The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
Date Read: June 2009
Genre: General Fiction
Two sisters competing for the greatest prize: the love of a king.
A rich and compelling novel 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 heart.
When Mary Boleyn comes to court as an innocent girl of fourteen, she catches the eye of Henry VIII. Dazzled, 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.
Publisher: Pocket Books
Series: The Tudor Court #2
I read The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory after seeing the movie (which I enjoyed). I liked the book but Philippa tends to be a bit heavy handed in her writing. Sometimes just get a little too caught up in the details but the story is nicely told.