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The Boleyn Bride

By Brandy Purdy


I hope that everyone had a great Fourth of July!! We visited our local zoo, The Akron Public Zoo. Friday was a beautiful day and the zoo has changed drastically since my son was little. The landscaping was great and the animal exhibits have greatly been improved upon. Oh boy, it is already Sunday and it is back to the old grind tomorrow!!

This book was published on Feb.25 of 2014 by Kensington Books. It is 272 pages. I received this as an egalley from NetGalley in exchange for an honest and fair book review. Brandy Purdy has written other Tudor novels, but this is the first one of hers that I have read. Don’t know how I have not heard of her before?

From carefree young woman to disillusioned bride, the dazzling lady who would become mother and grandmother to two of history’s most infamous queens, has a fascinating story all her own. . .

At sixteen, Elizabeth Howard envisions a glorious life for herself as lady-in-waiting to the future queen, Catherine of Aragon. But when she is forced to marry Thomas Boleyn, a wealthy commoner, Elizabeth is left to stagnate in the countryside while her detested husband pursues his ambitions. There, she raises golden girl Mary, moody George, and ugly duckling Anne–while staving off boredom with a string of admirers. Until Henry VIII takes the throne. . . 

When Thomas finally brings his highborn wife to London, Elizabeth indulges in lavish diversions and dalliances–and catches the lusty king’s eye. But those who enjoy Henry’s fickle favor must also guard against his wrath. For while her husband’s machinations bring Elizabeth and her children to the pinnacle of power, the distance to the scaffold is but a short one–and the Boleyn family’s fortune may be turning. . .(From NetGalley)

This book is a day-to-day story of the Boleyn family. It is mostly about Anne, but is told by her mother Elizabeth Howard Boleyn. It seems a little wordy at times. You should know that I love anything about the Tudors and I am drawn to books about Anne Boleyn. I was excited to read this one, but in my opinion it fell a little short of my expectations. It is okay, but nothing new or stellar here. Nothing that makes it stand out from the rest of the Tudor fiction craze. Contains very basic Tudor information, which I have already obtained from all the other Tudor novels I have read. Someone not as familiar with the subject may find it more appealing. I do love the cover!! I like the novels with the beautiful period dresses!! I give this one 3 out of 4 stars.



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