Wife After Wife
If Philippa Gregory and Jackie Collins went out for cocktails and wrote a book, they'd come back with Wife After Wife.A wickedly entertaining and utterly absorbing modern take on the life and marriages of Henry VIII...if he were a twenty-first-century womanizing media mogul rather than the king of England.Master of the universe Harry Rose is head of the Rose Corporation, number eighteen on the Forbes rich list, and recently married to wife number six. But in 2018, his perfect world is about to come crashing to the ground. His business is in the spotlight--and not in a good way--and his love life is under scrutiny. Because behind a glittering curtain of lavish parties, gorgeous homes, and a media empire is a tale worthy of any tabloid. And Harry has a lot to account for.

Wife After Wife Details

TitleWife After Wife
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 21st, 2020
PublisherBerkley
ISBN-139780593101834
Rating
GenreFiction, Contemporary

Wife After Wife Review

  • Laura • lauralovestoread
    January 1, 1970
    I know I should be making a dent in my 2019 books, but I was so excited to read 𝙒𝙞𝙛𝙚 𝘼𝙛𝙩𝙚𝙧 𝙒𝙞𝙛𝙚, and couldn’t wait any longer to dive in!I try to limit my knowledge of the synopsis of books so I don’t spoil things for myself going in, but somehow I thought this book would be suspenseful based on the little blurb I did see. However, I was shocked and delighted to discover that it was loosely suspense, and much more of a retelling with romance!Overall, I loved the retelling aspects of Henry VIII I know I should be making a dent in my 2019 books, but I was so excited to read 𝙒𝙞𝙛𝙚 𝘼𝙛𝙩𝙚𝙧 𝙒𝙞𝙛𝙚, and couldn’t wait any longer to dive in!I try to limit my knowledge of the synopsis of books so I don’t spoil things for myself going in, but somehow I thought this book would be suspenseful based on the little blurb I did see. However, I was shocked and delighted to discover that it was loosely suspense, and much more of a retelling with romance!Overall, I loved the retelling aspects of Henry VIII and his many wives, and it was fun to get a modern take on what his life may have been like in today’s times! I loved how the characters names were creatively similar to the original wives and lovers of Henry, and I also loved the pop culture references through the 80’s, 90’s and now. However, it did feel a bit lengthy there at the end, but it made my historical fiction and romantic heart happy while buddy reading!ON SALE 1/21/20*Thank you Berkley pub for this gifted advanced copy!
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    Wife After Wife is a modern retelling based on the life and marriages of Henry VIII.The book starts with a cast of characters list telling the reader who everybody is supposed to be (in this book vs in Henry VIII's life). The list with the rest of the cast of characters is at the end of the book. I thought that this was a very interesting idea. And a good way to help the reader see the connections between the book and the original characters that they are based on.The book has many 3rd person Wife After Wife is a modern retelling based on the life and marriages of Henry VIII.The book starts with a cast of characters list telling the reader who everybody is supposed to be (in this book vs in Henry VIII's life). The list with the rest of the cast of characters is at the end of the book. I thought that this was a very interesting idea. And a good way to help the reader see the connections between the book and the original characters that they are based on.The book has many 3rd person POVs. The main narrator is Harry. But every woman in his life narrates certain chapters. The story starts in 2018. But then goes back to 1985 and moves forward in time until we reach the present (2018).The main character of Henry VIII is Harry Rose. He is a womanizing media mogul.The premise of this book sounded very original and different. And the cover was pretty. However it took me quite a while to become invested in the story. I didn't love that Harry was the main narrator. And I didn't love that the book immediately went back 30+ years. I also didn't love that there were so many narrators. It made it difficult to really connect to any of them.I guess it made sense to show Harry's whole life. But I was expecting more of the story to take place in the present. And almost none of it did.This book was really not what I was expecting.There were definitely some interesting developments. And I did enjoy the second half of the book much more. But I didn't love the way the story was told.Thanks to edelweiss and Berkley for allowing me to read this book.
