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August 09, 2011

To Die For - by Sandra Byrd

About this Novel:
     Meg Wyatt has been Anne Boleyn's closest friend ever since they grew up together on neighboring manors in Kent. So when twenty-five-year-old Anne's star begins to ascend, of course she takes Meg along for the ride. 
     Life in the court of Henry VIII is thrilling...at first. Meg is made mistress of Anne's wardrobe, and she enjoys the spoils of this priveleged orbit and uses her influence for good. She is young and beautiful and in favor; everyone at court assumes that being close to her is being close to Anne.
     But favor is fickle and envy is often laced with venom. As Anne falls, so does Meg, and it becomes nearly impossible for her to discern ally from enemy. Suddenly life's unwelcome surprises rub against the court's sheen to reveal the tarnished brass of false affections and the bona fide gold of those that are true. Both Anne and Meg may lose everything. When your best friend is married to fearsome Henry VII, you may soon find yourself not only friendless but headless as well.

Release date is August 9th

My Thoughts:
The first in a series of three "Ladies in Waiting" Novels by Sandra Byrd, this is a historical fiction readers dream. The novel focuses on the life of Anne Boleyn and her closest friend, Meg Wyatt, and while I thought the book took a long time to get into, it was worth the read. Sandra Byrd has been on my favorite authors list since I read her first adult novel series (French Twist) back in 2009--Let Them Eat Cake, Bon Appetit & Piece De Resistance, so I was excited to read the first book in her new series. I am generally a fan of historical fiction, but I felt that this book was mostly history without much action or much happening until the latter part of the novel. So even though I did not enjoy this novel as much as I have her other books, I am still looking forward to reading the other books in this series.

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