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The Other Boleyn Girl
The Other Boleyn Girl
Author: Philippa Gregory
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ISBN-13: 9780743227445
ISBN-10: 0743227441
Publication Date: 6/4/2003
Pages: 672
Rating:
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Publisher: Touchstone
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 28
This book is over 600 pages, but is a fascinating look at life in
King Henry VIII's court. The story is told from Anne Boleyn's sister, Mary's, viewpoint. Mary was also Henry's mistress. It is historical fiction, with the emphasis on fiction. There is no doubt some conjecture on the author's part, but it is still an interesting tale. My book club read it and everyone liked it except one person who knew history and felt it wasn't very accurate .
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This was my first Philippa Gregory book, but it definitely won't be my last. I'm not usually a historical fiction reader, but this book had me hooked. Fact and fiction were so thoroughily interwoven that it was often hard to tell the difference. After reading it, I was even prompted to learn a little more about Henry VIII and his reign.
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Fascinating look at the court of King Henry VIII. It made me go back and re-read some of the history of the era. As a novel, it kept me captured. I like that the story is told from the point of view of a woman most of us have never heard of before - Mary Boleyn, the sister of Henry's 2nd wife.
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This book was so much fun to read because it was...dare I say, I bit....trashy? Then again, it IS about the sordid love affairs and the power struggle between women in a male-dominant royal society. The two sisters Anne and Mary Boleyn are so over-the-top (one is a total b**ch, the other is just too sweet and kind) but you will still end up rooting for them (even though we know how poor Anne will end up). I don't know how historically accurate this was, but it was such a fun read that I didn't care!
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I devoured this book in two days. It was wonderful--it kept me intrigued and constantly guessing, even though I was already familiar with the basic history of the Boleyn family. This book really made the facts come to life for me.
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Helpful Score: 10
Full of treachery and suspense! A very fitting elaboration on a historical tale. Read this on loan from my teenage niece... sad to say, I expected a simple book, but even tho I read a lot of real (dry) history, this was quite true to the spirit of the period and the real events! A fun romp for anyone who is interested in the period, and the oddities of capricious Henry and his Tudor court. Much recommended.
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Helpful Score: 9
I did not want to put this book down. It is not a real page turner because you want to find out what happens in the story (the story of Henry VIII is well known), but you immediately empathize with Mary Boleyn and want her to find her own way in a world where women are not valued except for their ability to further the familys ambitions for wealth and power or create a son for Henry VIII.

The Other Boleyn Girl is narrated first person by Mary Boleyn. The characters are well developed for the three Bolyen siblings Mary, Ann and George. Although all three of them are thrust into the crazy inner workings of the court of Henry VIII, they all have different challenges and reactions to their own familys ambitions as well as the greed, corruption, immorality and narcissism of the court of Henry VIII.

Its interesting to see the story of Anne Boleyn from a different perspective and the author does a great job of telling the story through the eyes of the less infamous sister. This book is of course fiction, but it brings this time in history to life in a very entertaining way.

This is the first book I have ready by Philippa Gregory, but I am now a fan. I am looking forward to reading other books written by her.
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Helpful Score: 9
I love historical fiction and this applies, but don't take every little fact at absolute face value. There are some discrepancies in dates and birth order, but some of those are debated in historical societies as well. good read, very entertaining if you can't get beyond the scheming all for the goal of using women. I will read more of Philippa Gregory.
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This was my first historical fiction book and I loved it! After the first hundred pages or so, I couldn't put it down. I loved the characters, hated them, got annoyed with them. . . it was great. I was sad when the 700+ pages were finished.
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This was the first Phillipa Gregory book I read and I loved it. I have read several of her others since and although they are good, this one remains my favorite.
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This is the book you just never wanted to end.......amazing!
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I loved this book even though I am not usually interested in historical fiction. I found myself relating to the charaters through all of their joys and heartaches.
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Although I am a huge fan of historical fiction, I found this book to be a People magazine version of "literature". The dialogue was juvenile and almost unreadable, and I felt as though the author was condescending to the reader. It also felt as though the author had done no research to prepare for this book, but instead relied on old movies and heresay as her main source material. The only reason I finished it at all is because I was on vacation and had no other reading material. A real disappointment.
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Helpful Score: 5
I have to emphasize that this story is fiction, based VERY LOOSELY on history. If you're looking for an accurate depiction of Anne Boleyn's story, you're in the wrong place. That being said, I LOVED the book. Very captivating and easy to read. Philippa Gregory does a wonderful job of putting you in the story and the feel of those times. I purchased this for a plane ride, and had a very difficult time putting it down! I highly recommend the book, especially if you watched the movie and were disappointed (as I was!). The Other Boleyn Girl is detailed and enthralling.
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Interesting read. Slow start but became hard to put down. Over 700 pages but it seemed to go fast. Meshing of non-fictional characters and speculations of affairs and King Henry's children born from mistresses with fictional scenarios. Anne is portrayed as a nasty individual. And in reality, it is said she could be vicious. Mary is the one the reader hopes escaped her family and the court and lives a happy life. The book reinforces my belief that money does not buy one happiness. Gregory does a fabulous job creating stories with use of her historical knowledge.
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This book was such frivolous rubbish that after 120 pages I had to count it a loss and quite. I'd rather read a non-fiction account or watch a fictionalized show such as "The Tudors" of these events because I've found them to be more interesting. This book was just blah and pure torture to try and like.
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I loved this book! It is a fast-moving drama about life in England's court under Henry VIII. Despite its length, it is a book that moves rapidly without a pause, and held my interest from the first page to the last. The story is told in the first person of Mary, sister of Anne Boleyn. Each of the characters is well drawn and believable. I found the intrigue and tyranny of court life fascinating. This is fiction, based on fact, though large portions are surely not historically documented. However, the general machinations of court life in this era are probably fairly accurately portrayed. This is a great read! I highly recommend it.
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Enoyable book. Philippa Gregory has a talent for taking you back to a time period and teaching you about what it was like to live then. Even though this is historical fiction, you get a real sense of the overall time period.
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Although at times tedious, I found The Other Boleyn Girl intriguing and worth every page of reading. Fascinating story seamlessly woven with historic fact!
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This is the first book by Philippa Gregory I've read and I can hardly put it down!. The characters are vibrant, the deceit is palpable... I can't wait for the rest of the series to arrive this week from Amazon!
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Philippa Gregory is one of my newest favorite authors and this is one of her best. A telling of the story of Henry VIII from the perspective of Mary, Anne Boleyn's younger sister. A really fascinating story that was glossed over in other historys so I did not understand it. How did Henry go from Mary as his mistress to Anne as his wife? How did Anne keep the mercurial Henry on one course long enough to get him to the altar?
The best was the fleshing out of Mary who barely gets mentioned in most historys. Not an unfaithful wife and social climbing slut, but a teenage girl awestruck by the handsome and magnetic king, then heartbroken by her sister taking her place and more.
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A particularly engaging story based on historical facts. I had to force myself to put it down from time to time in order to drag out the enjoyment. Truly felt like I was there.
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I love this book and like the other hundred people after I started reading I couldn't stop. The historical storyline is so provacitive and blended with fact and fiction its almost impossible to put down. I really identify with Marys struggle with sibling rivlary. I also find it sweet how Mary never lost sight of her own heart whearas Anne lost herself vying for queen. This book is one of my favorites and will remain so. I rec omend this book for any historical fiction lover or anyone who loves suspense, romance and a good sibling rivlary.
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Engrossing story of two sisters vying for the heart of a king. No one in my book club could put this one down!
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One of the best historical novels I have read recently. Gives great insight into the Tudor court and the lives of King Henry and Ann Boleyn. Strongly recommend to anyone who enjoys Tudor history.
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I really enjoyed reading this book. After I finished it, I watched the movie which was also good (but, of course, not as good as the book). If you enjoy historical fiction, sexy passages and drama, I'm sure you'll enjoy it too.
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This book is definitely in my top ten. It is historical fiction, which I love, but I think the story will appeal even to those not addicted to the genre. It is my favorite book so far from Philippa Gregory, althoug I will say that I enjoy them all.
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This story is about Mary Boleyn, Anne's sister and rival. It is an excellent book. Very well-written and an easy read considering the time period. I couldn't put it down. Philippa Gregory has become one of my favorite authors as a result of reading this book!
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I loved this book! I couldn't put it down. It was rich with detail and it made me want to read a novel about Elizabeth.
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I've put off reading this book for some time -- tried to read Gregory's 'Wideacre' and hated it, so I wasn't expecting too much from this book. However, friend after friend read this and told me (the historical fiction nut) that I MUST read it, so I succumbed.

