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Book review: 'The Boleyn Deceit' is a fast-paced, romantic historical novel

Published: Saturday, Nov. 23 2013 4:00 p.m. MST

"The Boleyn Deceit" is second in a series by Laura Andersen, a former Saratoga Springs, Utah, resident. She will be signing copies on Saturday, Dec. 7, at the King's English Bookshop. (Ballentine Books)

"THE BOLEYN DECEIT," by Laura S. Andersen, Ballantine Books, $15, 417 pages (f)

The most satisfying reading experiences are those in which readers forget they are reading and instead find themselves inhabiting the world created by the author. Such an experience is likely for those reading Laura Andersen’s new novel “The Boleyn Deceit,” the second in her Boleyn trilogy. Until recently a Utah resident, Andersen has once again crafted a novel filled with intrigue, murder, high stakes and passion set in 1500s Tudor England.

The author wastes no time in hurling the reader into the thick of things. “Deceit” picks up right where “The Boleyn King” left off, with each of the story’s three main characters, William, Dominic and Minuette, entangled in a dangerous lover’s triangle. William, officially known as Henry IX, is the imagined son of Anne Boleyn, who in the world created by the author has not only not been beheaded, but has in fact borne a son who is now king of England.

"The Boleyn Deceit" is the second in a series by Laura Andersen, a former Saratoga Springs, Utah, resident. She will be signing books Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, at the King's English Bookshop. (Mandy Baker)

The plot swirls around the relationship between William, his loyal counselor Dominic and the beautiful orphan girl Minuette who has been raised by William’s mother. Both William and Dominic love Minuette, but her heart is fixed on only one of them — the one not destined to be king of England.

Although Andersen says on her blog she isn't a historian, “The Boleyn Deceit” certainly rings true to the setting in which it takes place. The writing is nimble and engaging, the characters well-rounded and rife with tumbled authenticity. This is a novel for adults, and there are mature themes, some mild sensuality, and an occasional PG-rated expletive woven into the story, but always for effect.

Andersen has once again struck a rich creative vein, and the reader’s small solace upon turning the last page is that the final volume in the trilogy is scheduled for a spring 2014 release.

If you go ...

What: Laura S. Andersen book signing

When: Friday, Dec. 6, 7 p.m.

Where: The King's English, 1511 S. 1500 East, Salt Lake City

Web: kingsenglish.com

Note: Places in the signing line are reserved for those who purchase a copy of the featured book from The King's English.

Scott Livingston can be found at Facebook.com/sleye1stories.

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