The thrilling climax to the trilogy that began with The Innocent and The Exiled brings Posie Graeme-Evans's bittersweet story of two lovers divided by the throne of England to its dramatic conclusion.
As England tears itself apart in the War of the Roses, Anne de Bohun lives far from the intrigues of cities and courts. Once King Edward IV's mistress, Anne has found safety with their son in Brugge. But now Edward himself is a hunted fugitive, and Anne's real father, King Henry VI, rules again from Westminster. Summoned by an enigmatic message from her lover, Anne is drawn once more to the passion, the excitement, and the deadly danger that Edward brings into her life. But now, the girl who was once a penniless servant has a child to protect and an inheritance to defend. Can she let her love for Edward threaten everything she has? Or will she need his help to protect her from the powerful enemy who means to destroy her?
Boasting an extraordinary heroine and intense, intersecting plots, The Uncrowned Queen is a dazzling and satisfying finale to Anne de Bohun's incredible story.
The final volume in Graeme-Evans's War of the Roses trilogy heaves within its historical fiction bodice, but never quite sheds it. In rendering the 30-year standoff between the House of York and the House of Lancaster, Graeme-Evans does a masterful and colorful job portraying the haughty, decadent aristocracy, the grim political and social conditions, even the clothes, diet and lack of personal hygiene of the day. Unfortunately, she neglects to include much action, provides little suspense, and the royal romance, between Anne de Bohun (who bears an illegitimate son) and King Edward IV (who's already married), while tender, is without passion. The story jumps back and forth between England, France and Holland, with the obvious plot lines taking as long to develop as Edward's plan to invade England, and Anne and Edward's fates telegraphed early on.