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 her golden prince and her growing role as unofficial queen. However, she soon realizes just how much she is a pawn in her family?s ambitious plots as the king?s interest begins to wane and she is forced to step aside for her best friend and rival: her sister, Anne. Then 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, sex, ambition, and intrigue, The Other Boleyn Girl introduces a woman of extraordinary determination and desire who lived at the heart of the most exciting and glamorous court in Europe and survived by following her own heart....Continua
After a slow start the story gains momentum, as Mary Boleyn struggles through the shark-infested waters of the Tudor Court. Older sister Anne comes across as a total rhymes with witch, as she wields her dubious power gracelessly, and ultimately suffers a fate worse than the sad downfall of Katherine of Aragon.
Another fresh look at an often-retold story. Thought-provoking and fun simultaneously.
I find that in this book Gregory's prose shows an improvement when compared to - for instance- "The Constant Princess" or "The Boleyn Inheritance". The characters are more captivating and believable, the style less boring and repetitive. The book actually reads very well and keeps you interested as the tension builds up until the last page, even if you know already what is going to happen. Not a masterpiece of its genre but not even a 'guilty pleasure', as some readers have called it.
Recommended especially fr those like me who are madly in love with Anne Boleyn :)
Tremendously engages readers in the meaning of love, the price of ambition, and the cruelty and foolishness of men.
I heard about this book from a friend and after watching the movie, my friend told me to read the book (books are always better) I've always been fascinated by Tudor history and the account given about Anne Boleyn's sister Mary was really insightful, you never hear about her, only Anne. I'll read it again one day....Continua