Book Review: The Boleyn Deceit – Laura Andersen

The Boleyn Deceit coverTitle: The Boleyn Deceit
Author: Laura Andersen
ISBN: 9780345534118
Pages: 416
Release Date: November 5, 2013
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Genre: Historical Fiction
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4 out of 5


William, son of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, treads a dangerous path with his delicate balance between England’s Protestants and Catholics. Though he is a Protestant king, he has made a marriage pact to wed the much-younger Catholic princess of France in order to appease his subjects that maintain their loyalty to the church of Rome. But whispers are starting to emerge that William has no intention of honoring his betrothal, that much like his father before him, he intends to throw all caution to the wind and marry Minuette, his childhood friend. Will William’s friends and advisers allow him to risk everything for love—especially considering Minuette’s heart lies elsewhere?

Snapshot Review:

The follow-up to The Boleyn King, The Boleyn Deceit continues with the premise that Anne Boleyn did give Henry VIII a son who now sits on England’s throne. Andersen does a great job altering history, creating a believable and entertaining scenario. It’s interesting to see how Andersen takes what we know and turns it on its head, given the situation she’s created, but still makes these historical figures act believably. Elizabeth, while cognizant of her duty, believes that she might make a more effective ruler than her brother, as he is vulnerable to his passions and flights of fancy. And there’s Minuette, the arguable center of this trilogy; she’s conflicted, and readers will appreciate her honest voice, even while they’re frustrated with her indecisive behavior. This is a wildly entertaining romp, especially for those who have read a lot about this period of history. “What ifs” are always interesting to ponder, and Andersen has fully fleshed out the answer to that question with her novels. I’m very curious to see how she finishes up her story in the last novel of the trilogy.

Other books by Laura Andersen:

The Boleyn King

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