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  • Meghan
    January 1, 1970
    This book was received as an ARC from Berkley Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.This book was unbelievably interesting and I wanted to know the fate of not only Harry Rose's corporation but the fate of his life from the six wives he has. This book was a mix of 50 Shades of Grey with Henry VIII but in modern times and instead of a ruler of a kingdom, it's a multi million dollar mogul. This book was very enticing This book was received as an ARC from Berkley Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.This book was unbelievably interesting and I wanted to know the fate of not only Harry Rose's corporation but the fate of his life from the six wives he has. This book was a mix of 50 Shades of Grey with Henry VIII but in modern times and instead of a ruler of a kingdom, it's a multi million dollar mogul. This book was very enticing and intriguing and it taught me lessons about the business world and the things these men do when they are super successful. I believe our library community will enjoy this book and it will be a hit with our circulation.We will consider adding this title to our Adult Fiction collection at the library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.
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  • Rosi Hollinbeck
    January 1, 1970
    The Tudor period and the story of Henry VIII has always been fascinating to me, so this retelling of Henry and his many wives seemed like a clever idea for a story, and it was. The writing is crisp, the characters fairly realistic, and the story is compelling. Setting this in modern-day England with Henry being cast as a misogynist corporate mogul and releasing it in the midst of the Me Too movement is pretty clever. This is a fun book and should capture a pretty good audience. I won an ARC in a The Tudor period and the story of Henry VIII has always been fascinating to me, so this retelling of Henry and his many wives seemed like a clever idea for a story, and it was. The writing is crisp, the characters fairly realistic, and the story is compelling. Setting this in modern-day England with Henry being cast as a misogynist corporate mogul and releasing it in the midst of the Me Too movement is pretty clever. This is a fun book and should capture a pretty good audience. I won an ARC in a contest from the publisher.
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  • Carlton Phelps
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book. No love lost for the main character Harry Rose/Henry VIII.Ms Hayfields' updated version of Henry VIII is a wild ride. You have a page explaining how the updated character relates to the original person.It is a wild ride watching a man who should be happy but is never satisfied destroy his life as will as causing pain to those around him.No one is able to get away from Harry Rose untouched in some way.A big thanks to Ms Hayfield for making this book available and Goodreads for I loved this book. No love lost for the main character Harry Rose/Henry VIII.Ms Hayfields' updated version of Henry VIII is a wild ride. You have a page explaining how the updated character relates to the original person.It is a wild ride watching a man who should be happy but is never satisfied destroy his life as will as causing pain to those around him.No one is able to get away from Harry Rose untouched in some way.A big thanks to Ms Hayfield for making this book available and Goodreads for listing the book on the list of giveaways.
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  • Sasha
    January 1, 1970
    First I would like to state that I have received this book through goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. When I received this book I began reading it at once. This book was a very interesting read. It pulls you in and keeps you wanting more. I would recommend this book to others. It is a very good read
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  • Ariana Ownbey
    January 1, 1970
    Wife after Wife was such a good read! It was a little slow to start but by the end I could not put it down. I have always loved the Tudor time in history and I am obsessed with Henry VIIIs story. This book was such a wonderful modern day retelling of Henry and his wives lives. It was captivating, dramatic, and kept you intrigued. I will definitely recommend this book!
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  • Lauren
    January 1, 1970
    Recieved an early copy through book club! As soon as I read the description I knew it was a must-read for me and it didn't disappoint! I couldn't put this book down from the minute I received it! The Story of Henry VII is well-known, but I enjoyed the updated story of Harry and his wives. What an accomplishment to make old history gossip feel brand new!
