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The Innocent (War of the Roses #1)

3.78  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,936 Ratings  ·  114 Reviews
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
ebook, 416 pages
Published March 30th 2004 by Atria Books (first published January 1st 2004)
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Dec 04, 2011 Karla rated it really liked it  ·  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
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
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

Jul 08, 2012 Barb rated it did not like it  ·  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
Oct 03, 2007 Kelly rated it liked it  ·  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.
Feb 05, 2012 Ashley rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: source-pbs
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
Pauline Montagna
Jul 18, 2013 Pauline Montagna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Steph Su
Apr 29, 2009 Steph Su rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Aug 04, 2011 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ana T.
Jan 22, 2011 Ana T. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
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
Jun 26, 2015 Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very entertaining. Looking forward the Second book in the trilogy.
Elia Princess of Starfall
The Innocent is the story of the red-headed and all-round perfect peasant girl with a mysterious past Anne de Bohun and her rather ludicrous escapades through the politically tangled era of the Wars of the Roses. This is a rather peculiar book, a sort of hybrid chimera; equal parts historical fiction and trashy, melodramatic and rather depraved sexual intrigue and romance. It harbours to a certain taste for Harlequin-styled novels IMHO.

In fact, I would go so far to say that this book is absolut
Apr 11, 2015 Cynthia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I do love this sort of historical fiction but it was a tad too romancy to get 5 stars from me. It does amuse me that the same plot line that would make me gag in a normal novel holds my interest if you set it in ye days of yore. It was also very interesting that as soon as the main character made the astonishing discovery about her lineage not only the attitudes of the people around her but her own view of her self completely changed. I can't say more without spoiling, but it showed to me the im ...more
Dec 07, 2009 Gingerduchess rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
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
May 04, 2010 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Aug 16, 2008 Lauren rated it really liked it  ·  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 really liked it  ·  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
Oct 04, 2015 Amber rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was pretty damn awesome. I think it was the mixture of non-stop rambunctious sex and the attentive, intelligent historical fiction that made me enjoy it so much. I for one find it nigh impossible to learn about British history without a strong narrative, which Innocent certainly does. The author does a wonderful job too of entering the Medieval psyche, helping to explain in a non patronising or judgemental way the violence and sexism of the era - that's just the way the world and its p ...more
Nov 11, 2010 Lisa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
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Oct 24, 2009 bookczuk rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to bookczuk by: brenda
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
Jane Irish Nelson
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Jun 25, 2014 Rach rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 22, 2016 Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really fun historical fiction. Anne, whose mother died in child birth was raised by a simple and loving woman deep in the forest. As she grew and secured a position in the royal house serving the queen, her real identity is revealed throwing the kingdom into chaos.
This is the first book in the War of the Roses trilogy. It set in England in the 1400s and opens with a woman escaping pursuit into the woods. While she does not survive, her newborn baby is taken in and raised with a knowledge of herbal cures. Now a young woman, Anne is sent to the home of a London merchant to help take care of his ailing wife. She uses her gifts with herbs to help her regain her strength from her illness. When word of her gifts gets to the palace, she is recruited to take care ...more
Nov 13, 2009 Tiffanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Feb 24, 2015 01:56PM  
The Innocent, The Exiled and The Ucrowned Queen trilogy 5 13 Oct 22, 2012 06:26PM  
  • Pale Rose of England
  • A Rose for the Crown
  • The Shield of Three Lions (Alix of Wanthwaite, #1)
  • The Courts of Love (Queens of England, #5)
  • The First Princess of Wales
  • Royal Harlot
  • The Rain Maiden
  • Virgin Widow: England's Forgotten Queen
  • The Dark Queen (The Dark Queen Saga, #1)
  • The Queen's Bastard
  • Within the Hollow Crown: A Reluctant King, a Desperate Nation, and the Most Misunderstood Reign in History
  • The Queen's Handmaiden
  • The Tailor's Daughter
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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Other Books in the Series

War of the Roses (3 books)
  • The Exiled (War of the Roses, #2)
  • The Uncrowned Queen (War of the Roses, #3)

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