Thursday, February 20, 2014

Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway: The Boleyn Bride by Brandy Purdy (CLOSED)

Title: The Boleyn Bride   
Author: Brandy Purdy     
Published: February 2014; Kensington Publishing 
Format: ARC Paperback; 272 pages   
Source: Publisher via Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours

From carefree young woman to disillusioned bride, the dazzling lady who would become mother and grandmother to two of history's most infamous queens, has a fascinating story all her own. . .

At sixteen, Elizabeth Howard envisions a glorious life for herself as lady-in-waiting to the future queen, Catherine of Aragon. But when she is forced to marry Thomas Boleyn, a wealthy commoner, Elizabeth is left to stagnate in the countryside while her detested husband pursues his ambitions. There, she raises golden girl Mary, moody George, and ugly duckling Anne—while staving off boredom with a string of admirers. Until Henry VIII takes the throne. . .

When Thomas finally brings his highborn wife to London, Elizabeth indulges in lavish diversions and dalliances—and catches the lusty king's eye. But those who enjoy Henry's fickle favor must also guard against his wrath. For while her husband's machinations bring Elizabeth and her children to the pinnacle of power, the distance to the scaffold is but a short one—and the Boleyn family's fortune may be turning. . .

My thoughts: I really enjoy reading about the Tudor England period and find that each book I read brings to light new information. What Brandy Purdy did here was essentially give us a memoir of sorts by Elizabeth Boleyn - Anne Boleyn's mother. Now I've read many books about Ann Boleyn and never really remember much being mentioned about her mother, so I was quite drawn to this book.

To say that Elizabeth Boleyn is an interesting person is, in my opinion, an understatement. She certainly would never win mother of the year, that's for sure! There's one section just a little bit more than halfway through the book that aptly sums this up:

The truth was, by the time my children grew up and became interesting to me, it was too late for me to play any real role in their lives; my attempts at mothering or befriending them were often awkward at best and disappointing, for all of us, at worst. They had grown accustomed to me not being there for them; they had learned not to need or depend on me, and to live without me, and were not inclined to fling the door wide in welcome now when I had been the one who had kept it closed all during their childhoods.

Elizabeth Boleyn believed she was destined for greatness herself and when she didn't get that, she basically looked for ways to spite her husband whenever she could. She basically abandoned her children. Later on in life, I believe she does regret her decisions, but, it was too late for her to apologize to Anne and George and she wasn't able to summon the courage to approach Mary. The only person who really knew the true Elizabeth Boleyn was her long-time lover Remi Jouet, a doll-maker she met as a young girl. 

Again, I have found that with all the books written about Tudor England, each author brings to light new information, bringing to the forefront lesser known characters that had an eagle's eye view of what was going on at the courts during this time. Elizabeth Boleyn, as mother to Queen Anne Boleyn and as mistress to the king himself as one point, certainly saw all!

The Boleyn Bride by Brandy Purdy is on tour with Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours. Be sure to check out the other tour stops to read more reviews, guest posts and some giveaway opportunities. Be sure to follow all the twitter activity, too at #BoleynBrideTour.

Thanks to Amy at Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours, I have two copies of The Boleyn Bride to offer to my readers.

To enter… 
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  • I will contact winner at the conclusion of the giveaway & they will have 2 days to respond or I will pick a new winner.

This giveaway is open to US residents only and ends February 27th. 

Good luck!



  1. thanks for this fascinating historical. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  2. A great review and Tudor's are a unique family whose escapades I enjoy. Many thanks. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  3. thanks for the giveaway! sounds good!
    here is my tweet:
    same on facebook [emma cazabonne]
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  4. What a wonderful review. I look forward to reading this book. Thank you so much.

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. Kristin, thanks for a great review and giveaway! I'll add this to my blog's sidebar.

  6. I love reading about the Tudor era!

  7. Thanks for this great giveaway! I am excited to read this one.

  8. Elizabeth Boleyn sounds like a really interesting person and well suited to be the title character in an historical fiction novel. I'd love to get a copy of this book, thanks for the chance. carlscott(at)prodigy(dot)net(dot)mx

  9. I also tweeted a link to this post: Thanks again!

  10. The cover is so beautiful!! I love these historical fiction books and would love to read this one. Thx for the giveaway opportunity.

    Liglesias3 [at] gmail [dot] com

  11. a definite add to my WishList!!
    thank you for the giveaway!!!

    cyn209 at juno dot com

  12. shared on my FB wall:

    cyn209 at juno dot com


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