I’ve never been a huge fan of Anne Boleyn so if I’m honest, I’m not sure why I decided to read this book. But, I am so thrilled that I contacted Sandra and asked if she’d be interested in sending me a copy to review. Had she known my thoughts on Anne, she probably would have said NO! I’m not going to lie and say I love her now, but my thoughts on her definitely changed after reading TO DIE FOR. I’m much more sympathetic and understanding, even though Katherine of Aragon is still my girl – old habits die hard….
The story is told through the voice of Meg Wyatt, Anne’s best friend (and Tom Wyatt’s sister) who I was happy to find out was a real person. Anne became a different person to me as seen through the eyes of Meg – we see her as a friend would see her – with none of the bias of fandom or hate that I see in so many books on the subject. How strong Meg had to be through Anne’s rise and downfall. I can’t imagine either the rise OR the downfall was easy on her. I can only hope I would have been as loyal in her shoes.
The book is well written and extremely well researched (and the cover is GORGEOUS!). Even the language used is what I think people in that era would have spoken. There is a religious element to the book, but it’s subtle and doesn’t take over the entire story line. Some books get so involved in The Reformation that the characters get lost amidst the politics, etc. Sandra was able to include it in her book in such a way that it was interesting to read and not at all boring or preachy. It really is a wonderful book, hard to put down AND I’m happy to report, the first in a new series (Ladies in Waiting Series)! It always excites me to know that an author I enjoy has plans for more books.
Come back tomorrow for a special treat. I have an interview with author Sandra Byrd to share and she has kindly offered to host a worldwide giveaway of TO DIE FOR!