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Ideal book companion for a long-haul flight - historical, romantic and dramatic!

  • Apr 11, 2008
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This was wonderful book based on the real-life events surrounding Henry VIII -  his temptations, his divorce and his selfishness! The Other Boleyn Girl is a story about two sisters from an royal-court frequenting family; they are the Boleyn girls, Mary and Anne. Both are beautiful and, as nature would have it, they are very competitive with each other - Anne more so than Mary. The two sister love each other dearly, but when it comes to the King of England, Anne shows her harsh nature and relentless drive to attain the crown, which may someday turn against her. Both sisters play a big role in the King's life - one will learn from it and succeed, while the other will first succeed, but then realize too late her mistakes.

I could not put this book down. It's a long book! About 700 pages, but every single page is worth it and you're not jeopardizing the quality of the writing with this novel. It's an intelligent story that balances substantial historical references with very sexy romance. Yum! It's a delicious book. I was sad to see it end.

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February 05, 2010
Well put, I couldn't agree more! I was equally sad to have this book end and had it with me every where I went until the very last page. Did you see The Other Boleyn Girl, the movie? I don't know about you, but I was so disappointed by it! 
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review by . July 01, 2010
I could not put this book down! It had every aspect of a great read. It was disturbing, interesting, sweet, backbiting, and encompasses all of that with a bit of truth. The story of Anne Boleyn isn't completely accurate, but there's a lot in the history that is still unknown. The main points were fairly on track. I owned this book for months without picking it up and then the day I did I read the entire thing almost continuously. When not reading, it captured my mind and imagination and …
review by . July 22, 2010
   This was the first book of Phillipa Gregory's that I read, and it lead to my enthusiastic enjoyment of her others. This book, while following the known historical facts of the Boleyn women, illustrates the emotion and personalities associated with the schemes and betrayals everyone was involved in the Boleyns' and King Henry VII's lives.  The book is well written and captivates the reader's attention immediately. If you have not yet experienced Gregory's work, …
review by . July 12, 2010
I love this book because it gives you the scoop on the Henry VIII situation that is so famous, but also gives you a perspective on the Bolelyn family and the female perspective of that era.  It is perfect for those interested in history, but who fall asleep reading history books.  It also "colors" the history so that there is more drama and plot than history books. 
Quick Tip by . August 11, 2010
i only read the book once and if i remember right it was pretty good, and the movie was pretty entertaining.
Quick Tip by . June 15, 2010
An exciting look at English court life and the machinations employed by those closest to the throne to expand their wealth and power.
Quick Tip by . July 13, 2010
This is a good historical rendition of one of Henry's VIIIs tragic wives.
Quick Tip by . July 11, 2010
A fascinating look at Anne Boleyn, a woman at the crossroads of significant changes in Western society.
Quick Tip by . July 10, 2010
I am a huge fan of historical fiction, and definitely a sucker for the real-life soap opera that was the Tudor family, and although I am sure that The Other Boleyn Girl is not the most strictly historical source for information on Anne Boleyn it is certainly another interesting take on what the personal details that we may never know the truth of may have been.
review by . July 08, 2010
      Phillipa Gregory always writes detailed and entertaining (sex, scandal, love, etc) novels about long-ago english royalty, and "the other boleyn girl" is my favorite. I'm a sucker for this kind of stuff. The books are written in such a way that almost imagine she had read the character's most personal diaries. Though  they are long they go fast, and keep up a good level of suspense.   Set in the time of Henry the 8th, "boleyn girl" …
Quick Tip by . July 08, 2010
Such a great book AND movie. This story can really suck you in and make you feel like you were part of the story. It's intense and keeps you guessing.
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The daughters of a ruthlessly ambitious family, Mary and Anne Boleyn are sent to the court of Henry VIII to attract the attention of the king, who first takes Mary as his mistress, in which role she bears him an illegitimate son, and then Anne as his wife. Originally in paperback.
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