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Wife After Wife

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  850 ratings  ·  265 reviews
If Philippa Gregory and Jackie Collins went out for cocktails and wrote a book, they'd come back with Wife After Wife.

A wickedly entertaining and utterly absorbing modern take on the life and marriages of Henry VIII...if he were a twenty-first-century womanizing media mogul rather than the king of England.

Master of the universe Harry Rose is head of the Rose Corporation, n
Paperback, 432 pages
Published January 21st 2020 by Berkley
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Divorced. Murdered. Died. Divorced. Departed. Survived.

This book was bloody brilliant! Olivia Hayfield retells The story of King henry VIII with a modern twist. Engaging and entertaining, packed with glitz, glamour, drama, deceit, revenge, grief, passion, and charm. The concept of the story was so clever and I loved learning some history in a contemporary setting. The story was well researched and Miss Hayfeild inventively brings the story into the 21st century. There were also plenty of pop cu
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss2020, 2020
Olivia Hayfield takes on the challenge of retelling the lifestory of one of the most powerful and notorious English monarchs- that of Henry VIII and his six wives. We’ve all heard about their fate: divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived, but what would these marriages have beeen like if Henry Tudor was somehow reincarnated in our times? Would he have been able to get away with the way he treated the women in his life or would he have got his comeuppance?

There is no doubt the book
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
A cross between Philippa Gregory and Jackie Collins? How fun is that?!

What is Henry VIII was a modern day media mogul?

Harry Rose is on the Forbes list and has just married wife number six. But all things are not perfect for Harry, and his business and personal life are garnering more than their share of media attention in the tabloids.

Wife After Wife is chock-full of fun, and one of my favorite aspects is the pop culture references through the 80s and 90s. As a Tudor aficionado, I LOVED this mod
Jun 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a modern day retelling of Tudor King Henry VIII and his six wives which is set into the context of nearly four decades from the mid 1980’s to 2018 bringing it up to date with the #MeToo movement. Harry Rose is the CEO of the Rose Corporation and has been since he was a young man and under his leadership it is now a huge company. He’s well connected, rich, charismatic and very powerful. The story is told from multiple points of view and makes for one heck of a saga as is the original vers ...more
Amy Imogene Reads
3.75 stars

Henry VIII and his many wives, but modernized and given a few memorable twists. This was a joy to read as a Tudor-era fan, and it had some quirks.

Concept: ★★★★★
Pacing: ★★★ 1/2
Enjoyment: ★★★★

Wife After Wife is exactly as it's billed on the ticket: Henry VIII is Harry Rose, modern-day media mogul, and this is the story of his many wives.

Now, full disclosure, I love any and all things related to the Tudor time period, include modern retellings. So I loved this for the concept alone. But,
Katie B
This book is a modern-day retelling of the lives of Henry VIII and his wives. Even though I'm not a huge fan of the Tudor era, I really enjoyed this one. It was like a fun, trashy soap opera and a great choice to read when I needed a distraction from real life.

As head of the Rose Corporation, Harry Rose is wealthy and hob knobs with the rich and famous. He also has a difficult time keeping it in his pants if you know what I'm saying. The story follows Harry thru the years as well as the differen
Apr 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
"Divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived. I'm Henry the Eighth, I had six wives, some might say I ruined their lives." I've always remembered this jingle from grade school, and it definitely played a part in my fascination with the Tudors. As such, I was very curious as to how Henry VIII’s life would translate in today’s time, and I have to say that I thought Hayfield did a pretty good job with it (although no beaheadings!).

Going into it, you know the plot, so there's nothing sup
Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm Myrtle Beach
Wife After Wife has been on my radar for months.... so glad I finally read it!

I loved it. It was well-written, great characters, and a unique and really enjoyable retelling of Henry VIII.

I cannot wait for the sequel!
Kathryn in FL
Surprisingly good pop-sugar, Olivia Hayfield has written a book plot that roars across the pages. Thus delivering a tasty mind treat (distraction) for those who want a lighter reading delight. Though not my typical read, I consumed this story with ferocity having to find out what was about to occur next. Or to say in today's common vernacular, simply unputdownable. No doubt, this will be on many year end lists for "fill in the blank prize" book of the year! This is a must read for those looking ...more
Sharah McConville
Wife After Wife is a fun, modern retelling of the life of King Henry VIII and his six wives. Olivia Hayfield's book was Books With Heart Book Clubs February pick. Yet again another great choice. I'm looking forward to the sequel.
Laura • lauralovestoread
I know I should be making a dent in my 2019 books, but I was so excited to read 𝙒𝙞𝙛𝙚 𝘼𝙛𝙩𝙚𝙧 𝙒𝙞𝙛𝙚, and couldn’t wait any longer to dive in!