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  • Sheryle
    January 1, 1970
    My copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. My thanks to the the author, the publisher, and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review it.As a huge fan of the Tudor period in English history, I was both thrilled and hesitant to begin this book. I had absolutely hated the HBO show The Tudors, and was afraid this book would be cut from the same cloth. Luckily, the book turned out to be delightful, charming and extremely clever. It was so My copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. My thanks to the the author, the publisher, and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review it.As a huge fan of the Tudor period in English history, I was both thrilled and hesitant to begin this book. I had absolutely hated the HBO show The Tudors, and was afraid this book would be cut from the same cloth. Luckily, the book turned out to be delightful, charming and extremely clever. It was so much fun knowing the story of Henry VIII and then reading how the author was able to put a modern spin on his life and the people in it. But, even if you don’t know anything about Henry and his wives, this is still an enjoyable, light story of a wealthy man and the women in his life. And, best of all, there’s a sequel!
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  • Chelsea | Thriller Book Babe 🔎
    January 1, 1970
    I want to start off by saying thank you so much to Berkley for my ARC! This book caught my attention right away. Even though I don’t usually read historical fiction, how could I not be interested in a modern retelling of Henry VIII and his wives! I just finished Meg and Jo and was in the mood for another amazing retelling!Wife After Wife was a fun spin on the original story. I was scared that I would have to know the history in order to enjoy this book, but that wasn’t the case at all! There is I want to start off by saying thank you so much to Berkley for my ARC! This book caught my attention right away. Even though I don’t usually read historical fiction, how could I not be interested in a modern retelling of Henry VIII and his wives! I just finished Meg and Jo and was in the mood for another amazing retelling!Wife After Wife was a fun spin on the original story. I was scared that I would have to know the history in order to enjoy this book, but that wasn’t the case at all! There is a helpful index at the beginning of the book to make it easier for the reader. The book is about Harry Rose, a media tycoon, and his six wives. Much like the original Harry the VIII, the character Harry is a shallow philanderer who wants as many women as he can have. I thought the stories of all the wives were very interesting and up-to-date, but a bit unrealistic. Olivia Hayfield ties each character into the original and I liked the drama the updated version brought. Hayfield writes in such a fun way that you can’t help but be sucked into the book. It did feel long to me, but it could be because I don’t read much historical fiction. All in all, I would recommend this book to people who like a fun retelling! Even though it dragged a bit, I would still give it 4 stars! #wifeafterwife
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  • Jamie (jamie.bookworm)
    January 1, 1970
    If you’re like me and don’t know too much about Henry VIII, don’t let that deter you from this modern retelling. Even without all the history knowledge it was still fun to see the way the author modernized the story of Henry and his 6 wives. I kept the Wikipedia page on standby when I needed a refresher. If you’re a fan of this families history then you’re in for a treat with all of the clever ways Henry was recreated in the 1980s-present day.I absolutely loved the 80’s & 90’s pop culture If you’re like me and don’t know too much about Henry VIII, don’t let that deter you from this modern retelling. Even without all the history knowledge it was still fun to see the way the author modernized the story of Henry and his 6 wives. I kept the Wikipedia page on standby when I needed a refresher. If you’re a fan of this families history then you’re in for a treat with all of the clever ways Henry was recreated in the 1980s-present day.I absolutely loved the 80’s & 90’s pop culture references. There were so many smart and witty lines throughout. I’m not usually drawn to retellings, but this was a fun read for sure.One thing I wish was different was the timing. The first two wives were the first 2/3 of the book and then I felt like the other 3-4 were a bit rushed through, just to squeeze them in. The first part would have been four stars, but ultimately I didn’t enjoy the last third, which leaves me at 3⭐️.Thank you to Penguin Random House Canada for the gifted advanced copy to review! 𝐖𝐢𝐟𝐞 𝐀𝐟𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐖𝐢𝐟𝐞 is out 1/21.
