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THE BOLEYN INHERITANCE
Genre: Historical Romance, Historical Fiction
Gregory feeds our fascination with the Tudors once again as she relates the stories of Henry VIII's fourth wife, Anne of Cleves, and fifth, Katherine Howard, tying them together with Lady Rochford, Jane Boleyn, Anne Boleyn's sister-in-law. Allowing her characters to speak in first person, Gregory imbues history with realism and human drama. As in the finest of historical fiction, she doesn't skimp on history but infuses it with humanity.
Jane Boleyn's greed and jealousy compel her to testify against her husband and her sister-in-law, Anne. She schemes to save her inheritance by sacrificing their lives, and eight years later she is still scheming. Jane attends the arrival of Anne of Cleves in London as the fourth queen. Twenty-four-year-old Anne will do anything to get away from her overbearing mother and brother and find a way to live life on her own terms. She's smart enough to known it's better to be divorced than wed.
Reviewed By: Kathe Robin
Published: December 2006