PRAISE FOR THE NOVELS OF ANNE O’BRIEN
—Gillian Bagwell, author of
—Jeane Westin, author of
“Passionate and romantic…
“Eleanor is the picture of defiance, and her bold, fiery voice is the strongest asset of this successful historical.”
“The reader is taken on a roller-coaster ride through Eleanor’s emotions and her story, and you just cannot help but fall in love with this passionate heroine.…O’Brien brings Eleanor, Louis, Henry, Aquitaine, and Paris to life with her writing, and it is a gripping story [that] the reader will find hard to put down.…This is a wonderful romp through Eleanor’s life.”
—The Anne Boleyn Files
“Anne O’Brien provides a fresh perspective [on Eleanor’s life]…engaging.”
—Genre Go Round Reviews
“Packed with royal intrigue and stunning reversals of fortune,
—Sandra Worth, award-winning author of
“O’Brien pulls us by our heartstrings through the power struggles between the House of York and Lancaster, telling the story through the seemingly hopeless love of Anne Neville for the man who would become Richard III…a little-known story that you will never forget.”
—Kate Emerson, author of
—Karen Harper, national bestselling author of
—Examiner.com (Pittsburgh), included in the Best Ten Historical Novels of 2010
“O’Brien has excellent control over the historical material and a rich sense of characterization, making for a fascinating and surprisingly female-focused look at one of the most turbulent periods of English history.”
“A strong tale filled with intrigue, a deep understanding of historical events, and a far more sympathetic portrait of Richard III than Shakespeare’s that will fascinate readers.”
“If you need a good book for holiday reading or for relaxing with in the garden on a sunny day, you just cannot go wrong with this one. All of the right ingredients: romance, intrigue, betrayal, glamour, history, murder…brilliant!”
—The Anne Boleyn Files
“With this winning novel, Anne O’Brien has joined the exclusive club of excellent historical novelists.”
Other Novels by Anne O’Brien
A NOVEL OF ALICE PERRERS
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O’Brien, Anne, 1949–
The king’s concubine: a novel of Alice Perrers/Anne O’Brien.
1. Perrers, Alice, ca. 1348–1400—Fiction. 2. Ladies-in-waiting—Great Britain—Fiction. 3. Edward III, King of England, 1312–1377—Fiction. 4. Great Britain—Kings and rulers—Paramours—Fiction. 5. Mistresses—Great Britain—Fiction. I. Title.
Set in Simoncini Garamond
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All my thanks:
To my agent Jane Judd, who appreciated the possibility of Alice Perrers as an unconventional heroine. Her advice and support, as always, are beyond price.