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I was born in Barcelona and have lived in the UK for many years now. I'm a writer, translator (English-Spanish and vice-versa) and I'm a medical doctor and worked in Forensic Psychiatry many years. I also have a BA and a PhD in American Literature and Film, and a Masters in Criminology. I've always loved books and apart from writing them I review them often. I write a bit of everything, check my books for more information and my about page for links. My blog is bilingual, English and Spanish.

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    1. Thanks, Tess. A thoroughly recommendable series of books. I can’t wait for the next one!

        1. olganm says:

          I have no idea how long it will be…♥

          1. Haven’t read a work in the past two days. Sigh.

          2. I tend to use the word to speak feature in Kindle and listen to things as I go about doing chores but I don’t read many paper books these days. I had two long drives so I also listened to books on the way there and back.

          3. Great idea, Olga. Useful use of your time. <3

          4. I’m not sure multitasking works, but for some very simple/automatic tasks, it’s not bad!

  1. Thank you Olga.

    1. Thanks, Rosie. Through your team and the fabulous writers and reviewers in it I have discovered true jewels. 🙂

  2. Terry Tyler says:

    What a fascinating analysis, Olga. I’ve read so many versions of the Henry VIII story, and I love Gemma Lawrence’s insight into it, which I think is the most intelligent I’ve ever read, far more so that in books by well known authors. I love how she makes the subtle comparison between Anne and Mary (what? Mary the harlot, with the lesser brain and sophistication, who actually has a much more basic idea of how to live a happy life than the glorious Anne?). I think the way GL has moved Anne on from precocious young teen to young woman with the world in front of her is masterful. Of course she’s an unreliable narrator – she’s 17!!! I think we can forget that, sometimes.

    I feel the same as you do about romance, and did enjoy the first book slightly more, for the reasons you gave.

    Brilliant review – love that you love these books as I do!

    1. Thanks, Terry. I also thoroughly enjoyed your review. I’m always intrigued by novels narrated by the protagonists (or by anybody, I love narrators, although I’m always suspicious of them), especially when they are written as memoirs. Anne is evidently more of the independent thinker, but Mary is depicted as a down-to-earth woman, and true to her family (indeed somebody unlikely to stab you on the back, that cannot be said for some others in her family). Of course, we have both the best and the worst to come yet. By the way, I’ve just been reading a novel called ‘Falling Pomegranate Seeds: The Duty of Daughters. The Katherine of Aragon Story, book 1’ by Wendy Dunn, and I’ve found it fascinating. This one is about young Katherine in Spain (at a fascinating time in Spanish history) but told from Beatriz Galindo, La Latina, a fantastic historical figure in her own right. I think you might enjoy it if you haven’t come across it yet (I know you’re read much more on the era than I have and even written on the subject). Looking forward to the next!

  3. This is a fascinating era. I always so admire historical novelists and the painstaking research they must undertake. There are so many books I would love to read!

    1. Thanks, Wendy. You’re right. One has to become very familiar with the material to write convincingly about other eras and bring them to life.:)

  4. The stories of Henry’s wives are so compelling, and I have no doubt that another one will be just as popular.
    Best wishes Pete.

    1. I think you’re right. I haven’t read that many myself until now, but I’m gathering momentum, and really enjoying the story of little Katherine too.

      1. ‘Wolf Hall’ is a great read, and there was a fantastic TV adaptation with Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell and Damian Lewis as Henry.

        1. I’ve heard very good things about it and I know there are more books in the series, Pete. I must try and catch up on the series too. Thanks!

  5. Amazing review, Olga. Thanks for your insights. Hugs

    1. Thanks, Teagan. Have a beautiful week.

  6. dgkaye says:

    Fantastic and riveting review Olga. I have now bookmarked this series to read as your review was so intriguing and I have always enjoyed the history of Henry the 8th and Anne. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Debby. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it. It is a story that has captured many imaginations and it’s not surprising. I can’t think of many writers who would have come up with such a complex and fascinating story. 😉

      1. dgkaye says:

        Diversity keeps us wanting more. 🙂

        1. True!

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  7. Oh this reads like a fascinating book. Great review Olga! Thanks!

    1. It is! Thanks, Vashti!

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