Book Review: The Other Bolyen Girl

Author: Philippa Gregory

The Tudor Court #3

Pages: 664 pages

Goodreads Synopsis: A rich and compelling novel 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 heart.

When Mary Boleyn comes to court as an innocent girl of fourteen, she catches the eye of Henry VIII. Dazzled, 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.

Review: Wow, I really needed this book. I have been in such a book rut this year — I feel like I’ve only had a few books that I’ve truly been hooked on so far in 2019 and this is one of them. I loved this story, I loved Mary — so much, I found myself researching her as I was reading this story, I needed to know more. Who was she? Is what Gregory is stating true? Was she really just as powerful as Anne Boleyn? It also brought a totally different perspective of Anne Boleyn to life for me too. There were instances where I couldn’t believe what I was reading could be true, she didn’t seem like a very nice sister……

But then I started to think about what it must have been like for women back then, their only goal in life was to advance their family in any way they could. While doing so, working against their sisters at times and letting their family choose what they would do and would not do. I think that’s why I liked Mary so much, she found a way out of the normal life of a woman in 1500’s. I was hooked, from the start I was hooked and I cannot wait to read more from Gregory, I have yet to dislike a story she’s written. If you like historical fiction with a lot of drama, this is a story for you — now I need to just watch the movie….

Overall Rating: 5/5 stars

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