Le Temps Viendra: A Novel of Anne Boleyn
By Sarah Morris
Anne is a young, 21st century woman in the midst of a life-long love affair with the 16th Century and the enigmatic Anne Boleyn. Whilst indulging her secret passion on an exclusive ‘Anne Boleyn Connoisseurs’ Weekend’, she is taken seriously ill at Hever Castle. Falling into a deep state of unconsciousness, Anne becomes ensnared in a time portal that transports her back in time to England, 1527. She awakens to find herself in the body of her heroine, Anne Boleyn; at the time, a young woman on the brink of an historic love affair with the mighty King Henry VIII.
Anne finds herself at the centre of Henry’s world, yet increasingly vulnerable as the figurehead of the emerging and evermore powerful Boleyn faction. Whilst she learns what it is to walk in the footsteps of the woman who would change English history, she is also engulfed in mixed emotions and only too aware of how her relationship with Henry mirrors that of her 21st century relationship with Dan, her married lover.
Soon Anne begins to lose her own sense of identity as the boundaries between the two women begin to blur. As she is sucked back and forth between her two great loves and two increasingly fragile lives, Anne struggles to change her heroine’s terrible fate on the scaffold whilst trying to prevent her own modern day life hurtling inextricably toward disaster.
‘Le Temps Viendra: A Novel of Anne Boleyn’ is a timeless story of passion, ambition and betrayal; it is also an enduring story of an intense love forged between two souls who are bound together for all eternity.
I have to admit that I have never been a great fan of Tudor fiction but from the moment that I first heard about this book I was hooked. I found the idea of a modern day woman being drawn back in time not just to experience the life of Anne Boleyn but to actually become Anne Boleyn extraordinarily appealing. I have always been fascinated with the private life of Anne, her thoughts and feelings and this book explores exactly those aspects. What is fantastic about this novel is that it is not simply a fiction work on Anne Boleyn’s life, it is a story of a modern day heroine rediscovering the intimate and personal side of one of England’s most famous Queen’s.
This story starts at the end with the tragic death of Anne then it moves to modern day where the Heroine visits Hever Castle and an extraordinary experience takes place, she is pulled back five hundred years through time into the life of Anne Boleyn. What I found appealing about this story is that the heroine is not just experiencing the life of Anne she actually becomes Anne. She feels all of Anne’s raw emotions, her fear, her excitement, her joy. The modern day Anne rides the waves of Anne’s life in a desperate attempt to change the course of Anne’s fateful end.
This first part of Sarah Morris’ story moves through the early years of Anne Boleyn’s courtship with Henry VIII; exploring her thoughts and feelings during this quite exciting and yet turbulent time. What I most adored about this book was the way in which Sarah Morris wrote. As I read I laughed, I gasped, I waited with baited breath and I also wept. The raw emotion that Sarah weaves into her story of Anne is compelling and captivating and leaves the heart pounding. Sarah writes in such a manner that she draws the reader in and sets them off on a journey of passion and excitement. When I was reading I did not simply feel as though I was reading a story I felt as though I had been thrust back five hundred years into the past and was witnessing some of the most private moments in Anne Boleyn’s life. With each joy I felt Anne’s excitement and with each upset I felt her pain. Sarah Morris writes with such great passion and raw emotion that it felt as though I was part of Anne’s life.
While this story is a fiction novel it is based upon fact. What is even more amazing about this book is that most of the story is based on actual events and details in Anne’s life. Sarah Morris did countless hours of in depth research to make sure that every detail; every costume and palace within the story was described in accurate detail. She visited Hever Castle, researched about Greenwich Palace, studied books about sixteenth century clothing. She spent hours upon hours researching to ensure that all the details she included within the book were as accurate as possible. While this is a fiction book I can assure the reader that it is based upon fact. It is only the most intimate moments of Anne’s life, conversations and thoughts that were not recorded which have been created to give further depth to Anne Boleyn.
For me personally this is the best piece of fiction about Anne Boleyn that I have ever read. My heart was overcome with emotions as I rode out the waves of Anne’s early years of courtship with Henry VIII. This book is more than just a simple story about Anne Boleyn; it is Anne Boleyn’s life. By creating a modern day heroine that is thrust back in time into the body of Anne Boleyn the reader is able to follow and learn with the heroine all the aspects, thoughts and emotions that Anne Boleyn must have experienced during those years.
If you only ever read one fiction book about Anne Boleyn then I strongly urge you to read this book. In my option it is the best fiction book ever written about Anne Boleyn. Although a fiction novel it is based on researched facts and this only adds to the depth of Anne’s life. Le Temps Viendra is compelling, captivating and will take you on such an amazing emotional ride that you will never forget.
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