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on 11 June 2011
I agree with so many of the other reviewers. This is basically a rewrite/ direct lift from the Other Boleyn Girl. If Philippa Gregory hadn't written that first you might be impressed by this effort but Philippa did it better and was the original so I wasn't seeing anything new here!! I'm amazed that publishers will go for this kind of thinly veiled copycat writing but there you go, it's nice work if you can get it.

That said, this presents a slightly different perspective from a new character of the era but is sadly lacking in accuracy and authenticity which isn't the end of the world (I am aware this is a novel after all!). However to overlook the similarities between other (better) works it would have to really deliver and IMHO it only goes half way to doing that. The language is mixed, some facts VERY wrong (even in the hazy and forgiving world of historical fiction) and it strangely revels in the violence and odd `relationship' between Mary and her father . Worth a flick through if someone lends it or you find an abandoned copy on the tube but I wouldn't pay much for this I'm afraid. Oh yes, one more thing; couldn't she think of a less lame title ???!
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