Tarnish by Katherine Longshore
Published by Simon and Schuster
Companion to Gilt by Katherine Lonshore
Anne Boleyn is the odd girl out. Newly arrived to the court of King Henry VIII, everything about her seems wrong, from her clothes to her manners to her witty but sharp tongue. So when the dashing poet Thomas Wyatt offers to coach her on how to shine at court - and to convince the whole court they're lovers - she accepts. Before long, Anne's popularity has soared, and even the charismatic and irresistible king takes notice. More than popularity, Anne wants a voice - but she also wants love. What began as a game becomes high stakes as Anne finds herself forced to make an impossible choice between her heart's desire and the chance to make history.
A quick review for this book.
Tarnish is the story of Anne Boleyn before she got involved with Henry VIII and became the Queen we all learn about in history lessons.
I enjoyed this book for several reasons. Firstly it gave me insight into a historical character which was different from the narrative you normally hear about. It was nice to get inside the head of a young Anne and see the person she was before she was this famous historical figure. I enjoyed seeing all the political intrigue at court and seeing all the various relationships and deadline that went on underneath the surface. I loved the history involved and seeing all the backdrop to the story and how people lived. I also loved that it was engaging and wasn't at all dry which I find can be a problem with some historical fiction. I found myself wanting to read page after page to find out what happened next.
An interesting and engaging read which I very much enjoyed.
You'll love this if you loved
Gilt by Katherine Longshore
VIII by HM Castor
The Tudors TV series