To Die For: A Novel Of Anne Boleyn by Sandra Byrd is one of the best historical romance books I have ever read. The other books in the Ladies In Waiting series are also some of the best historical romance type books I have ever read.
I bet you are wondering how many of those type books that might be? I have no idea…a lot of them though. I went through a stage during my teen years when all I read were historical romance type books.
Trust me this series is really good!
This particular book is about a girl named Meg Wyatt who is the best friend of Anne Boleyn. Meg follows Anne to London and when Anne becomes Henry VIIIs second wife (and Queen) Meg becomes mistress of Anne’s wardrobe.
The setting of the story is interesting in itself(if you like history of course) as it all takes place during the reformation.
Anne is eventually beheaded because King Henry is fickle and wants sons. I liked how it worked out for Meg even though she lost her best friend and her place at court. She did end up getting married(it took long enough).
About the book:
What would you sacrifice for your best friend?
Would you die for her?
Meg Wyatt has been Anne Boleyn’s closest friend since they grew up together on neighboring manors in Kent. So when twenty-five-year-old Anne’s star begins to ascend, of course she takes Meg along for the ride.
Life in the court of Henry VIII is thrilling… at first. Meg is made mistress of Anne’s wardrobe, and she enjoys the spoils of this privileged orbit and uses her influence for good. She is young and beautiful and in favor; everyone at court assumes that being close to her is being close to Anne.
But favor is fickle and envy is often laced with venom. As Anne falls, so does Meg, and it becomes nearly impossible for her to discern ally from enemy. Suddenly life’s unwelcome surprises rub against the court’s sheen to reveal the tarnished brass of false affections and the bona fide gold of those that are true. Both Anne and Meg may lose everything. When your best friend is married to fearsome Henry VIII, you may soon find yourself not only friendless but headless as well.
A rich alchemy of fact and fiction, To Die For chronicles the glittering court life, the sweeping romance, and the heartbreaking fall from grace of a forsaken queen and Meg, her closest companion, who was forgotten by the ages but who is destined to live in our hearts forever.
About the Author:
Sandra Byrd has published more than three dozen books in the fiction and nonfiction markets, including the first two books in her Tudor series, To Die For: A Novel of Anne Boleyn and The secret Keeper: A Novel of Kateryn Parr. For more than a decade Sandra has shared her secrets with the many new writers she edits, mentors, and coaches. She lives in the Seattle, Washington, area with her husband and two children.
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