This weekend I started a novel that has been sitting on my TBR pile for over a year. The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory is an historical novel set in Tudor England during the reign of Henry VIII. The story begins three years after the beheading of Anne Boleyn, King Henry VIII’s second wife.
My teaser can be found near the beginning of the book and reflects the thoughts of Anne of Cleves as she sits for a portrait that is to be taken to England’s king.
“I hardly dare to breathe. I am as still as a block, a smile stuck on my face, my eyes wide open, looking boldly at the artist, appearing, I hope, trustworthy, my frank stare indicating honesty but not immodesty. My borrowed jewels are the best that my other could lay her hands on, designed to show to a critical viewer that we are not quite paupers, even though my brother will offer no dowry to pay a husband. The king will have to choose me for my pleasant appearance and political connections. I have nothing else to offer. But he must choose me. I am absolutely determined that he will choose me. It is everything to me to get away from here.” (p. 4, Harper, 2006)
I have not had a chance to read much this week, but I am looking forward to reading more of this woman, Henry VIII, and of Katherine Howard (Henry VIII’s fifth wife).
What are you reading this week? Feel free to share a few sentences from the book in the comments.
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2016
(This post is linked to Miz B’s Teaser Tuesdays at Books and a Beat)