Review: The Virgin Widow by Anne O’Brien

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Anne Neville is the daughter of one of the most powerful men in England. Earl of Warwick was the one to help Edward of York to become a King. But when the Edward marries without Warwick’s approval, the famous Kingmaker proclaims he’s not a man to shove aside.

The book follows Anne’s story as her hand was promised to the brave prince Richard. However, the court intrigues of her legendary father, take her not only away from her beloved fiancé, but also from her country and her home. She faces many up and downs, her fortune is challenging and dangerous: she faces betrayals, exile, political marriage with a creepy man (the weak-willed son of Queen Margaret of Anjou), loss of a father and sister, fear of losing her mother and all of her inheritance. She is struggling to stay loyal to her family, especially when her heart lies elsewhere. Anne got tangled in the middle of the conspiracy, but the only thing she really wants is to live in peace with the man she loves.

And sometimes – to get what you want – you must be prepared to accept the apparently unacceptable.

This is one of the best historical fiction novels I’ve read and the favorite about Anne Neville and Richard III. I absolutely loved Anne as the main character. She is great! I loved following her life and watching her growth as a character and as a person. At the beginning she’s just a shy girl living in the shadow of her more beautiful sister, she’s in love with a prince, who barely notices her, her father Warwick uses her for his plotting against the King but she goes through a lot during this book and turns into a wonderful, brave, strong-minded woman.

Anne and Richard are definitely my favorite historical couple. I loved how their love survived all the drama of the politics, rebellions, betrayals, and wars.

Previously I read about Anne in Philippa Gregory’s The Kingmakers Daughter, but this version I like better. Probably because Anne portrayed in a better way. Gregory’s Anne is going with the flow and she almost lacks personality but in this book, I got really impressed with her strength and will. I admired her endurance, patience, and dignity. Anne, indeed, is an interesting and worthy of admiration.

Many reviews claim that this novel is not very historically accurate but guys, this is fiction. I don’t mind authors adding stuff to the story and if I want to know some historical facts I turn to history books but this is pure entertainment! The book is fast paced, interesting, and very emotional. I have to admit I even cried when Anne and Richard had to separate once again.

Rating: 5/5

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Anna Aurora says:

    I’m intrigued by this books.Amazing review!Thanks you ❤💞

    Liked by 1 person

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