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  • Kate (kate_reads_)
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed most of Wife After Wife. I love modern retellings. This story gives us Henry VIII reimagined as Harry Rose - the head of a major media company. We see his life and relationship from the 1980s through 2018.I loved a lot of the references - clever name changes for the modern characters, the 80s and 90s pop culture that was brought into the story and the times that Henry VIII and his wives came up in the story. You can also definitely enjoy this story even if your memory for the I really enjoyed most of Wife After Wife. I love modern retellings. This story gives us Henry VIII reimagined as Harry Rose - the head of a major media company. We see his life and relationship from the 1980s through 2018.I loved a lot of the references - clever name changes for the modern characters, the 80s and 90s pop culture that was brought into the story and the times that Henry VIII and his wives came up in the story. You can also definitely enjoy this story even if your memory for the history is a little shaky - I found myself turning to Wikipedia sometimes for reminders, or you can just let the references go and enjoy the modern story! There were times the pacing felt off to me and the story slowed down a bit - I think it could have been a little shorter. I also didn’t love the updates for wives 4 and 5 - their modernizations felt rushed and just there to get past them.Thank you to the publisher and Edelweiss for the advance reading copy.
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  • Joyce
    January 1, 1970
    A REAL PAGE TURNER!!!!!!!!!! COULDN'T STOP READING.
  • Trianna
    January 1, 1970
    2.5/5 stars. All I have to say about this book: It was frustrating to see women who had potential to be awesome characters reduced to one dimensional stereotypes to further a man’s redemption. Full review will be posted to the blog at some point. *thanks to goodreads and the publisher for an arc of this book*
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  • Dana Duplantis
    January 1, 1970
    Great book!
  • Sue
    January 1, 1970
    Olivia made me love this reincarnation of English history’s ultimate bad boy. Now how did she do that?
  • Rosemary
    January 1, 1970
    WIFE AFTER WIFE imagines a Henry VIII-type character in 21st century London. It's 2018 and Harry Rose, an enormously wealthy media mogul, is on wife #6, Clare, and faces accusations of sexual harassment from a former employee during the #MeToo movement. This prompts an examination of his past, including the suspicious deaths (not by beheading) of wives #2 and #5. Nearly all the characters have a Tudor equivalent and it's amusing to note the similarities and differences.(I received WIFE AFTER WIFE imagines a Henry VIII-type character in 21st century London. It's 2018 and Harry Rose, an enormously wealthy media mogul, is on wife #6, Clare, and faces accusations of sexual harassment from a former employee during the #MeToo movement. This prompts an examination of his past, including the suspicious deaths (not by beheading) of wives #2 and #5. Nearly all the characters have a Tudor equivalent and it's amusing to note the similarities and differences.(I received pre-publication access thanks to Edelweiss.)
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  • Susan DeLong
    January 1, 1970
    Thoroughly enjoyable look at the love life of Henry V111 told from the perspective of a media mogul of today. Can you imagine how many women would have charged him with sexual harassment in this day of the Me Too movement, where women are telling about the sexual harassment that has happened to them?Harry Rose is fabulously handsome, as Henry V111 apparently was in his youth. Both of them married early and had happy marriages until their roving eyes, and lack of a male heir, caused them to take Thoroughly enjoyable look at the love life of Henry V111 told from the perspective of a media mogul of today. Can you imagine how many women would have charged him with sexual harassment in this day of the Me Too movement, where women are telling about the sexual harassment that has happened to them?Harry Rose is fabulously handsome, as Henry V111 apparently was in his youth. Both of them married early and had happy marriages until their roving eyes, and lack of a male heir, caused them to take other good looking women into their beds.Harry’s wife, Katie, suffered severe depression after multiple miscarriages. During their marriage, Harry slept around with any good looking young woman that caught his eye.Finally Katie had enough and she left to live in Wales with her best friend, who was also married to a philanderer.It didn’t take Harry long to ditch his Marilyn Monroe look alikem blonde mistress and replace her with Ana, her dark haired, sleek sister. Reminds you of course to the Boleyn sisters. Ana was amusing and talented as well as being hot in bed. You might wonder how the author would handle Henry executing two of his wives, but she manages with the help of a dubious Russian who had no problem getting rid of troublesome wives who demand too much money in divorce settlements. Ana made that mistake and paid for her greed with her life.Unfortunately, Harry couldn’t help himself and this time took up with his mousy secretary. Again Jane Seymour seduces her boss. But true to the original, Jane dies in childbirth. So on with wife number four.Remember the teenager with the raunchy past. In this remake, Caitlin was adorable, pretty and couldn’t stay away from sleeping with younger men. She too is cast aside.Anne of Cleves becomes an online Internet American love interest who doesn’t make the cut when Harry sees her for the first time in the flesh when she visits London.Finally Harry Rose, an older and wiser man, meets a nurse, Clare, who helped him after a motor accident, which nearly cost him his life and caused life long pain from his shattered leg. No jousting for this modern day Harry, who must convince this wonderful woman that his past indiscretions are indeed a thing of the past.A fun romp with the Tudors that is being recreated again by Olivia Hayfield, the author, in her next book.