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About the Author

Sandra Vasoli earned a bachelor’s degree in English and biology from Villanova University before embarking on a thirty-five-year career in human resources for a large international company.

Having written essays, stories, and articles all her life, Vasoli was prompted by her overwhelming fascination with the Tudor dynasty to try her hand at writing fiction.

While researching what would eventually become her Je Anne Boleyn series, Vasoli was granted unprecedented access to the Papal Library. There she was able to read the original love letters from Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn—an event that contributed greatly to the creation of her fictional memoir.

Vasoli currently lives in Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania, with her husband and two greyhounds.

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  • Series: Je Anne Boleyn
  • Paperback: 366 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (April 30, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1495440966
  • ISBN-13: 978-1495440960
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #735,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jocy on July 20, 2014
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A wonderful new approach to a story that we pretend to know. A remarkable analysis of the growth of a young woman, demonstrating her candor, her weaknesses and her intelligence. You won't be able to put it down until the end.
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This historical NOVEL is a wonderful engaging book that provides a unique perspective on one of the most written about women in the world. Those who bicker with perceived inaccuracies in some minute historical facts miss the point and unique beauty of this book - the telling of the story of a complex personality from her own perspective. The author's attention to detail reflects years of meticulous research does not overpower the insights how Anne Boleyn saw herself and those around her, and her place in the larger world in a particular point in time. It is hard to imagine another author who can provide such a clear public view of the interior life of an important historical figure. Hard to put down - can't wait for volume 2!
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This is a beautifully written, first-person account of Henry VIII’s courtship of Anne Boleyn. The book begins at their first real exchange, and ends at their marriage.

I read it both as a Tudor fan and as someone who seeks to write about them. As a Tudor fan, I loved the details the author included. Vasoli did an immense amount of research – she even visited the Vatican to inspect Henry’s actual love letters – and it really showed. As a Tudor author, I appreciated things like Vasoli’s choice of Lady Margaret Wyatt as a companion to Anne, someone that Anne could talk to and get out of her own head. Few others in Anne’s life could have fulfilled this role as well.

Bottom line: I loved the book.

I have to admit, I wasn’t sure I would. I have had Anne Boleyn’s voice inside my head since I was eight years old, and I tend to dislike accounts in the first person narrative for that reason. But I have to say, Vasoli’s skill made first-person the right choice: it got us deeper into the story, more intimately than third person would have.

[Spoiler alert: I’m about to get a little specific about certain choices the author made, stop reading now if you prefer to be swept along by the tale….]

Vasoli was also able to overcome my tendency to dismiss accounts that in any way go against my long-seated beliefs: she managed to not only keep me hooked but even open my mind. Specifically, I have always believed that Anne did not cede her virginity to Henry until they were in Calais – even after her ennoblement as Marquess of Pembroke. But Vasoli created a compelling alternative and made me see how Anne could have given into the temptation right before they left for Calais, then agreed to live as husband and wife with him in Calais and beyond.
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I won this book thanks to the website On The Tudor Trail and Sandra Vasoli.

I want to write an honest review without offending the author hopefully.

Overall the book was wonderfully written from the point of view of Anne Boleyn and her experiences up until her marriage to Henry VIII. It started off a bit slow but became more enjoyable as I read on. At the beginning of the book there were quite a few errors. An example of this would be saying Henry VIII had brown eyes when he had blue. There were some other errors that also kind of threw me off of the story. It was a bit of a distraction. However once you get more into the book it's very enjoyable. You can almost imagine the gowns Anne is wearing and everything she is feeling. I cannot wait for the next book in the series.

My only suggestion to Sandra would be to have someone proofread the next one. Perhaps someone else that she knows with Tudor/Anne Boleyn knowledge too. Most of the facts in this book were accurate however just a couple inaccuracies. Other than that it was a wonderful read that I really enjoyed.

I hope others enjoy it as much as I did.
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Having no knowledge on this subject or time period, I was very interested in reading this book based on Anne's point of view. I couldn't put the book down once I started. I loved reading the real love letters between Henry and Anne and was fascinated by all the different gifts Henry could give to her with each visit they had. I loved how detailed the author was about the outfits and beauty regimens of Anne. Also, the way Vasoli described the details of every decorated holiday and occasion. I think it was the author's intentions to write the story the way she wanted and though many were true facts there was still some exaggerated truth to make the story more interesting to the modern day. It helped me relate to this time period a lot more than I would have. I think the book is very well written and I am looking forward to reading the second.
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By Susan W. on September 20, 2014
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Just finished this novel. What a great read!
The writing is full of passion and makes Anne Boleyn's life come alive.
From her first meeting with Henry VIII through her quest to get even closer
to him, this well-researched novel shows what a profound effect Anne had
on him. This book gives us a glimpse into Anne's inner thoughts by showcasing
her intellectual curiosity, passion and independent nature. It shows us what a
complex person Anne Boleyn was and Sandra Vasoli writes it all in a highly readable style.
What a page-turner....I cannot wait for the sequel!
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