rating: 5 of 5 stars
If it weren't for Readers Anonymous, my online book group, I never would have chosen to read this book, The Other Boleyn Girl by Phillipa Gregory. I'm not a big fan of historical fiction, and I wasn't excited about reading this daunting, 661-page book. In fact, for the first 75-100 pages, I still wasn't very thrilled, but then, something clicked. I began to feel a connection with the characters, and I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next. You might think you know what happens, but you really have no idea. I lost many hours of sleep reading this book!
The main character is Mary Boleyn, Anne Boleyn's sister (Anne of Queen-of-England fame). Gregory delved deep into Tudor history to develop this factual tale of the English court, English history, love, betrayal, sex, money, power, scandal, sibling rivalry, and masquerade. All of it came to life on the page - rich descriptions, realistic dialogue, intrigue, and suspense.
I have not seen the movie, but I have heard that it is nothing like the book, so I may not watch it. I don't want to ruin the magic this book brought to life. Finishing this book was like losing a close friend. But now, it's time to hit The Beach.
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