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The Boleyn Inheritance – Philipa Gregory

March 15, 2008

I have never really been a fan of historic fiction. So, when my bookclub picked The Other Boleyn Girl as a selection, I was not particularly interested. When I finally picked it up, however, my tune quickly changed and I ended up reading the entire book in two days, give or take a few hours. It was one of the most entertaining books I had read in a long time. TOBG got me so interested in Tudor history, that I ended up doing tons of research to figure out who was who and what happened when. Why, may I ask, were there so dang many men named Thomas? I had a difficult time keeping everyone straight.

That being said, I precently picked up The Boleyn Inheritance and was very anxious to delve right in. I have to say that I liked this book almost as much at The Other Boleyn Girl. I found this book a little more difficult to follow, being written from the point of view of three different women (Anne of Cleves, Katherine Howard, and Jane Rochford). There were several times when I would start reading a chapter and forget whose voice it was being told from. But, overall, this book had the same wit, charm, charisma, scandal, and intrigue as The Other Boleyn Girl. I am anxiously awaiting my next Gregory read.

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