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Threads: The Reincarnation of Anne Boleyn [Kindle Edition]

Nell Gavin
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In 1536, Henry and Anne are at the mercy of influences outside their control, explosively incompatible, and caught in a marriage that ends in betrayal so shocking that Anne requires lifetimes to recover.

Henry, seemingly in defense of Anne (but more likely acting out of "stubborn perverseness", she observes), terrorizes England and decrees widespread political murder in order to protect her. Ultimately, to Anne's horror, this once passionate husband turns on her and has her executed as well.

Threads, a reincarnation fantasy, opens with Anne's execution. Her fury at her husband’s betrayal has enough momentum to survive centuries, but in Threads she learns that she has been assigned a hard task: she must review their history together through a number of past lives, and find it within herself to forgive him. This may prove difficult and take some time. The husband in question is Henry Tudor, the notorious Henry VIII. The narrator is the stubborn, volatile Anne Boleyn, who is not at all inclined to forgive.

It is a very unusual love story.

William Faulkner Competition finalist for best novel.

Nell Gavin is also the author of HANG ON, winner of the silver medal from the Living Now Book Awards, and chosen as a Red Adept Select title by Red Adept Reviews.

Editorial Reviews


"Wonderful. A really great book. Great concept, well-organized and well-written. A beautifully woven tapestry."  
~ Independent Book Publishers Online

This is a strong, smart, captivating work. 
~ Writer's Digest

"Threads is not your run-of-the-mill historical Nell Gavin's imagination shines through..."
~ Curled Up With a Good Book

From the Publisher

2000 William Faulkner Competition finalist for best novel.

Product Details

  • File Size: 640 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615451306
  • Publisher: Book and Quill Press; 4th edition (September 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0011DDQRE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #267,018 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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94 of 98 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This story is a continuing marvel; buy it in hardcover! February 27, 2004
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Never, ever have I even considered writing a review, but this book deserves far, far more praise than it has received. The language is elegant and jewel-like and the story is transcendant. The use of the Hindu concept of reincarnation and the historically notorious relationship of Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII are wonderful devices to explore love, trust, betrayal and forgiveness, in all types of relationships, throughout time. "Each society-each group within each society-chooses something with which to assign inferiority. ... Among the powerful, it is the powerless; among the rich, it is the poor; among the men, it is the women. ... Neither side sees the humanity in the other. Both sides are equally wrong in this." There are so many levels to the passionate, intricate and exquisitely expressed stories told here. It is a story of love, forgiveness, choice and redemption with some of the most beautiful contemporary prose I've ever had the pleasure to read. And I'm really glad my copy is hardcover, although I may have to order a softcover to loan to friends. I'm not letting my copy out of the house.
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65 of 69 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Fiction for the Liberally Minded History Buff January 24, 2004
Threads is a great book for the history buff. Though it is fiction, it is more like a historical fiction (it has a bibliography in the back). It is not quite a historical fiction either though as the disembodied spirit of Ann Boleyn relates in the first person the details of her life with Henry VIII as well as their relationships in several other lives, including more recently in America. Although the context of the review is that this was just one of many lives, the bulk of the story deals exclusively with her life as Ann Boleyn with occasional references to a former life in Egypt as a wife turned prostitute and a enjoyable stint in a traveling circus in another time and place.
Ms. Gavin is careful to try to maintain historical accuracy about the characters involved even though this is a fictional novel. A short notes section tells readers when she has deviated from accepted history in favor of plot. I can't help but feel that the selection of the historical figure of Ann Boleyn constrained Ms. Gavin's apparent talent. Each additional "character" is by nature a historical figure requiring ever more restraint by Gavin to maintain historical accuracy. Therefore, there are comparatively fewer characters involved throughout the story than there might have been had the main character not been a figure of historical reknown. Character development of Hal and the Chinese mother-in-law, as well as dialogue between Ann and Henry in their American life shows that Ms. Gavin has what it takes to write enjoyable fiction. I would love to see what she could do with her imagination not given such boundaries from the outset.
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62 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Threads is an unforgettable novel... October 15, 2004
Nell Gavin has brought Anne Boleyn, the second wife of Henry VIII, to vibrant life in her unusual historical novel, "Threads." Anne's path from that of an unloved and abused young girl, to the position of Queen of England, is presented by Anne herself as she looks back upon the circumstances that eventually led to her execution. Although there really isn't a lot of actual historical information about Anne, Gavin has created believable personalities with strengths and weaknesses, imperfections and understandable desires. Using a combination of fact and legend, she tells a story of passion, obsession, and heartbreak that will capture readers with its depth and humanity.