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book from a Goodreads giveaway and I am providing an unbiased review. A modern-day retelling of Henry VIII. 4.5 starsSo......this book........If you know the story of Henry the VIII, then you know that the main protagonist, Harry Rose, is not going to come across as likable as he navigates his way through his many relationships. I admit, it took me a little while to like the character of Harry Rose, but we'll get to that. This book spans 30 plus years I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book from a Goodreads giveaway and I am providing an unbiased review. A modern-day retelling of Henry VIII. 4.5 starsSo......this book........If you know the story of Henry the VIII, then you know that the main protagonist, Harry Rose, is not going to come across as likable as he navigates his way through his many relationships. I admit, it took me a little while to like the character of Harry Rose, but we'll get to that. This book spans 30 plus years of the fictional character of Harry Rose, head of a publishing empire, starting with marriage to Katie and her pregnancy with their first child. From this point, the story draws many parallels from history, with Harry being tempted by and pursuing other women, through what is ultimately 5 (6 with one "unofficial" marriage). Told against a modern-day backdrop, and incorporating the cultural influences of the past 30-ish years, this story provides a new look at what I had always viewed from a relatively single-minded perspective. While I found it difficult to navigate through some of the beginning chapters, given my propensity for the "Happy Ever After,", as I continued through the story, I found myself invested in the characters, including Harry. The story is told from multiple perspectives, and I think it helped to humanize the less-likable characters, and to understand the hearts and motivations of those telling the story. There are some key and necessary differences between this story and what history has informed us, but to delineate this would be to spoil some of the fun of the story. I will say that the ending left me feeling satisfied.For those of you who are history-buffs, or who are interested in a saga-like story, I would suggest you pick this up and give it a go.
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  • Lori L (She Treads Softly)
    January 1, 1970
    Wife After Wife by Olivia Hayfield is a recommended modern retelling of the life of Henry VIII.Hayfield spins the story of Henry VIII into the tale of a present day womanizing media mogul. Harry Rose is head of the Rose Corporation and our stand-in for Henry VIII. The narrative opens in 2018 and then goes back to 1985 and progresses forward in time covering every affair and dalliance Harry was involved in. For those familiar with the story of Henry VIII, Hayfield includes a list of the cast of Wife After Wife by Olivia Hayfield is a recommended modern retelling of the life of Henry VIII.Hayfield spins the story of Henry VIII into the tale of a present day womanizing media mogul. Harry Rose is head of the Rose Corporation and our stand-in for Henry VIII. The narrative opens in 2018 and then goes back to 1985 and progresses forward in time covering every affair and dalliance Harry was involved in. For those familiar with the story of Henry VIII, Hayfield includes a list of the cast of fictional characters and the person whom their character is based on. The list is at the opening and continues at the end of the novel. For those of you who already have a vague idea about history or don't care, you can read the novel without knowing what character correlates to what real person.The story is told through Harry's point-of-view and then the various women in his life. Hayfield deftly handles the historical aspects, covering how Harry acquires his wives and later eliminates the unwanted, and wraps it around a compelling story. As is expected, Harry is unlikable, a misogynist, and a self-centered cad. You can talk about how good looking or charismatic he is, but it seems that today women should be a little more aware - this includes in 1985. Of course money is an allure.A plus to the story is all the pop culture touch points and popular songs of the day that Hayfield includes throughout the story. This made the story interesting and placed in firmly in the time periods in which she set the plot. It is an interesting update to the story and Hayfield does a good job creating her characters and writing the dialogue. I will admit to getting a little tired of the tale; it was the totality of Harry's bad behavior and womanizing.Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of Penguin Random House.http://www.shetreadssoftly.com/2020/0...
