Monday, September 12, 2011

To Die For by Sandra Byrd

Howard Books; Original edition (August 9, 2011) 352 pages

Description from Amazon:
To Die For, is the story of Meg Wyatt, pledged forever as the best friend to Anne Boleyn since their childhoods on neighboring manors in Kent. When Anne’s star begins to ascend, of course she takes her best friend Meg along for the ride. Life in the court of Henry VIII is thrilling at first, but as Anne’s favor rises and falls, so does Meg’s. And though she’s pledged her loyalty to Anne no matter what the test, Meg just might lose her greatest love—and her own life—because of it.
Meg's childhood flirtation with a boy on a neighboring estate turns to true love early on. When he is called to follow the Lord and be a priest she turns her back on both the man and his God. Slowly, though, both woo her back through the heady times of the English reformation. In the midst of it, Meg finds her place in history, her own calling to the Lord that she must follow, too, with consequences of her own. Each character in the book is tested to figure out what love really means, and what, in this life, is worth dying for.

Though much of Meg’s story is fictionalized, it is drawn from known facts. The Wyatt family and the Boleyn family were neighbors and friends, and perhaps even distant cousins. Meg’s brother, Thomas Wyatt, wooed Anne Boleyn and ultimately came very close to the axe blade for it. Two Wyatt sisters attended Anne at her death, and at her death, she gave one of them her jeweled prayer book—Meg.

My Review:

"Anne evokes emotion because she was, and always will remain, larger than life. And because she died in such a great and terrible way at the hand of the man pledged to love and protect her."
(This was taken from the author's question and answer section at the back of the book.)

Anne Boleyn's story just breaks my heart! To be honest, what little knowledge I possess of the story is from reading this book and watching The Other Boleyn Girl. The movie and To Die For portray the sisters in very different roles. While the movie portrays Anne as a harlot, the book doesn't. I greatly appreciate the different point of view. I think the Christian aspect of the story is a new twist, too, but I could be wrong.

To Die For is told from the point of view of Meg Wyatt, Anne's best friend. While you know what will happen to Anne, you don't know what is in store for Meg. I really grew to love her, and hoped everything worked out for her. Anne's final scene in the book was absolutely heartwrenching! I knew what would happen, but Sandra's writing just amazed me! Although it wasn't pleasant to read the scene in the slightest, I found myself in such shock that I had to go back and read it again.

I will admit that Tudor books aren't my favorite. I've always liked late 1800/early 1900 stories the most. That said, I immensely enjoyed reading To Die For. Sandra's writing is beautiful, and I can't wait to read other books by her!

I highly recommend To Die For, especially if you like Tudor books, but even if you don't. ;)

*I was provided a review copy from the publisher/author in exchange for my honest opinion.


  1. Everyone I know who's read this book has loved it. I'm going to have to try it out.


  2. I think I would really like this one. Sounds like a winner!