Author: Brandy Purdy
Publish Date: February 25, 2014
Source: HF Virtual Book Tours
Why You're Reading This Book:
- You're a historical fiction fan.
- You love the Tudors!
From Goodreads.com: "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."
My Two Cents:
"The Boleyn Bride" is the story of the infamous Anne Boleyn's mother, Elizabeth Howard, a member of the famous Howard family. This book goes into her back story and her marriage to the super ambitious, Thomas Boleyn. Elizabeth has a healthy dose of ambition herself. We also get to see the story of Anne Boleyn through her mother's eyes in this book. It's a different look at a story that is very familiar to fans of reading the Tudor tales.
I've read a couple other things by Brandy Purdy, who writes a lot in the Tudor era. I continued to like a lot of the same things about her writing style that I liked in her previous book. Although the subject matter was not brand new to me, I appreciated that Purdy was able to make Elizabeth seem like a really fresh character. She felt really real to me and I found it interesting to be able to get inside her head, especially considering how much she went through with her children.
That being said, I did wish that the book focused more on Elizabeth when she was telling the story of what happened with her daughter, Anne, and Henry VIII. If you read in the Tudor era (and this book is going to appeal mostly to those that enjoy reading about the Tudors), you know the story. I wanted to know more about what Elizabeth thought or did during this time. Was she really just watching and letting Anne go the way that she did? I didn't get a good sense.
Overall, I did enjoy this book. Those who love the Tudors will enjoy this one!
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