Overall -- a pretty good read. I liked the story (of Anne Boleyn's rise and fall) as told by her sister Mary, but at times I got confused as to who was telling the story that I'm so familiar with. I'm looking forward to reading Gregory's other books about the Tudors.
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I was hooked on this book from the moment I started reading it. It seemed to drag a little at the end, but I loved the book and read through it in a few days. I was sad to get to the end. If youre a historical literalist you may want to avoid this book, it is based on the well known Tudor family but steers toward fiction from there. If you love historical novels and wont get your knickers in a twist by conjecture, this is definately a book for you!
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My first foray into historical fiction! Loved it! Very intriguing. I know the author took great liberties with the details, but I don't care! I was highly entertained, and now I am obsessed with Henry VIII and his wives! Yeah, a little "trashy," and was Anne Boleyn really that over-the-top mad for power? Probably not, but it made the book very entertaining. I will definitely be reading more from Philippa Gregory.
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This was the first book I have read by Philippa Gregory. I absolutely loved, loved, loved it!! I couldn't put it down. I loved the romance, but loved the historical background to it, even if it is not true facts, but based on real events. I believe that there is an order to the books, with "The Constance Princess" #1, "The Other Boleyn Sister" #2 and "The Boleyn Inheritance" #3 and possibly "The Virgin's Lover" #4, even though you don't have to read them in order. It just gives a time sequence for the characters. There are so many named
Catherine and Jane, which gets confusing sometimes.
Definitely worth the read.

The Queen's Fool was also very good.
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I absolutely loved this book. It follows the time line of factual events pretty well and adds a bit of drama to them. Even though, you know what happens to both Boleyn girls, you can't help but root for both. The book is over 600 pages, but I found it to be a fast-paced read. It has also renewed my interest in Henry VIII and Elizabethan history. I plan on getting a hardcover copy for my permanent library so I can read it again and again.
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Wonderful book!!! Really takes you back in time and so enjoyable.
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Great historical fiction set in England during the reign of King Henry VIII. I couldn't put it down. If you like historical fiction, this is a must read!
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Excellent Historical fiction account of Anne Boleyn's sister Mary, originally henry VIII's mistress before Anne. Could not put it down, and have read all the subsequent Phillipa Gregory novels. She is an excellent author and really captures life in the royal court through her descriptions and character building.
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LOVED IT! I am a history buff anyway and for me this one really came to life. A strong contender for favorite book of all time.
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Masterful retelling of the story of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, told from the viewpoint of her sister, Mary, who preceded her as mistress to the monarch. The characters are brilliantly drawn, from the bold young prince who slowly devolves into a monstrous tyrant, to the beautiful young women who are powerless to defy the demands of their families.
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This is an absolutely intriguing novel. Addictive, really - this one led me to read everything Philippa Gregory has published to date. Although there are fictional characters mixed in with real characters, it simply did not matter at all to me. Philippa did a great job with this one. (If you see the movie, you will be disappointed - it is barely a Cliff's Notes version of this fine novel).
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i really loved this book (aside from the fact that i really liked anne boleyn and everything from her time). it is not historically very accurate since this is a fictitious novel (using historical figures, places etc), but the author gave me a very vivid description of what could've possibly had happened during those times. very good researching made by the author, giving consideration to event time and history accuracy. she described and gave life to the already "resting" characters of anne boleyn, her sister mary, king henry and everybody at the tudor palace. very charmingly, eloquently written with passion. i highly recommend this book.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this read. Read in 2 days - it was pretty good!
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My first of her books and I was very impressed. I very much liked this book and have ordered the next.
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I LOVED this book...When Mary Boleyn comes to court as an innocent girl of fourteen, she catches the eye of Henry VIII. Dazzled by the king, Mary falls in love with both her golden prince and her growing role as unofficial queen. However, she soon realizes just how much she is a pawn in her family's ambitious plots as the king's interest begins to wane and she is forced to step aside for her best friend and rival: her sister, Anne. Then Mary knows that she must defy her family and her king, and take her fate into her own hands.
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Wow- hard to believe it was fiction. I can't wait to learn more about this era of history. A fascinating account of the rivalry between two sisters.
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This is one of my guilty pleasure books. I can read this over and over again and still enjoy it.

Gregory gives you a good story wrapped around true events in Henry VIII's England. It depicts the fickleness of the court and the lasvisiousness exactly as I had imagined and read of. You follow Mary through her two marriages and really start to feel for her and the decisions that she has to take.

Gregory is a little too descriptive sometimes, so it is much longer than need be. Overall, one of my favorite books and one I'd happily recommend to any Historical Fiction fans!
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Intriguing and lush story of the court of Henty VIII. Mary and Anne Boylen struggle to overcome their roles as pawns in their family's political ambitions while they romance the powerful King.
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I really enjoyed this book. The fact that most of the information is historically accurate is a bonus. The only thing that aggravated me was the author's use of run-on sentences throughout the story. :)
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Great for lovers of historical novels. Well written and researched, Gregory's novels are always top notch. Highly recommended!
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It took a really long time for me to get into this book, I guess because I never really liked or bonded with the main character. She isn't really a likeable person, neither is her family. The entire first half, I just wanted Anne to be queen so that we could move on from her stalking the king. Then once she was queen, I found that I was more interested in Jane becoming queen. Too bad there isn't a story about her...

Over all, an ok story. Maybe I just wasn't in the right mood to read it right now.
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With the exception of the Wide Acre serries, Ms. Gregory does no wrong with her story telling and subject matter. This story grabbed me from the start, and carried my interest right up until the last page. I finished the book, then ran to the computer to look up these cast of characters. I found the book 100% more intriguing and exciting than the movie!
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In true Philippa Gregory fashion, the tale of court intrigue and danger is captivating. Enjoyed every minute of the book. Doesn't matter whether it matches historical fact to me all that matters is a well written easy flowing book that tells a good story. The links to characters real and historical gives me added incentive to find out what "really happened". There is much a person can glean about today's social and economic problems by looking back at the behavior of our ancesters. History really does repeat itself.
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This book was such frivolous rubbish that after 120 pages I had to count it a loss and quite. I'd rather read a non-fiction account or watch a fictionalized show such as "The Tudors" of these events because I've found them to be more interesting. This book was just blah and pure torture to try and like.
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This was my first Philippa Gregory book....I love historical fiction and found this to be a very good book....It hooks you at the beginning and keeps you hooked till the end....as a matter of fact you hate to see it come to an end
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I loved the book. The details and facts in the book are different from the movie, and probably closer to what really happened. The size of the text in this copy is a little bigger than in the mass market paperback, which I like.
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I'm not one to usually read this type of book, but I loved it!! I can't wait to read more of hers - and others like this.
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A surprising and always intriguing tale! Gregory is able to bring these characters, historical figures all, to life, making them as fresh and believable as your next door neighbor. At the same time, she exposes the sometimes strange and always perilous nature of life at court in Tudor England.
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This book is well worth all the attention it's receiving. Makes you hope the ending will be different even when you know it won't. Also makes you glad you didn't live in the era of "Good King Hal."
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I can't believe I waited so long to read this! I enjoyed this greatly and am moving on to the next in the "series". It was rather sad at the end though...but very hard to put down!
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Historical drama at its best. Phillipa Gregory weaves fact and fiction together to create a rich tapestry of fascinating characters. If you were a fan of the cable series "The Tudors" you will love this book.
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great writing to bring the reader into the moment. This audio CD is unabridged and worth having.
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When I read this book this first time, I loved it. It sparked an interest in English history and in the Tudor reign. I devoured historical books about the period. I went back to reread TOBG, excited with my newfound knowledge and was sorely disappointment. I realize that it is historical fiction not a non-fiction account but Gregory takes major dramatic license with the events both leading up to the novel and within it. The glaring inconsistencies were too much for me to ignore on a second read around.
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This book was over 600 pages but it took me no time to read it. It is wonderful. I carried it where ever I went to read it in any spare second.
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It took me a little while to get into reading this book - not until I was about 250-300 pages in did I feel that it gripped me, but once it did I thought it was a great read. I believe that sections of the book that weren't that exciting just took too long to get through, but in all I thought it was a good book.
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This novel begins when an young lady in waiting, only fourteen years old, catches the eye of Henry VIII she falls in love with both her King and the status of being the King's favorite. But she soon realizes just how much she is being manipulated in other's ambitious plots. When the king's interest begins wander she is forced to step aside for her older sister, Anne, who then has the King's desire. A interesting tale of greed, lust, ambition, and schemes. The Other Boleyn Girl showed me the extraordinary determination and ambition of those who lived at the center of the glamorous court in Europe. I found the comparison of the sisters fascinating. I think you will as riveted to book as I was when Anne's ambition to become the Queen of England begins to effect her sanity. You will be shocked at the price one will pay for power! A very good book.
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fascinating book. I could not put it down and read it in a week. I want to read more of this authors books!
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I was pleasantly surprised with this book! I wasn't expecting much and I got so much. Philippa Gregory is a genius at writing historical fiction. I became fascinated in reading about the Tudor Dynasty after reading this book. Much better than the movie. Such an interesting perspective.
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I couldn't stop reading this book! Who doesn't know the story of Anne Boleyn? And yet, with the period details, delicious dialogue, and perfect depiction of the gorgeous, ambitious, and doomed Anne, as seen through the eyes of her sister Mary (who was indeed a real person)- who can resist? I'm so glad I've discovered Philippa Gregory.
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I wanted to wait until i read to the book to watch the movie. but that didn't work out. Did not matter. If you like historical works even if they are not all completely accurate, this is the writer for you. She gets you hooked...
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Two sisters. One fair-haired and charmingly clueless, the other dark and utterly ruthless. One sister gentle and obedient, the other cruel and defiant. Sisters who were best friends and bitter rivals. These were the Boleyn sisters as written by Philippa Gregory.

