Monday, January 16, 2023

Review: The Rose and the Thistle by Laura Frantz


In 1715, Lady Blythe Hedley's father is declared an enemy of the British crown because of his Jacobite sympathies, forcing her to flee her home in northern England. Secreted to the tower of Wedderburn Castle in Scotland, Lady Blythe awaits who will ultimately be crowned king. But in a house with seven sons and numerous servants, her presence soon becomes known.

No sooner has Everard Hume lost his father, Lord Wedderburn, than Lady Hedley arrives with the clothes on her back and her mistress in tow. He has his own problems--a volatile brother with dangerous political leanings, an estate to manage, and a very young brother in need of comfort and direction in the wake of losing his father. It would be best for everyone if he could send this misfit heiress on her way as soon as possible.

Drawn into a whirlwind of intrigue, shifting alliances, and ambitions, Lady Blythe must be careful whom she trusts. Her fortune, her future, and her very life are at stake. Those who appear to be adversaries may turn out to be allies--and those who pretend friendship may be enemies.

My Review: 

Laura Frantz is among my top five favorite authors to read. I jumped at the chance to have the opportunity to read her newest release, The Rose and the Thistle. I was far from disappointed. I loved the vivid historical details that made me feel as though I was part of the story. It was great being transported back to the eighteenth century and meeting Lady Blythe and Everard. I was instantly sucked into the suspense, danger and mystery. This is not one of those books that can be easily predictable and I never knew what would happen next. I was intrigued from the start and could not put the book down until the end. I loved it.

The Rose and the Thistle will be receiving a very well deserved five plus stars from me. Readers and fans of clean historical romance will most definitely want to snatch this one up. It is being placed on my limited keeper shelf to read again and again the future.

I received a paperback copy of The Rose and the Thistle from the publisher, but was not required to write a positive review. This review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion.

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