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Passion's Reign by Karen Harper
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Jul 28, 09

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Passion's Reign is the original title of Karen Harper's 2006 book The Last Boleyn. Published in 1983 and marketed as a romance novel, Passion's Reign tells the story of Mary Boleyn. Unlike the more famous The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory, Harper does not allow Anne to take over the story and remains focused on Mary (of course Anne is in the book though). For the most part, it seems to stick fairly close to historical facts with the major exception of the romantic plotline which has Mary and William Stafford (Staff) meeting much sooner than they probably really did. I was OK with that - I felt so sorry for Mary that it was nice to see her having something to make her life a little happier. Staff is quite the 80's romance hunk! 3.5 stars
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07/15/2009 "This is the original title of Karen Harper's The Last Boleyn (about Mary Boleyn)"
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message 1: by Chrissie (last edited Jul 16, 2009 02:04AM) (new)

Chrissie Hi Tanzanite, I am curious to see your review. With this title one wonders how much is fiction and how much true! But hej, Mary Boleyn was the mistress of two kings and yup she did finnally find someone to love. Maybre the title was just a sales ploy!


Tanzanite Well, so far (after 100 pages)it's not bad. It starts shortly before Mary is sent to France and it's just now gotten to where she becomes the mistress of Francois. It was written in 1983 and was definately marketed as a romance novel. We'll see how it goes...


message 3: by Chrissie (new)

Chrissie 1983 - do you feel the language is already dated? Please keep us informed!


message 4: by Karla (new)

Karla I just got this book in an Ebay lot last night and was hoping someone had something to say about it. :D Thanks for the review. It sounds like good fun!


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