Five Star February: The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory

The Other Boleyn Girl
 Title  The Other Boleyn Girl
 Author:  Philippa Gregory
 Summary: Two sisters competing for the greatest prize: the love of a king When Mary Boleyn comes to court as an innocent girl of fourteen, she catches the eye of Henry VIII. Dazzled by the king, Mary falls in love with both her golden prince and her growing role as unofficial queen. However, she soon realizes just how much she is a pawn in her family’s ambitious plots as the kings interest begins to wane and she is forced to step aside for her best friend and rival: her sister, Anne. Then Mary knows that she must defy her family and her king, and take her fate into her own hands.


 Why I Loved It This was the first of the Tudor books that I read.  I reminded me of how much I love historical fiction.
 Who would like this:  If you liked Showtime’s The Tudors I would recommend this.
 Favorite Quotes: “‘Jane,’ I said quietly.
She opened her eyes, she had been far away in prayer.
‘Yes, Mary? Forgive me, I was praying.’
‘If you go on flirting with the king with those sickly little smiles, one of us Boleyns is going to scratch your eyes out.'””‘Good Christian people, I am come hither to die, for according to the law, and by the law I am judged to die, and therefore I will speak nothing against it. I am come hither to accuse no man, nor to speak anything of that, whereof I am accused and condemned to die, but I pray God save the king and send him long to reign over you, for a gentler nor a more merciful prince was there never: and to me he was ever a good, a gentle and sovereign lord. And if any person will meddle of my cause, I require them to judge the best. And thus I take my leave of the world and of you all, and I heartily desire you all to pray for me. O Lord have mercy on me, to God I commend my soul.’
After being blindfolded and kneeling at the block, she repeated several times:
To Jesus Christ I commend my soul; Lord Jesu receive my soul.”

“I shall be dark and French and fashionable and difficult. And you shall be sweet and open and English and fair. What a pair we shall be! What man can resist us?”