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66 of 69 people found the following review helpful
on 1 December 2004
Nell Gavin's THREADS is extraordinary. From somewhere in time (the Memories) Anne Boleyn, lately beheaded by her husband, King Henry VIII, must review her life to learn from her mistakes, as well as her successes. Many of the wonderful moments in her life, however, do not come from the 16th century, but from earlier, far less regal lives. In THREADS, Gavin advances the theory of Heaven as a resting place where the soul must review life and choose another to return for learning lessons necessary for the refinement of the spirit. For Anne, the lesson is forgiveness. Her bitterness toward Henry, a man she has loved through many lifetimes, is the roadblock on the journey of her soul, and she must find a way to move it from her path. In THREADS Anne's voice is strong, consistent, clear, and most importantly, never self-serving. The book is haunting. I could not get it out of my mind after I finished it, and sent it to several friends. The response as been uniform: everyone has loved it. Filled with dialogue authentic to the times, characters so viable they might be sitting with you as you read, and an exploration of the spiritual plane so believable you may rethink all your beliefs on the subject, THREADS is a remarkable and striking achievement.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 7 June 2011
I finished reading this book about a month ago, and still can't stop thinking about it. Not only does it make you think about reincarnation, which the author Nell Gavin makes so credible, but also as she points out as an afterword, that the point of her story isn't about reincarnation but about 'spiritual evolution in one lifetime', understanding the difference between good and bad, right and wrong. And not only is her story very thought provoking but makes excellent reading, a book you don't want to put down. Would highly recommend reading - certainly changes your outlook on life.
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68 of 74 people found the following review helpful
on 6 March 2003
When Anne Boleyn dies at the scaffold in 1536, she finds herself faced with a mysterious Voice (her spiritual "guide"), severe emotional and psychological trauma, a lifetime's worth of memories she has to sort through (usually unwillingly), and an assignment: forgive Henry Tudor for having her put to death because she didn't have a son.
It appears on the surface that Anne's failure to have a son was the reason she was put to death. But in Threads, her story is much more complicated than that.
During the time Anne Boleyn was queen, she was wildly unpopular with the English subjects, and under constant siege by her enemies. She was always terrified, and had the sort of personality that caused her to get unpleasant under stress. It was her nervous harping, nagging and complaining that got her executed, NOT the fact that she didn't have a son.
But it goes even beyond that, back to a lifetime in Egypt where her problems first began. Anne, throughout history, has never liked women much, and always passed judgment on their behavior. She was especially judgmental toward women who were adulterous or sexually "loose". In one lifetime after another, she has earned karma from her treatment of other women that eventually accumulated to the point where, as Anne Boleyn, she would be accused of, and executed for things she didn't do, called a "whore", and publicly accused of sexual indescretions that even involved sleeping with her own brother.
Threads tells the story of Anne Boleyn from her point of view, while it weaves the tale through various other lifetimes. You learn that Anne was more mischievous than manipulative, had incredibly poor judgment at times, but actually married Henry VIII out of love. You find out which lifetimes and which choices resulted in what circumstances. Then you watch her carry the karma she earned as "Anne Boleyn" into future lifes.
Eventually, she and Henry VIII meet up again...
I would really recommend this book. It is historical fantasy, but more than that. It deftly explores the thoughts and emotions of a real woman, rather than parrotting the usual two-dimensions of an "historical character".
Not only is it a good read (it's almost as though the words have little "suction cups" on them that pull you through the story no matter where you open the book!), but it is philosophical and inspirational without preaching - in fact, if you don't feel like being inspired, just read it for the story! Otherwise - especially if you've ever experienced any sort of psychological trauma yourself as I have - you may find that Anne's observations and experiences will touch you and start you thinking. Anne shows us how much we all, as human beings, have in common.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 22 May 2013
I want to congratulate Nell Gavin on having the bravery to write a book that was always going to divide readers. Many of my friends have bought the book thinking it would be a standard retelling of the Anne Boleyn story and sadly decided not to finish it as it did not follow the accepted historical fiction route.
This book is much more than historical fiction, it uses the story of Anne Boleyn to present the universal truth that humans are flawed and that life is a series of events/lessons from which we grow. Although the setting is historical the themes are modern, that a person's worth is not based on wealth, celebrity or power, only the simple ability to be kind, loving and forgiving. It's the first book in a long time that has transcended the pages on which it has been written and made me question my own attitude towards life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 25 October 2012
This is a new take on the well-known Henry and Anne love story. In short, Henry and Anne were entwined, sometimes as lovers, but always closely maybe mother and son, in many previous lives, some happy relationships, some not so. Other key figures such as Katherine and Henry Percy crop up to. This being a story about reincarnation, they will be together in the future too. How this pans out will depend on what has happened in past lives and also what happens in the 'Memories' where Anne is currently, following her execution. She has a voice, a sort of spiritual guide, who is showing her previous lives, what has brought her and Henry to this point and what will happen, maybe, in the future. She has to understand and forgive Henry. Not surprisingly she is struggling with this!

