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  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (27 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755386701
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755386703
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 24.1 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 354,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lyn Andrews is one of the UK's top one hundred bestselling authors, reaching No. 1 on the Sunday Times paperback bestseller list. Born and brought up in Liverpool, she is the daughter of a policeman and also married a policeman. After becoming the mother of triplets, she took some time off from her writing whilst she raised her children. Shortlisted for the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year Award in 1993, she has now written thirty one hugely successful novels and in Sept 2012 had her first Historical novel THE QUEEN'S PROMISE published, the paperback of which is due out in February 2013. Lyn Andrews lives in the Isle of Man

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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S Riaz HALL OF FAMETOP 10 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 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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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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. A. Wright VINE VOICE on 29 Sep 2012
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This is another account of the life of Anne Boleyn and contains little new in regards to such a well documented/fictionalised life. It does however add another dimension that I had not really read much about and that was the life of the Earl of Northumberland, Henry Percy. I was fascinated to read of his early life and life after Anne Boleyn. He gained my interest and sympathy early in the story and held it right to the end. (probably sympathy is the last thing a Percy would want) It is not the most sympathetic account of Anne's life though.The harsh life of the borders for both the powerful and the poor is well explored. It . The fictional Chatton family adds much to the story. Fashions, court life and all the intrigues are well described and the The London merchant trade is not ignored. It is fiction of course but real events are well integrated. The writing style is clear and easy to read and I read it quickly . Anyone interested in Anne Boleyn would find it enjoyable if not educational. I enjoyed it very much
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