Mary, Bloody Mary by Carolyn Meyer


Synopsis: Historical fiction about Henry VIII's daughter with Catherine of Aragon, Mary. The story focuses around her father's attempt to divorce Catherine and marry Anne Boleyn so that she will give him the son Catherine did not. The birth of Anne Boleyn's first child Elizabeth (who eventually did become queen) is a pivotal point in the story with Anne ordering that Mary change every one of her new half-sisters soiled 'napkins' (diapers) and essentially go from being Princess of Wales to her new half-sisters nurse. Told from teenage Mary's perspective, the text starts out slowly and the characterization of Mary is not fully fleshed out.

Mrs. Boman says:I'm about halfway through this one, and to be honest, I'm having a hard time with it. I'm going to have to go with a 6 star rating. It's not the best book I've ever read but I'm enjoying it marginally. I'll let you know if anything changes before I finish it!

Update: I finished it....not a whole lot of change. I might have upgraded it to a 7 star book, but I followed it with the masterful piece Notes from a Midnight Driver....so it's going to stay at

6 stars