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Dear Heart, How Like You This?

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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, 325 pages
Published August 5th 2002 by Distant Mirror (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
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 likes 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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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
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
Jan 05, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-edition
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...
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.
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good book kindof reminded me of the secret diary of anne boleyn. but still good.
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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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