In the beginning of this novel, Mary and Anne Boleyn are sisters serving King Henry VIII during his reign in England. Their uncle's desire to capture the favor and wealth of the King compels him to grasp at the King's fancy using any means necessary, especially his attractive nieces. After an initial fling with Mary, Henry VIII becomes increasingly enamored by Anne, whose seductive, tempestuous nature and single-minded determination to become queen, eventually ends a royal marriage, divides a church, and brings about her own catastrophic demise. With the assistance of her family (including Mary and brother George) but no thought for anybody but herself, Anne rises to become queen of England and then plummets to scandalous ruin in 661 pages.

This book was an entertaining read! Excitement, malice, suspicion, rivalry, and death pervaded the pages of this novel (told from the perspective of the other Boleyn sister, Mary). The wide castle halls were full of music and whispers, poetry and poison, love and betrayal. The King's reign came alive, and as the story unfolded I was filled with a passionate dislike for Anne. For 630 pages I watched as her conniving actions and clever little jests convinced a foolish King to divorce a faithful and loving wife. I read, appalled, as she betrayed every person who helped her claw her way to the throne (even her faithful sister) and yet somehow in the last 30 pages, even as she seemed to be getting exactly what she deserved, I felt sorry for Anne. And that's how I know this was a well-written novel. Gregory had me feeling the tumultuous emotions that are part of a complicated sibling relationship... exactly what I imagine Mary would have felt watching her sister's royal rise and fall from grace.

I was able to enjoy this book because I kept in mind that it is fiction. This novel may be loosely based on the facts surrounding Anne Boleyn's life, but the details are definitely the imagination of Philippa Gregory.

And she has quite the imagination.
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A fabulous historical novel. Depicts the times and culture in English royal court of Henry VIII. Insightful of the politics, economics and social era of Enland at this pivotal time in history. A lot of details that I did not know. This book is a fast read; entertaining and thought provoking. I recommend it! ASC
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While the whining, and conniving of Anne tended to irritate at times, this book was still a fascinating read. Told from the perspective of Mary, who once thought she would become the next queen, it gives an alternate view of the rise, fall, and struggles of Queen Anne. Well written and easy to follow even though there are many different characters it could have gotten very confusing. Would definitely recommend.
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Definitely, rated R for content. But a very good book, all about Mary Boleyn.
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The scheming, the scheming! Unlike some of Gregory's less sympathetic heroines (Wideacre, anyone?), you find yourself kind of liking Anne Boleyn, which makes it all the more upsetting when her world collapses around her. The smart one, however, is The Other Boleyn Girl - Anne's sister and mistress to King Henry before Anne. She's the one you root for, and even though it has a "Titanic" ending (the boat sinks, Anne Boleyn's head gets chopped off), it's not a disappointing read in the least. Loved it, and am looking forward to renting the movie.
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I am not a very fast reader, but I had surgery and was stuck at home for a week and ended up reading the Other Boleyn Girl in 4 days. I was a little intimidated at first at how many pages it was but the writing is so fabulous I could not put it down. I've already ordered three more Philippa Gregory books so hopefully they'll get here soon!!! ((I also heard they made a movie out of this book too... better add it to my Netflix!))
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I loved this book. Although it probably didn't stick 100% to the facts it was an excellent book. From the moment you start reading it you get wrapped into this warped world and the manipulative family that is the Boleyn/Howard.
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I really loved this book. I learned things about Henry VIII I never knew. I finished it in 3 days!
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This was my first Philippa Gregory book. I have already ordered more books from the author after reading The Other Boleyn Girl. What a great historical novel this was for me. I am not a historical fiction reader, as this was recommended to me by my aunt, but this book had me hooked from page 1. It made me wonder where the fiction was having read it in depth. After reading it, I was even prompted to learn a little more about Henry VIII and his reign by buying more books for my newfound love for this period in time. I highly recommend it to all. The movie was also wonderful, but the book is a million times better.
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This is the 3rd book by this author I have read and it will most likely be the last. The first 2, The Virgin's Lover and the Queen's Fool, I wasn't thrilled with but this was supposed to be the best of the bunch so I gave it a try. To me, it wasn't the best. It was no worse than the others but no better either. I guess I just don't care for the author's writing style, her character depictions or the lack of depth to her work.
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The other Boleyn girl is Mary Boleyn, whom little if anything has been recorded about in history books. But Philippa Gregory has taken this woman and drawn a vivid picture of her, first as a young woman and then a mature woman who not only suffers at the hands of Henry VIII but also at the hands of her sister, Anne.

It's hard to understand why Mary Boleyn was relegated to the sidelines of History. The sister of the beheaded Ann Boleyn, the aunt of Queen Elizabeth, and the mother of two of Henry VIII's illegitimate children, including a much coveted son, should rate more interest. But such was the strict legitimacy laws at the time, that an illegitimate child could not inherit the throne.

"The Other Boleyn Girl" is well written and an enjoyable reading experience; highly recommended for those who enjoy dabbling in Tudor England
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A very good book!!!
Mary Boleyn the "other Boleyn girl" competes with her sister Anne for King Henry VIII. Their family, the Boleyn's and the Howard's, pit them against each other for the King's favor.
We all know what happened to Anne Boleyn, but here is an account of Mary's life.
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Wonderful rich account of life and happenings at court, the menacing actions of all, the lack of privacy and trust and harness of ambition. Wonderfully written and a joy to read, educational too.
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Fascinating take on the lesser known Boleyn sister, jolly good fun for summer reading.
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The movie does not do this book justice! This is a must read for anyone who likes to read about the drama that went on at court. To think that this is based on true events!

I loved this book!
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Fascinating read. All based on historical facts (time, weather, wars, locations of court), but the story of the details of what happened between Mary Boleyn and her famous sister Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII, is fiction. Really engaging story even though you KNOW what happens to Anne in the end! Characters are well drawn and the scenes are richly written. I even Googled more info on Mary afterwards to get more information on the rest of her life and that of the rest of Henry's wives!
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I loved this book. No, it is not going to get a Pulitzer any time soon, but it was a fun read using real history as the backdrop. I loved the story of Mary and how she was used by her family and eventually the entire family's downfall. Even though I knew what was going to happen, it was still an addictive page-turner
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This book was excellent! I didn't know much about this era - but this book really opened my eyes. Very interesting read!
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I read this one over the summer but for some reason forgot to review it. Anyway, it started off a bit slow but soon picked up. This book as singlehandedly helped to thrust me into wanting to study the Tudor Dynasty. I put the other books in this series on my WishList (nearly all received now) as well a few other non-fiction books on this same topic (received a number of those too). Serious, this family was like a soap opera. Anyway, this story is told from the point of view of Mary Boleyn, the sister of Anne Boleyn (Henry VIII's second wife). From Mary's POV it shows the events that led to the fall of Queen Katherine and the rise and fall of Anne Boleyn. I was disgusted by how young girls were treated like game pieces, being married off to make alliances (boys too to an extent). The decadence and vanity of the court is on full display here. I kept cheering for William Strafford, Mary's second husband, a commoner, who was the only voice of reason at times since he was an outsider to court culture. Of course some events are dramatized since this is a work of fiction, you can tell that the author made a great attempt to research the true events (though were there are conflicting events, particularly with the charges made against Anne and her brother George) the author had to pick one so the story could progress. I look forward to reading Philippa Gregory's other books.
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A great starter to the genre of historical fiction books. It reignited in me a love of books in a historical setting. One of Philippa's best.
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I am a big history buff and although this is historical fiction it was still a fascinating read. You almost feel as though you've been transported into Anne Bolyen's England.
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Excellent read! A story about Mary Boleyn, the sister of the famed, Anne, and how her encounters with Henry VIII. Little does she know how she is only playing a part for others to gain advantage. First in a trilogy.
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Spellbinding. Philippa Gregory is a genius. Her writing is impeccable and the research she puts into this book is phenomenal. This was my first experience with Ms. Gregory's writings and I must say I look forward to every piece of her writing that I can get my hands on. This is a great book to start with if you have not read any of her works yet.
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Really enjoyed this one, as I have the others I have read. Complex and twisty storyline, of course with the expected ending. Look forward to the next one!
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My first book by this author and I was captivated. I wanted to get through all the pages quicker than I could! I was enthralled in the era and the characters. Very good read.
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Definitely along the lines of a bodice-ripper type book. A good easy beach read.
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Enjoyable reading. I found myself believing this book and forgetting that it was fiction. Truly enjoyable for someone who loves history and reading.
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When I first watched the movie on DVD I was impressed mostly by the historical errors made in the movie and I was eager to read if historical fiction is just that. I had the book and began reading it and quickly fell in love with the whole subject and writing style. Not really minding quite a few historical errors and huge differences between movie and book.

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The whole subject of parents telling you whom to go to bed with, getting pregnant to steady the families wealth and future has a way that makes the modern women blink twice as well as the openly flirtations and degradations towards his wife, queen Catherine, by king Henry himself.

