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Je Anne Boleyn: Struck With the Dart of Love (Volume 1) Paperback – April 30, 2014

4.5 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews
Book 1 of 2 in the Je Anne Boleyn Series

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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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Product Details

  • 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
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,804,682 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anne Boleyn has captured the imagination of writers and the hearts of readers since her death over 400 years ago. Unfortunately, she has most often been depicted as one-dimensional with the author highlighting only those personality traits that seem the most dramatic. In Sanda Vasoli's hands, the true Anne finally comes to life as a fully developed and fully complex woman.

Vasoli creates a vivid portrait of the early days of the love affair between the vivacious and exotic Anne and her paramour, the glorious King of England, in stunning detail. Each scene is carefully crafted to bring the heady atmosphere of the English Court alive without the clutter of info dumps or over elaborate descriptions. Anne is shown to be witty and intelligent, charismatic and enchanting, but Vasoli never shies away from the less attractive characteristics and behaviors that she and many of her contemporaries were guilty of. The king, himself, is once again the golden prince of Christendom rather than the oafish tyrant he is portrayed as in many retellings.

Vasoli's painstaking research is obvious and she has treated this historical love story with great care. I found this novel to be both delightful and thought provoking and I look forward to the end of Anne's story in the second novel: Truth Endures.
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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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We're severely limited in knowing what went on in the mind of most players in the Tudor dramas but access to the extant correspondence might help. In any case Vasoli can make an argument from her reading of the letters that she has some special insight. I agree that the idyllic relationships between Anne and her parents appear unlikely at best...even H and A should have had more rough times than indicated here but the politics seem well represented. What comes next of course will let us know if Vasoli's picture of Anne's temperament has any chance of holding up. The side HX is worthy.
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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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Intriguing--the story of this woman and her family is fascinating; after this I read a book about blood type of Henry VIII as being possible culprit to the inability to bear children-- these women of Henry's world had a rough go of it!
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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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