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Book Review: The Boleyn Inheritance

By Madeline | May 6, 2008

Since I was on vacation last week, I actually got to read another book and I finished it in my week of vacation.  For most of you, this is probably not too terribly exciting, but for the over busy bookworm that I am who used to read two to three books a week and now only gets one every three or so months, this is awesome!  At any rate, I do still have plans to finish my Worst Jobs in History piece, however, I wanted to do another book review while it was still fresh in my mind.  I know I did one not too long ago and don’t want anyone to worry - this is not going to become a book review blog.  ;)  I promise I won’t read the other books nearly as quickly.  LOL

While on vacation, I read Philippa Gregory’s The Boleyn Inheritance.  I have to say that I was a little nervous about reading this book and took a long time to actually go out and purchase it as a result.  I absolutely LOVED the Other Boleyn Girl (and have yet to see the movie - Ah! The life of a busy mom!) and was a little disappointed by the Queen’s Fool only to be disappointed further by the Virgin’s Lover and then utterly disappointed to the point of disgust with the Constant Princess.  After I’d purchased all the other books I could possibly think of and desperate for a new book, I finally shelled out the cash for The Boleyn Inheritance and yet there it sat on my shelf collecting dust long before I started reading it. 

Finally I grabbed it to read on the plane since my daughter would be inevitably watching Monster’s Inc. on her portable DVD player and I’d actually have more than an hour to sit uninterrupted to read.  All I have to say is:  Wow!  Gregory has redeemed herself as an author in my eyes once more!!  It was so captivating that I couldn’t put it down and read every spare second I had, even staying up a little later to read when I really should have been sleeping.

Everything about this book was exceedingly well done.  The characters were well developed and were written in such a way that you could almost feel every emotion they felt and experiencing everything they experienced.  The way it was written was so poetic and beautiful leaving a perfect mental image in your minds eye.  The book was also written with painful attention to detail in regards to what really happened in history unlike some of her lesser (in my eyes) novels - with the exception of small instances like when Katherine spies the fresh heads of her lovers on spikes on her way to the chopping block when in history, they were both executed on December 10th and Katherine wasn’t killed until that following February.  At any rate, I was glad to see she’d done more research and put more thought into this book than she had some of her previous works. 

The only part I didn’t much care for as far as her writing goes was her forgetfulness.  Occasionally, there would be certain points a character in the book would make and then two or three chapters later make the same point again, but with different wording as though Gregory made it a point to say that one specific piece and then forgot she’d already done it and put it in again.  I noticed this about four times throughout the book.  While it was a little distracting, the overall book still earns her five Tudor roses in my eyes.  I highly recommend it!!! 

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One Response to “Book Review: The Boleyn Inheritance”

  1. ilsemorero Says:
    August 25th, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    It looks like this site hasn’t been updated a few months. I do hope you continue with this. I have loved reading through all of your posts and look forward to more!


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