The Other Boleyn Girl (TOBG) is one of the worst historical fictions I've ever read. Gregory takes every myth, stereotype, rumour, and lie about Anne Boleyn's life, and turns her into a caricature, which resulted in another bodice-ripper based on little more than conjecture. TOBG could have been so much more, if Gregory has taken the time to conduct intensive research. Instead, she takes Retha Warnicke's convoluted theory and ran with it.
None of the characters emerge as an anything but selfish, idiotic, brats, who are more interested in their sexual inclinations. George Boleyn, one of the great minds of Henrician England, is relegated to an ineffectual loser, who lacks any religious devotion, personality, or intelligent thought. He is so far removed from the real man I was reduced to banging my head on the wall. Mary Boleyn, a mistress of two kings in the real world, is made to be the virginal, good girl, who suffers from a strong moral compass. Mary must fight off her evil, sexualised, villain sister to win the King's affection. Anne is so depraved and desperate(she is the epitome of the sexual predator), she wants to commit incest with her brother. The only true fact within this nightmare is many readers believe it to be fact. Apparently, Gregory is also an historian. She's not! Check her credentials. No PhD in Tudor history to be found.
Gregory wants to sell books. I get it! But, save your money, and go read an author worthy of your time and hard earned cash. For better Boleyn/Tudor fiction, check out: Jean Plaidy, Margaret Campbell Barnes, Sandra Byrd, and Robin Maxwell.