Tuesday, January 3, 2023

THE ROSE AND THE THISTLE by Laura Frantz, Reviewed by Paula #ReleaseDay

Ms. Frantz has penned a tender love story set during the Jacobite Rebellion of 1715 in Scotland. An unlikely pairing of Catholic Lady Blythe Hadley from northern England and a Presbyterian Scottish laird, Everard Hume, from just across the border.

This was a very well-researched story. The author went the extra miles to travel to the area where the book is set. It was fascinating to find out that the hero was patterned after her ancestors and that she used actual castles and places. Some of the real characters leapt out of history and onto the page to make history come alive.

The dangers seemed very possible and the plot was well-crafted. You could feel the struggles that Blythe had to deal with being put in an awkward and perilous situation. The descriptions set the stage admirably.

Everard was a worthy hero who had his earldom thrust upon him unexpectedly. However, he did everything with prayer and relied on God. He and Blythe focused on their common faith and were not swayed by their circumstances.

Another wonderful historical from a favorite author.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Library Thing and Revell on behalf of the author. I was not required to post a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*5 stars and a strong faith thread.

BackCover Blurb:
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. 

Revell Publishing, January 3, 2023
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