Gavin uses the fictional concept of reincarnation to showcase all of the characters that make up what is truly a tragic tale of love and betrayal. In several different "reincarnations," Anne and Henry, along with family, friends, and lost loves, are placed into different life situations, each one exploring another facet of personality and circumstances. The technique is unique, intriguing, and in the end, beautifully coaxes the dark ghosts of a long dead past into the present for an introduction readers won't soon forget.

"Threads" is a remarkable effort. It is, without a doubt, one of the best historical novels I've every read. I give it my very highest recommendation!
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Terrific Buy! May 8, 2004
I am a HUGE fan of Tudor England and especially a fan of Anne Boleyn and King Henry. I was facinated by the premise of this story and quickly made my purchase. Please, grab this story now if you love this period, and if you love a good story!
Not preditable at all, the story takes you on a very original ride through the many experiences of these people in past existences! It's great. A.L.F.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Captivating Spiritual Journey April 23, 2003
I've always had a fascination with Anne Boleyn, but after reading THREADS, I feel like I understand her in a way I never have before. Yes, the book is fiction, but it's obvious that Ms. Gavin did some extensive research to explore the life of this charismatic but unpopular queen. It's so well written and the tale so eloquently spun that you feel it very well could've happened just as it's described. The execution scene in Anne's viewpoint is masterful. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in Tudor history, and Anne Boleyn, in particular. I couldn't put it down!
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive, Eloquent, & Timeless: 5 Stars! June 16, 2004
Recently my sister and I caught a television special about Anne Boleyn, and it left me wanting to learn even more about her and her family. I wasn't expecting much from this premise, quite honestly. Many an author has written about Anne and the entire tragic and enigmatic Boleyn cast, but they rarely do them justice. The reincarnation aspect in Threads further enhanced my skepticism.

What a pleasant surprise when I gave it a chance and read it while on vacation! I was gripped from the first page. Threads is well-written, intriguing, and surprisingly emotional at times. I truly loved it. I carefully brought it back with me from my trip instead of leaving it on the plane, and even bought another copy to give to my sister. Threads was just what I was looking for - an excellent story. I've discovered a new favorite author.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Strange, spooky and thought provoking
A very strange read. I loved the spooky style of it, because it's basically Anne Boleyn reviewing her life after she has been executed. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Love 2 Read
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very interesting premise. A real page turner!
Published 1 month ago by K. Beauchemin
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting read
Interesting read if you are into reincarnation. Loved the original story of Anne Boleyn's life and I suppose in my mind I was hoping for more of the story to come through!
Published 1 month ago by DD
4.0 out of 5 stars liked the metaphysical
enjoyable reading, liked the metaphysical twist
Published 2 months ago by roberta eisman goldstein
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book
Loved this book. Anne Boleyn is presented as someone to sympathise with and not the calculating character from history. Liked the idea of successive lives.
Published 4 months ago by peony
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Best! Loved it!
Published 4 months ago by Tammy Wilson
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh.
Decent story and all, but not a huge fan. There were many gaps in the writing, and I didn't like how the writer made every rumor of Anne Boleyn fact in the book (6th finger ect)... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kate
4.0 out of 5 stars Great enthralling read. 4 stars
On a scale of 1 to 10, I give Tapestry a solid 9. It's interesting how Nell wove all the "different" lives together. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jenny
3.0 out of 5 stars interesting idea
The book really demanded more depth in her other lives and the ending was unsatisfactory. Not high on my list of books about Anne Boleyn.
Published 6 months ago by Linda
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for Tudor/Boylen fans~
Loved this interpretation of Anne B "lives" and those around her. Couldn't put it down. Well done on this story.
Published 6 months ago by Juli L Adamson
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