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  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (27 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755386701
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755386703
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 24.1 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,127,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lyn was born in Liverpool in September 1944. Her father Joseph was killed on D-Day in 1944 when Lyn was just nine months old. When Lyn was three her mother Monica married Frank Moore, who became 'Dad' to the little girl. Lyn was brought up in Liverpool and became a secretary before marrying policeman Robert Andrews. In 1970 Lyn gave birth to triplets - two sons and a daughter - who kept her busy for the next few years. Once they'd gone to school Lyn began writing, and her first novel was quickly accepted for publication. She has since written a further thirty-five novels.

Lyn lived for eleven years in Ireland and is now resident on the Isle of Man, but spends many weeks of the year back on Merseyside, seeing her children and four grandchildren.

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The first historical epic from Lyn Andrews, the Sunday Times bestselling author, takes a fresh new look at the compelling figure of Anne Boleyn and her life before she married Henry VIII

About the Author

Lyn Andrews was born and raised in Liverpool. She is the author of many novels, one of which was shortlisted for the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year Award; her last few novels have all been Sunday Times Top Ten bestsellers.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S Riaz HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Jan. 2013
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This is the story of Anne Boleyn, but told from a slightly different angle, putting her early love affair with Lord Henry Percy centre stage. For those who have read many books on Anne Boleyn, you will, of course, be aware of her early flirtation with Lord Percy and a secret marriage to him which caused Wolsey to go into overdrive with damage limitation once it was discovered. For Anne, the marriage was seen as an impertinance with Lord Percy above her in station and rank. Yet, once Anne aimed higher, the entire affair had to be hushed up in order to protect the reputation of both the King and future Queen.

Lyn Andrews tells the story of Anne Boleyn and Lord Percy with the emphasis on the latter. In order to flesh out the story, the author uses the device of a fictional squire, Will Chatton. Will is a very sympathetic character and, as the novel progresses and things begin to go wrong for Lord Percy, his squire actually succeeds in life. Strangely, this lightens the mood of a book about a doomed love affair and also introduces a lot of interesting information about the Tudor court and life during that period. Overall, this is a very traditional historical novel (thankfully without the current vogue for a modern day narrator which seems to have been done to death with varying degrees of success) and the young lover's plight still causes you wonder "what if?" Anne and Henry Percy had been allowed to marry. Would the "King's great matter" have never reshaped a country and ended with the death of Anne, who was once just a young and vibrant woman who always dared to aim high.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brett H TOP 50 REVIEWER on 16 Dec. 2012
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A new novel by an author who has been regaling us with fine historical drama over many years has got to be of interest. The Queen's Promise is the much related story of Anne Boleyn, queen of the 1,000 days. This follows the line of many previous novels in tracing her birth in Norfolk through her early days at Hever Castle, and then details her many homes at the courts of Europe, through her childhood and early teens and so to Court. It draws a careful picture of the young Anne as dutiful, lively, accomplished and vivacious but always a pawn in her father and her wider family's schemes.

However, this is a novel about Anne Boleyn with a difference. Although she is the central character, she shares this billing with Henry Percy, heir to the earldom of Northumberland, a boy only a few years older than Anne herself and with whom her life is entwined. This novel also details the Percy heir's early life, painting a picture of the harshness of life on the Borders for a delicate, sensitive and cultured young man whose fine attributes were not considered of worth in the era in which he was born. Henry Percy's attempts to always do his duty and to fulfil the role expected of his despite his ill health and distaste for its privations are well described.

Other figures, such as the poor Will Chatton who Percy begs as his squire and Robert Aske, the young lawyer, also provide much in the way of rich insights into life in Tudor England as Lyn Andrews faithfully draws their characters throughout the novel.

The young Percy and Anne meet at court and become secretly betrothed, a fact which incurs the wrath not only of Percy's father, the 5th Earl of Northumberland, but also Cardinal Wolsey.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John M VINE VOICE on 25 Mar. 2013
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This novel tells the story of Henry Percy, the heir to the Earldom of Northumberland, and his romance with the young Anne Boleyn and their secret betrothal. Therefore Henry Percy is really the central character of the novel rather than Anne herself. There's nothing wrong with that, of course, and one of strengths of the novel is that it does capture the bleak precariousness of life on the English/Scot border.

Although relatively easy reading, this novel did have a number of flaws for me. Firstly, the characterisation was rather weak; Henry himself seemed a rather two dimensional figure, as were indeed many of the other characters. The writing really lacked much depth, the descriptions of clothing became a little tedious and reptitive, and the narrative in places was very clunky, with much of the action and story being related via messengers. The elevation of Anne to Queen and her subsequent demise and execution were told in the last fifty or so pages, and this gave the novel a rather unbalanced feel, especially because the first half was quite slow. The bleakness of Tudor life for the common people, particularly in northern England, and the ruthlessness machinations of Henry VIII and his court were captured, but everything else felt rather superficial.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pyewacket TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 Nov. 2012
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When Anne Boleyn is recalled from France back to England and the Court of Henry VIII she finds it a rather drab and dreary place compared to the frivolity of the French Court. She is only a teenager and one day she meets Henry Percy the future Earl of Northumberland and ancestor of the famous 'Hotspur Harry'. Between them, there is a instant liking for each other and eventually they agree to a 'de futuro' marriage. If only they had consummated it how different our monarchy would have been now! Alas, Cardinal Wolsey finds out and thinking that this alliance could jeopardise his position with the King he exiles poor Henry back to Northumberland where he has always suffered from the Ague (and always will do), and sends Anne back to Hever Castle where her Father Thomas Bolyen is furious with her. He and her Godfather, Lord Norfolk have already started to climb the ladder of ambition by pimping out Anne's younger sister Mary to the King. It seems that the Bolyen family will stop at nothing to gain riches, titles and land.

Poor Henry Percy meanwhile has been told by his Father he must marry a girl who he despises but happily this does not come to pass. What does come to pass though is the King noticing Anne! Knowing that if she jumps straight into his bed like her sister did she will probably be cast off at any given time, she plays the long game and keeps the King waiting. She has her eye on one thing and one thing only........being Queen. She also harbours revenge against Wolsey.

This is an extremely well written book and keeps the reader interested from the start. The addition of a young squire called Will Chatton adds a more human touch as well even though he didn't actually exist.

Eventually Anne gets her revenge but at a great cost to herself..............
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