This is more of a book about reincarnation than an historical fiction book on the Tudors. The subjects could have been other historical lovers I suppose, altough the complicated relationship of Henry and Anne makes this work. It is an interesting subject and the story is intensely moving, even though you know what happens (in the main story at least). I found it made me question if our actions today do have an impact on tomorrow, any tomorrow. It is not an easy read necessarily, but a worthwhile read. But I don't want to give the impression that it is not a good story too - it is!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Threads, The Reincarnation of Anne Boleyn is a vividly imagined tale of the lure of what might be illicit love, or may be a confirmation of the existence of reincarnation. Nell Gavin is a gifted storyteller, layering the thoughts of a young woman, who for eight years kept a king... waiting. The book has the feel of a lovely painting, the details both natural and startling, the overall effect is surreal.

Gently erotic, this is a novel of mesmerizing beauty, a story of love and loss. As you surrender to this thought provoking tale you will find yourself becoming a believer. Anyone who has stood in the courtyard of the Tower of London and wondered as to Anne Boleyn's last thoughts will be moved to tears. But even those who might be strangers to her legend will come away... wondering.

As Anne wanders the Memories... after her death, she comes to realize that the love she shares with Henry is very old, real and shared equally between them. It will regenerate itself no matter how it is despised or ill-used, for it has been sorely tested over many lifetimes. A romantic, almost hypnotic tale. I highly recommend it. Do not miss this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This book is so different from anything else on Anne Boleyn, and posits a really plausible character explored from the first person viewpoint...which I usually don't care for. This was an exceptional novel. I had read widely into reincarnation and the place we,allegedly, go between lives to review past lives and choose our next life to learn the necessary lessons of karma.Gavin has been faithful to the published materials in this subject as well as to the historical detail.
I agree with everything positive the other reviewers have written, this is a really wonderful book.
If you are interested in teicarnation this is a fairl accurate portrayal of how it is believed to work....and I think that is why this is a life changing book for people.
What else can you get for the same price.? Buy it, enjoy it and it's a book you'll enjoy and always remember.....probably forever!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 22 January 2011
I purchased this as I am really interested in the Tudor period of history and in particular I find Anne Boleyn a fascinating character. I have read the historians' accounts/interpretations of this woman and thought I would try this type of perspective for a change. I was pleasantly surprised and loved the author's embroidery around the history,which displayed imagination and clever weaving of the story. Written from Anne's perspective after her execution, it approaches things from an unusual angle. She is required to look at her life, examine her actions in terms of Karma and life learning by 'The Voice'which guides her and us through the story. I liked how the concept of reincarnation was linked into her journey towards 'Nirvana'through previous and future reincarnations.
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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful
on 22 September 2003
I bought this looking for a trashy throw-away novel to read on holiday. I had been watching a TV documentary about Anne Boleyn and was just in the mood to read about her. To be frank, I had low expectations - lots of women write about Anne, mostly because they rather fancy themselves as being like her - all intense, tragic,and sexy. Such books are rarely much good. Add to that the story of reincarnation in this one, and I was really looking forward to some holiday pulp.
Only it wasn't. I was gripped. It is well written, intriguing, and very sad in places. I really loved it, have carefully brought it back from holiday instead of leaving it on the plane, and have bought another copy to give to my sister at Xmas.
Not what I was looking for at all - an excellent story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 August 2012
Now, this book is billed as a reincarnation fantasy, set at a time when religion was at the very forefront of politics. I don't believe in reincarnation. I don't like fantasy (as opposed to fiction). I don't believe in God or appreciate all that much about religion. I hate woolly claptrap. But I bought it because I love good historical fiction. So the very beginning of this book grated and I thought, for a very short while, that I had made a horrible mistake. However, the reviews that talk about 'sucking you in' have it just right - one can't help but be drawn in by the beauty of the narrative, and the simple truths of the ideas Gavin expresses. For me, it is not about spirituality or learning - the journey Anne may undergo as a result of this story is incidental, if allegorical to our own - but what captivates is the poetry of love. Gavin interweaves the practical, emotional and sensual aspects of being in love as masterfully as Lawrence, and so simply, almost unwittingly that, I surprise myself to say it but, this may be my book of 2012. I have already bought Hang On, and dearly hope Nell Gavin publishes more.
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