The Other Boleyn Girl
by Philippa Gregory
Read: March 11-14, 2008
Challenge: Back to History
First Line: I could hear a roll of muffled drums.
Mary Boleyn is a young girl serving at the court of King Henry of England. When her sister, Anne, comes back from France, the sibling rivalry begins once again. However, when Mary finds herself in the favor of the King, Anne and the rest of the family is doing nothing but pushing Mary toward the king. After giving birth to two of his children, one girl and one boy, Mary finds herself being pushed out of the favor of the king. Instead, she finds her sister Anne being the king’s favorite. But Anne will not stand by and simply be the mistress to the king; she wants to be queen. With the help of the entire family, Anne finds her way into the favor of the king and subsequently talks him into divorcing Queen Katherine. Although Anne gets what she wants, that ambition will ultimately be the end of her.
Oh my goodness! This book was sooooooooo good! I could not hardly stand to put it down. It was a little slow to start, but after about 100 pages into it, it picked up pace and never backed off! This was really my first time reading anything about this time period and I really enjoyed it! I will probably be looking for more of her books. I love that she made the story readable to a person who knows little to nothing about this time period. Highly, highly, HIGHLY recommended!!!