Wednesday, September 18, 2013

REVIEW: The Boleyn Deceit by Laura Andersen

Title: The Boleyn Deceit
Author: Laura Andersen
Series: Ann Boleyn Trilogy #2
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine
Published Date: expected Nov 5, 2013
ISBN: 9780345534118
Buy It Link: Amazon | Barnes and Noble
Rating: 4 1/2 stars

Synopsis: The regency period is over and William Tudor, now King Henry IX, sits alone on the throne. But England must still contend with those who doubt his legitimacy, both in faraway lands and within his own family. To diffuse tensions and appease the Catholics, William is betrothed to a young princess from France, but still he has eyes for only his childhood friend Minuette, and court tongues are wagging.  
Even more scandalous—and dangerous, if discovered—is that Minuette’s heart and soul belong to Dominic, William’s best friend and trusted advisor. Minuette must walk a delicate balance between her two suitors, unable to confide in anyone, not even her friend Elizabeth, William’s sister, who must contend with her own cleaved heart. In this irresistible tale, the secrets that everyone keeps are enough to change the course of an empire.

Review: I'd like to thank Net Galley and the publisher for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 
You can read my review of the first of this trilogy, The Boleyn King here. I was just as impressed with the second book as I was with the first. All of the political intrigue and royalty that you find in Philippa Gregory's books, you will find in here. It's an amazing, breath-taking book. The author writes so well, you are immediately transported into the what-if land of Henry IX's reign. Mary Tudor is in there, the future Queen Elizabeth (but does she end as Queen Elizabeth? that's for the next book!), Robert Dudley, and other historical characters that show up so well in this time period.
The love triangle between William (Henry IX), Dominic and Minuette is a common thread in the entire book, and just when you think it will come to a halt, it winds its way a little further.Is Elizabeth aware? Or isn't she?
This book keeps you guessing from the very beginning to the very end.

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