Monday, June 2, 2008

The Ohter Boleyn Girl - Philippa Gregory

Rating: 5 Better than a new Derby Hat and the winning horse (¨¨¨¨¨)

Pages: 661

Challenges: 2008 TBR, A-Z Challenge (G Author), Chunkster

Synopsis (from

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 kings 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.


This book was great! It is one I would highly recommend. Believe it or not I was sad to see it end at nearly 700 pages. There was only one part where I thought moved a little slow, but clearly that didn't slow me down. This book really made me want to learn more about Henry's wives. It also made me very appreciative not to be in the King's court. The money it takes, the separation from your children, the lack of value in women, and the gossip! I am going to read more of Philippa Gregory's books.

By the way, anyone watching The Tutors on Showtime? The plot with Anne Boleyn seems to follow closely with the book, which I am not sure if it is because there are common facts that happen or if Ms Gregory should get some credit for writing! I have only seen one show, so it could have just been this episode.


Anonymous said...

Yeah, Philippa Gregory write one hell of a historical fiction book! I just finished Nefretiti by Michelle Moran (which I will post about in a week or two) and found it to be just as good.

trish said...

It's my understanding that Philippa Gregory puts as much facts in her book as she can. The only things she makes up are conversations and anything that she can't find in research. I love that I can read her books and learn stuff at the same time.