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    I love historical fiction so I was excited to get a copy of this book. Although it was well-written, I cannot say that I enjoyed it. For the first 2/3rds of the book, I hated all the characters, there wasn't one for whom I wanted to root. Katie, Harry's first wife, was meant to be sympathetic, and by the end of the book, she was, but at the beginning she was just a doormat and that frustrated me to no end. Harry is, obviously, a womanizing misogynist who judged every woman he encountered by her I love historical fiction so I was excited to get a copy of this book. Although it was well-written, I cannot say that I enjoyed it. For the first 2/3rds of the book, I hated all the characters, there wasn't one for whom I wanted to root. Katie, Harry's first wife, was meant to be sympathetic, and by the end of the book, she was, but at the beginning she was just a doormat and that frustrated me to no end. Harry is, obviously, a womanizing misogynist who judged every woman he encountered by her looks. He supposedly loved each of his wives, but he couldn't keep it in his pants. Ugh. I have no patience or sympathy with such a person. There's a Q&A with the author at the end of the book and she discusses her intention to write King Henry more sympathetically and make the reader like him by the end. She also discusses how, if we judge him by the standards of the time in which he lived, then he really wasn't that bad. This may be true, but the story in the book, that of the character of Harry Rose, takes place from the mid-1980s through to 2019. So, there's not nearly as much of an excuse for the character in the book as their might have been in true history.The last third of the book was better, and I did like the ending. But, I was bored and annoyed by everyone for the first two-thirds. If I hadn't committed to reading the book and writing a review, I may have given up. The story is well-written and I will read the author again, but sadly, I didn't enjoy the characters in this one.Disclaimer: I received a free electronic copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. #NetGalley #WifeAfterWife
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  • Kimberly List
    January 1, 1970
    This book was very intriguing. At first I hated Harry and everything he did to wife after wife but when he was on his 4th marriage to Caitlyn I think that is when I realized that Harry, just like the rest of us, wants to not only be in love he loves the idea of love. He wants to feel needed and valued and when the "honeymoon" stage wore off he realized that what he thought he had might not have been what reality truly gave him. Now for the best part the wives. I loved Katie and Ana. They were This book was very intriguing. At first I hated Harry and everything he did to wife after wife but when he was on his 4th marriage to Caitlyn I think that is when I realized that Harry, just like the rest of us, wants to not only be in love he loves the idea of love. He wants to feel needed and valued and when the "honeymoon" stage wore off he realized that what he thought he had might not have been what reality truly gave him. Now for the best part the wives. I loved Katie and Ana. They were well written characters and you felt their grieving through some of the tough times with pregnancies. Also the way they both dealt with infidelity was enlightening. I did not care for Janette and Caitlyn as wives but I did appreciate the way they handled the children and found that to be enlightening that a step mother could love them like her own. His last wife was also a favorite. She not only help nurse Harry back to health but helped him to grow and see the harm he not only did to himself but to others. I loved how Olivia Hayfield included references back to Henry VIII himself and the parallels that were easily seen between this story and the wives of Henry. If I had to pick a favorite wife it would have to be the Ice Queen herself. Thank you to Goodreads Giveaways and Berkley for allowing me to read the ARC of this wonderful book.
