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Threads: The Reincarnation of Anne Boleyn

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In 1536, Henry and Anne are at the mercy of influences outside their control, explosively incompatible, and caught in a marriage that ends in betrayal so shocking that Anne requires lifetimes to recover.

Henry, seemingly in defense of Anne (but more likely acting out of "stubborn perverseness," she observes), terrorizes England and decrees widespread political murder in ord
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published July 29th 2011 by Book and Quill Press (first published 2001)
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Sandi *~The Pirate Wench~*
Anne Boleyn was the first historical figure that really drew me into historical fiction and the Tudor period. I always like books on her and reading an authors "take" on this much talked about woman.Now one may think this is a story of Anne Boleyn going into the body of another woman,and meeting Henry in the body of another man and they find their HEA. Not so at all,this story begins at the end of Anne's life: "I sensed there were tears,but his face was stone and tears would not be shed"."He wou ...more
Jul 19, 2010 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
My only complaint about this book is that it wasn't longer. I would've been happy to keep reading forever and ever about all the lifetimes of Anne and Henry. The subject of reincarnation is one that fascinates me, and especially with this novel being about Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII, whom I've read historical fiction on and find very interesting. I know its impossible to know how the real Anne Boleyn felt and what she was thinking when these events happened, but this book really made me sympathi ...more
This novel has an interesting premise--Anne Boleyn and Henry meet each other, in various guises, throughout the centuries. Unfortunately, I couldn't get past the first few chapters--and I got through them only because I was on a train and didn't have anything else to read. Anne, who narrates, is tiresome and preachy. There's very little dialogue, and what there is of it is reminiscent of a Renaissance Faire--lots of "mayhaps" and the like. Catherine of Aragaon is a horrible person--we know becau ...more
Silver Thistle {adores JAFF & TEOTWAWKI.  Oh, and accronyms :P}
This is an unusual love story. Strictly speaking, it's not Historical romance and it's not just about the Tudor's, but because the main character is Anne Boleyn you'd be forgiven for thinking so.

It's all a bit far fetched and confusing... but in a good way. It's a new slant on Anne and Henry, iconic 16th century lovers at war.

The main narrator is Anne Boleyn, she has to go through a series of reincarnations to learn her 'lesson'. Obviously she has to forgive Henry VIII, who it transpires has bee
Feb 22, 2012 Diane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: historical fiction lovers, fans of stories about Henry, Anne, etc.
I didn't think I would like this book as much as I did (I mean, I consider myself a liker of Serious Historical Fiction). I really enjoyed this take on Anne and Henry (and other characters) and I found each segment of Anne's past lives (as she remembered them) to be interesting and entertaining new takes on characters that have been pretty much set in stone by history. Do not go into this book thinking you are going to be reading a thick, densely historic Margaret George book because you aren't. ...more
Dec 07, 2007 Lanzamarie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Damn good read!
Tahlia Newland
Threads is a unique look at the life of Anne Boleyn from the vast perspective of a disembodied soul. It is a sensitive, well written novel with strong metaphysical themes. There is much here to provoke contemplation about the purpose of life, or lives. A truly delightful read on many levels.

Anne has been beheaded, and after her death reviews not just her past life with Henry the 8th, but also many previous lives that she shared with him and others that played major roles in her life as Anne. Wit
J.A. Clement
Jun 15, 2011 J.A. Clement rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: indie-authors
Threads is a work that can be read on many levels; it is a complex and very unusual book. If you're looking for a rumbustious bodice-ripper, this may not be the book for you;the story as it deals with Anne and Henry's relationship is more an assimilation of the information from several different autobiographies, put together thoughtfully and with a real attempt to sieve through the gossip and slander and make sense of both characters in a very human and sympathetic manner.

On a separate level, Th
Gerri Leen
I got this because it was billed as Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII meet 400 years later (as different people) and have things to work out. I buy reincarnation, I dig Anne Boleyn, and I'm a Tudor nut, so why not give it a try, I figured. Okay, first off, it's mis-billed in the way it's marketed. The part that's AFTER Anne dies is rushed and in an epilogue that makes little sense and is not in any way moving . In fact, the whole book, with only a few exceptions, was not moving. It was all tell, no sho ...more
Apr 22, 2009 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've waited years to read this, waiting for it to show up in one of the libraries that I frequent. However, this never happened, and I finally broke down and bought a copy online.