Mary and Anne Boleyn have been rivals from early childhood. While Mary is the golden child with the friendly heart, Anne is the more ambitious, reckless one of the two sisters.
The Boleyn girls are sent to court to become maids in waiting for the king's queen when King Henry himself discovers the beauty of freshly married Mary Boleyn. Sniffing the family's opportunity to grow mostly moneywise Mary is expected to become the king's favorite maid visiting him during nights and offer herself. While engulfed in a tender relationship Mary becomes pregnant twice giving birth to a girl and later to a little boy. However, soon she learns that her sister Anne who originally was sent to keep the kings mind on Mary seduces the king and he falls in love with her. Anne's plans are different from Mary's. She wants everything which includes the throne. The king himself desires nothing more then a son and his hopes rise with his unconditional love for the beautiful young Anne.
With making his own laws and separating from the Romes church his marriage to queen Catherine is declared as invalid but as Anne' fails to fulfill the kings desire to receive an heir she quickly finds herself in the same, much more worse and dangerous position than once queen Catherine found herself in.

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Reading historical fiction is a new genre to me and I have to admit I liked it quite a bit.
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If you enjoy historical fiction, you will enjoy this book. The book is a fictional account of the rise & fall of Anne Bolyen from the perspective of her sister Mary. Purists will find that it strays from what has commonly been thought of as fact as well as from some of the legends surrounding the circumstances of Anne's beheading & Mary's affair with the king, but IMHO it doesn't affect the story at all. I thoroughly enjoyed this book & could not put it down.
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I didn't think I would like it as much as I did. I don't usually go for the historical fiction books. I brought it with me on a 4 hour trip, just as a diversion...I couldn't put it down! When my trip was over, I came into the house and read it all the way through.

I loved the relationships. The whole way Anne clawed her way to the top. Literally paved the way for her own demise. Very entertaining. I don't know how much was true. Doesn't really matter to me. I was fascinated and entertained.

As soon as I was done, I popped the movie in and was very disappointed. Only watched about 1/2 hour of it. I prefer to remember the story from the book.
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This is not the sort of book i would usually pick up and read, but when the movie came out it looked interesting, and the book is always better than the movie, so thanks to PBS i was able to get a copy and read it before the pay per view movie is released. I must say i was pleasantly surprised at how the book kept my attention and was very entertaining. who know things were so scandalous in the 1500s! the book is over 700 pages long, however it never felt long. the characters are well thought out and the images are painted beautifully by Philippa Gregory. I would rec. this book to anyone!
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I did see the movie before I read this great book. Thankfully I was not disappointed in either. This historical fiction is a great story of King Henry VIII second wife Anne Boleyn. Mary Boleyn (Annes sister) tells her account of life in the kings court. The Boleyns were a family willing to risk life itself for power and wealth. I would use two olds saying to sum this book up Be careful what you ask for you might get it and the Grass is not always greener
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Excellent and engrossing! A vivid description of the rise and fall of the Boleyn family with the spotlight shifted slightly from Anne to her sister Mary from whom's perspective the story unfolds.
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Best book I've read this year, hands down!
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Great book. I found it a little tough to get into, but once I did, I didn't want to put it down. It has a little bit of everything: power struggles, family loyalty and dysfunction, social class disparity, scandals and true love. Phew. My entire book club enjoyed it. Don't let the length of this book intimidate you...it reads fairly quickly. Also, the dialogue/language is not 100% accurate to the era, but I found that made for an easier, less cumbersome and more enjoyable read.
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This was a very good book. I couldn't put it down and look forward to viewing the movie. I really didn't think I would like a book with kings, etc. but was a great change.
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This is a great story about Mary Boleyn. It's historical fiction, but many details in the book are true. Great companion book to Philippa Gregory's other books, The Boleyn Inheritance and The Constant Princess. The movie just came out but got bad reviews, so just read the book!
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I thought this might be more of a historical romance novel, but it was so much more than that: good depth and a definite page-turner. I got caught up in Anne's Boleyn's deviousness and non-stop ambition. I went out and bought another of Philippa Gregory's books the day after I finished this at the used book store!
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Even though I knew the ending (Anne is killed, the author doesn't rewrite history) I couldn't put this book down. I cried when she died and part of me wanted Henry to come in and rescue her. I enjoyed reading about this time period.
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If you love a good historical fiction read, this is it. I had trouble putting it down. I would suggest it to any one interested in English history or the history of the monarchy should give this a read.
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Really enjoyed this. It had been along time since I had read a Philippa Gregory book, this made me remember why I use to have so many of her books a long time ago.. I would recommend this to anyone and you should diffenitely read it before you see the movie for background information.
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This book was slow to start but once I got in it I really like it. The movie left out a lot that the book so much more in depth.
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An amazing book! I want to read everything by Philippa Gregory now! I never really cared for history that much but this book gives insight into the royal family. Full of betrayal and scandal, you won't want to put this book down!
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Much MUCH better than the movie that was adapted from this book. Please don't base you opinion on the movie, if you've seen it. The movie did NOT do it justice.

Very entertaining...full of twists and turns, an awesome plot. You can truely relate to both Boleyn girls. A great historical novel.
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I loved this book. I don't usually read historical fiction, but this book was recommended to me. I was surprised to read how most of the facts in this book were true!
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An interesting blending of history and fiction. I read it in two days...and I'm still not sure if I did so because I liked it or because I just wanted to find out what happened. But, I wasn't sorry I read it, so I guess it all works out in the end.:)
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THis book was fascinating and intelligently written. It was a very political book and still maintained a great story without becoming propoganda. I had a difficult time separtaing history from fiction which made me want to do more reading and research into the reign of Henry the VIII.
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Philippa Gregory is a prolific author and it was a real struggle for me to decide to put this book up for swap, but it's been sitting on my bookshelf for over 2 years. It's one of those books you love if you are an Elizabethan Buff. Gregory does a wonderful job of blending fact and fiction and this book is almost impossible to put down.
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A juicy read about the rise and fall of Anne Boleyn as seen through the eyes of her sister Mary. What the novel lacks in substance it almost makes up for with style and sheer daring. A guilty pleasure.
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Oh, man, this is a good one! This is one of the finest pieces of historical fiction ever written about Henry VIII and his wives and mistresses. It's brilliantly imagined and truly riveting. And chilling at certain points. In part, it's about a period in history when feudalism still held true, and the glory and the advancement of one's noble family and the family name was everything. The fate of an individual -- a hapless daughter -- matters nothing to the Boleyn/Howard family as they plot at the English Court to gain and retain their power. Their daughters' virtue and reputation, and finally, even their lives, are simply used as pawns on a chessboard. You'll be biting your nails on Mary's behalf more than once. Although historians may quibble about the accuracy of some details, I like to think Gregory's take on the characters involved was shrewd, insightful and dead-on. Gregory has written "my" Anne Boleyn, for good, the one against which any other fictional depictions now will be measured.
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This is a novel (fictional work) and that took something away from the story, especially if you know your history. But her feel for the era was wonderful. A good read, all in all.
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This had interesting points but was dry overall.
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This book was such frivolous rubbish that after 120 pages I had to count it a loss and quite. I'd rather read a non-fiction account or watch a fictionalized show such as "The Tudors" of these events because I've found them to be more interesting. This book was just blah and pure torture to try and like.
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I couldn't put it down! WOW! Absolutely enchanting!
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I couldn't put this book down. I thought the plot really drew in the reader.
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I could not put this book down-it was a riveting story of King Henry's court. I loved it.
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This book was such frivolous rubbish that after 120 pages I had to count it a loss and quite. I'd rather read a non-fiction account or watch a fictionalized show such as "The Tudors" of these events because I've found them to be more interesting. This book was just blah and pure torture to try and like.
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I loved this book! I could not stop reading it the story is very interesting and ten times better than the movie!!!
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An excellent novel.
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Hands down my favorite novel this year.....i couldn't put it down. Now i am hooked on the Tudors. Since reading this book, I have read other Gregory books on the Tudors, but i like this one BEST. I haven't seen the movie yet....but who cares? This was a great reading experience and it has gotten me interested in the lineage and 'family tree' of those outrageous royal families of the 1500's. If you want a page turner - can't put it down - read till the wee hours in the morning, this is IT!
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Gripping and very hard to put down. Better than the movie although the movie is good too. Loved this book highly recommended!
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What a good book! It can get kind of racy but it's fun to look back into their times.. and even though it is fiction, it seems believable.
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For lovers of historical fiction this one is a real treat and if you're intrigued with 16th century England you won't want to miss this book. Why on earth anyone in their right mind would have wanted to be married to Henry VIII is anyone's guess!
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I think that "The Other Boleyn Girl" is my first novel in the historical fiction category. I honestly don't know why I haven't read more of this genre before. I have always been fascinated with the time frame of Henry VIII. (Ever since "Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman" which Jane Seymour. My mom told me that that was the name of one of the wives of Henry VIII. The way she said it made me ask how many wives he had. When she said 6, I was shocked. Since then I've been very curious about it.)

"The Other Boleyn Girl" tells the story of Anne Boleyn through the eyes of her sister, Mary. Actually, the story is more about Mary, but it also gives the reader a different view of Anne. I loved "learning" about the Boleyn family. But, I have to admit that the story was so well written that I don't know what to believe as fiction, and what to believe as fact.

I highly recommend that you read "The Other Boleyn Girl". I loved it.
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If you love historical fiction set during the time of the Knights of the Round Table, you will love this book about the other view of Henry VIII. It is a story of ambition, love, sex, and intrigue.
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I am usually not a fan of any type of history book, fiction or not, but this book was amazing. I could not put it down.
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I read this in 3 days, I simply couldn't put it down. It was very well-written, flowed nicely, and was very intriguing. I love the narration by Mary Boleyn.

