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—Karen Harper, author of The Queen's Governess
"In this moving story of a friendship that survives a queen's rise and fall, Sandra Byrd reaches beyond the familiar stereotypes to give us the story of two remarkable women: Anne Boleyn and Meg Wyatt. A refreshingly three-dimensional Anne and a Meg of courage and integrity make this novel a must for your Tudor library."
—Susan Higginbotham, author of The Queen of Last Hopes
“Ms. Byrd shows a wonderful sense of time and place in her novel, To Die For. Her characters and her story are drawn with precision. The new life she breathes into well-worn notables like Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII, as seen through her character, Meg, is simply captivating.”
—Diane Haeger, author of The Queen's Rival
“Most readers of Tudor historicals think they know Queen Anne Boleyn. They'll meet a very different Anne in Sandra Byrd's wonderfully told To Die For. Anne's life-long friend Meg Wyatt tells the tale of Anne's rise from lady-in-waiting to the arms of King Henry VIII and the throne of England until her tragic fall. Meg, who rises and falls with Anne, seeks her own lost love and faith. Anne's influence during the English Reformation is an integral and refreshing part of this story, one that Byrd tells with authority, adding a new and honest dimension to Anne's life and death . . . A novel to savor and return to.”
—Jeane Westin, author of His Last Letter: Elizabeth I and the Earl of Leicester
“Sandra Byrd's first venture into historical fiction is nothing short of brilliant. All the Tudor details are perfectly placed, like gemstones in a royal crown, yet there is far more to this compelling novel than mere history. The characters live and breathe, their struggles are real, their longings palpable. Seeing Anne Boleyn's story through the eyes of her closest friend provides a well-rounded, even sympathetic view of a woman often vilified in history books. As Meg's story unfolds, Sandra Byrd does Philippa Gregory one better, giving readers a wider glimpse of history, a greater measure of hope, and an ending that satisfies at the deepest level. Simply put, To Die For is the best historical novel I've read in many a season, a masterpiece of history and heart.”
—Liz Curtis Higgs, New York Times bestselling author of Mine Is the Night
“If you love Philippa Gregory, you’ll adore Sandra Byrd! Through the eyes of Anne Boleyn’s most trusted friend, Meg Wyatt, Ms. Byrd seamlessly weaves sacred threads of history with those of captivating imagination to take us on an unforgettable journey of the heart. The paths we travel—at once both familiar and new—are bathed in hope that casts an eternal light on the characters’ hearts, and the reader’s. I've no doubt that if Anne and Meg could somehow read To Die For, they would thank Ms. Byrd for telling their stories with such grace and beauty.”
—Tamera Alexander, bestselling author of Within My Heart and The Inheritance
"As a reader who appreciates well-researched historical fiction, I truly enjoyed Sandra Byrd's To Die For. Anne Boleyn has long held a fascination for contemporary readers, and I was pleased to discover this account of her remarkable life. Through her charm, intelligence, and wit, she changed the course of history."
—Angela Hunt, author of The Fine Art of Insincerity
Starred Review "Told through the eyes of Anne Boleyn’s best friend, Meg Wyatt, this stunning novel by French Twist series author Byrd re-examines Boleyn’s life from her beginnings to her rise and eventual fall in the Tudor court. Meg has her own tale of young love and pride, having turned her back on her childhood love when he accepted a religious calling. She travels with Anne to court and finds her life intimately tied to Anne’s changing fortunes. Byrd’s novel adds a depth to the character of Anne Boleyn that is often missing in other novels, and she brings the history to life in exquisite detail. Readers might indeed find themselves sympathizing with the young queen. Highly recommended for fans of Philippa Gregory."
—Romantic Times (4 stars)
The characters are well developed and the story line is engaging.
I was interested to read a novel about Anne Boleyn written by someone who actually took her time to thoroughly research these people, places and the time period.
I have read a million gazillion books on Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII, and the rest of the court.
Anne Boleyn was destined to climb high...and her best friend Meg was destined to be in her shadow the entire time. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Megan
Sunday, August 24, 2014
To Die For: A Novel of Anne Boleyn ~ Book 1 in the Ladies in Waiting series by Sandra Byrd, ©2011
Author Sandra Byrd has written a very... Read more
Good read! A fictional account that follows historic lines but tells an intriguing story of Anne Boelyn's short reign as Henry VIII's second wife and queen.Published 5 months ago by Maybe 77
Enjoyed the story line. Novel held my interest from start to finish. Would recommend to any one interested in period novels and historical fiction.Published 8 months ago by Ady Hintz
I've bought 4 books and read ten I about 10 days. I have already purchased #5. I finished this one tonight and got so attached to your characters. Read morePublished 8 months ago by B. Bell
Dear American writers,
* Get your history right. If you are writing about the state of the Reformed Church in 1530 London, for instance, know what that meant. Read more
Talk about some great stories, I think Sandra Byrd's book "To Die For: A Novel of Anne Boleyn" was fabulous. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Kathy Dobyns
This was an interesting book from the perspective of a friend of Anne Bolyen's - written well I had no idea until the end that it was a Christian novel, the author did a fantastic... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer