During the tumultuous War of the Roses a plot emerges to kill a mother and child because of the royal blood in the infant girl's veins. Though the mother dies, the child lives, raised by a village healer.

Anne grows into a lovely woman, skilled in the healing arts. She obtains a position in a wealthy merchant's London home, where her abilities attract the attention of the local doctor, and she meets the young and charismatic new king, Edward IV. There is a strange attraction between them and when Anne is called to save the queen, she finds herself once more face to face with Edward. At court, she confronts great challenges and begins to believe she and Edward are soul mates. But they must keep their passion a secret. As the rivalry between the Houses of Lancaster and York escalates, Anne is caught in the turmoil.

As vibrant and exciting as a novel by Sharon Kay Penman or Roberta Gellis, The Innocent will transport you into Anne's world to totally experience the 15th century. Memorable characters and a plot that perfectly blends history and fiction with thrilling escapades are all here. Readers will be eagerly awaiting the sequel. SENSUAL (Apr., 406 pp., $14.00)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin