Tuesday, May 11, 2010

"The Other Boleyn Girl" by Philippa Gregory

Adventure, intrigue, romance, court politics, double-dealing – these are all part of “The Other Boleyn Girl.” This work of fiction is truly a masterpiece. Philippa Gregory gives us a wonderful view of court life as she tells us her story of the Boleyns and Howards. Family loyalty reaches new heights as the women are expected to do anything, and do. Family rivalry also reaches new heights as the futures of two sisters clash. Children are pawns as the adults try to figure out who is going to come out on top. What would you be willing to do to see your family rise in rank, prestige, and power? Can true love ever prevail?

I totally enjoyed this book and felt like I had stepped back in time. The characters are real, and I had empathy for most of them and anger for some of them. The story drew me in from page one and I could hardly put the book down. It is a great book for either individual readers or groups, lending itself to some topical discussion.

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