As time passed and his devotion to her grew rather than dimmed, she kind of grew to love him. I have no doubt after reading this book that Anne loved Henry nor any doubt that he loved her in return-for a brief time anyway. An interesting point is made in the novel by Anne-she says that Henry did not divorce Katherine because of Anne the possibility of setting Queen Katherine had been thrown around at court long before Anne became a player but that he did divorce Katherine for her.
The other character in the book-Lucy-was the kings confectioner. It put me in the mind of the Food Networks Ace of Cakes. I've read a couple of books by Suzannah Dunn and really enjoyed them. This one didn't pull me in as much which is a shame as it's a retelling of my favorite story. It's hard to retell a story that's been told so many times and she does try and put a different twist on it by introducing Lucy Cornwallis with her own side story.
While it's interesting to know about Lucy, she was the only female working in the Tudor Kitchens. Her lust with Mark Smeaton isn't that believable. And after watching Show I've read a couple of books by Suzannah Dunn and really enjoyed them.
And after watching Showtime's 'The Tudors'. I can't picture Mark being straight. Anne's story is captivating as always and I like how her point of view chapters were in the past and Lucy's were in the present. She was also talking as if to Elizabeth so it's done in the knowledge of hindsight. I finally had the chance to actually read in the sunshine! And because of this finished the book very quickly. It then put me in a Tudor mood and I had to watch the film 'Anne Of A Thousand Days' to which my boyfriend was like "How many times do you watch this story!?
I'm obsessed. Jul 12, Nancy rated it liked it Shelves: fiction , tudor-england. Like Jo Baker's Longbourn , a re-telling of Pride and Prejudice from the point of view of a servant of the Bennets, this is a fictional re-telling of the life of Anne Boleyn from the point of view of a kitchen servant named Lucy Cornwallis. Lucy is the King's chief confectioner, a highly skilled and important position, not just because the Tudor royal court loved its sweetmeats, but because the ingredients that went into making these sugar, ginger were rare and consequently very expensive.
The Like Jo Baker's Longbourn , a re-telling of Pride and Prejudice from the point of view of a servant of the Bennets, this is a fictional re-telling of the life of Anne Boleyn from the point of view of a kitchen servant named Lucy Cornwallis. The Anne Boleyn story doesn't really have anything much new to it thus the three stars , but I loved whenever we were in the kitchen with Lucy four stars for the detailed descriptions of the kitchens and the fine art and technology of making "subtleties".
Feb 19, Cindy rated it did not like it Shelves: Not my favorite telling of the story of Anne Boleyn. I was intrigued by the premise of Anne writing a letter to her daughter Elizabeth while shut in the Tower prior to her death I was also intrigued by the parallel story of Lucy Cornwallis, but found her narratives boring and I was often tempted to skip right over them. I think Dunn's ideas for a new twist on a well known story were good, just poorly executed.
Sep 02, Sheila Starrett rated it it was ok. This story could've been so very much better! It had a lot of potential but was lacking. May 29, KL Caley rated it it was amazing. Strong-willed, stubborn Anne Boleyn prior to her imminent execution tells he I am very surprised by the number of low ratings this book received. No hard feelings, just business as usual. Never trust a Howard, Elizabeth, not even if you are one. Look where it got me, sent here to the Tower by my own uncle.
A fantastic novelist! Cannot wait to read many more of her works. Alternatively, please contact me if you want me to clarify something in my review. Aug 27, Lauren rated it liked it.
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I'm going to be honest here. So Anne's portion was going over past events while being held in the Tower of London.
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One flaw in this book was having to keep up with who was telling wh I'm going to be honest here. One flaw in this book was having to keep up with who was telling what story when.
Secondly, the book felt like it was dragging towards the end. I kept having a "C'mon. Get on with it" kind of feeling. I mean, it's essentially the story of Anne Boleyn's downfall. How isn't that interesting?! Basically - if you're looking for a happy ending, this is not your book. Historically speaking, it does not end well for Anne Boleyn. Kind of a high-low mix of viewpoints. Sep 11, Michelle Cristiani rated it it was ok Shelves: tudors. I enjoyed the two viewpoints, especially from the confectioner.
The overwritten subject of the Tudors is best, now, when told from a perspective outside of the major players. It was smart, too, to write one perspective in present tense and one in past.
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What didn't work for me was a surprise: the telling of the story as if in modern-day language. It's a tricky thing, because the readership is already bombarded with tales from this time period, and it's hard to match current language with historic I enjoyed the two viewpoints, especially from the confectioner.
It's a tricky thing, because the readership is already bombarded with tales from this time period, and it's hard to match current language with historical culture. I was disappointed that it didn't work as well in practice as I thought it would in theory. Anne's story as a letter to Elizabeth was somehow thinner than I'd have liked. It rang true of what I knew of Anne's described character, but I didn't find anything new in it. Maybe I wasn't the intended audience? I'm not sure. Feb 03, Chloe Lucey rated it it was ok. It felt very childish in the way it was written.
I also found very confusing by the names that have been shortened to the modern way I. Thomas to Tom. It would be far better to use the last name instead. The last thing that I wish to say is having two storylines through the story would have worked better if they connected better but also if they flowed time wise better. As the for the fact that they alternate chapter by chapter between Anne Bolyen and an almost unknown person.
Anne's story ref It felt very childish in the way it was written. Anne's story reflects back on the past vs the other character is in the present. It also never matched up stories for example the queen was pregnant in one chapter and not even with Henry in another. Its not one I would ever read again. May 09, Kathy rated it really liked it Shelves: historical-fiction.
I wasn't going to read this, having thought I had read enough about Anne Boleyn -- but then I opened it to one of the chapters about Lucy Cornwallis, the kind's confectioner, and I was hooked. Anne's story is told in the first person, and reflects the usual interpretations of her personality and her mistakes in making so many enemies, but it's Lucy's story that is captivating.
According to the story, she was the only woman in the king's kitchens, and the details about her work as a confectioner I wasn't going to read this, having thought I had read enough about Anne Boleyn -- but then I opened it to one of the chapters about Lucy Cornwallis, the kind's confectioner, and I was hooked.
According to the story, she was the only woman in the king's kitchens, and the details about her work as a confectioner are fascinating. Apparently subtleties were delicacies, or confections, an important part of any banquet, and true works of art. An interesting take on a well known story. Dec 13, Marci rated it liked it.
I just finished this book and thought it was fine. Not great, but fine. Then I looked over some of the reviews here and thought maybe I should have liked it less haha! I find Anne Boleyn fascinating and it had been awhile since I had read a book based on her life so I found it interesting enough. The chapters from Anne's perspective alternate with those from Lucy's who is the king's confectioner.
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Initially I found the detail about the work that went into the elaborate displays of sweets intere I just finished this book and thought it was fine. Initially I found the detail about the work that went into the elaborate displays of sweets interesting but I grew bored of them and wished the focus was solely on Anne. Hmmph, this book did not deliver.