Thursday, January 12, 2023

THE ROSE AND THE THISTLE by Laura Frantz, Reviewed by Winnie Thomas

Set predominantly in Scotland during the Jacobite uprising in 1715, The Rose and the Thistle is a masterpiece of rich historical detail, vivid imagery, and colorful and unforgettable characters. Based somewhat on Frantz’s own family history and ancestors, this story stars Everard Hume, who becomes Lord Wedderburn upon his father’s death, and Lady Blythe Hedley whose father is sympathetic to the Jacobites. She is sent to Wedderburn Castle for safety, where she is hidden away. I enjoyed seeing their feelings begin to change as Blythe and Everard got to know each other.

“You are still my English rose . . . while I remain your Scottish thistle.”

This story is beautifully written and the characters are so well-drawn I could easily visualize them and the beautiful Scottish countryside. With plenty of suspense, action, inspiration, and a lot of swoony romance, this book was perfection. Laura Frantz is one of my favorite historical fiction authors, as I always get to read a fantastic tale while learning about little slices of history. The author’s notes in the back of the book added to my enjoyment and understanding of this history and geographical area. I would recommend this book to those who enjoy outstanding historical fiction.

*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from Revell. All opinions are my own.

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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