I look forward to reading more Philippa Gregory novels.
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I really enjoyed the story lines and historical references in this book and had a hard time putting it down. Before reading this book, however, I read its sequel: The Boleyn Inheritance. I was a bit disappointed that there are major inconsistencies between the two.
On its own, The Other Boleyn Girl is addictive. I stayed up many nights simply because I had to keep reading.
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I could NOT put this book down. The writing is excellent, the characters are real, the plot is heart-breaking and exciting. It was so well-written that I completely forgot that I already knew how it would end, having paid a little attention in my World History class.
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My first read by this author. Couldn't put it down!
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Ms. Gregory tells a wonderful story !!!!! She needs to start writing precisely factual history books for schools!! If she did, we'd all know TONS more about the History of England!
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Well-told story that combines the real facts with imagined feelings and motivations. Fascinating.
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A fun read for a rainy day. I found the narrator, Anne Boleyn's sister, Mary, to be engaging and relatively non-cardboard cut-out'ish. Her descriptions of her fun loving older brother, George, also one of Henry VIII's courtiers were similarly engaging and realistic. Anne Boleyn, however, read like a pretty but humorless harridan in this telling. Given how shrewish she was described throughout, it's hard to believe anyone this nasty - no matter how beautiful or alluring - could get a powerful, fun-loving king to not only make enemies with the Spanish emperor by setting aside his aunt, Henry's wife of 20 years - Katherine of Aragon - to marry a notorious tramp, but to alienate the Pope as well and completely rewrite church history. The scheming ways of Anne's family, members of Boleyn and Howard clans, were shocking and interesting to watch as they clawed their way to power, using - and viewing - their daughters as disposable pawns.
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Very interesting historical novelization.
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My High School English teacher got me interested in this piece of history, so I really enjoyed this book. She really brought the characters to life. I would have hated to be at court...especially with Anne!
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This was a great read that kept me turning the pages steadily.
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Another richly-textured novel by Philippa Gregory about the Boleyns. In this one Gregory shows her readers possibilities that do not reveal themselves in histories. I enjoyed this book and recommend it to readers interested in historical fiction about the Tudors and their world.
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Sisterly rivalry is the basis of this fresh, wonderfully vivid retelling of the story of Anne Boleyn. Anne, her sister Mary and their brother George are all brought to the king's court at a young age, as players in their uncle's plans to advance the family's fortunes. Mary, the sweet, blond sister, wins King Henry VIII's favor when she is barely 14 and already married to one of his courtiers. Their affair lasts several years, and she gives Henry a daughter and a son. But her dark, clever, scheming sister, Anne, insinuates herself into Henry's graces, styling herself as his adviser and confidant. Soon she displaces Mary as his lover and begins her machinations to rid him of his wife, Katherine of Aragon. This is only the beginning of the intrigue that Gregory so handily chronicles, capturing beautifully the mingled hate and nearly incestuous love Anne, Mary and George ("kin and enemies all at once") feel for each other and the toll their family's ambition takes on them. Mary, the story's narrator, is the most sympathetic of the siblings, but even she is twisted by the demands of power and status; charming George, an able plotter, finally brings disaster on his own head by falling in love with a male courtier. Anne, most tormented of all, is ruthless in her drive to become queen, and then to give Henry a male heir. Rather than settling for a picturesque rendering of court life, Gregory conveys its claustrophobic, all-consuming nature with consummate skill. In the end, Anne's famous, tragic end is offset by Mary's happier fate, but the self-defeating folly of the quest for power lingers longest in the reader's mind.
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I can't praise it enough, I stayed up ALL night reading it.
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If you're new to educating yourself on English monarchy, this is a good book. Mostly true, some fiction in it, but based on facts. Now I will look for a Henry VIII biography, interesting man, but this book was about the Boleyn sisters. I enjoyed it.
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A captivating read that was almost impossible to put down until finished.
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This book had me completely hooked - I wanted to read it constantly! The writing is excellent, and I felt like I was there watching the story unfold. This was my first Philippa Gregory book, and I will definitely be reading more!
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This is a fantastic read, with images that play like a 4-star movie in your mind.
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Fascinating! Everyone knows the story of Anne Boleyn towards the end of her life, but what about how she got there? A real page turner.
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Great book I loved it I am so glad to hear about Mary Boleyn for a change
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This was a great book....a very fast read.
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I know this book is very popular but I just don't agree. i read every page and hoped that at some point I would find a redeming quality in at least one of the characters. i didn't. Gregory's writing style is engaging, I found it easy to keep reading and yet the story was so ugly. I had no desire to read the other books she has written after finishing this one.
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"The Other Boleyn Girl" is a great Fictional Drama based VERY LOOSELY after the lives of two of the best woman who graced the English courts during the reign of King Henry VIII. I would recommend the novel to anyone who likes a good and dramatical book that keeps you turning pages!!!.
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I can honestly say that this is one of the best books I have read in many a moon. If you love history and court intrigue this is for you. Loved it! I couldn't put it down. Genny
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Very good book! I really enjoyed it. Philippa did a very interesting job of mixing history with fiction. This one is on my keeper shelf!
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This book was such frivolous rubbish that after 120 pages I had to count it a loss and quite. I'd rather read a non-fiction account or watch a fictionalized show such as "The Tudors" of these events because I've found them to be more interesting. This book was just blah and pure torture to try and like.
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the book was great but if you have any knowledge of history its kinda a give away
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It took me a few pages to get into the book, but once I did, I couldn't put it down! It was a roller-coaster of a read! Whether you loved or hated the characters, they were all passionate about their beliefs and opinions. I would definitely recommend this book.
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This book was such frivolous rubbish that after 120 pages I had to count it a loss and quite. I'd rather read a non-fiction account or watch a fictionalized show such as "The Tudors" of these events because I've found them to be more interesting. This book was just blah and pure torture to try and like.
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This book is very readable, despite the occasionally-questionable history, and the characters are written with genuine interest and care. The plot is strikingly similar to a soap-opera, but if you know anything about that period in history, most everyone's lives were straight out of "As the World Turns". What interested me about the novel is the fact that it sheds light on the infamous Anne Boleyn's sister, Mary, someone I didn't even know existed! Phillipa Gregory is a marvelous writer, and this gigantic doorstopper of a book is engaging throughout. In the end, I definitely recommend this book if you're interested in Tudor history. Just don't go into it expecting history as you've always thought it to be! A great read.
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I loved this book.I could not put it down it was so interesting part fact part fiction was just great.It made me want to learn more about English History.I would recommend this book as a must read.It made me appreciate as a women how far we have come!
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This is one of the best books I have ever read, and I have never met anyone that didn't also like it.
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This book was such frivolous rubbish that after 120 pages I had to count it a loss and quite. I'd rather read a non-fiction account or watch a fictionalized show such as "The Tudors" of these events because I've found them to be more interesting. This book was just blah and pure torture to try and like.
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I really liked this book a lot and found the life of Ann Boleyn to be fascinating.I liked reading all about her from the time she was a teenager to the time she was a married women.
I couldnt put the book down once I started reading it.
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I am not a reader of history. Yes, I realize this is fictionalized, but it was a great read. Ms. Gregory inserts enough factual information to make it accurate and enough story to make it fun to read. I REALLY liked this book. It is much better than the movie. Of course, I read the book before the movie but the book includes so much more than the movie ever could.

I highly recommend it. (I haven't had the same experience reading The Boleyn Inheritance, but I do like The Queen's Fool thus far.)
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Phillippa Gregory writes a compelling book about the life of Anne Boleyn that was almost impossible to put down.
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A little slow at times but overall a good read
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This book isn't completely true to historical accounts of the Boleyn affairs, but if you're the type to enjoy quick, fluffy reads, this is the book for you! I admit, not being fond of the chick-lit genre, to reading this within the first few days of its purchase; The Other Boleyn Girl is easily read, while maintaining colorful and creative imagery. Also, the cover has Eric Bana on the front, which is a plus.
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Such a long book, but I wish it was longer. Some parts were slow, but other than that, I could not put the book down. Very good story. If you saw the movie, the movie sucked and left out so many parts, so give the book a try. Great Book!
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I loved this book and went on to read several others written by Philippa Gregory. The story is so well written I had to keep reminding myself that it was fiction and although some of the facts were true it was not a true representation of history.
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I loved this book! I am recommending this to all my avid reader friends. Most of them have already this book and I must admit it was recommended to me.
I literally raced through this book- which is something to say as it was about 800 pages I think... I was left with a wonderfully rich and detailed sense of life in court in the times leading to and during the years in which Ann Boleyn was queen of England. It was very entertaining and truly fascinating. The characters were complex and memorable and the narrative written in a highly suspenseful fashion. I had a difficult time putting this one down!
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Couldn't put it down!
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I really enjoyed this book. Philippa Gregory writes so realistically you are learning about the historical period of time without boring you. She also offers a perspective that we don't usually see, not Ann Boleyn or Henry VIII but Ann's put upon sister. It was a very good book.
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I throughly enjoyed this book. It was thought provoking and like many others I found I had to go back and check out the history and timeline of King Henry VIII. This book is fiction and it was written as fiction so if you are a historian on the tudors, just read the book for enjoyment. It was never meant to be an historical fact book. I will be reading more from Philippa Gregory.
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New take on Henry VIII. Through the eyes of Ann Boleyn's sister the reader watches power intoxicate, corrupt, and destroy.
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an interesting read...i def mentally "went there" for poor Mary. The sad truth is that women were this expendable...
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Honestly, this was one of the best books I have ever read. I loved it! Philippa Gregory is an amazing writer. She describes things in such great detail, that it's almost like she was there herself. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone!
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I was aprehensive to read this book. I had seen the movie already and it was OK. I LOVE reading about the Tudors though. I was SO suprised how this book is NOTHING like the movie. They share title only mostly. This book is written from the prospective of Mary Boleyn. I loved it. It is long BUT it kept my attention the entire time. It was almost 700 pages and I read it in about 6 days. It went deep into the rivalry of mary and Anne from Mary's point of view. If you like the Tudors drama you will love this one.
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This is a great book. I've always been interested in Henry the VIII and this book does it's best to show the story. I'm so happy with this author, and I can't put this book down!
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I enjoyed this book, and now want to learn more about this period of British history. The story gives you insight into what it may have been like to live within the court of a King - the strategies, the competition, and the real cost to the men and women whose families valued ambition most of all.
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very entertaining
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I could not stop reading this book- literally. I wanted to because I was annoyed with many of the characters. But I didn't. In fact, I once again ignored my house, the dishes, the vacuuming, everything else, to finish it.

