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The Widow's Kiss

(Kiss Trilogy #1)

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  890 ratings  ·  65 reviews
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When I first saw her, I realized that the miniature portrait I had shown to the king did not do her justice. Lady Guinevere Mallory’s beauty transcended even a portrait painter’s skill. It was nearly impossible to believe that this woman, who had buried four husbands before her thirtieth birthday, could have used murder and the dark arts of witchcraft to achiev
Paperback, 435 pages
Published January 29th 2002 by Bantam (first published 2001)
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Mar 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Most of the stars are for the chatterbox moppet Pippa who kept us thoroughly entertained. H wants to improve his son's lot so he lays claims to h's lands and brings King's attention to h's wealth, accumulated after losing four husbands through previous marriage contracts tilted in her favor. h pushes against his efforts. H suppresses his lust for her and forces her to face a murder trial. h stubbornly refuses to yield to her needs and heart's desire. They both go through hell, hurting each other ...more
Sarah Mac

Twee kids, instalove/lust, annoyingly anachronistic independent heroine (whose standardized Womens Lib ranting reeks of "MODERN READERS WILL SYMPATHIZE WITH ME!"), spoon-fed psychology, & no real sense of era.

Also: girl, you're rich, beautiful, four times widowed under suspicious circumstances by the time you're 30, & handling your multiple ostentatious properties gained by those four marriages, AFTER drawing up your own legal-perfect marriage contracts BY YOURSELF for the final three husb
This one came as close to five stars as any book has gotten in ages. It lost a star towards the end when things wrapped up a little too neatly for my tastes, but it's still a powerful read. I actually started writing the review about midway because I was feeling so strongly about the story, and I think I'll post it as it was written:

Setting. Henry VIII's England. He's on wife #3, and she's harboring a uterine parasite.

Heroine: Lady Guinevere Mallory. The story opens with the maybe kinda sorta a
Nov 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
I am debating between three and four stars.

Set during the reign of Henry VIII, this is the story of a woman who at the age of 28 has just been widowed for the fourth time. With each marriage she has become wealthier and wealthier because of the terms of the marriage contracts she has drawn up before each wedding.

This has drawn the attention of Thomas Cromwell, who suspects her of murder and a bishop who suspects her of witchcraft.

I enjoyed the family relationships and the look at this period of
Susan Ryan
Feb 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
A little different premise from all the medieval novels, but, of course, with the inevitable reluctant attraction between the two main characters. The children characters in the book are delightful.
Jul 24, 2011 rated it it was ok
An exciting tale, that might have went just a little long for my taste. Still you can not deny the chemistry between the two many characters or the humor the children add to the drama.
Susan (the other Susan)
Strong, grown-up heroine who holds her own.
Lynn Smith
May 31, 2020 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed it. Guinevere reminded me of the real and formidable Bess of Hardwick (without the ambition) who was married 4 times, although none died under suspicious circumstances.
A beautiful noblewoman who has lost four husbands under mysterious circumstances, and the man who is sent to find out if she is an unlucky victim of fate -- or a black widow whose abundant charms hide a heart of ice....
As a lone and wealthy widow in Henry VIII's kingdom, Lady Guinevere Mallory knew tha
Nancy Brooks
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
This one was a s l o w starter. It took me a long time to get into it. However by the end I was enjoying it and hated for it to end. I have enjoyed many Jane Feather books but this is the only one that's taken me so long to get into. The heroine could be described as a "black widow" as she's buried three husbands. To save her from possible death by beheading, the hero Hugh takes a chance and marries her. Gabrielle is an exceptional and learned woman of her time. She has studied law and managed t ...more
Phylisha Stone
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
Set during the reign of Henrey the 8th, Lady Guinevere Mallory is a wealthy intelligent widow who has buried four husbands. Because she owned many properties and land and managed it herself, she was targeted for investigation by King Henry and the privy seal Thomas Cromwell. Of course this was just a ploy to take the wealth she had accumulated. And we think independent women today have it rough! during that time women were not expected to be smart at anything except running a household,
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyable historical fiction .
Henry VIII court, Lord Privy Seal T. Cromwell, plots, deceits, a beautiful and intelligent woman acused of murder and even witchcraft by a greedy lord and a zealot bishop.
The plot is interesting enough to keep reading/listening till the wii hours.
Among the characters there are children that give a refreshing if not very realistic side to the story.
Suffice to say it is not your usual historic romance.

Also it is performed beautifully by the narrator Jenny Sterlin.
Lynne Tull
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
I thought I would give this period of English history another try. I still do not like to read stories in that time period. On top of that the characters were not appealing to me. There was a lot of history covered in this story. The story was weighted down in it. I got half way through and gave up. I started skipping groups of pages. I got to the end and skipped on to the Epilogue. I don't think I missed much. The story was too long and I really got bored with it. ...more
Kay Kay
Feb 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: sfrc-winter, 2017
It was Ok. I like the time period and I liked the characters.
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fiction : Romance : Historical
Setting: England 1537
Henry VIII, and Cromwell flavor the background of this romance where the "Black widow" isn't the bad-guy. Not Bad!
Donna Sue
Aug 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Historical romance with the emphasis on history.
Alexandria Tale
Really hate the hero. He claimed he loved her, but how could he accused her as a murderer? But, of course, in the end he was forgiven. Without putting much effort. Cliche!

