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Marriage Under Siege [Kindle Edition]

Anne O'Brien
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Book Description

‘Anne O’Brien has joined the exclusive club of excellent historical novelists.’ - Sunday Express

‘Will you hold the castle for me, lady, in my name?’ He does not know me. He does not trust me.

‘Do you have to ask?’ With staunchly opposed political views, the new Lord and Lady Mansell are not seeking love during a time of civil war. Francis offered Honoria his name in response to his cousin’s will and the promise of £4000 a year. When their castle is held by Royalist forces Honoria must appear loyal to Francis’s Parliamentarian cause.

Working together to protect their lands, the vows made politically become something more. But where does her loyalty lie? Soon scandalous whispers of betrayal and double dealings land at Honoria’s door. And when the prison keys of London start rattling, Francis must question whether the wife he saved has dealt him the ultimate betrayal?

Praise for Anne O’Brien:

‘One of the best writers around…she outdoes even Philippa GregoryThe Sun

‘Her writing is highly evocative of the time period… O’Brien has produced an epic tale’ Historical Novel Society

Anne O’Brien’s novels give a voice to the “silent” women of historyYorkshire Post

‘Once again O’Brien proves herself a medieval history magician, conjuring up a sizzling, sweeping storyLancashire Evening Post

‘An exciting and intriguing story of love and historical politics. If you enjoy Philippa Gregory and Alison Weir you will love Anne O'BrienWe Love This Book

‘A brilliantly researched and well-told story; you won’t be able to put this book downCandis

‘A fast paced historical drama that is full of suspense.’ Essentials

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Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4116 KB
  • Print Length: 464 pages
  • Publisher: MIRA; 1 edition (3 Aug. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848451377
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848451377
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #130,462 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Anne O'Brien was born in the West Riding of Yorkshire. After gaining a B.A. Honours degree in History at Manchester University and a Masters in Education at Hull, she lived in the East Riding for many years as a teacher of history.

After leaving teaching, Anne decided to turn to novel writing and give voice to the women in history who fascinated her the most, beginning with Virgin Widow, which told the story of Anne Neville, the wife of Richard, Duke of Gloucester. Since then, she has told the stories of Eleanor of Aquitaine in Devil's Consort, Alice Perrers, the mistress of Edward III, in The King's Concubine, Katherine de Valois, the child bride of Henry V, in The Forbidden Queen and Katherine Swynford, mistress of John of Gaunt, in The Scandalous Duchess. Her latest novel The King's Sister is the story of Elizabeth of Lancaster, caught up in dramatic and bloody family politics in the reigns of Richard II and Henry IV.

Today Anne lives in an eighteenth century cottage in Herefordshire, an area full of inspiration for her work.

Visit Anne online at
Find Anne on Facebook and follow her on Twitter @anne_obrien

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars surprisingly touching 25 Mar. 2009
This was the first book I read from the author Anne O Brien and I really liked it. It is the story of a widow who was married to a man she loathed, being offered a marriage of convenience to as very attractive man who wants to consolidate his inheritance. Later, the castle they inherit is besieged by Royalists with all kinds of consequences. It is a touching love story. The heroine, despite the fact she has been so unhappy is brave and her husband is really quite sexy even though they have a slow start to their romance. What starts as a marriage of convenience does not end that way. It's really well written and I enjoyed the story. Lots of interesting touches too. I can recommend this because I really enjoyed it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read.. 8 Dec. 2012
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I love history books and always found that when I was at School the books quite boring and they didn't leave me feeling I had learnt anything about the era or people around at the time. This is alongside Philippa Gregory's books an excellent way to read history and absorb what being a part of the era was about.. I would certainly recommend this book to history buffs and those studying this era.. Lots of background knowledge goes a long way..
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping 30 Jan. 2013
By Nonna
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Love history and this book did not let me down . Great story excellent read could not put down. Have recommended to friends
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By np
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This book was ok but not fantastic. I prefer the historical books where the romance is about something real rather than this which appears to be more about being a romance novel that happens to be set in the past.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A worthy historical novel 20 Oct. 2013
When I first started reading this I wasn't sure that I was going to like it! However this book has crept under my skin and in the end I've enjoyed reading it!
The language is very stilted , which has been a downside to reading this book , but the characters have been a joy to get to know!
Honoria appears to be so straight laced that you hardly expect emotion from her as she is foisted into marriage with Lord Francis Marshall after the reading of her husband will! A startled young woman from Royalist background , now has a husband who is for the parliamentarian cause! Along the way during battle for property and power of the royalist versus parliament war there is a mistrust between husband and wife which is such an essential part of the plot. This however makes you want to bang Honoria and Francis's heads together repeatedly !
Just as you think they are sorted, a problem comes between them of her husband being arrested as a traitor to the crown and his misguided belief that his wife is involved.
Thankfully with compromise and some strong words from two friends it all becomes sorted and love is given freely as they become true husband and wife!
I loved the characters, especially Marie who interfered beautifully in making both parties see sense!
A good historical read by Anne O'Brien !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating 21 Nov. 2012
By val
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This is the first I have read from Anne Obrien loved it so much I just bought another. I had a mental image of the characters from the start. I loved Honoria and her strong will.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing 14 July 2013
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I could not put the book down and was so absorbed in it that I felt part of the story. At times it made me cry. I would recommend this book to anyone
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Historical facts 26 Sept. 2012
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I did enjoy this book. The story telling was good, and I could identify the historical period and facts of events, albeit with authors licence to involve the characters, and the general story line. Always wanted to pick it up and bury myself in the ongoing saga of the characters.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok but she has written better.
A good basic story but a bit "Mills & Boon" for me not as good as some of her others
Published 26 days ago by S. Greenwood
4.0 out of 5 stars Another captivating romantic, story set in the time of ...
Another captivating romantic, story set in the time of the English civil war. Tells of the developing romance between a Lord and his Lady with a backdrop of how it was to be under... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Gail Hardman-Carr
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book
I loved this book. The characters were very likable and I loved the twists and turns of their relationship it is an ideal book to curl up with on a cold winter night and I will... Read more
Published 11 months ago by lynne best
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good
Published 12 months ago by anna
5.0 out of 5 stars another great book
This is my last read by Anne O'Brien all now completed. Will find it difficult to find such enjoyable reads as I have in all her books.
Published 14 months ago by Noton
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent writer of historical books
Once again a wonderful book bringing to life the history of our country in a fictional setting. Couldn't put the book down
Published 14 months ago by Edna Ellis
4.0 out of 5 stars historical bodice ripper
One of Anne O'Brien's better novels. I have faith in the historical accuracy but find the overly sexed story telling undervalues her writing style.
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story
I thoroughly enjoyed it, couldn't put the book down. The characters are so genuinely likable, and the happy ending inevitable, but longed for.
Published 19 months ago by Helen Clare Douglas
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting theme but perhaps overly romantic fiction
Really I guess this novel comes into the category of "women's historical fiction". Now this sounds bad! Read more
Published 20 months ago by Literary Goshawk
2.0 out of 5 stars Very Mills and Boone
Full of slushy "romantic" drivel I was very disappointed with this book, I almost gave up on it half way through it was tripe!
Published 23 months ago by tulsehillterrier
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