Review: Anna of Kleve, Queen of Secrets – Alison Weir ARC

~ I was given an advance reader copy of this title in exchange for an honest review, I’m not associated with the author or publisher in any way and the views expressed are completely unbiased and entirely my own. ~

My rating: 2.5*

I am absolutely fascinated by Anne of Cleves as a historical figure as she outlived all of Henry VIII’s other wives, and theirs was the only marriage that seemed to end amicably. They in fact went on to form something of an unlikely friendship and she became honorary member of the Royal family, given precedence over all women in England other than his wife and his daughters and he’s known to have reffered to her as his “beloved sister.”

Just what was it about her that set her apart and how did she avoid his wrath?

I was hoping that this would all be brought to life in this novelised version of her story, but sadly ‘Anna of Kleve: Queen of Secrets’ was more of an information dump that suffered from having too many characters, that weren’t really characterised so much as listed off one by one. It became difficult to keep track of at times.

Well written and well researched, it would have been interesting as non-fiction, but as a novel not very captivating unfortunately.

~ Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to review this title ~

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