If I were her, I wouldn't accept him ever again. It was not just a simple accusation, but a murder one! That meant he thought that she was able to kill him and his son to get "his" property. He further said that there's a history evidence, which was the death of all her former husbands.

From the beginning, deep down in his hear
Nov 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
I have read several of Jane Feather's books, starting with her "V" series. Only one has received less than a 4-star rating. This is the first of a new series, set in the political maelstrom of Tudor England.

Lady Guinevere Mallory has survived four husbands, and has grown wealthier with each death. The circumstances, and her wealth, have drawn the greedy eyes of King Henry VIII and Thomas Cromwell, his Lord of the Privy Seal.

Hugh of Beauclaire believes that some of the property inherited from Gui
Jun 04, 2008 rated it did not like it
This one was AWESOME. It talked about her silvery stretch marks from her pregnancy that made her look even more attractive to this guy who falls in love with her. How ridiculous is that? Maybe I'm not thinking right on the whole stretchmark thing and should just try to develop them in weird places. How sexy would it be if I got some on my face?

Come on, I don't think they are incredibly disgustting, but I also don't think a man would look upon them lustfully.

Awesomely terrible.

And yes, I complet
A mysterious widow who was accused of witchcraft, and has buried four husbands. Interrogated by King Henry's Privy Seal Lord Thomas Cromwell in suspicion of murdering her husband's for gain. Lady Mallory was willing to proved her innocence, and outwitting Cromwell's plot to get hold of her rich holdings in Derbyshire.

Is it a mere coincidence that each death of her husband made her wealthier? Either Lord Hugh Beaucaire will summon the truth of the investigation or he was captivated by the widow h
Jul 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
The best of Feather's "Kiss" trilogy. As so often happens, the writer takes the most care with the first book. The characters are more detailed, the plot is the strongest, and it feels as though the most is "at stake" in terms of outcome. Once the second and third books are written, mass market writers often take shortcuts in character development, maybe even unconsciously, because they've already done that work in a previous book. ...more
Mar 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
My keeper/re-read shelf is really only a cardboard box. I don't set aside many paperbacks, but this was one of them. I just love the true to life characters. She can set these believable people in historical context with social settings, manners and gender roles working within a fine story. I read a different Feather book a few years ago, maybe about highwaymen or pirates, but didn't even care to remember the title. ...more
Mar 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Liked the beginning and the end, but the middle dragged out. I wanted them in allegiance much sooner. In the usual romance genre pattern of boy finds girl, boy loses girl, boy and girl reunite ratio this would be 20 : 75 : 5. I did appreciate the older man, but maybe it went a bit too far in describing grey hair over his entire body.
Nov 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was historical fiction taking place in England during the reign of Henry VIII. Lady Guinevere Mallory is only 28 years old and has been widowed four times, drawing the suspisions of Thomas Cromwell. They story is well written and keeps you reading. I look forward to the sequel To Kiss a Spy.
Karen  Boruff
Jul 31, 2013 rated it liked it
Jane Feather writes well, and the story was interesting, but there is something "dark" about the way she views things. Her books usually make me "uncomfortable" to varying degrees. This one didn't disturb me as much as some of her others. With that said, I'd recommend the book. It was different enough to be interesting, kept me interested till the end. ...more
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The story was good just felt lots confused about Guinerve's character, i mean, she values her independence so much that she is angry Hugh is making use of the circumstances, so why would she go about marrying again and again? And if marriage is the only way she can get her hands on properties doesnt that make her greedy and opportunist too?
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Still during my historical romance phases, Ms. Feather is one of the authors I sucked down. This first start of the series is enjoyable. It reminds me of the movie, So I married an axe murder. The hero in this book was very frustrating though.
Annette Summerfield
Jul 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, 1500s
I had to skip over him accusing her of trying to kill Robin. I mean, really...he loves her but now he thinks she is trying to kill his son. I just skipped over the whole section of the idiot figuring out it was someone else.
It was good though. A nice romance.
Nov 06, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this "kiss" trilogy, Jane managed to create some romantic stories that are full of interesting political intrigue. I think this first story was an attractive beginning of the trilogy. I don't feel bored when read it. Like this ^^ ...more
May 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014
Enjoyed the writing and some of the plot. Could have done without the "romance" scenes and a bit bothered with blatant historical accuracies. Not a total loss and if you are a romance fan, you'll enjoy this a lot more than I did. ...more
Nov 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Really liked the heroine... even in today's age there are so few of her type... but it was too long and I couldn't bear the suspense and I flipped the pages eagerly and did quite a bit of speed reading .Quite a thrilling story :) ...more
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Jane Robotham was born on 1945 in Cairo, Egypt, where her British parents were stationated. She grew up in New Forest, in the south of England. She earned a Master’s Degree in Applied Social Studies from Oxford University. In 1978, she, her husband and their three children moved to New Jersey. There, she worked as a social worker. She began writing in 1981 after another move, this time to Washingt ...more

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