The book has been...moreI could not stop reading this book- literally. I wanted to because I was annoyed with many of the characters. But I didn't. In fact, I once again ignored my house, the dishes, the vacuuming, everything else, to finish it.

The book has been reviewed to death so I won't go into any details. I think the fact that I finished a 600+ pages book in less than 2 days tells you how much I liked it.
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Loved this book. It is over 600 pages but only took me a week to read because I couldn't put it down. I am not usually drawn to historical fiction, but this was a book club pick and I am so glad I read it.
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Well written, kept my interest to the end.
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Huge book but never boring. There are interesting things happening every few pages. A lot of people dislike this because they say it isn't 100% historically accurate...maybe they missed the word "Fiction" printed on the book. It's not meant to be your history textbook. I suspect that if you do not know much about Henry VIII, this book will be more enjoyable.
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The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory

Genre: Historical Fiction

The Other Boleyn girl is told from the viewpoint of Mary Boleyn â the âotherâ Boleyn sister, sister to Anne the future Queen of England. There is a focus on the life of the relatively little known Mary as well as the tale of Anne's ascendency and fall. Mary is initially chosen as mistress to Henry VIII â a role that she is pushed into by her family. When the star seems to be shining on Anne â the family throws Mary aside in favor of Anne. Even though Mary is not the star of the family anymore, they still seek to control her every move â when she marries someone that is not approved of they lash out at her. Even though Anne constantly mistreats her sister, she still comes back to her.

The story of Anne Boleyn is a much told story â but seeing it from the eyes of her sister puts her story into a very different perspective â sort of how I felt about reading about Anne from the eyes of her daughter Elizabeth in The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn by Robin Maxwell. I loved the compassion and general down-to-earthness of Mary, even when the world was spinning out of control. She was a constant character that you could connect with and anchor to in a turbulent world.

Gregory DOES change many events in the book from what is known to have really happened as well as embellished the real story in favor of the best told story. The good thing about this though, is that this is Historical Fiction and that is what I expect. If you are looking for true facts, check out a non-fiction book, but for a good story, try this on for size.

I couldn't put this book down and as soon as I finished it I picked up The Boleyn Inheritance, the next in the series.

5 out of 5 stars
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Fascinating reading from one of my favorite authors.
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Great read, makes me want to learn more about the era - I'm excited to see both movies on the subject out this year!
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Great historical novel. I had no idea this sister existed. Again the book is better then the movie.
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Interesting look into the monarchy from a different viewpoint. Beautifully written and well-formed. Gregory makes you love the narrator and feel the pressure placed on all the characters. Highly recommend.
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Very intriguing book! Lost lots of sleep getting through this one because I just couldn't put it down.
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Well written, engaging story with good character development. Definitely a page-turner!
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Really enjoyed this book! The 700+ pages went by quickly and the characters really come to life. This book will not disappoint!
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Fascinating read! I couldn't put it down! Historical fiction at it's finest!
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This book was definitely much better than the movie!
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I absolutely loved this book - a little bit of everything in 1 book - great character development, romance, suspense, history (albeit fictional)- I can't wait to read Book 2!
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loved it and learned a new term.....
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Not like the movie, enjoyed the book much more, one of my favorites by her.
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I really enjoyed this book. Although it's fiction, there are enough historical events in it to give an understanding of how the Royal Court operated. As much information as is available of Anne Bolelyn, it was nice to have a story with adifferent point of view.

I had read the Biography of Henry VIII by Margaret George and this was a great follow-up. Excellent choice for readers of historical drama.
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This book is very well written. Ms. Gregory does a wonderful job creating a fictional story around the historical facts. She makes you believe that it is all so true!!
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This was a wonderfully written book. I really couldn't put the book down. I must admit, she writes so vividly that I dreamt that I was in the story myself; on several occasions. This is definitely a must read for anyone who enjoys historical fiction!
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Loved this book! It was my first Philippa Gregory book, but definitely will not be my last. I was completely swept up in the lives of the characters. I spent most of the book hating Anne Boleyn, but felt sorry for her at the end.
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this book takes you into the moment of well written scenes as if you were there.
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I love this time period and this book is such a great Historical read and then if you can watch the movie after it is even better!

Loved this book and the movie.

I hope you will too!
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This was okay - a little too gossipy, but I guess that was the court back then. I wish more had been said about what was happening outside her own sphere but since it was written by an 14 year-old, that's what to expect.
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I couldn't put this book down. It was rich with history and while it definitely appeals to women readers, I wouldn't necessarily categorize it as "chick lit"...
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Great view inside the historical period of Henry the eighth.
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Adored this book, easy to read and kept my attention.
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A fairly raunchy book about Ann Boleyn's sister, Mary. She was mistress to King Henry the 8th before Ann set her sights on him. The story is about both sisters and their life in court, affairs with the King, family battles, and then Ann's marriage, betrayals, and demise. Mary is a pawn who eventually finds some happiness. The movie was actually less graphic than the book.
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This was a great book! Very well composed. Beautiful history with passion and court drama. Much better than the movie.
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Amazing book, I read at least 100 pages of it per night while I was reading it. I couldn't put it down. The twists and turns were riveting and I felt like I was there with Mary, feeling her emotions. The ending left me breathless, even though I knew what to expect from my history books - read this one!
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What can I say that hasn't already been said.... I very much enjoyed this book.

So interesting to hear the story from a "woman's POV"
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Great read and it moves along fast. Helps remember some history lessons even thought it if fiction. I would read more by this author.
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You cannot help but get completely wrapped up in this story. And it's a long book, which I absolutely love. I cannot wait to read more by this author. Have already requested two books in this same line!
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What a great book. I know nothing of the history truth in this book, I still don't now! But I thoroughly enjoyed it and even though I haven't looked anything up, I am interested to know what was real about the goings-on with the sisters and their "experiences". Some things were a little odd there and I didn't know what they were referring to.

