In my mailbox is a meme that can be found over at The Story Siren, intending to share any books bought/gifted/borrowed over time. I’ve decided to post these on Wednesdays sporadically, with the intention to share what I’ve got my hands on recently. Thanks to primarily Goodreads for blurbs and covers. Links are provided if you’re interested in buying any of the books, which will go through my Amazon Associates account, or reading a few reviews.

The Other Boleyn Girl – Philippa Gregory

“Mary Boleyn catches the eye of Henry VIII when she comes to court as a girl of fourteen.

Dazzled by the golden prince, Mary’s joy is cut short when she discovers that she is a pawn in the dynastic plots of her family. When the capricious king’s interest wanes, Mary is ordered to pass on her knowledge of how to please him to her friend and rival: her sister, Anne.

Anne soon becomes irresistible to Henry, and Mary can do nothing but watch her sister’s rise. Anne stops at nothing to achieve her own ambition. From now on, Mary will be no more than the other Boleyn girl. But beyond the court is a man who dares to challenge the power of her family to offer Mary a life of freedom and passion. If only she has the courage to break away – before the Boleyn enemies turn on the Boleyn girls…”

Genre: Historical Fiction

I was all prepared to not be doing an ‘in my mailbox’ post this week, but then I’d kind of forgotten that we’d ordered a second hand copy of The Other Boleyn Girl from Amazon the other day (£1.29, P&P ‘fulfilled by Amazon’, aka: free). I’ve really quite enjoyed reading The Constant Princess and this one comes next chronologically (I’m a bit weird about reading things in the right order), yet I didn’t own it, even though I had seen it in the charity shop a few weeks ago and decided not to get it at that time, and I’ve also heard very good things about this particular book, so I’d like to read it quite soon.