This historical novel tells the story of Anne Boleyn’s sister Mary, who was the mistress of King Henry VIII for several years before Anne. Brought to the royal court at a young age, the two sisters and their brother George are manipulated behind the scenes by their ambitious uncle. The natural rivalry between the two sisters is heightened by their perilous position as favourites to the king. Anne is portrayed as the soft-hearted sibling, who longs for a normal home and family life and enjoys spending time with her daughter and son. Anne is the ruthless sister, who will stop at nothing to win the king’s heart, even forceably adopting her sister’s two children.
What the Armchair Critics Thought:
Full of pomp and pageantry, this book is a great read for history buffs and romantics. Although the story’s ending is a foregone conclusion, Gregory holds your interest with her detailed dialogue and imaginary motives. The Critics also enjoyed the recent TV movie based on the novel.