I wasn't disappointed. The story starts out a little slow, but if you stick with it and settle into the story, you'll never want to put it down. Seeing Anne and Henry's various different lives, be they situated high or low, was incredibly engrossing. I zipped through it, glued to the pages.

Some of the explanations given
Apr 24, 2011 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This could've been so good. It's such a good idea for a story. Unfortunately, I didn't find it good. I thought the past lives were ridiculous and far fetched. I thought the fact that the whole court was also involved in each past life was silly. In every life, Henry, Henry Percy, Katherine, Mary Boleyn, Princess Mary, Thomas Whyatt, her father and so on.
One particular low point was the prostitution in ancient Egypt. Anne was trying to feed two small children and the only way to do so was to turn
Aug 25, 2011 Anne rated it it was ok
This was a book that sounded very interesting-- the reincarnation of Anne Boleyn! I've always found her an interesting historical figure, but I've never read much fiction that took on her story. This book, however, is not interesting. Most of it is exposition, Anne Boleyn speaking to the reader from the afterlife. The best thing about fiction is the show aspect of it. I want to be shown the story, shown the meaning within the story, through the character's actions. This is all tell. And tell. An ...more
Rachael Worrad
Absolutely loved this book , poignant and thought provoking . Deeply touching in parts and brings a different perspective to the much written about events we are all familiar with . I am an avid reader of Tudor writing but began reading this with some trepidation . This was proven to be unwarranted and I am sure this will be a book I read over and over ...
Hunter Jones
Feb 08, 2014 Hunter Jones rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading this book three times, I am surprised by the sheer artistry Ms Gavin achieved. This is one of my favorite books. Thank you for writing Threads. You have achieved a true level of inspiration with this work. Cheers.
Beverly Diehl
In 1536 woman dies and the story begins...

Starting a story with the death of the main character is not done successfully very often. Anne Boleyn has just been lawfully, if not fairly, executed on the orders of her husband, King Henry VIII. This novel takes an unusual look at the events that led up to this; not just in Anne’s just past lifetime, but in the many lifetimes she and Henry have shared for centuries.

Anne’s task is to understand, to learn where she has failed, and to forgive what seems
Nov 19, 2009 Cheryl rated it liked it
Honestly, I can't make up my mind whether I loved this or hated it. There were large sections in the middle that I just couldn't read they got so tedious, so I skimmed through and there were some historical-type things that were a bit ridiculous. BUT, then there were sections that were so engaging I fell in love with the story. This is more than just a retelling of the Anne Boleyn/Henry VIII story - it is a story of the human spirit and redemption and is also a journey through history as Anne an ...more
Donna Gaumond
Mar 05, 2013 Donna Gaumond rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I never thought a story of reincarnation (I've never read one before) could be so multifaceted. I have never read anything about Anne Boyle before and looking at her supposed lives through the eyes of Anne and the subtle messages for the reader about the affect your life has on others is intriguing. It makes almost, but not quite question whether or not you've lived other lives. A fascinating first person account of numerous lives with the same characters interwoven in her life through the ages. ...more
Patricia Boden
Jan 16, 2013 Patricia Boden rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was one of the best books I have read, the most excited I have been about a book in a long time, not for its historical content, though that was clearly thoughtfully done, but for the perspective on the importance of forgiveness, under very trying circumstances, and the complexities in relationships. It read very true to me.
Feb 05, 2012 Loretta rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
Ugh. The description sounded so promising, but the author violates the "show, don't tell" rule to the greatest extent I've ever seen in a book that managed to get published. I made it about 30 pages in, flipped it to realize that it barely contains any dialogue at all and is basically purely exposition, and then gave up.
Nicole Gerrand
I persisted with this against my better judgement. Have read numerous accounts (fiction and non-fiction) of Anne Boelyn but this is just strange. I kept thinking that the author was going to explain some of the idiosyncrasies about Anne through her previous incantations but it didn't work well at least not for me
Apr 29, 2011 Luci rated it did not like it
Quite possibly one of the worst books I have ever read. The premise is fascinating - but the execution clunky and repetitive. The facts regarding Anne's life are pulled out of Alison Weir and the other lives are somewhat cookie cutter. The book comes off as preachy. Disappointing.
Jun 17, 2008 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I am a Tudor literature buff and have read many books written about that era. Gavin puts a very fresh twist on the complicated relationship Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII shared. It goes beyond Tudor England and into other parts of the world and other places in time.
Laura Mcgee
Jun 17, 2013 Laura Mcgee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
LOVED this book! Really interesting look at the relationship between Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn and the writing moves seamlessly through different time periods. Excellent read!
PJ Swanwick
Aug 13, 2012 PJ Swanwick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, spiritual
Richly textured spiritual novel explores karmic balance, stays true to history

