QAB Book Review: Je Anne Boleyn ~Struck With The Dart Of Love, by Sandra Vassoli

by Marisa Levy

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” ‘ Henry, ‘ I said, stroking the sweat-soaked hair at his temple, ‘ we are each a part of the other, just as you have told me so many times, my darling.’ He murmured sleepily in my ear. ‘ I know Nan. You are my heart and my soul. There is no height we cannot reach together.’ “

A passage from Je Anne Boleyn~ STRUCK WITH THE DART OF LOVE

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I have had the privilege of representing our website as Queen Anne Boleyn on Twitter. I have learned from my portrayal of Anne that she fascinates more today then she did in the sixteenth century. From my experience, Anne is one of England’s most misunderstood but beloved queens. I come in contact with thousands of people that worship Anne and cannot get their hands on enough novels and biographies written about the first English queen who was executed.

Je Anne Boleyn~ STRUCK WiTH THE DIARY OF LOVE, by Sandra Vasoli, is the latest Anne Boleyn novel that was published this year. Sandra’s version of Anne and Henry’s courtship was derived by the love letters that Henry wrote to Anne. This is not a scheming Anne, but an Anne who falls deeply in love with the king of England. Henry was not the overweight sovereign with a putrid leg when Anne met him. He was in his prime and was considered to be a handsome Renaissance king. Why would a woman not be dazzled to catch the eye of this magnificent monarch?

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Ms. Vasoli did an excellent job of researching her subject, even adding little known facts such as the name of one of Henry’s favorite horses. She beautifully conveys one of the most fascinating love stories in history. She shows the reader the qualities that Henry and Anne shared, which made him turn England upside down, and start a new religion to marry Anne and make her his queen. You may think you know their love story, but Ms. Vasoli’s methodical research of Henry’s letters conveys the passion, love, wit and intelligence that they shared. Ms. Vasoli could tell by the difference in Henry’s handwriting when he was distraught with the fear of losing her or worried about her well being. This is a book that you want to find a cozy nook, put your feet up and lose yourself in their love story.

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Ms. Vasoli also shows us the side of Anne that was not so pretty, such as her verbal outrages over Wolsey not doing anything to help the King in his “Great Matter”; her impatience after so many years of waiting and not getting closer to their goal; and her youth being spent waiting for an annulment, which never seemed to make any progress. Anne lived in limbo, and the reader could understand Anne’s feelings of despair and jealousy of Katherine of Aragon and her daughter, Mary Tudor.

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The truth is that it is impossible to know the real Anne Boleyn. Most of our information comes from the Imperial Ambassador, Eustace Chapuys, who many historians believe was too biased against Anne to give us any true insight into who she was. We also will never know what she looked like, but Sandra Vassoli gives us an Anne that is believable and captivating. This novel is perfect for a novice as well as an academic due to Ms. Vassoli’s excellent writing, attention to details and her meticulous research. The book starts with Henry and Anne’s courtship and finishes in 1533. I look forward to Volume 2. I would highly recommend Je Anne Boleyn to any Anne aficionado.

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Written by Marisa Levy

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Sandra Vasoli is an historical fiction writer from Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania, USA. A graduate with a dual degree in English and Biology from Villanova University, Sandy enjoyed a long term career of leadership and organization development before turning her attention to her passions of writing and Tudor Era history. Sandy has written all her life: essays, stories, and articles, but Je Anne Boleyn: Struck with the Dart of Love is her first work of published fiction. Sandy’s career, working for several of the largest companies in the world, allowed her the study of people, especially those in leadership positions. Thus, she is keenly interested in the bold and insightful qualities possessed by Anne Boleyn. For more information about Sandra Vasoli, visit her website at http://sandravasoli.com/.

To purchase, click the link below!

Je Anne Boleyn, Struck with the Dart of Love (Volume I)

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