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  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    What would Henry VIII have been like if he lived in the modern era? Olivia Hayfield explores this question in her novel Wife After Wife. Henry becomes Harry Rose, the the heir of a mega-successful media empire. An orphan at a young age, he works his way up through the company until he is old enough to take over from his uncle. Handsome and charismatic, women find Harry as irresistible as he finds them. Katie Paragon, Ana Lyebon, Janette Morrissey, Anki from Cleveland, Caitlyn Howe, and Clare What would Henry VIII have been like if he lived in the modern era? Olivia Hayfield explores this question in her novel Wife After Wife. Henry becomes Harry Rose, the the heir of a mega-successful media empire. An orphan at a young age, he works his way up through the company until he is old enough to take over from his uncle. Handsome and charismatic, women find Harry as irresistible as he finds them. Katie Paragon, Ana Lyebon, Janette Morrissey, Anki from Cleveland, Caitlyn Howe, and Clare Barr are the ones lucky (or unlucky) enough to marry him. Wife After Wife is a fun and thought-provoking exploration of the infamous six wives of Henry VIII, and their relationships with him. By placing these historical figures in a contemporary setting, they become more relatable and the reader can more easily imagine the struggles, motivations, joys, and grievances that led to the beginning and end of each marriage. Hayfield strikes a good balance between historical accuracy and a compelling narrative. For those familiar with history, it is entertaining to see how each figure is reimagined as a modern person, and for those who aren't it is still an interesting and enjoyable story. I hear there is to be a sequel, and I look forward to reading it!
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  • Kim McGee
    January 1, 1970
    3 1/2 stars.Henry VIII in all his glory is played out in this modern retelling. Harry is good looking, charming and very rich so he has his pick of all the beautiful women in London. He is already married to one of them but sadly just can't seem to stop himself from sampling the other delights, young and old. While we follow Harry's escapades the watch the women line up and then fall we can't help but see the parallels to the former King of all England. And, like that overactive monarch before 3 1/2 stars.Henry VIII in all his glory is played out in this modern retelling. Harry is good looking, charming and very rich so he has his pick of all the beautiful women in London. He is already married to one of them but sadly just can't seem to stop himself from sampling the other delights, young and old. While we follow Harry's escapades the watch the women line up and then fall we can't help but see the parallels to the former King of all England. And, like that overactive monarch before him, we wonder if he will ever be content and learn true happiness before it is too late. His children are the ones who really need him and are most affected by his childish revolving door of wives but when you don't care about the king, you don't care what happens to his kingdom. The author proves once again that there is no excuse for male bad behavior no matter the time or place. My thanks to the publisher for the advance copy.
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  • Alisha
    January 1, 1970
    Henry Rose is a successful London business who's one vice is his love of women. This is the story of his many romances as well as his rise to fame and misfortune. It is written in multiple perspectives over a span of 30s years (~1985 to today). This is a thrilling modern twist on the romances of Henry VIII, King of England made infamous by his six marriages. At first I was unsure about the plot but Hayfield had me hooked, I could not put this book down- mystery and romance all in one! She has Henry Rose is a successful London business who's one vice is his love of women. This is the story of his many romances as well as his rise to fame and misfortune. It is written in multiple perspectives over a span of 30s years (~1985 to today). This is a thrilling modern twist on the romances of Henry VIII, King of England made infamous by his six marriages. At first I was unsure about the plot but Hayfield had me hooked, I could not put this book down- mystery and romance all in one! She has definitely done her historical research as many of these modern day characters have actual historical counterparts- which is summarized at the beginning and end of the novel. I am also impressed how Hayfield has woven modern pop references into the story line without it being overwhelming. I cannot wait for the follow up to this novel! Received a ARC of this book via The Girly Book Club.
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  • Dana
    January 1, 1970
    Wife After Wife is a modern take on Henry VIII and his six wives. While it certainly places Henry and his wives squarely in modern day, it fails to deliver its promise of a juicy, gossipy retelling. Henry VIII is a fascinating historical figure, and I was eager to see how Hayfield was going to update him to fit into the 20/21st centuries. I was disappointed to find that the writing, characters, and plot were flat and unexciting. I especially had trouble connecting to any of the characters, even Wife After Wife is a modern take on Henry VIII and his six wives. While it certainly places Henry and his wives squarely in modern day, it fails to deliver its promise of a juicy, gossipy retelling. Henry VIII is a fascinating historical figure, and I was eager to see how Hayfield was going to update him to fit into the 20/21st centuries. I was disappointed to find that the writing, characters, and plot were flat and unexciting. I especially had trouble connecting to any of the characters, even the most sympathetic wife, Katie. I can understand all the comparisons to Jackie Collins, but this felt watered down and lacked that spark that made me excited to pick the story back up whenever I set it down. Great premise, but overall poor execution.Thank you to Netgalley for an advanced copy in exchange for an unbiased review.
