Threads: The Reincarnation of Anne Boleyn
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Threads: The Reincarnation of Anne Boleyn

3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  597 ratings  ·  114 reviews
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...more
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
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
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
Feb 22, 2012 Diane rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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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...more
J.A. Clement
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...more
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...more
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
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...more
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
Hunter S. Jones
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.
Donna Gaumond
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
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 ...
Patricia Boden
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.
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.
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 and worse, key points are underlined. Disappointing.
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
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
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!
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
Barbara Silkstone
Threads, The Reincarnation of Anne Boleyn is a vividly imagined tale of the lure of what might be illicit love, or may be a confirmation of the existence of reincarnation. Nell Gavin is a gifted storyteller, layering the thoughts of a young woman, who for eight years kept a king... waiting. The book has the feel of a lovely painting, the details both natural and startling, the overall effect is surreal.

Gently erotic, this is a novel of mesmerizing beauty, a story of love and loss. As you surren...more
Much like the real life story of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, Nell Gavin's "Threads" is full of intrigue, lust, love and betrayal.

One great strength of this novel is the author's use of detail, especially when delving into the thoughts and emotions of her principal narrator, Anne. Gavin envelopes her readers in Anne's thoughts and feelings and gives us insight into the possible motives of a woman who was greatly misunderstood in her real life. Also, this detail helps us see the true love and bon...more
I love Anne Boleyn, reincarnation, and the idea of a historical figure considering her life/lives and self in such a manner.

Unfortunately I didn't love the book. It contains parts that were enjoyable which gave me hope the whole book would pick itself up and turn out to be wonderful; however, over all the aspects I didn't care for kept rearing their ugly heads.

The writing never found it's real pace. Anne's spirit either waxed poetic to the Universe for too long that it bordered on whining more...more
I typically devour anything having to do with the Tudors, and was initially intrigued by the premise of Threads, but I was not engaged with this particular story. Told by Anne Boleyn from the afterlife, she provides commentary as she observes her past lives, which include stints as a prostitute in ancient Egypt, a traveling performer in 12th century Europe, a Chinese peasant in the 1700's, a socialite in New York during the 19th century and her infamous role as the doomed second wife of Henry VI...more
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...more
I picked up this book due to my interest in the Tudors. The description was vague enough to stop me from judging or guessing the entirety of the book. Despite repeated exposure to Tudor history, I liked "Threads". It is hardly a retelling of Anne's life. It focuses on the motivations of her actions and soul. I was initially taken aback by the heavy philosophy and twining into Anne's deep (very deep) past. However, I agree with how Gavin tied the story together. I found more difficulty in buying...more
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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"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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“We are all on the same road, some ahead of us and some behind. We do not always recognize ourselves as being among those who are struggling farther back, and misunderstand, scorn, and even persecute the ones who move ahead of us. History is littered with such as these: eccentrics, geniuses, idealists among those most noticeable. These change the world by force, though the change most often does not take place during their own time, they are so far ahead of it and therefore so rarely understood.” 4 likes
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