Tag: Anne O’Brien

Mini Reviews: ‘The Scandalous Duchess’ and ‘Excalibur’

Mini Reviews: ‘The Scandalous Duchess’ and ‘Excalibur’

I’ve been reading some really great historical fiction recently (well…I guess Excalibur is only ‘kind of’ historical fiction seen as it’s based on legend, but it has a historical setting!), so read on if you want some fantastic recommendations! The Scandalous Duchess by Anne O’Brien When Lady Katherine Swynford finds herself widowed and destitute, she turns to an old friend of her family’s for help: the powerful and enigmatic Duke of Lancaster, John of Gaunt. Katherine gratefully accepts a position in his wife’s household, but gradually finds herself drawn into the Duke’s web and a tempestuous love that outweighs the scandal. But… Read more »

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Review: The Queen’s Choice by Anne O’Brien

Review: The Queen’s Choice by Anne O’Brien

‘The King might be praying for me but it was three years and more since I had last seen him. Three years and more since I had been married and widowed. Three years during which I had rejected the possibility of this union. Yet now I stood on the threshold of a new life.’ As an avid fan of historical fiction, I was really pleased to discover a new historical fiction writer last year: Anne O’Brien. I read two of her books, The King’s Concubine and The Forbidden Queen, and really enjoyed them. Her writing puts me in mind of Phillipa Gregory, but… Read more »

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Review: The Forbidden Queen by Anne O’Brien

Review: The Forbidden Queen by Anne O’Brien

”He wants me! Henry wants me!’ She eyed me dispassionately. ‘You are such a child, Katherine! If you’re expecting a love match, it will not happen.’ Her voice surprised me with it’s harshness, even when, at the distress she must have seen on my face, her eyes softened. ‘We do not deal in love, Katherine. We marry for duty.’ As I’ve previously discussed, I bought three Anne O’Brien books for £5 recently at a discount bookshop, and The Forbidden Queen is now the second of them that I’ve read, after The King’s Concubine. I absolutely loved The King’s Concubine, and… Read more »

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Review: The King’s Concubine by Anne O’Brien

Review: The King’s Concubine by Anne O’Brien

‘You may consider me despicable, my lady, yet you will hear me. I am the King’s mistress.’ How strange it sounded to say it out loud. I lifted my head and held her gaze. ‘He chose me. He sent for me, and I will perform my duty with honour.’ I have always been a fan of historical fiction, although I’ve tended to stick mostly with books set around the Wars of the Roses and the Tudor period. Therefore with The King’s Concubine I ventured even further back to the time of Edward III, the king whose descendants were the central figures in… Read more »

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