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  • Sally Stieglitz
    January 1, 1970
    A creative chick lit retelling of Henry VIII in a contemporary British setting. Although the novel takes some liberties with historical facts, it still seems too tied to the obligation to check certain boxes and that gets in the way of good storytelling. I enjoyed the reimagining of characters to contemporary standards and wish the author had taken even more liberties, making the historical framework simply bare bones. The cutesy reworking of names gets a bit tiresome (Anne=Ana, Mary =Maria, A creative chick lit retelling of Henry VIII in a contemporary British setting. Although the novel takes some liberties with historical facts, it still seems too tied to the obligation to check certain boxes and that gets in the way of good storytelling. I enjoyed the reimagining of characters to contemporary standards and wish the author had taken even more liberties, making the historical framework simply bare bones. The cutesy reworking of names gets a bit tiresome (Anne=Ana, Mary =Maria, etc.). Perhaps only 1 or 3 character names should have been signifiers in this way. The author interview that follows indicates that a sequel is forthcoming. I was surprised to feel interested in reading more, so I guess this was a successful effort. For that reason, four stars instead of three.
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  • Michele
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Goodreads for my print copy.As with all the other summaries, this is a modern take on Henry VIII and his wives. Harry Rose is our Henry. He is a business tycoon who believes that all women are at his beck and call. I was wanting to LOVE this book and expected some hearty laughs out of it. However, I had to make myself move this book. I didn't find much humor. The writing didn't move me and the characters were just "eh". BUT - I am willing to try this book at a later date when I am Thank you to Goodreads for my print copy.As with all the other summaries, this is a modern take on Henry VIII and his wives. Harry Rose is our Henry. He is a business tycoon who believes that all women are at his beck and call. I was wanting to LOVE this book and expected some hearty laughs out of it. However, I had to make myself move this book. I didn't find much humor. The writing didn't move me and the characters were just "eh". BUT - I am willing to try this book at a later date when I am in a better frame of mind and clear my head of expectations for it for I do see the potential of it.
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  • Chris Markley
    January 1, 1970
    A modern take on the life of Henry VIII as Harry Rose tries to dominate the world through his media company. In a nod to Henry VIII, Harry behaves badly towards women, his multiple lovers and wives and really any woman he meets, and feels it is his right. Those familiar with Henry VIII will recognize the characters as most are representative of the actual historical figures.It was cleverly done and was interesting to see how the characters were placed in the modern world.Thanks to NetGalley and A modern take on the life of Henry VIII as Harry Rose tries to dominate the world through his media company. In a nod to Henry VIII, Harry behaves badly towards women, his multiple lovers and wives and really any woman he meets, and feels it is his right. Those familiar with Henry VIII will recognize the characters as most are representative of the actual historical figures.It was cleverly done and was interesting to see how the characters were placed in the modern world.Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing an ARC for my honest review.
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  • Krista
    January 1, 1970
    The concept of this book was very intriguing and Hayfield delivers with dishy drama, heart-rending act of cruelty, and personable characters who crackle off the page. Harry is a narcissist with redeeming qualities. I could see myself being satisfied with either a redemptive or karmic end for him, but others may feel differently. Especially recommended for people with an interest in the Tudors because Hayfield cleverly updates historical events and peppers them in as Easter eggs for Tudor The concept of this book was very intriguing and Hayfield delivers with dishy drama, heart-rending act of cruelty, and personable characters who crackle off the page. Harry is a narcissist with redeeming qualities. I could see myself being satisfied with either a redemptive or karmic end for him, but others may feel differently. Especially recommended for people with an interest in the Tudors because Hayfield cleverly updates historical events and peppers them in as Easter eggs for Tudor diehards.Netgalley provided me with an arc in exchange for an honest review.
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