Rating: 4 1/2 out of 5 stars
Why did King Henry VIII nearly destroy England and create a new religion in order to marry Anne Boleyn, only to have her executed three years later? Nell Gavin's fascinating, well-written spiritual novel makes the compelling case that his nearly incomprehensible behavior is explained by the karma created throughout their many lifetimes together.

Story: In 1536, Henry and Anne are at the mercy
Sarah-Jayne Briggs
(This review may contain spoilers).

When I was much younger, I had an interest in the Tudors and particularly Henry VIII. I could probably still name each one of his wives - and I know that little rhyme off by heart. Also, although I personally don't believe in it, the idea of reincarnation has always been a fascinating one. I couldn't say where that fascination comes from. Like reading and making up stories, it seems to have always been there.

So this book combined those two things - Tudor times
This book is both thoughtful and though provoking.

We know so much about Henry VIII but oftentimes his wives are just passing pieces of knowledge.
I think this book was beautifully written.

It is more fantasy than non-fiction, and it was very clever to begin the with the execution of Anne Boleyn.

I say it was thought provoking because it has never occurred to me how dangerous it is to be the object of Henry VIII's affection. When I think about how he had six wives and two of them were beheaded it be
Helen Erwin
Feb 18, 2017 Helen Erwin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book.
An unusual and very thoughtful way to describe Anne Boleyns life.
I loved how her previous lives were taken into account. Well done.
A great read.
Jul 24, 2011 bkjunkie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-shelf
This was an intresting perspective of Anne's life. The entire book is told from first person view which I do not normally like however, with this story it would be difficult to tell it any other way. It has several layers. The main theme throughout the different stories ever evolving around Anne, Henry, and the important people in thier many lives, is learning from our mistakes and not repeating them, not judging others by artifical means, and treating others with love and respect and digging de ...more
Jun 06, 2011 Joy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How does Anne Boleyn forgive Henry VIII for his betrayal of her trust and her murder? Can she do it over lifetimes in order to grow as a soul and return to the love they have always known? These are the questions asked by this book, which takes the ideas of reincarnation and soul companions and applies it to the well-known story of Anne and Henry. The first third of the book sets up Anne's life as it is interpreted for this novel, from her childhood through to her marriage and death, as she is v ...more
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 3 Feb 15, 2015 11:49AM  
  • Had the Queen Lived: An Alternative History of Anne Boleyn
  • The Fall of Anne Boleyn: A Countdown
  • Anne Boleyn: In Her Own Words  the Words of Those Who Knew Her
  • A Lady Raised High: A Novel of Anne Boleyn
  • The Six Wives of Henry VIII
  • The Queen's Promise
  • The Fifth Queen
  • Between Two Kings. A Novel of Anne Boleyn
  • Elizabeth and the Prince of Spain (Elizabeth Trilogy, #3)
  • Secrets of the Tudor Court (Tudor Court #1)
  • Le Temps Viendra: A Novel of Anne Boleyn, Volume II
  • Her Mother's Daughter: A Novel of Queen Mary Tudor
  • The King's Confidante (Tudor Saga, #6)
  • The Early Loves of Anne Boleyn
  • Dear Heart, How Like You This?
  • The Concubine
  • Brief Gaudy Hour: A Novel of Anne Boleyn
  • At the Mercy of the Queen
"Threads: The Reincarnation of Anne Boleyn" was inspired by a stint of working for Renaissance festivals when I was in my 20s. Writing the book was also a way of unloading the stress of my job at that time. I would come home and dump it all onto the page! Prior to that, I had no real aspirations to write, but I couldn't sing or play an instrument, and I was miserable at sports, so writing was my o ...more
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