I absolutely love historical fiction and read a lot of it; I love to learn history this way. I also enjoy reading science fiction, fantasy, horror, thriller and non-fiction science.
Imagine what England might have been like if Anne Boleyn had birthed a son for King Henry VIII. This story imagines just that, instead of being cast aside after the birth of Elizabeth, Anne Boleyn gives birth to twins, Elizabeth and Edward VI, securing a legitimate male heir for the throne. King Henry VIII still entertains his womanizing ways, but his jousting accident comes before he can push Anne aside and Henry names Anne the Regent until Edward comes of age. It is now up to Anne to weather the tense political climate building between England, France and Spain and to secure the throne for her children until Edward comes of age.
As an avid reader of all things Tudor, I was very excited to see what could be imagined for Anne Boleyn if her life was continued past her short reign as Queen. Some points in history were kept the same throughout this alternative historical fiction tale, but some were obviously changed. It was interesting to see the new roles that Henry VIII's real life next wives took, many now served Queen Anne, some more faithfully than others. I was also fascinated by the insight of Queen Anne as she aged. She was very remorseful of her treatment to Katherine of Aragon and Mary, especially since she was almost placed in the same situation. Queen Anne also explained many times that it was not she who pushed herself onto Henry, but she merely could not say no to the King. I was also intrigued how, at the end everything seemed to turn out the way that history intended. I did wish that the book went into more detail, this was a shorter story, so time moved quickly and many events simply happened and were not experienced through reading. I would have loved to be engrossed in this alternate history for a little longer and have had the characters expanded upon a bit more. Overall, an insightful look into what might have been for Henry VIII's 'Most Happy' Queen.
This book was received for free in return for an honest review.