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3.00084388185654 out of 53.00084388185654 out of 53.00084388185654 out of 53.00084388185654 out of 53.00084388185654 out of 5 3.00 (2,370 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robin Maxwell Narrator: Suzan Crowley Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2012 ISBN: 9781469204185
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Robin Maxwell’s debut novel introduces Anne Boleyn and her daughter, Elizabeth: one was queen for a thousand days, the other for more than forty years. Both were passionate, headstrong women, loved and hated by Henry VIII.

At the beginning of Elizabeth’s reign, her mother’s private diary is given to her by a mysterious lady. In reading it, the young ruler — herself embroiled in a dangerous love affair — discovers a great deal about her much maligned mother.

Through Anne’s writing, Elizabeth finds an echo of her own dramatic life as a powerful young woman at the center of England’s male establishment and, with the knowledge gained from it, makes a resolution that will change the course of history.

“A wonderfully juicy historical novel so convincing that it’s difficult to believe it is the author’s first. . . . Maxwell brings . . . all of bloody Tudor England vividly to life.” - Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“An historical fiction classic. Beware: this is truly addictive reading.” — Michelle Moran, author of Madame Tussaud

“Dazzling. Historical fiction at its finest.” - C. W. Gortner, author of The Confessions of Catherine de’ Medici

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 1/29/2017

    " A lovely idea that maybe our ill-fated Ann was able to be part of her famous daughters life. I really wish it were true!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 2/19/2014

    " So far so good. I'm about 3/4 of the way through it. I love books set in that time period if you haven't noticed. :) A friend gave me a large bag of books like this. I've almost finished the bag. There were between 10 and 15 of these type books. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathryn Shipman | 2/8/2014

    " Big fan of this book. I like historical books about King Henry and Anne Boleyn but some of them seem redundant. This one I really liked! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathlee | 2/7/2014

    " I liked the way this book read...Elizabeth as an adult, and reading the diary from her mother. She learns to know her mother better and understand her. Even though it's fiction, it would have been nice if this had happened. Wonderful book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mslogar | 2/6/2014

    " This was a cleverly written book-- Queen Elizabeth is handed a secret diary of her mothers and as she reads it, she learns who her mother truly was and that she really loved Elizabeth. Creatively weaves some history and fiction together to show you a softer side of Queen Elizabeth, and let's you "see" what Anne Boleyn was "truly" like. By the end of the book, I felt sorry for Anne but admired her strength, and enjoyed how the story showed what Elizabeth based some of her decisions on. Great read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheri | 1/15/2014

    " I read this right after, "The Other Boleyn Girl", and loved how it was basically the same story told from a different perspective. There are some differences in the 'facts' of the two stories. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachael | 1/14/2014

    " I went looking for my copy of Wuthering Heights, and I find this, too. I totally Forgot I owned it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Roxanne Galpin | 1/10/2014

    " Disappointing, to say the least. What drew me to this book was the concept ~ Queen Elizabeth I reading her late mother's diary. Sadly, though, I found this concept poorly executed. When I started reading this book, I found the narrative somewhat flat and quite cliche. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joni | 12/30/2013

    " This book isn't that great. For some reason I can't put it down because I feel like I have invested so much time in it. I really wouldn't recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jodie | 12/28/2013

    " Anne Boleyn is one of those historical figures that I find interesting. It was a unique fictional look at a very interesting time period, and headless heroine. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shayna Varnedoe | 12/20/2013

    " If you know anything about histroy, this book is highly predictable. I didn't feel I got any additional insight into the characters. It was what I was expecting, regardless if it was fictionalized. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aimee | 12/14/2013

    " This is a nice book to read in close time proximity with Lady Elizabeth by Alison Weir. Maxwell's style is drier than Weir's, but she does a nice job switching voices in each chapter between important characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Miriam | 12/4/2013

    " Historical fiction fluff. Decent but everyone and every event are full of drama. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan Tiscareno | 12/3/2013

    " Really new spin on the life off Anne Boleyn "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adriana | 11/4/2013

    " Good book, but a little off the beaten path. She supposedly gives this diary to one of her maids in waiting whilst in the Tower, awaiting her execution. It is to be given to her daughter Elizabeth when she becomes of age. Good. Worth the read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charlynn | 10/16/2013

    " I read this a while ago and liked it. Very different portrayal of Anne than The Other Boleyn girl. In this book she isn't quite as ruthless and calculating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 9/20/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. The author does a great job infusing two different time periods (that off Anne Boleyn and her daughter the first Queen Elizabeth) into one book. It was interesting and fascinating to consider the way things would have been back then. I loved this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffany Williams | 9/10/2013

    " Interesting way to tell the story. Queen Elizabeth finds a diary written by her mother, Anne Boleyn and tells a story of not only Anne but Elizabeth too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cookie | 9/5/2013

    " Pretty good HF read, interesting idea of Anne's diary, & who knows it is a good possibility that one actually existed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cynthia Scott | 8/9/2013

    " Great read about Elizabeth I and her mother Anne Boleyn. Fictional but based on excelelnt research. I read it concurrently with "The Life and Death of Anne Boleyn," a the latest document-based biography of Anne. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tara | 6/23/2013

    " This was the book that started my obsession with English historical fiction. The book is a wonderful (fictional) account of life for Anne Boleyn. Great book, highly recommend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashanti | 4/11/2013

    " The is an extraordinary book back into the time of Queen Anne Boleyn and Queen Elizabeth. Where the rules of loyalty, trust, honor and commitment are not constant, but always changing. Where your life is decided by others and not by yourself. This is one of my many favorite books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirsty | 3/18/2013

    " I loved this Book, an excellent portrayal of Anne Boleyn, I got a chance to see her in a totally different light to what i am used to. A book that will stay with me for a long time, my only gripe is that it wasnt long enough. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 3/2/2013

    " What would it be like if Queen Elizabeth I was given the secret diary of her mother Anne Boleyn? An interesting tale of what might have been. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex | 2/8/2013

    " A different look at the Tudor period. I recently finished Wolf Hall and it was great to read another perspective from the same period. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gail | 12/15/2012

    " A fairly quick read. Although loosely based on events of the time, it still gives the reader some idea of what a woman's life (a high ranking woman) was like in the 16th century. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 sarathelibrarian | 11/9/2012

    " A juicy bit of historical fiction that read like a trashy novel but with a meaty, legit plot. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Somya | 9/23/2012

    " Not sure how I picked up this book but it was an interesting fictional account of a Queen who really had no choice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 9/5/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book. It is well written and well researched. This will make you sympathize with Anne Boleyn, unlike the book, 'The Other Boleyn Sister.' "

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About the Author
Author Robin Maxwell

Robin Maxwell is the acclaimed author of several books, including The Wild Irish, The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn, The Queen’s Bastard, and Jane.

About the Narrator

Suzan Crowley, a British/American actress and producer and an AudioFile Earphones Award-winning narrator. She has worked in repertory theater all over the British Isles and acted extensively on-screen as well, including roles in ITV’s series PD James’ Devices & Desires, the BBC series Back Up, and the feature film The Devil Inside. With her husband Anthony Armatrading, she produced the award-winning independent feature film Wild about Harry.