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Dear Heart, How Like You This?

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  335 ratings  ·  30 reviews
May, 1536. The poet Sir Thomas Wyatt, released from imprisonment in the Tower of London, is in his father's custody. Almost from almost the beginning of his life, Tom has loved his cousin Anne Boleyn, content to sit at her feet while she sang her love songs to another, if doing so gave him just a moment in her company.

Now he is heartsick and despairing, having witnessed h
Paperback, 372 pages
Published August 5th 2002 by Poesy Quill (first published 2002)
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Elizabeth(The Book Whisperer)
Lets start by saying, I love Ann Boleyn. I love her story, I love Tudor history in general. This book is told from the point of view of Sir Thomas Wyatt. He was her cousin and had loved her his whole life through. The book shows her in a different light then most I have read of her. Usually she is portrayed as an scheming, overly ambitious vixen who cares only for her own ambition. This novel shows her in a more sympathetic light, and I enjoyed that. The only problem I had with this book was the ...more
Alex Stark
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book gave me a unique insight into the much gossiped of relationship between Queen Anne and the poet Tomas Wyatt. Despite all of the different historic opinions flying about, it is comforting and enchanting to read a book which harbours such raw, encapsulating emotion. Indeed, Wendy Dunn has accomplished what many writers seek to, and many fail to grasp, which is an evocative relationship with Wyatt. This story reads, to me, as a genuine and loving conversation between the writer, the main ...more
Denise O'Hagan
Aug 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A detailed and compassionate fictionalised account of the story of Anne Boleyn, told from the viewpoint of Sir Thomas Wyatt. We are offered a rare insight into the lives of people in Tudor times, and especially the frequently compromised situations in which women, including high-born women, found themselves. All in all, a soundly researched narrative, and heartrendingly compelling story. Highly recommended, especially to anyone with an interest in history (especially of Tudor times) and the role ...more
Charlie Fenton
I liked it until the end, in which several inaccuracies came up. Anne Boleyn's last miscarriage was not of a deformed child, that was not mentioned until years after her death and even Eustace Chapuys, who had no love of the woman and knew all that happened at court, didn't mention it. Jane Boleyn's portrayal is the standard one of an evil woman who caused her husband and sister-in-law's downfall, although there is no evidence of this and it was thoroughly disproved by Julia Fox's biography on h ...more
I found the writing style of this book so annoying that I couldn't get into the actual story.

It was written in that dramatic, overly enthusiastic 'hey I'm a poet!' kind of way, with exclaimations of love and adoration and shouts of 'Oh Anna!' every paragraph. It was somewhat nauseating as well as overly descriptive to the point of wondering what he was talking about. We can't do three lines without Wyatt reminding the reader that he loves her. Yes, I get the point, no need to hit me over the hea
Patricia Wesslink
May 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Oh so beautifully written - the words truly flow like poetry - very apt since this is the story of Anne Boleyn as told by her cousin, the poet Thomas Wyatt. This account of her rise and fall dares to challenge some of the more traditional beliefs pertaining to some of the supporting characters - for example Elizabeth Boleyn, Anne's mother is presented as weak and not at all involved in the lives of her children. Although the story's outcome is well known, the writing style keeps the reader intri ...more
Disappointing - I wanted to like this book, because I loved the idea of the story of Anne Boleyn and Thomas Wyatt. I had trouble getting past the writing style, though - very flowery, with lots of "yea" and "verily." The author also switches between Anne and Anna frequently (sometimes within the same paragraph) for no apparent reason. I think the book could have used better editing. I did enjoy the story, though, especially toward the end - the plot and the writing seemed to improve as the book ...more
Jul 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Totally loved it. (Another one I read in one sitting on a huge-ass train journey!) I loved the different angle taken when presenting Anne, and their childhood seemed so magical and blissful. The only criticism I could possibly have is that Anne is presented as too Saint-like, too good and almost too one-dimensional - she doesn't seem to be flawed in any way and she seems slightly less believable because of this... But this is only a small, small criticism and overall I really loved this book. ...more
Apr 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This is a truely lovely telling of the sad tale of Anne Boleyn. Seen through the eyes of Thomas Wyatt who loved Anne from early on, and watched her trancedence to Henry VIII's queen with romantic longing and her downfall with grief. ...more
Nov 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fine book by a very good historian, but The Light in the Labyrinth remains my favorite of the two. Maybe the choice of character and very possibly what their lives consisted of, or just that each author's books become better than the one before.

Both of them are MUST READS!
Mary Walterman
Aug 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A different perspective