I try to limit my knowledge of the synopsis of books so I don’t spoil things for myself going in, but somehow I thought this book would be suspenseful based on the little blurb I did see. However, I was shocked and delighted to discover that it was loosely suspense, and much more of a retelling with romance!

Overall, I loved the retelling aspects of Henry VIII a
Olivia Hayfield
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
well yes it may be my own book, but I got to spend a year with Harry and that's a five-star experience
Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Divorced. Beheaded. Died. Divorced. Beheaded. Survived.

Wife After Wife is must for all Tudor fans & a great intro for those interested in what a modern-day look at the Tudor family could be like. This novel is so cleverly written complete with new names for the historic family members and figures & their personas brought back to life, set in modern-day London.

It’s 2018: Harry Rose is head of Rose Corp. and he’s on his sixth wife. The reader is taken back through time to see how his life got turn
Kate Vocke (bookapotamus)
Feb 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, retellings
WIFE AFTER WIFE loosely follows the story of Henry VIII - and ALL the wives. The parallels are definitely there and it’s sort of a fun way to learn the history of his story with some modern twists. ⁣

Harry Rose is a handsome, charming media mogul in modern day London and his story spans 30 years as he just piles on the wives through his womanizing exploits. I loved Harry just as much as I hated him and it was a clever contemporary spin that tells the story though not only Harry but all of his wi
Amy Bruestle
Jun 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
I won this book through a giveaway in exchange for an honest review.

I have to say, before reading the back cover or “premise” of the book, I was pulled in by the cover art. It made me think of suspense and forbidden love. I wasn’t far off, either! Although the first half of the book was mainly just about the day to day lives of the characters, while the second half got more in depth with the action (no specifics because i didn’t want to give anything away). The end was my favorite half! I also l
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wife After Wife is a modernized retelling of Henry VIII, and it was such an interesting concept. I feel like the story worked well with the updates, and it was an entertaining read. It is on the slower side, and felt a little long at times, but it held my interest.

This book is full of drama, and I loved seeing how everything played out. Sometimes it was difficult to spend so much time with Harry because he's very often a misogynistic creeper, and I wish that most of the wives would have been a
Updated review after finishing the book: actually this is the third revision: Now that I have had time to read the other reviews and read some of the comments and who the comments are from-I have to wonder about some of these reviews.

I see that I am in a very tiny minority about how I feel about this book, but I just have to tell the truth as I see it.

I am having such difficulty getting through this book, maybe because I don't know anything about King Henry the VIII (except for Anne of a Thousan
Wife After Wife is a modern retelling based on the life and marriages of Henry VIII.

The book starts with a cast of characters list telling the reader who everybody is supposed to be (in this book vs in Henry VIII's life). The list with the rest of the cast of characters is at the end of the book. I thought that this was a very interesting idea. And a good way to help the reader see the connections between the book and the original characters that they are based on.

The book has many 3rd person PO
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2020, review
Reviewed for Wit and Sin

Wife After Wife is a fresh and imaginative retelling of the story of Henry VIII and his wives. I wasn’t sure how such an expansive story would work when whittled down to one book, but Olivia Hayfield manages it wonderfully, getting the spirit of the real life inspiration and events right while modernizing the story. Spanning from the 1980s to 2018, Wife After Wife is by turns entertaining and tragic.

Whether you know Tudor history or not, this book stands on it
Feb 17, 2020 rated it liked it

A modern retelling of Henry VIII just sounded really interesting and cool to me, I’ve been trying to branch out and read some different sounding books lately and this definitely fit the bill. Admittedly I don’t know much beyond the basic information about Henry VIII but it wasn’t necessary for me to enjoy this one.

This follows Harry Rose from the eighties all the way up to 2018 and you hear from him and all of his wives throughout the book. There were so many great pop culture references s
Basic B's Guide
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wife After Wife

“I'm Henry the eighth I am
Henry the eighth I am, I am
I got married to the widow next door
She's been married seven times before”

A modern retelling of Henry VIII and his six wives? Sign me up! You may not know this about me, but I used to be obsessed with The Tudor family. After my book club read “The Other Boleyn Girl”, 10 years ago, we went to a Tudor history talk at a nearby castle (so fun!) and then became obsessed with watching The Tudors on HBO. Its been over 10 years but it w
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
I wanted to read this book because it was modeled after King Henry VIII. I was briefly obsessed with learning about this historical figure and his wives but really became more when The Tudors, the television show aired back on Showtime.