Overall enjoyable and I wonder if the movie was anywhere near as good?
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One of my all-time favorites - It got me hooked on reading all I could about the Tudor Dynasty. I wanted MORE.
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This book was such frivolous rubbish that after 120 pages I had to count it a loss and quite. I'd rather read a non-fiction account or watch a fictionalized show such as "The Tudors" of these events because I've found them to be more interesting. This book was just blah and pure torture to try and like.
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Good read. Nice look into the life of the Boleyn family and King Henry VIII. I really enjoyed reading this book.
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Filled with sex, scandal, corruption, and reckless ambition, The Other Boleyn Girl is a must-read for historical fiction fans. Told through the point of view of Mary Boleyn, Anne's sister, you can't help but despise and pity Anne Boleyn at the same time. As Anne and Mary are both used as pawns in the quest for power, it becomes very clear what a dangerous game they play. In the end, it's the success that they have that will be their ultimate undoing.
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Fantastic book! I'm now a Phillipa Gregory fan, and all of her books I have read are great!
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This is a great book..long but very interesting.
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Didn't want to put down the book until it was finished.
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I LOVED this book. It is days after I have finished it & I am still thinking about the characters. I get a little sinking feeling when I remember that I have finished the book...
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This is the write up from the back of the book. You're sure to find it very compelling: Two sisters competing for the greatest prize: the love of a king... When Mary Boleyn comes to court as an innocent girl of fourteen, she catches the eye of Henry VIII. Dazzled by the king, Mary falls in love with both her golden prince and her growing role as unofficial queen. However, she soon realizes just how much she is a pawn in her family's ambitious plots as the kings interest begins to wans and she is forced to step aside for her best friend and rival: her sister Anne. Then 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, sex, ambition, and intriute.
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best historical fiction book i have ever read also greatly detailed and it is good to finally hear about Mary who is always overshadowed by Anne
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This was a wonderfully rich book. I really enjoyed being totally involved in this world of the English Royal court. The book is full of details and its a great story.
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I really enjoyed the story. The Boleyn family works very hard at becoming the next in line for the crown. They sacrifice their own flesh and blood for it. I enjoyed the characters. As always, this book is way better than the movie!
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To read this series chronologically, read them in this order: TCP, TOBG, TBI, TQF, TVL, and TOQ (coming 9/16/08). If you want advice on the best way to read the books when you have started with TOBG (most of us seem to have done this), I recommend reading all of them after TOBG, and then looping back to read TCP after you have finished the series. A note to readers of historical fiction, Gregory is filled with PLENTY romance and cotton candy to make the reads seem light while informing of the period.
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This book is a good accompaniment to the movie. It has much more information and also is absolutely fascinating. I read it in about 2 days, couldn't put it down.
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This was an excellent read. I really enjoyed immersing myself in the intrigues and emotions of the sisters as they were in the Tudor court - I"m not looking forward to the movie, b/c I'm afraid they will focus on the sensual and tawdry sections, and miss out on the deeper emotions and motivations involved.
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A very interesting read. I could barely put it down! Good historical fiction.
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Loved this historical fiction
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A look at the Anne Boleyn, Mary Boleyn, and King Henry VIII affair from Mary's point of view. If you enjoy period fiction and would like to learn more about King Henry and his court, this is a very good novel to read.
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This book was such frivolous rubbish that after 120 pages I had to count it a loss and quite. I'd rather read a non-fiction account or watch a fictionalized show such as "The Tudors" of these events because I've found them to be more interesting. This book was just blah and pure torture to try and like.
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Very much enjoyed this book. Couldn't put it down.
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fast action and a good read
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This book was so easy to read that I finished it within 3 days! I just could not put it down. I was mesmerized by the story and the way it was told. Very good read!
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This book is fantastic, the double-crossing scheming Boleyns will keep you up at night until you finish this book. They left so much out of the movie...
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This book was such frivolous rubbish that after 120 pages I had to count it a loss and quite. I'd rather read a non-fiction account or watch a fictionalized show such as "The Tudors" of these events because I've found them to be more interesting. This book was just blah and pure torture to try and like.
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Very good book - kept me interested throughout.
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This book was such frivolous rubbish that after 120 pages I had to count it a loss and quite. I'd rather read a non-fiction account or watch a fictionalized show such as "The Tudors" of these events because I've found them to be more interesting. This book was just blah and pure torture to try and like.
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Although I thought this wasn't "my type of book" it grabbed me from the 1st page and never let go 'til the end! I couldn't put it down.
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My absolute favorite by Phillipa Gregory. She does such an amazing job of allowing you to feel what it was like to live that life in 18th century England, in the royal court. This was a romantic story about Mary Boleyn underneath all the drama of her sister, Anne Boleyn.
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This was a fantastic look at 16th century England. Some things shocked me, but it was so great to get an inside look at the royal court. I will definately read more of Philippa Gregory.
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Loved, loved, loved this book. It planted a new-found interest in the era of Henry IIX
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Loved this book! Could not put it down, read it quickly even though it is 600 pages. Also, made me want to learn more about King Henry's reign. Great historical fiction.
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This was a wonderful book. I couldn't put it down. It's 661 pages and I read it in 48 hours. It puts the other Philippa Gregory books to shame.
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Enjoyable and entertaining story. I especially liked the point of view it was written from. Fit well into the other Gregory story lines. Was a very quick read and I found myself at the end before I knew it.
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This is a very good historical novel about Anne Boleyn's sister, Mary, who was also King Henry VIII's mistress (before Anne). Gregory's dialog and description make the period come to life. It is a novel that is hard to put down.
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This book is amazing. It had me hooked from the first page to the last. Of course, I had a general idea of what was going to happen, from basic knowledge of history, but reading about the hows and the whys was fascinating. The writing style really had me engrossed as I waited to see what would happen next to Mary. Also, knowing what eventually will happen to Anne actually created more suspense for me. I highly recommend this book.
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Love this book! ~ Michelle
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What a great book! Loved it!
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A ver good story and an interesting look into Henry VIII and his England
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very good!
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An exciting romp through the courts of King Henry VIII of England.
Elaine
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A fantastic story which also provides some history! Very good read!
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I liked this book a lot. I enjoy historical fiction and the writer did a great job with this one. Very well researched and the characters are engrossing.
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Historical fiction, this story follows the tail of Henry VIII prior to and during the Anne Boleyn years. Narrated by the sister of Anne, Mary- this tale rings for truth than fiction. A long but- but very interesting and easy to read. Sparks an interest in the Henry VIII life- and ALL of his wives.
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I looooooooooed this book!!! I love historical romances and I was rooting for Anne Boleyn all the way!!!! She was so wicked and at the same time you felt sorry for her sometimes.
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A fictional retelling of the story of Mary Boleyn, mistress to England's King Henry VIII before her sister Anne Boleyn captured his heart.
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Mary Boleyn comes to the court as an innocent girl of fourteen, she catches the eye of Henry VIII. The story of Anne & Mary Boleyn.
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You can't put this book down. Very engaging.
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Pure scandal! Good story! Can't wait for the movie to come out!!!
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Great book. I will definitely read more from this author.
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Very enjoyable read!
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Loved it.
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When Mary Boleyn comes to court as an innocent girl of fourteen, she catches the eye of Henry VIII. Dazzled by the kind, Mary falls in love with both her golden prince and her growing role as unofficial queen. However, she soon realizes just how much she is a pawn in her family's ambitious plots as the king;s interest begins to wane and she is forced to step aside for her best friend and rival : her sister, Anne. Then 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, sex, ambitions, and intrigue, The Other Boleyn Girl introduces a woman of extraordinary determination and desire who lived at the heart of the most exciting and glamorous court in Europe and survived by following her own heart.
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Very interesting historical novel. I could hardly put it down.
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This book was such frivolous rubbish that after 120 pages I had to count it a loss and quite. I'd rather read a non-fiction account or watch a fictionalized show such as "The Tudors" of these events because I've found them to be more interesting. This book was just blah and pure torture to try and like.
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A great read! Lose yourself for hours on end!
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Wow, what a compelling read. I learned much about the ways of Court :)
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A long book but an intimate look at courtly life for the Boleyn Sisters. Great historical fiction and addictive!
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If you like historical novels - this is a great one! Fast paced, with lots of love, sex, ambition, and intrigue.
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really good read
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This book was a great choice for our book club. Not a book I would typically pick to read on my own, and wasn't too sure I would enjoy it, but I certainly did.
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Loved it!
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On of my recent favirotes
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Wonderful story, wonderful historic detail, great characterizations. Far meatier than the Georgette Heyers stories I enjoyed when I was younger.
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I really enjoyed this book because it gave another point of view on Anne Boleyn. I highly recommend this book.
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Loved it - couldn't put it down.
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This was a really good book. It is historical fiction and some details seem to be in conflict with info on wikipedia, but it is a book you won't want to put down.
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If I could take back the time spent reading this book, I would. And I don't say that about many books. It's not that it was a bad read, but I am disturbed by some of the graphic descriptions in the book (ie, childbirth horror stories). I did enjoy one of the romantic plot lines, but overall I don't think that reading this book has done anything positive for me.
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Great book-don't let the length scare you. I will be reading for the 2nd time before seeing the movie.
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A very different look at a story we've all heard a million times, told from the perspective of Anne Boleyns sister Mary. Excellent, I couldn't put it down
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Loved this book.
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I love everything Philippa Gregory writes. This book is no exception! I highly recommend her. People blame her for not being "Historically correct." She never claimed to be a historian! You will find her books in the FICTION area of your local library or book store...not NONfiction!! She tells a great story every time!
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This is a great book - look for others by this author and you won't be disappointed!!!
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This was a very long book but you are quickly drawn in by the story. I really enjoyed this book.
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This in trigued me an captured my imagination - I found it hard to put down! Not since "The Twentieth Wife" have I found such an engaging historical novel.
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"Compelling...spellbinding...and almost impossible to put down"
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A great read for those who enjoy historically based fiction.
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An excellent read--made history interesting.
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When Mary Boleyn comes to court as an innocent girl of fourteen, she catches the eye of Henry VIII. Dazzled by the king, Mary falls in love with both her golden prince and her growing role as unofficial queen. However, she soon realizes just how much she is a pawn in her family?s ambitious plots as the king?s interest begins to wane and she is forced to step aside for her best friend and rival: her sister, Anne. Then 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, sex, ambition, and intrigue, The Other Boleyn Girl introduces a woman of extraordinary determination and desire who lived at the heart of the most exciting and glamorous court in Europe and survived by following her own heart.

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This historical fiction novel recounts the rise and fall of Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII's second wife, through the eyes of her younger sister and former royal mistress, Mary. It includes lush descriptions of the Tudor court and the political intregues of the Boleyn and Seymoure families.
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"A rich and compelling tale of love, sex, ambition, and intrigue, The Other Boleyn Girl introduces a woman of extraordinary determination and desire who lived at the heart of the most exciting and glamorous court in Europe and survived it by following her own heart." The novel is about Anne Boleyn's sister Mary, and I was drawn in right from the begining! Since reading this I have started collecting the other books by Phillipa Gregory. Excellent author!
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I didn't like the book (or movie, either). Boring, boring, boring.

