Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The Other Boleyn Girl

Phillipa Gregory

When Mary Boleyn comes to court as an innocent girl of fourteen, she catches the eye of Henry VIII. Dazzled by the king, Mary falls in love with both the golden prince and her growing role as an unofficial queen. However, she soon realizes just how much she is a pawn in her family's ambitious plots when the king's interest begins to wane and she is forced to step aside for her best friend and rival: her powerfully ambitious sister, Anne Boleyn. As Mary watches Anne manipulate her rise to the throne, Mary knows that she must defy her family and her king and take her fate into her own hands.A rich and compelling tale of love, ambition, lust, and intrigue, The Other Boleyn Girl introduces a woman of extraordinary determination and desire who lived at the very center of the most exciting and glamorous court in Europe and survived by following her own heart.

My Take:

"The Other Boleyn Girl" is a wonderfully written, character driven story. While many of the facts are in question, I don't think it really matters with this book, because it is not about the facts, it is about the personalities of the these people. I can never resist a story about history being told from an often over-looked character's point of view. I think that is what makes this book stand out from all of the others based on these events. Books from Anne's perspective are a dime a dozen but this is special as it focuses on a very interesting, yet basically unknown woman. Another positive quality is the fact that the book really resonates with you after you have read it. You can't stop thinking about it for days. It was difficult to decide on the rating, but I settled with a 1 Pay Full Price. "The Other Boleyn Girl" is a book you want to read several times over, as there are more layers to get through each time.

Need more Historical Fiction? The Perfect Royal Mistress, Too Great a Lady,
Pride and Prejudice, Nefertiti, Abundance, Witch Child

Looking for some love that's a little more modern? Its About Your Husband

Do you agree with my review? Do you think I'm totally off base? I'd love to hear about it either way! Be sure to comment and tell me how you feel!

If this book were a movie (which they did make a movie out of it :) it would be rated PG-13 for strong sexual content and adult themes.

1 comment:

Kristin said...

everyone has read this book but me. I have been dying to read it forever. I would love to read this.


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