All I could picture were the cast of the television show as the characters in this book. Which I am not complaining as I have a crush on Jonathan Rhys Meyers. So, that helped a lot. While I did appreciate the author's modern retelling of this story; I felt like i
Jenna Bookish
Rather boring and not what I expected. The synopsis suggested something that dealt with the fallout of Harry's bad behavior a lot more than this did. Mainly it was a long-winded retelling of each of his wives over the course of many years. None of the characters were engaging enough to sustain this kind of storytelling. While the narrative does eventually hit the point of Harry facing some consequences, it's tacked onto the very end and rather insubstantial.
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
The story of Henry VIII and his many wives is a fascinating piece of world history. "The Other Boleyn Girl" holds a special place in my heart and introduced me to the genius of Philippa Gregory. That is why I was drawn to this particular title. In this new novel, Olivia Hayfield attempts a formidable task. She brings the story of Henry and his wives into the 21st century along with modern equivalents for many of the other key players. It is my opinion that her attempt is quite successful in acco ...more
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
This one was described as a modern take on the life and marriages of Henry VIII, if he were a 21st century womanising media mogul. 

Harry Rose is the head of the Rose Corporation, number eighteen on Forbes rich list.
I don't read many retellings, but this one was so enjoyable. While some of the topics were serious, such as infertility, Hayfield wrote in such a fun and light manner that kept the story interesting. There was divorce, death, drama and even murder, which kept the pages turning. Really
Feb 15, 2020 rated it liked it
I'm not sure how I feel about this book--let's see if I figure it out!

It's one of those retellings where what it's retelling still existed, so there were references to the actual Henry VII and his wives, which didn't really work for me.

The book started out feeling TOO close to the true story (modern retelling or not!), but once we got ot Ana (Anne Boleyn), the story started feeling more like it's own thing. I did like the cast of women (both the wives and others), but there was still a LOT of ti
Lisa - (Aussie Girl)
Like the author I have had a love of Henry VIII and his six wives since seeing the movie Anne of A Thousand Days decades ago. I must have read hundreds of fictional and histories on the subject.

So I absolutely loved this book giving a modern twist on those beloved historical characters. It was just so clever how she put her contemporary spin on this era of history. And I can't wait for the next instalment, Sister to Sister where she continues the story detailing the battles between Elizabeth I,
Jessica | Booked J
Jan 18, 2020 rated it liked it
(3.5 stars) Blog | Twitter | Instagram | Review can also be found here at Booked J.

As always, a copy of this book was provided by the publisher or author in exchange for my honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way.

Wife After Wife had me at its comparisons to Philippa Greggory and Jackie Collins.

It helped that I've been itching for more modernized versions of historical figures. After last year's YA novel The Dead Queens Club , another historical re-imagining, I've bee
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, audiobook, chick-lit
Clearly, none of the figures or situations translate perfectly to the modern period. Court life in the Tudor period looks quite different from life in 2020. However, Hayfield pulls out aspects and key moments of each wife’s story to make a modern Tudor masterpiece. The traits that the wives have historically been dragged for are their strongest assets in Wife After Wife. Anne Boleyn is routinely accused of being scheming and calculating to steal Henry from Catherine. Ana Lyebon uses her wit and ...more
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, 00-own-a-copy
What if King Henry VIII lived in modern times? How would his womanizing and philandering ways be influenced by the strong, modern women in his life? Find out in this rollicking tale richly imagined by author Olivia Hayfield!

Modern day Henry, known as Harry in this book, is a media mogul and "King" of Rose Corp. He loves women and, despite his constant cheating and misogynistic ways, women can't help but fall for his good looks and charismatic personality.

"You have to make allowances for boys, '
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Olivia Hayfield writes modern-day retellings of historical tales. Her novel Wife After Wife explores how Henry VIII's life might play out if he were reincarnated as a 21st-century media mogul pitched against modern versions of his six wives.

Olivia has recently finished writing the sequel, Sister to Sister, which follows the lives of Harry Rose's daughters Eliza (Elizabeth 1st, the Virgin Queen) an

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