Posted By Claire on August 20, 2012
I was very excited about reading Le Temps Viendra: A Novel of Anne Boleyn after reading Sarah’s writing progress on her Facebook page, so I was delighted when Spartan Publishing sent me a Kindle review copy. It was perfect reading for a leisurely weekend.
Before I launch into my review, I need to point out that Sarah has actually divided her novel into two parts due to its size and also because it had a natural break in it. I’m not sure when Volume II will be published but I don’t think readers will have long to wait.
Spartan Publishing describe Le Temps Viendra as “an epic historical novel set at the court of King Henry VIII” and a book which “follows the short lived, but incredible life of Henry’s second wife, Anne Boleyn”, but what they don’t say is that it is two stories in one: the story of a modern day woman called Anne who is transported back to the sixteenth century, and into Anne Boleyn’s body, when she collapses on a visit to Hever Castle. It is not a parallel story like Michele Kallio’s Betrayal, which swaps between the past and present, as Sarah’s book is focused on Anne Boleyn’s story and it is only towards the end of Volume I that you find out about the modern Anne’s life. It is also very different to other historical novels because it only covers one year in Anne Boleyn’s life, 31 May 1527 to June 1528, so is very detailed.
It is clear from the detail in the novel and Sarah’s notes at the end, which take the chapters in turn and explain what is fact and what is fiction, that she has spent an extraordinary amount of time researching not only Anne’s life, but also Tudor life, dress, weather and people. To call it a novel, just doesn’t seem right to me when Sarah’s emphasis is on historical accuracy, and perhaps it is fairer to call it a biographical novel or fictional biography, I’m not sure. It really is a re-telling of the events of 1527 and 1528 with Sarah filling in the blanks and fleshing out the characters in ways that make sense. This means that it is a perfect read for those interested in Anne Boleyn and the Tudors, but not really for those looking for a light Philippa Gregory/Jean Plaidy style read or an historical “romp”.
I’m looking forward to reading Volume II and finding out what happens to the modern Anne as her alter ego meets her end.
Le Temps Viendra by Sarah Morris is an epic historical novel set at the court of King Henry VIII. This book follows the short lived, but incredible life of Henry’s second wife, Anne Boleyn.
The Le Temps Viendra ebook is available now from Spartan Publishing’s website – click here – as a PDF file, mobi file (for Kindles) and ePub file for the iPad, Nook and other e-readers. It costs $14.
The paperback can be pre-ordered from 1st September, also via Spartan Publishing.