I could not find myself interested in the girls, their circumstances or anything.
Also, the writing just didn't "flow". Extremely disappointing for me.

My daughter and her friend liked it very much. So maybe my hopes for it were just too high.
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Very good story about the family of King Henry's 2nd wife. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the pages just flew by.
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Really interesting read! I enjoyed it.
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If you like historical fiction, you won't be able to put this book down. Mary Boleyn, sister of the more famous Anne, is a courtier who catches the eye of Kin Henry VIII. She becomes his mistress and bears his children, but is forced to step aside for her sister and her own family's ambitious plots for power. A great read!
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I love this author.
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good historical political intrigue and romance to boot
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This author is simply fabulous. I enjoyed this book. Grab a blanket and curl up on your couch and dive in to this story.
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At first I was really into it but after a couple absurd events the story lines seemed a bit ridiculous. I felt like the book was too long and could have ended sooner.
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Wonderful til the very end....
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nice -- very long -- historical fiction/romance.
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The is a tale of the court of Henry the vlll and his wife Ann Boleyn.
I could not put this book down. Though it is 661 pages the story pulls you along at a quick pace. A must read.
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An interesting story about Anne Boleyn's sister.
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EXCELLENT book! I couldnt put it down. Of all the books Ive read so far this year, this is the best.
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It was very interesting. good book
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A fictionalized account of the life of Anne Boleyn's sister Mary who was also a mistress of Henry VIII.
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Fabulous historical fiction.
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This is a big book and I couldn't put it down.
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Riveting story with lots of rich detail. A wonderful read---many times better than the lame movie!
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I couldn't put this book down...very interesting story, and made me want to find out more about that time in history.
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This book was so much fun to read. I couldn't put it down. It is wonderful historical fiction.
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Histortically entertaining
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Excellent Book if you like the Historical romance with Philipa's touch
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Captivating! The best of the series. Except maybe for The Queen's Fool.
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This is a wonderful historical fiction. I have enjoyed this and many other Philippa Gregory books very much.
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loved it, loved it, loved it!!!!
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the movie doesnt look so appealing but my mom bought the book so i stuck it in my books to swap pile. someone finally requested it and i thought i'd give it a try to see if i liked it...LOVED IT!!!

i normally don't read period pieces, books about royalty, etc. because i think i dont like them (But i might actually enjoy them). i took this on a long trip and started it, and found that i didnt want to put it down!!!!!

its about two sisters and a brother. their family wants to move up in the world so they do everyhthing to get the one king to notice the sisters, and hopefully make one of them queen. the sisters, best friends, also become rivals, making their choices only for their family.

its very dramatic, a lot goes on, and their are sone great characters in it. im so glad i read this before passing it on!!!!
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Two sisters competing for the greatest prize: the love of a king. A terrific reading experience which was almost impossible to put down.
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This book was excellent. It was very intriguing and kept you reading before you could so easily hate and love characters, cannot wait to read more from this author.
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One of my favorite books!!
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I absolutely LOVED this book!!! I could not put it down. I never thought any historical book would interest me to the point that I thoroughly enjoyed this one. It was kinda like a Jackie Collins of the 15th century trashy and funny! What a page turner! I'm reading the sequel- The Boleyn Inheritance and plan on continuing with the others that come after. Take a chance on this and you will love it be hooked for more!!
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I love this author so very much-as usual, it was wonderful, and a very good read! :)
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This is a really great read.
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Well written, kept my interest. BUT it gets kind of repetitive. I would definitely read something by this author again.
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Historical Fiction I really enjoyed this book.
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This is a wonderful book, one I might keep to read again someday.
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I book you cannot put down. Interesting historical fiction.
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Hard to put down!!!
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This book was so good........a work of fiction based on fact. A real page turner.
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Excellent book. Very detailed. Real page turner.
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This is also a fictional story set within a real time period and place. This book was one of my favorites of all time. (But I am a history buff, especially Henry VIII & Elizabeth). Anyway, this book is so well-written and engaging, and I wanted it to last another 1,000 pages.
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Was a very enjoyable read
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Expertly written, the book tells the tale of Mary Boleyn, the first of Boleyn lovers held by King Henry VIII.

Despite having a daughter and a son by King Henry, Mary is cast aside when her sister Anne is favored by the king. In other stories, Mary is painted as a whore, or prostitute. This book seems to set the story straight--that she was merely a pawn in the game of her family to capture the crown.

In the end, Mary finds a much deserved happiness with the family she forges. She finally escapes her birth-family that would only continue to use her over and over again for their personal gain.
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Excellent historical based story. A long book but it was hard to put down.
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Two sisters competing for the greatest prize: the love of a king.
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A must read for anyone!!!
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What fun. Much, much better than the movie.
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If you love the Henry VIII period, you will love this book about Ann Boleyn and her sister
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I loved it. Inspiring and sentimental. Beautiful :)
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a fun quick read. since i love english history, i particularly loved this piece of historical fiction.
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Really enjoyed this book. Great historical fiction.
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"Two sisters competing for the greatest prize: the love of a king!" Recommended to all who love historical romances and intrigue!
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Couldn't put it down. Read it in 2 days.
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Mary Boleyn's story, sister of Anne Boleyn who became Henry VIII's second wife. Begins with Mary's entrance to the English court and ends with the beheading of Anne. Excellent portrayal of all.
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loved the book, now I WANT TO GO AND READ ALL HER oops, other books and start trying to remember all about the Tudors!
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Awesome page turner! Highly recommended!
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Pretty good read for historical fiction.
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A great read about Mary and Anne Boleyn and their competition for Henry VIII.
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I enjoyed reading about the Boleyns and King Henry. It's made me want to read more about the English history. I definitely recommend this one.
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One of the best books I've read! I learned so much about history of England in this book and the story was so engrossing!
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My friends raved about this book, but I was very dissappointed. Although the history of Henry VIII was very interesting, the story dragged like it was never going to end. I thought the writing was corny and contrived, and I finally gave up half way through. The thought of reading a few humdred more pages was pure agony.
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I loved this book, and I want to pass it on. It is great to read right now especially if you have seen any of Showtime's The Tudors on TV. Phillipa Gregory writes so that I can see myself in the Tudor era.
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Loved this book!
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This is one of my all time favorite books. Jessica is an amazing writer and knows how to keep you reading!
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Good Read
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Very good book!
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Excellent reading. Lots of history and insight into the time although it is fiction. It gives good insight and background for watching the show "The Tudors" which I sometimes think it very hard to follow with respect to what is going on and who the characters are and their roles and relationships.
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Fabulous! You feel as though you are in Henry VIII's court!
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Great historical fiction!
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One of my FAVORITE books. I hate to give it up!
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Absolutely fantastic! MUCH MUCH MUCH better than the movie! Highly recommended.
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I read this book and loved it. A story of Mary Boleyn, Anne's sister.
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From Publishers Weekly
Sisterly rivalry is the basis of this fresh, wonderfully vivid retelling of the story of Anne Boleyn. Anne, her sister Mary and their brother George are all brought to the king's court at a young age, as players in their uncle's plans to advance the family's fortunes. Mary, the sweet, blond sister, wins King Henry VIII's favor when she is barely 14 and already married to one of his courtiers. Their affair lasts several years, and she gives Henry a daughter and a son. But her dark, clever, scheming sister, Anne, insinuates herself into Henry's graces, styling herself as his adviser and confidant. Soon she displaces Mary as his lover and begins her machinations to rid him of his wife, Katherine of Aragon. This is only the beginning of the intrigue that Gregory so handily chronicles, capturing beautifully the mingled hate and nearly incestuous love Anne, Mary and George ("kin and enemies all at once") feel for each other and the toll their family's ambition takes on them. Mary, the story's narrator, is the most sympathetic of the siblings, but even she is twisted by the demands of power and status; charming George, an able plotter, finally brings disaster on his own head by falling in love with a male courtier. Anne, most tormented of all, is ruthless in her drive to become queen, and then to give Henry a male heir. Rather than settling for a picturesque rendering of court life, Gregory conveys its claustrophobic, all-consuming nature with consummate skill. In the end, Anne's famous, tragic end is offset by Mary's happier fate, but the self-defeating folly of the quest for power lingers longest in the reader's mind.
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Best book I read all year!
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From the back of the book: A rich and compelling tale of love, sex, ambition and intrigue, The Other Boleyn Girl introduces a woman of extraordinary determination and desire who lived at the heart of the most exciting and glamorous court in Europe and survived by following her own heart.
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Excellent read... I couldn't put it down!
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Excellent book... Highly recommended.
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This book was so entertaining. I enjoyed it from start to finish. The book is in excellent condition, only read by myself.
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"When Mary Bolyn 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 her golden prince and her growing role as unofficial queen. However, she soon realizes just how much she is a pawn in her family's ambitious plots as the king's interest begins to wane and she is forced to step aside for her best friend and rival: her sister, Anne. Then Mary knows that she must defy her family and her king, and take her fate into her own hands.
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Anne Boleyn was not nice.
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The writing is pretty awful. I just couldn't get past sentences like, "I could feel his gaze from my shoes to my upturned glance." Ugh.
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a very interesting book! not my usual type but I really enjoyed it!
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Brand new. I read part of it, but just don't have the time to dedicate to a long period piece right now. When my schedule lightens I'll look to see if it's still around!
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really good