that I was reading to read Posie Graeme-Evans' The Innocent. I wouldn't say the book is amazing, but it definitely caught my attention.

The Innocent follows the life of the mysterious Anne. She...more
Ana T.
The Innocent has been in my TBR pile for quite some time. It is set during the period of the War of The Roses and I've read quite a few books with the same setting so, while I am often curious about that period, I also fear that my expectations will be too high and I tend to postpone picking them up unless they are recommended by friends.


The story starts in 1450 with a birth, the baby lives but the mother dies in labour. We find out that she was being protected by Royal Guards till they were am...more
Gingerduchess
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Kelsey
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 chi...more
Sarah Beth
This book is the first in a trilogy about Anne, the illegitimate daughter of King Henry VI. I was intrigued to learn more about her, because while I’ve read several historical fiction novels about her lover King Edward and his wife Elizabeth Woodville, I had never heard anything about Anne. I enjoyed Anne’s story, especially her skills with healing and the fact that she grew up simply, not knowing she was the daughter of a king. However, I found the narration of this rather stilted. Additionally...more
Sarah
The Innocent. Posie Graeme-Evans. 2002. Atria Books. 406 pages. ISBN 0743272226.

The Innocent is the first novel in a trilogy featuring our heroine Anne, and taking place in medieval Britain 1450 during the reign of King Henry VI and soon, King Edward IV.

This novel of historical fiction takes place during the War of the Roses and combines adventure, romance, and intrigue into a work of art. The Innocent is one of the best novels I have read so far in 2010.

Anne is beautiful, intelligent, and modes...more
Laurel Bradshaw
I have recently become addicted to the Australian television drama McLeod's Daughters created by Posie Graeme-Evans, so when I discovered she is also an author I had to check it out. The Innocent is the first of a trilogy about a romance between Edward IV and a fictional illegitimate daughter of the ousted Henry VI, Anne de Bohun. It isn't a bad book, but it isn't particularly good either. It is a light sort of romance with a historical setting and lots of period atmosphere (if not always accura...more
Lauren
Aug 16, 2008 Lauren rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Andrea, Rochelle, and any fan of Pillars of the Earth
I really liked this book a lot. This is the first book in a trilogy - books 2 and 3 are coming to me from Amazon soon. The book opens with a rather scary scene where an obviously important party of travelers is attacked in the middle of a forest around 1450. The target of the attack is a pregnant girl named Alyce who is in heavy labor. Alyce dies after giving birth to a baby, who is left in the care of a woman named Deborah, deep in the forest. The book picks up about 15 years later and is the s...more
Beth (moonivy)
Jul 05, 2007 Beth (moonivy) rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: historical romance readers.
Read 7/3-7/5/07
The Innocent is the first book in a trilogy set in England during Edward IV's reign. Anne, a young girl raised by a wise woman in a small village, comes to London to make her way in the world. Anne's skill with herbs and healing
eventually brings her into the glittering, dangerous world of Edward IV's court and her mysterious past begins to unfold and influence her future.

This is an interesting book, filled with the sort of detail about daily life and historical personages that mak...more
Lisa
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bookczuk
For all the praise this book has received from various readers, it's a bit stilted for my tastes. I'll plow on a bit more, but it it doesn't grab me, out it goes, into the wild. There are only so many virgins with healing skills, evil sons, capricious maids and such one can read about without becoming entirely too jaded.

Edited to add I've abandoned Anne and her cohorts. Since there are two more books in the series, which I will also abandon, I know that the story of Anne, her love for Edward, th...more
Rach
enjoyable book, few twist and turns along the way! enjoyed the mix of romance and drama! although some parts predictable an enjoyable read that i would recommend to others.based around infamous royal individuals, believe most of the historical facts are correct even if the heroine is not! recommend the trilogy
Tiffanie
This is a romance novel with an historical setting. Personally I enjoyed the descriptive sex scenes and the romantic twists. If you don't like bodice rippers, you won't like this.

This *is not* Philippa Gregory. PG is very historically accurate and tries to present her characters in a very realistic way. You won't find that here.

All of that being said, Graeme-Evans does a great job of describing what medieval England might have looked and sounded like. And she gives you a sense of what it might...more
Mirah W
Overall I enjoyed the plot, but I felt it took a while to get to the story I was expecting based on the synopsis on the back of the book. I loved some of the characters (Anne, Deborah, Jehanne, Mathew) and I hated others (especially Piers). I didn't especially like the king...he came across as very immature then made a far leap to being in love and mature. Some of the sex scenes were a bit explicit and didn't really add much to the plot. I was interested in the story and will probably read the n...more
Elizabeth_woodville
This book is literally cheap! No Constructive Dialogue and a goody-goody 2 shoes as a misstress of Edward IV. Edward IV was a clever guy he would never fall for a dummy like Anne! And of Course Anne is such a big threat to Edward that she is indomitable! Seriously! An illegitimate daughter of Henry VI! Yeah, Henry VI that prayed 1/2 his life a away and was mad the other half! Elizabeth Woodville was a much better Wife to Edward IV and Stupid Anne should stop wishing that her son will be queen! S...more
C'eleste
After reading as much historical fiction and non fiction of this era, I wasn't impressed.
Amy
I am into this series. Anne is a likeable character. There isn't too much mushy stuff and the hot scenes are good. The author really knows how to pace her writing.
Anne at 15 is placed in the home of a merchant in London and inevetably meets King Edward. He is smitten and she is sent to the palace to work for the queen. Anne loves Edward, but he is married and she won't go there. Or will she? Secrets are revealed. Anne is not the peasant girl from the forest that the thinks she is.
I am half way...more
Lynne
This is the first in a trilogy and although it's easy enough to read, it lacks something that authors like Philippa Gregory definitely have. Dealing with Edward IV and the alleged affair with a young servant girl, it just needed some oomph to me! It was tiring to read how beautiful the peasant girl Anne was and the impossible position she was left in, really wasn't that impossible and you could see a mile off what she was going to do. Not the worst book I've every read but certainly not the best...more
Laura
This is the first in a 3 book series about Anne de Bohun during the reign of Edward IV. In this novel we follow Anne's life from a servant girl to the Merchant Matthew Cuttifer where she meets the King. Her skills with healing herbs help her rise and eventually lead her to become one of the Queen's personal servants. The author pays great attention to the detail of court dress and paints a very vivid picture of 15th century England. I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to the next i...more
Kylie
Set in medieval Britain, the story of a baby born deep in the forest. There is a plot to kill both mother and baby, but miraculously the baby survives. Years later Anne joins the household of a merchant in London, her special qualities cause jealousy and intrigue but it's her gift of healing herbs that brings her to the attention of the ailing queen. The greatest love of her life becomes the king himself, King Edward IV.

Great story of love and destiny - hard to put down and I couldn't wait to re...more
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Posie Graeme-Evans has worked in the Australian film and television industry for the last twenty-five years as an editor, director, and producer on hundreds of prime-time television programs, including McLeod's Daughters and Hi-5. She lives in Sydney with her husband and creative partner, Andrew Blaxland.
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