Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The Forbidden Queen - Anne O'Brien Book Review




1415. The Battle of Agincourt is over, and the young princess Katherine de Valois is the prize to be offered to Henry V of England. The innocent Katherine is smitten with Henry, but soon understands that her sole purpose is to produce an heir to unite England and France. When Henry leaves her a widow at the age of 21, Katherine is forced to resign herself to a quiet life as the Dowager Queen; her duty is to raise her son, the young King of England, and little more.

But Katherine is still young and passionate. Many desire her, and her hand in marriage is worth a kingdom. Setting aside those driven by ambition, Katherine falls in love with her servant Owen Tudor, and glimpses the happiness that love can bring. But their enemies are circling, all battling for power and determined to prevent their marriage. Katherine will have to fight to control her own destiny… In this compelling and beautifully written book, Anne O’Brien tells the story of the innocent young princess, Katherine de Valois, a pawn in a ruthless political game between England and France, and the woman who founded the most famous royal dynasty of all – the Tudors.



The Forbidden Queen by Anne O'Brien
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An innocent Pawn,

A kingdom without a King,


A new dynasty will reign…..

I enjoyed this book, at over 400 pages long - I took my time absorbing every page and the storyline as it progressed. It isn’t all roses and champagne in this story  andd happily ever afters - but the author does a wonderful job of making the words come to life and giving us well documented research in this read.

Anne O’Brien did a lot of research to put this story forward, and honestly not knowing a lot I must say I learnt many things during this read.  I was certainly drawn into the pages, and had certain queries of my own.

In The Forbidden Queen we follow the life Of Princess Katherine of France from her younger years, to her Marriage to King Henry the fifth. A loveless family to a loveless marriage. ? A marriage to produce an heir and nothing more.

Then being widowed at 21, an affair,  then onto a scandalous marriage to someone beneath her ranking. Her servant. The polictics certainly come to air.

Katherine’s life wasn’t easy – losing her husband at an early age, and learning to be the Queen of England and then moving onto find love and remarry Owen Tudor .

Obstacles were certainly put in her way.

We see the story being told through Katherine’s eyes. Her struggle to find true love. I really enjoyed the way they defied rulings, her and Owen and eventually standing strong they won the battle for the love they shared. Defying the law and winning the battle of love as scandalous as it was.

We didn’t get to see a lot of Owen and Katherine’s love story as this was towards the end of the book. But None the less. It was enjoyable; I just would love to have seen more.

Overall, The Forbidden Queen is filled with rivalry and wonderful plotting, and with its grandeur mixed throughout, I’m sure any historical romance reader will surely enjoy.


I immensely enjoyed Anne O’Brien’s Inspiration for the Forbidden Queen in the back of the book. I strongly urge all readers to stop and take the time to read all the extra information at the end of the book. What happened to Owen after Katherine died her children and many other interesting facts.

A well told story. I have to honeslty admit I am no history buff and alot of the story told within this is new to me. But I did find myself certainly intrigued and every interested. I took my time to read it and enjoy the story being told within.

Thank you to Harlequin Australia or this review copy. Supplied to me for my honest opinion. Which is my own.


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