I liked this book because it told Anne Boleyn's story from a different perspective. Tom Wyatt was a male friend who delivers this perspective for us. Enabling us to see Anne and her life in a different light.
Jan 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent book (and despite the fact that I call the author a friend, I can still be unbiased!) about Anne Boleyn. It will keep you going!
Rosie Lee
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another brilliant read by Wendy J Dunn about Anne Boleyn written through the eyes of Sir Thomas Wyatt......you might have to have a box of tissues near by..........hoping for more from this author
Jun 06, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an evocative and engaging story of love and friendship that blossoms from early childhood bonds only to be torn apart by a selfish king’s sensual desires.
The heartbreak of Thomas Wyatt’s mostly unrequited love for his cousin, Anne Boleyn, is told in the first person by Wyatt. The scenes, colored with contrasting images – from the glittering gold and jeweled coronation gowns of the Tudor Court to the cold, grey confines of the Tower of London – are presented through the poetically written
Nicola Niemc
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am a huge fan of the Tudor period and its characters (especially the Boleyns), and this book is one of the most interesting, and in places, heart-wrenching accounts of the rise and fall of Anne Boleyn. It was interesting in that it comes from the view of Sir Thomas Wyatt, one of her supposed lovers, and depicts an unusual account of her actions. Anne is shown in a sympathetic light for once and you can't help but feel sorry for her inability to bear a son. Henry VIII is portrayed as a spoilt c ...more
A. L.
Jul 15, 2020 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book in that it gave me a better appreciation of Sir Thomas Wyatt’s poetry. I like the kinder viewpoint of Anne Boleyn. And while the narrator’s constant switching between ‘Anne’ and ‘Anna’ seemed to bother a lot of people, that didn’t bother me at all. Probably because my family LOVES nicknames, and we nickname each other’s nicknames. However, starting nearly every third sentence with ‘verily’ or ‘yea’ quickly grew tedious, and actually served to knock you out of the scene. There ...more
Fiona Andrew
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

A different point of view of the time of Anne Boleyn. The narrative by Sir Thomas Wyatt tells a tragic story of a young girl who was sweep along by the lusts of men. Her beauty and innocence catch the eye of the King and her life is never the same. I totally enjoyed this book and highly recommend it.
Oct 19, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tudor era fans
This novel is a slow burn however, I really enjoyed it! Written in poem like style told from the Perspective of Thomas Wyatt, Anne Boleyn's cousin. I feel that Anne has always beem portrayed as a power hungry woman. And in this book we get to know her as more innocent young woman who wanted a normal life. Recommended for all fans of the Tudor era! ...more
Georgiana  Romanovna
A Richly researched book told from the perspective of Sir Thomas Wyatt and his life long love for Anne Boleyn.
For anyone who loves the Tudor times in history, you will thoroughly enjoy this book with its rather warm telling of Anne Boleyn’s inner personality from a different perspective.
This will most certainly not be the last book I read by this author!
Chasity Gaines
Jan 11, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful and Heartbreaking

Dunn captivates the senses as she gives us a look at Anne Boleyn's life through the eyes of Thomas Wyatt. She weaves a tale of beauty and heartbreak. I have read many books about Anne and I thought this was a wonderfully written. I look forward to reading Book 2 in this series.
Ellen Young
Mar 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A good read

I found the beginning of the book slow to catch my attention but was determined to read on and glad I did. Two things: if Anne gave herself to anyone, it would have been Hal Percy and I'm not a fan of Tom Wyatts poetry. Still, I enjoyed this book and do recommend it.
Donna Pingry
Nov 23, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book I have read by this author. I'm truly on the lookout for more. Interesting new view of Thomas Wyatt. History tells us he loved her and never forgot her. This fleshes that out a bit more. ...more
Aug 10, 2018 rated it did not like it
Verily, this is badly written, aye.
Sara G
Aug 09, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: did-not-finish
DNF. I couldn't get past the author's writing style. It's overly poetic in that sort of fake old fashioned way, using "verily" and words like that for no real reason. There were points where historical detail is added in a very jarring way, too. It sounds like our narrator is quoting Wikipedia. "Only as I grew older did I understand that families of our status customarily sent their offspring to homes of relatives or friends to gain the beginnings of their education and strengthen attachments al ...more
I'm not sure how I felt about this. Part of me swears if the author tossed the word "certes" in there one more time I was going to toss this in the fireplace. Between that and the notion that Anne's marriage to Henry was fueled by an Amanda Clark-like "Revenge" made this whole thing a bit hard to swallow. Combined with the writing which I found a bit too high-school I was struggling with whether I liked this or not. Then I read the information in the back. There was real intelligent history ther ...more
Feb 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
I liked this novel. I liked the point of view of Thomas Wyatt; it certainly made for a different story. I also like Dunn's portrayal of Anne Boleyn as a pawn in a game played by powerful men who put her in Henry's way. I think she was a strong woman in her own right and desired to change England's church, but I do not believe she got to the position of Queen without much coaching from her father and uncle, both of whom turned against her when Henry tired of her. Although I liked this take on Ann ...more
Helen Azar
Dec 10, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: tamoul
Yet another Anne Boleyn novel, this time written from the point of view of Thomas Wyatt - her cousin and brief lover - who wrote lots of poetry dedicated to her. Not a bad read, but due to endless professions of love on the main character's part, it does get somewhat tiresome [Yes, we get it already, you are in love with Anne Boleyn!:]. Some historical revisionism, but it is historical FICTION after all, although accurate for the most part... ...more
May 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent novel of the tragic story of Anne Boelyn. Well written with impeccable research. A must read for anyone interested in the history of Tudor England.
Aug 07, 2008 added it
good book kindof reminded me of the secret diary of anne boleyn. but still good.
How could I have missed a book that uses a Thomas Wyatt sonnet as its title?
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Wendy J. Dunn is an Australian writer who has been obsessed by Anne Boleyn and Tudor History since she was ten-years-old. She is the author of two Anne Boleyn novels: Dear Heart, How Like You This?, the winner of the 2003 Glyph Fiction Award and 2004 runner up in the Eric Hoffer Award for Commercial Fiction, and The Light in the Labyrinth, her first young adult novel. Wendy's third novel, Falling ...more

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