The second installment of the Anne Trilogy (The Innocent was the first) sees Anne de Bohun working to support her child, the illegitimate son of England's King Edward.

Anne's unique abilities help her succeed as a merchant, earning her the enmity of the local male merchants, who view her as a threat. Their one desire is to see her fail, skulk off and find her "rightful place" as a woman.

Anne makes sure no one knows her son's true identity; even Edward knows nothing of his birth. If news of the child reaches the king or his enemies, they are in grave danger.

Anne must use all her courage and cunning to outwit those who seek their deaths. She cleverly saves them several times and yet, Edward's love for her makes it difficult to keep away.

The Exiled is as powerful, lusty and fascinating a historical novel as medieval readers could ever desire. Filled with the sights, sounds, scents and passions of the era, brimming over with vivid historical details and teeming with remarkable characters, it is a sumptuous banquet fit for a king and those enamored of Philippa Gregory's recent novels. SENSUAL (Jun., 416 pp., $14.00)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin