When Mary Boleyn comes to court as an innocent girl of 14, she catches the eye of Henry VIII. Dazzled by the king, Mary falls in love with both the golden prince and her growing role as an unofficial queen. However, she soon realizes just how much she is a pawn in her family's ambitious plots when the king's interest begins to wane and she is forced to step aside for her best friend and rival: her powerfully ambitious sister, Anne Boleyn. As Mary watches Anne manipulate her rise to the throne, 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, ambition, lust, and intrigue, The Other Boleyn Girl introduces a woman of extraordinary determination and desire who lived at the very center of the most exciting and glamorous court in Europe and survived by following her heart.
©2011 Philippa Gregory (P)2011 Simon & Schuster
"You want a real page-turner, but you don't want to tarnish your reputation for literary taste. The Other Boleyn Girl is your kind of... book." (Newsday)
This is a fabulous book and reading performance. I couldn't stop listening.
The story is fascinating.
I love this book. I have read and re-read it and now listened to it. One of the few books I can read over and over again.
The lucky sister mary Bolelyn was pushed by her family to be a favorite to King Henry but after he lost interest in her and moved on the scheming family promoted. Ann to the court.She was more scheming and wanted more than just to be a bedmate to the King she was playing the long game and she held out for many years.Bringing the Catholic Church to an end and The King discarding his first wife Katherine of Aragon,Ann was only queenfor over three years and then the king became tired of herbed aisle she could not conceive and have a life born male.
This book is mostly about this time period and her relationship with her sister Mary.
Mary Boleyn she was taken advantage of by the Boleyns and her uncle Howard.She did have ably which poor Ann was never able to have .Ann even took custody of her son and if she had lived he would have challenge for the crown.
I have not heard her before she is very good
George Bolelyn and find out the truth about him.He sounded pretty wild and kind .
I really have enjoyed this series I understand that not everything is 100 percent factually correct but that's why we read to fill in those details
Read from December 13 to 22, 2012
Audiobook read by Susan Lyons. So much better than either of the film adaptations. Written from Mary Boleyn's POV, the book takes a very unflattering stand on Anne Boleyn and incorporates many of the legends that have been proven false. But because it focuses on Mary instead of Anne, it's still a great story.
It was really easy for me to listen to this book. I have an hour commute to and from work, so I listen to audiobooks for entertainment and this book had me looking forward to it!
I loved that I had to keep reminding myself that this book is fiction because the author does such a good job.
I thought she did a great job so I can't say that I have a favorite.
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