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Authors: Wendy J. Dunn

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Dear Heart, How Like You This

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Copyright © 2004 by Wendy J. Dunn

First published 2002.

This ebook edition revised and published 2011.


This novel is a work of fiction. All characters and events portrayed in this novel are either fictitious or are used fictitiously. All rights reserved, including the right to reproduce this book, or portions thereof, in any form. No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, graphic, electronic, or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, taping or by any information storage or retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher.





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Book One

“I could gladly yield to be tied forever with the knot of her love.”



“How strongly my love’s fire did blaze.”


Chapter 1

“Therewith all sweetly did me kiss.”


Chapter 2

“I have seen them gentle, tame and meek.”


Chapter 3

“And I have leave to go of her goodness.”


Book Two

1520–1528 — The joy so short, alas, the pain so near.


Chapter 1

“But since that I so kindly am served”


Chapter 2
– “
They flee from me that sometime did me seek”


Chapter 3

“That sometimes they put themselves in danger”


Chapter 4

“That now are wild and do not remember”


Book Three

Sad was the Holy Father / Filled with anguished and pain


Chapter 1

“I would fain to know to what she has deserved


Chapter 2

“I was unhappy, and that I prove, To love above my poor degree”


Chapter 3

“And she me caught in her arms long and small”


Book Four

July 1528–1532 — “The chances most unhappy / That me betide in May!”


Chapter 1

“…when her loose gown from shoulders did fall”


Chapter 2
– “
She wept and wrung her hands withal. The tears fell in my neck.”


Chapter 3
– “
Patience, though I have not”


Book Five

1532–1533 — Some tyme I fled the fyre that me


Chapter 1

“And she also to use newfangleness.”


Chapter 2

“How like you this?”


Chapter 3
– “
But all is turned … into a strange fashion of forsaking.”


Chapter 4

“Busily seeking continual change.”


Chapter 5

“Thanked be fortune, it hath be otherwise.”


Chapter 6 – “
It was no dream, I lay broad waking.”


Book Six

Your grace’s displeasure, and my imprisonment…


Chapter 1
– “
Commend me to his Majesty.”


Chapter 2

“Oh death, rock me asleep.



What death is worse than this?”




Author’s Note


The Age of Anne Boleyn




Suggested reading group questions





“This book is absolutely enchanting.” —Sandra Worth, author of
The Rose of York


“A tender story that dares to ask the question: What does it mean to love?” —Christopher Gortner, author of
The Secret Lion
The Last Queen


“An evocative recreation of one of history’s most famous love affairs.” —
Marilee Mongello, webmaster of


“The knife-edge between power and helplessness catches the reader and draws the mind’s eye into the past… Wendy J. Dunn focuses on the personal and the individual and brings a fresh approach to the very difficult tale that is Anne’s life.” —Dr. Gillian Polack, historian and author of
The Art of Effective Dreaming


“A tale of tragedy that cannot fail to strike at the heart of the soul.” —Elizabeth Batt, history columnist and reviewer


“I would recommend
Dear Heart
to anyone who enjoys a love story or who has even a passing interest in English history. It is a beautifully written novel of love and betrayal. In fact, I’m off to read it again, just as soon as I dry my eyes.” —Debra Stang, author of
Visiting Grandma


“Seriously one of the best novels ever written about Anne Boleyn’s life.” —Jennifer Lodine-Chaffey


Dear Heart, How Like You This?
superbly blends fact with fiction.” —Cindy Vallar, author of
The Scottish Thistle


Dear Heart, How Like You This?
is a great book.” —Glenice Whitting, author of
Pickle to Pie


“A soft elegy about a murderous king, a lost poet and an unforgettable woman who, surprisingly in the end, loved them both.” —Lyndal White, reader


“A vivid book, beautifully researched—it just flows from scene to scene, and is the perfect antidote to Philippa Gregory’s
The Other Boleyn Girl.
Thank you so much for writing such a wonderful, enchanting novel… It is going to be a favourite of mine.” —
Lynne Lewis, writer

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